GM launches new test fleet of self-driving Bolt EVs

on Jun13

CEO Mary Barra: “Production of these vehicles began in January, making GM the first, and to this day, the only automotive company to assemble self-driving vehicles in a mass-production facility.” Photo credit: Reuters

DETROIT — General Motors has started testing its second-generation Chevrolet Bolt EV autonomous vehicles on public roads.

The all-electric hatchbacks are the first of 130 with self-driving technologies produced at the automaker’s Orion Assembly plant near Detroit.

“Production of these vehicles began in January, making GM the first, and to this day, the only automotive company to assemble self-driving vehicles in a mass-production facility,” GM CEO Mary Barra said during a media event at the plant to celebrate completed production of the cars.

Testing of the second-generation vehicles has begun in San Francisco and is to expand to the Detroit area and Scottsdale, Ariz., in the coming months.

GM began testing a fleet of more than 50 of the first-generation self-driving vehicles last spring in California and Arizona, and in January in Michigan.

GM builds the self-driving EVs at Orion Assembly alongside the Chevrolet Spark and non-autonomous versions of the Bolt EV. Photo credit: GM

The company declined to say how many miles the vehicles have driven autonomously.

In December, Barra said GM would begin building the self-driving EVs at Orion Assembly alongside the Chevrolet Spark and non-autonomous versions of the Bolt EV.

GM’s autonomous vehicle engineering team is based in Michigan. It acquired Cruise Automation, a San Francisco autonomous vehicle startup, last year to develop and implement the software for the cars.



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