General Motors announced it has completed production of 130 Chevrolet Bolt test models fitted with self-driving technology at its Orion assembly plant.
The company says that they became the first manufacturer that used mass-production methods to build an autonomous vehicle last January, when the first 50 Bolt autonomous test vehicles rolled off the production line. The 130 vehicles will join the existing 50 self-driving Bolt EVs that are already deployed in San Francisco, Scottsdale Arizona and metro Detroit.
“This production milestone brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “Expansion of our real-world test fleet will help ensure that our self-driving vehicles meet the same strict standards for safety and quality that we build into all of our vehicles.”
The autonomous-driving equipment includes a LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware designed to develop a safe and reliable self-driving vehicle.
“To achieve what we want from self-driving cars, we must deploy them at scale,” said Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt. “By developing the next-generation self-driving platform in San Francisco and manufacturing these cars in Michigan, we are creating the safest and most consistent conditions to bring our cars to the most challenging urban roads that we can find.”