General Motors announced in May 2016 that it was starting to test Bolt EV, a fully electric car equipped with all that it takes for the driverless technology (cameras, sensors, LIDARs) on public roads. The outskirts of public roads near the testing polygon of GM in Detroit have been selected for that and in San Francisco, it has already been driving on the roads in the entire city.
The testing will finally allow General Motors to receive the approval from authorities to use the self-propelled technology across the US, as the first step, after they will be able to show abundantly that such technology is safe, secure, and seamless. That’s what actually the GM is striving to, according to General Motors CEO & Chairman Mary Teresa Barra. She told that the technology provided by the company must meet the criteria of safety and reliability to all their customers. To do that, GM actively works on combining:
• the self-propelling technologies,
• autonomous electric cars (enhancing for that electric batteries and systems to make them endure longer and be more efficient),
• the better reaction of the unforeseen road situations by the vehicle itself.
For the last months, General Motors has bought or participated in shares of several companies that are developing self-drive car technology and plans to integrate them in the newest cars of this type that the company wants to assemble in early 2017.
As the revolution in the self-driving cars is coming, says Mary Teresa Barra, the company must be ready to the fast pace of changes in the environment. By implementing new technology, the company goes one step forward in turning into reality what has been a dream just a few years ago. GM invites everyone to join the revolution on driverless cars.
The company largely promoted and participated in the signing of legislative SAVE Act that would allow making the general tests of the self-propelled cars on the public roads. Such cars can be electric and equipped with an internal combustion engine as well.
GM uses the entire car fleet to make these tests, consisting of at least 40 vehicles. They are easily distinguished by the scanning radar systems located on their roofs.
We must wait that 2017 will not only bring the new self-driving cars produced by the GM company but also verification of the successful tests of the new revolutionary technologies that would make our world shift from gas to electricity in cars to reduce the pollution of the planet.
Self-driving car navigate the streets of San Francisco: