Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors plans to share its “vision for an autonomous future” during an investor event on Nov. 30 in San Francisco. GM also announced that it will produce the next generation of its autonomous test vehicles at its Orion Township assembly plant beginning in early 2017.
According to Barra the key to deploying self-driving cars “at scale” is to have a safe self-driving system, a vehicle that’s well-suited for it, and the ability to manufacture those vehicles in large numbers.
General Motors has begun testing fully autonomous development fleet vehicles on public roads in Michigan.Within the next few months, testing will expand to metro Detroit, which will become GM’s main location for the development of autonomous technology in winter climates.
Workers at the Orion Township assembly plant will build test fleet Bolt EVs equipped with fully autonomous technology which will include LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware designed to ensure system safety, controlling GM’s proven manufacturing quality standards.
The main goal of GM is to produce self-driving and all-electric vehicles with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.The event which is to be held on Thursday 30th Nov. is expected to focus on GM’s mobility and self-driving autonomous vehicles. Since the beginning of 2016, GM has taken significant steps in its development of autonomous vehicle technology.
General Motors is building a fleet of autonomous Bolt EVs at its Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan with Cruise’s Automation. It has grown to 350 employees from roughly 40 as it tests its third generation of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs, which Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt has touted as the first real self-driving car.
GM, its subsidiaries, and joint venture entities sell vehicles under various brands, namely- Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. Testing has already started in June in San Francisco and Scottsdale for Chevrolet Bolt EVs on the public roads. The company has more than 40 autonomous vehicles testing in the two cities.