Detroit automaker General Motors Co. today announced the production of 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt test vehicles, which will be deployed with more than 50 current-generation self-driving Bolt EVs in San Francisco, Scottsdale, and metro Detroit.
The newly produced vehicles, which rolled off the assembly line at the automaker’s assembly line in Orion Township, are the second class of self-driving Bolt EV test vehicles. GM is the first company to mass-produce autonomous vehicles.
“This production milestone brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality,” says Mary Barra, chairman and CEO of GM. “Expansion of our real-world test fleet will help ensure that self-driving vehicles meet the same strict standards for safety and quality that we build into all of our vehicles.”
The testing vehicles are equipped with GM’s newest premier equipment, including cameras, and light detection and ranging sensors. GM has been testing the first round of vehicles on public roads in Arizona and California since June 2016, and began doing the same in Warren this January.
“To achieve what we want from self-driving cars, we must deploy them at a scale,” adds Kyle Vogt, CEO for Cruise Automation, which is part of GM. “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.”