General Motors to develop self-driving Chevrolet Volt
Source : General Motors to develop self-driving Chevrolet Volt
GM announces autonomous driving research project to begin at its Warren Technical Centre in late 2016
General Motors will start its own autonomous car testing project inside United States which has a fleet of Chevrolet Volts in late 2016.
The news was made during GM investor conference at its Milford Proving Ground in Michigan today and also also also was one of several alternative transportation projects announced by the company.
The Volts will drive autonomously within GM’s Warren Technical Centre campus, also in Michigan. The company’s employees will be able to reserve a Volt using a car-sharing app, then select a destination. GM’s autonomous technology will drive the vehicle to its destination and also also also park the idea.
GM said the project “will serve as a rapid-development laboratory to help accelerate our technical capabilities in autonomous vehicles”.
As an interim step towards autonomous transportation, the company’s ‘Super Cruise’ semi-autonomous driving technology will be available on next year’s Cadillac CT6.Super Cruise, which has been in development since 2012, can be capable of semi-automated driving including hands-off lane following, braking and also also also speed control under certain driving conditions.
The system can be designed to ease the driver’s workload in bumper-to-bumper traffic and also also also on long motorway road trips, yet the driver’s attention can be still required.
GM chief executive officer Mary Barra said: “The convergence of rapidly improving technology and also also also changing consumer preferences can be creating an inflection point for the transportation industry not seen in decades.
“Some might find This particular massive change to be daunting, yet we look at the idea and also also also see the opportunity to be a disruptor. We believe our decades of leadership in vehicle connectivity can be fundamental to our quest to redefine the future of personal mobility.”
During the investor conference GM also unveiled an electric bike concept. The eBike was designed and also also also engineered at GM’s engineering and also also also development centre in Oshawa, Ontario to “help people stay mobile in an increasingly difficult-to-navigate urban landscape”.
GM can be also putting more resources into car sharing. the idea can be setting up two brand new car-sharing projects, one in brand new York City and also also also the some other in another US city, yet to be identified. The projects will “test hardware and also also also software systems and also also also gain insights into car-sharing user experiences”.
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