The final touches have been made to General Motors’ fleet of self-driving cars as the company completes production of its first fleet of self-driving cars. The company is exclusively using the newly produced Chevrolet Bolt EVs for the fleet. The completion of the Bolt was announced this morning out of GM’s Orion assembly plant.
GM and its Cruise Automation engineers have been testing Chevrolet Bolt EVs equipped with self-driving technology on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona, since June 2016 and on public roads in Warren, Michigan, since January 2017, according to a press release from the company. GM acquired Cruise Automation last year for $1B.
“To achieve what we want from self-driving cars, we must deploy them at scale,” said Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt in a statement. “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.”
The Bolt has features including LIDAR, cameras, and sensors designed to enable full self-driving capabilities.
“This production milestone brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra in a statement. “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.”
The 130 new vehicles will join more than 50 current-generation self-driving Bolt EVs already being tested in San Francisco, Scottsdale, Arizona and metro Detroit. The newly produced vehicles were the first fully self-driving cars produced in a mass-production facility.