Earlier this year, autonomous Chevrolet Bolt prototypes were being tested on the streets of San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona. Now, General Motors will begin manufacturing and testing its autonomous Bolt EV in Michigan.
Michigan has become the first state to create and pass comprehensive statewide self-driving regulations in the U.S. These new regulations will govern the testing, development and sale of self-driving cars in the future.
Following the signing of the SAVE Act legislation, GM will start testing self-driving Bolts near the Technical Center campus in Warren before expanding into metro Detroit. This will give them the chance to test the Bolt EV’s LIDAR units, cameras, sensors, and other hardware in severe weather conditions.
To get ahead of their competition, GM has acquired Cruise Automation and invested $500 million into the autonomous Bolt’s development. The company also announced their plans to produce the next generation fleet of autonomous Bolts in the Orion Township assembly plant early next year, the same plant that’s already building the Bolt EV and Chevy Sonic.
It’s a race to the finish line and GM will have to compete with Ford’s autonomous Fusion Hybrid sedans and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivans.