Published: Sat, December 17, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

GM Plans to Mass-Produce Autonomous Chevy Bolt, Testing Begins in January

GM Plans to Mass-Produce Autonomous Chevy Bolt, Testing Begins in January

General Motors will also begin building the next generation of its autonomous cars at a MI plant starting in early 2017, the release added.

General Motors Company has already been testing out its self-driving cars at its Technical Center campus in Warren, Mich. The laws are the most permissive passed by any state, allowing a broad spectrum of self-driving vehicle activities and are aimed at clawing back Michigan's position as a leader in the automotive industry from California. That factory now builds the Chevrolet Sonic subcompact auto as well as the non-autonomous Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle, which will be GM's autonomous platform. Testing has already been underway on GM's Technical Center in a Detroit suburb, but with the passage of the SAVE Act by the MI legislature, it can be expanded to public roads on the facility's outskirts.

Like Ford and Google's newly spun-out company Waymo, GM already has a sizable presence in the state when it comes to autonomous vehicle technology testing. "Our autonomous technology will be reliable and safe, as customers have come to expect from any of our vehicles".

GM executives have said the automaker could eventually deploy self driving electric cars in fleets managed by its ride services partner, Lyft. The new equipment will include LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware created to ensure system safety, leveraging GM's proven manufacturing quality standards. "This is necessary to make certain our AVs meet the same strict standards for safety and quality that we've been building into traditional vehicles for generations". Barra said that will be opening up later to roads nearby, and after that, expanded throughout the Detroit area.

China is GM's largest single market, accounting for 37.6 percent of the automaker's global vehicle sales during the first nine months of 2016, compared with 31 percent for the United States.

Earlier this year, GM began testing autonomous Bolt EVs on the public roads in San Francisco, Calif. and Scottsdale, Ariz.

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