According to GM authorities’ claims, this giant carmaker finished the manufacturing process to present 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV on January 13, 2017. Those cars are meant to be tested on roads as self-driving vehicles fitted with advanced next-generation techs. As of this moment, there are 50 earlier-made autonomous Bolt EVs, running along roads in Detroit area, in San Francisco and in Scottsdale, Arizona. The carmaker’s novelty driverless vehicles are going to join that test fleet drastically increasing it to whole 180 cars on public roads.
GM is the only carmaker able to massively manufacture self-driving vehicles. GM self-driving cars are sure to be safe and of the high quality as their all other conventional vehicles, CEO and Chairman Mary Barra said.
Newly created Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving car starts the 2nd generation of self-driving vehicles which can autonomously handle nearly every possible road situation. They have all currently essential kinds of equipment on board like sensors, radars, cameras, and all other possible hardware of own production and provided by different suppliers designed to speed up current self-driving vehicles development.
The aforementioned new self-driving Bolt EV can be recognized having the necessary equipment which is mounted on the roof rack, on the car sides, and on the front to track cross traffic. A few dedicated cameras are also meant to track traffic lights changes. For the time being, the advanced car models cannot do without a living person behind the steering wheel. Such “driver” has to be vigilant and all ready to intervene in case any extreme circumstances occur.
According to GM chief technical officer responsible for Bolt Andrew Farah, the current deployment goal is to test them and learn from them to be ready to manufacture them at a larger scale later. Today, GM has enough of them to test, manufacturing cars in Michigan and developing San Francisco autonomous driving platform.
Earlier in 2016, GM acquired the Cruise Automation Company, a dedicated self-driving software developer, working with specialized software to be utilized in autonomous vehicles. Additionally, GM made an investment of $500 million in Lyft, a mobile app used to hail a ride, and has plans to use Chevrolet Bolt EV throughout the network. To accelerate all necessary processes, GM will hire 1,163 new engineers and other staff to join the earlier acquired Cruise Automation Company.
Finally, the car-making giant, running self-driving vehicle development project as a Silicon Valley startup, plans to spend $600 million every year to support an effort, said GM Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens, earlier this year.