GM-Owned Cruise Automation Tests Autonomous Tech On Chevy Bolt In Arizona

Prototypes of the Chevrolet Bolt, equipped with autonomous driving technology, have taken to the streets, this time in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The announcement was made through a tweet by Cruise Automation, a company bought by General Motors earlier this year, and comes just a few months after pre-production models of the small electric vehicle were spotted in San Francisco.

We’re testing @Cruise autonomous tech on @Chevrolet Bolt EVs on roads in Scottsdale, AZ, in addition to San Francisco.

What exactly is the GM-owned company looking to accomplish here is currently unknown, but it’s official website states that Cruise Automation is “testing the future of mobility“, so we could be looking at the upcoming fleet of self-driving vehicles that the automotive giant will create for Lyft, as part of the deal announced in January.

It remains to be seen, however, if the autonomous technology will be implemented to the final production version of the Bolt, which is due in late 2016 with a 200-mile (322 km) driving range provided by a 60 kWh battery pack that feeds a single high-capacity electric motor, rated at 200 HP and 266 pound-feet (360 Nm) of torque. Before government rebates, the zero-emission hatch will cost $37,500, but after the federal tax credit, its price will drop to $30,000.


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