General Motors today announced the production of 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV’s. The vehicles were produced at the company’s Lake Orion Assembly Plant near Detroit and marks the first time self-driving vehicles have been produced at a mass-production assembly. The 130 units will join about 50 others in GM’s autonomous vehicle testing fleet.
“This production milestone brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “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.”
As noted by the unusual objects noted on the self-driving Bolt EV’s, the units feature GM’s latest hardware. Among the list of hardware additions includes LIDAR, added sensors and cameras not found on your typical Bolt EV.
“To achieve what we want from self-driving cars, we must deploy them at scale,” said Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt. “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.”
GM and Cruise Automation have been testing self-driving vehicles on public roads since mid-2016.