The Motor State has recently become the most permissive state in America when it comes to trials of autonomous vehicles – so it’s no surprise GM has decided to prototype its autonomous Bolts at home.
Chevrolet has recently started back in November the production of its long range, affordable Bolt electric car and now delivered the first examples in California. Now general Motors via Chairman and CEO Mary Barra has announced the same production facility – the Orion Township, Michigan plant will also be in charge of manufacturing the autonomous test car fleet beginning early next year. The announcement comes after GM last year established a dedicated autonomous vehicle engineering team and also made a $500-million investment in ride-sharing service Lyft in a move to secure a potential market place with a network of on-demand autonomous vehicles.
Development was sped up this March when the company wholly acquired Cruise Automation for one billion and then in June commenced autonomous Bolt EV trials on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale. The tests at its Technical Center campus in Warren, Michigan will soon be expanded towards the state’s public roads thanks to the SAVE Act legislation – with Detroit later on acting as the company’s main research area for autonomous driving technologies in winter climates. “Revolutionizing transportation for our customers while improving safety on roads is the goal of our autonomous vehicle technology, and today’s announcement gets us one step closer to making this vision a reality,” commented during the announcement Mary Barra.