Today General Motors announced plans to commercial product its Cruise AV. The Cruise AV is design to operate safely without pedals or a steering wheel; making it among the first mass-produced fully-autonomous vehicles.
GM says it will produce the Cruise AV at its Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan. The venue of choice comes as little surprise as the plant is already home to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, of which the Cruise AV is heavily based upon. Production of the self-driving vehicle is expected to commence sometime in 2019.
“We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialize in 2019,” said GM president Dan Ammann. “Our Orion and Brownstone teams have proven experience in building high-quality self-driving test vehicles and battery packs, so they are well-prepared to produce the Cruise AV.”
While Orion will produce the vehicle, GM’s battery facility in Brownstown will assemble the roof module for the Cruise AV. As a fully-autonomous vehicle, the Cruise AV features an array of cameras and LiDAR sensors on its roof to sense its surroundings, making the roof a very critical component of the Cruise AV.
In total GM says it is investing $100 million into producing the Cruise AV in Michigan. GM did not disclose if this investment announcement will create any new jobs at either facility.