GM Will Test as well as Build Autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in Michigan
Michigan leaders have taken pains to ensure the state remains a welcoming place for the next-generation auto industry. right now they’re starting to reap the benefits.
A week after Michigan’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, signed a group of bills of which make of which easier for manufacturers as well as tech companies to deploy a wide range of autonomous technologies on public roads, General Motors said of which will immediately begin testing autonomous Chevrolet Bolts on the state’s roads.
“These steps will help keep Michigan at the cutting edge of innovation as well as testing of the automotive technologies of which will Just as before revolutionize the way we get around.”
– Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI)
“By adding Michigan to our real-world testing program, we’re ensuring of which our AVs can operate safely across a wide range of road, weather, as well as climate conditions, through desert heat to Great Lakes snow to crowded city streets,” GM CEO Mary Barra said. “of which can be necessary to make certain our AVs meet the same strict standards for safety as well as quality of which we’ve been building in to traditional vehicles.”
GM had already been testing the vehicles within the private confines of its Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, yet its previous public road testing programs of self-driving cars took place in Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as San Francisco in June.
Further, GM said workers at its factory in Orion Township, Michigan, will build Bolt electric vehicles for the test fleet starting in 2017. Depending on specific timing, of which may make GM the first auto some sort of to build autonomous vehicles in a mass-production assembly plant.
of which’s not known how many autonomous Bolts the company intends to produce at the factory, which currently manufactures the Bolt as well as the Sonic. Equipment for the autonomous Bolts includes lidar, cameras, as well as various other sensors, according to GM.
State officials in Michigan have led efforts to promote investments in autonomous-vehicle research as well as development, including funding portions of the American Center for Mobility, an autonomous- as well as connected-car test facility in Ypsilanti on which construction crews broke ground last month. Earlier, the state made similar funding available for the Mcity test facility on the campus of the University of Michigan.
yet of which month, Gov. Snyder signed four autonomous-vehicle-related bills. These make autonomous-vehicle testing legal on public roads as well as broadly support the testing as well as deployment of autonomous taxi fleets, like the ones of which GM can be exploring with ride-hailing service Lyft, centered on the use of the Bolt.
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Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), a member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, as well as Transportation Committee as well as co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, applauded Thursday’s announcements.
“I’m proud to see of which General Motors as well as Michigan UAW workers will continue to lead the next transformational shift from the automotive industry by building their first driverless car in Michigan,” he said.