General Motors has announced that it has built 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with its new self-driving technology. The vehicles will join the more than 50 self-driving Bolt EVs already deployed in testing fleets in San Francisco, Detroit and Scottsdale, Arizona.
180 self-driving Chevy Bolt test vehicles will soon be on the road
GM and Cruise Automation engineers have been testing self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona, since June 2016 and on public roads in Warren, Michigan, since January 2017. The self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs feature GM’s latest array of equipment, including LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware.
“This production milestone brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality,” stated GM Chairman and 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.”
GM became the first company to assemble self-driving test vehicles in a mass-production facility when its next generation of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles began rolling off of the line at Orion Township in January.
“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.”