GM boss Barra wheels out more self-driving Chev Bolts

  • First company to use mass-produced autonomous cars
  • Test Bolt EV’s have latest self-driving technology
  • GM’s autonomous test fleet has now reached 180
BARRA WHEELS OUT NEW SELF-DRIVERS: General Motors' chairman and CEO Mary Barra speaking in Michigan to announce that the automaker has completed production of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with self-driving technology. Image: GM / Steve Fecht
BARRA WHEELS OUT NEW SELF-DRIVERS: General Motors’ chairman and CEO Mary Barra speaking in Michigan to announce that the automaker has completed production of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with self-driving technology. Image: GM / Steve Fecht

DETROIT, Michigan – General Motors has announced the completion of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with its “next generation” of self-driving technology at its Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan.

The car will join more than 50 current-generation self-driving Bolt EVs already deployed in test fleets in San Francisco, Scottsdale'(Arizona) and metro Detroit.

GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra said at the event: “This production milestone brings us a step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality. Expanding our real-world test fleet will help ensure that our self-driving vehicles meet the same strict standards for safety and quality that we build into all of our vehicles.”

Chevrolet Bolt EV autonomous test vehicles are assembled at General Motors Orion Assembly in Orion Township, Michigan. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors)
COMING DOWN THE LINE: Chevrolet Bolt EV autonomous test vehicles at General Motors’ Orion plant in Michigan. Image: GM / Jeffrey Sauger

GM became the first company to assemble self-driving test vehicles in a mass-production facility when its next generation of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles began rolling off of the line in January 2017.

SAFEST TEST CONDITIONS

The cars have GM’s latest array of equipment, among them Lidar, cameras, sensors and other hardware designed to accelerate the development of a safe, reliable and fully autonomous vehicle.

Cruise Automation’s CEO Kyle Vogt added: “To achieve what we want from self-driving cars we must deploy them at scale. By developing the next-generation self-driving platform in San Francisco and assembling these cars in Michigan we are creating the safest and most consistent conditions to bring our cars to the most challenging urban roads that we can find.”

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GM and Cruise Automation engineers have been testing Chevrolet Bolt EVs equipped with self-driving technology on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona, since June 2016 and on public roads in Warren, Michigan, since January 2017.

The vehicles will join the Bolt EV”s already deployed in test fleets in three cities across the US.

WAITING IN LINE: Some of the Bolt electric cars waiting for sign-off at the Michigan production plant. Image: GM
WAITING IN LINE: Some of the Bolt electric cars waiting for sign-off at the Michigan production plant. Image: GM

 

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