While the company is still rolling out the regular, electrified Bolt across America, it’s already ramping up the drive towards the future – by introducing a newly built fleet of 130 self-driving examples of the model.
In total, there are about 200 autonomous Bolts roaming the streets in testing programs, and packing GM’s next-generation self-driving technology, they are spearheading the group’s aspirations towards achieving full autonomy. The 130 examples of autonomous Bolt EVs that were produced this past week will join more than 50 units already deployed in San Francisco, Scottsdale, and metro Detroit. GM now claims they are the “first company to use mass-production methods for autonomous vehicles.” All autonomous Bolts were developed at the Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan.
“This production milestone brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality,” said CEO Mary Barra. “Expansion of 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.” These special self-driving Bolts will use a wide variety of autonomous equipment coming from fully owned GM subsidiary Cruise Automation. “To achieve what we want from self-driving cars, we must deploy them at scale,” said Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt. “By developing the next-generation self-driving platform in San Francisco and manufacturing 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.”