General Motors has been on an acquisition spree as of late – just like any other global carmaker – looking to set itself on the path of future mobility.
We can name among the crucial acquisitions that of Cruise Automation – a self-driving vehicle startup – which cost them north of $1 billion. The end game of course was to have even more focus on autonomous driving technology development. For now, the company executives have vowed to bring to life a fully autonomous system by the end of the decade, with Chevrolet testing Bolt electric cars – as we can see in their latest video. The Bolt EV has been named the 2017 North American Car of the Year and the footage shows that GM is already well advanced with the electric hatchback taking care almost all by itself of the incredible urban jungle – from pedestrians to construction work.
There’s also a point of view camera fitted inside that shows the test driver sitting behind the wheel – prepared to take command if something goes wrong. The cars with the autonomous driving system are being built at the same Orion Township, Michigan plant where the regular Bolt also comes to life – only these also get a roof-mounted LIDAR (Light Imaging, Detection, And Ranging) system as well as a plethora of cameras and sensors.