General Motors said this week it will immediately begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in Michigan.
The automaker also announced it will produce the next generation of its autonomous test vehicles at its Orion Township assembly plant beginning in early 2017.
“Revolutionizing transportation for our customers while improving safety on roads is the goal of our autonomous vehicle technology, and today’s announcement gets us one step closer to making this vision a reality,” said General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “Our autonomous technology will be reliable and safe, as customers have come to expect from any of our vehicles.”
Testing is already underway on GM’s Technical Center campus in Michigan, and within the next few months, testing will expand to metro Detroit, which will become GM’s main location for development of autonomous technology in winter climates.
Workers at the Orion Township assembly plant will build test fleet Bolt electric vehicles equipped with fully autonomous technology, such as LIDAR, cameras, and sensors.
In January, GM announced the formation of a dedicated autonomous vehicle engineering team and a $500 million investment in Lyft to develop an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the US.