GM Will Start Production Of The Fully Autonomous Cruise AV In 2019

It seems that the countdown concerning the elimination of drivers has already started, as General Motors has announced it will start manufacturing the Cruise AV autonomous car at its Orion Township plant in Michigan starting next year.

The U.S. automaker built the Cruise AV from the ground up, and it designed it from the onset to operate without a driver, steering wheel, pedals or any other form of controls. As a first step, GM will invest over $100 million into its production.

“We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialize in 2019,” said GM president Dan Ammann. “Our Orion and Brownstone teams have proven experience in building high-quality self-driving test vehicles and battery packs, so they are well-prepared to produce the Cruise AV.”

Details on the Bolt EV-based vehicle are still scarce, although we can clearly see that whoever sits in either of the two front seats will have direct access to the car’s climate control system and audio system via physical buttons.

So far, more than 200 test vehicles have been assembled at the Orion plant, with the help of workers from GM’s Brownstone Battery Assembly Plant as well, which is responsible for the roof module, which boasts LiDAR, cameras, sensors and other self-driving hardware.

In addition to the Cruise AV, the Orion plant will continue to build the Chevy Bolt EV and the Sonic subcompact.

  • Thegunof42 88’s

    Releasing with the ‘unique’ camera array on top? Bold move.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      I will not be buying this car… starting in 2019.

      • IN 2019 THE ONLY THING YOU CAN DO WITH IT IS USED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY UNLESS GM HAS MANAGED TO GET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW AUTONOMOUS DRIVING OVER NIGHT.

  • Six_Tymes

    Cant wait! ill gladly be a first adopter, that is if its level 5 or level 5+

    • brn

      5 is full autonomous. What’s 5+?

      • nir elyashiv

        5 with a twist..

  • AND DO WHAT WITH IT? UNLESS SOME MAJOR LEGISLATION IS IN THE WORKS THAT NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT I’D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THEIR INTENT IS.

    • Status

      To bring it to market, silly.

      • NOT IF IT’S NOT LEGAL TO DRIVE AUTONOMOUSLY ANY PLACE SO FAR.

  • Steve Hatton

    One word Nope !

  • David De Fortier

    Wonder why aeroplanes have fallen behind cars when it comes to this tech? Wont it be lovely to hop on an intercontinental flight where there are no pilots.

  • datCubanguy

    HELL NO!

  • nir elyashiv

    Could you trust a company that neglected lives over a 5 cent of an Ignition lock pin?
    Like, No steering wheel is the best way to go..

    • brn

      The problem wasn’t GM. The problem was owners putting excessive weight / torque on something designed to rotate, then wondering why it rotated. Removing the dolt from behind the wheel, will likely improve safety.

  • Its great that manufacturers are taking bold steps like this to move the automotive world forward but I can’t help wonder how the car behaves in the real world. And by that I mean away from a test environment. How on earth can the car tell if there’s black ice, a diesel spill, temporary roadworks, idiot parking, fog on a motorway, faulty traffic lights, temporary speed restrictions to name just a few? I’m not against this, progress is a wonderful thing, I’d just be curious to see how this performs in everyday driving conditions.

  • Major Lee Gassole

    I deleted my paragraph of rants. A simple “nope” should suffice.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Thank you. Like grumpy cat always say, “NO”.

  • Blanka Li

    This feels like 20 years ago when GM did the EV-1: They jump out of the gate ahead of everyone with some new tech then kill the program when it doesn’t live up to the hype (hope).

    • brn

      The EV1 didn’t live up to the hype?

  • Status

    Who’s name is on the insurance papers?

  • Puddingpopper

    The makers of the Cruze, named this vehicle a Cruise. DUMB

  • DMax

    Some time back I was vehemently against self driving cars. But now that I think about it, I’d rather just chill in a self driving car going from A to B than be miserable having to drive some pos cuv.

  • Enter Ranting

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • MarketAndChurch

    It’ll probably come with a steering wheel.

  • I’M NOT QUESTIONING WETHER OR NOT AUTONOMY IS A GOOD OR BAD THING BUT THAT GM WANT’S TO RELEASE THIS NEXT YEAR. IT’S NOT LEGAL TO DRIVE ANY WHERE AUTONOMOUSLY LET ALONE PRODUCE A CAR WITHOUT A STEERING WHEEL. IF THEY KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT IMPENDING CHANGES IN THE LAW I’D BE INTERESTED IN HEARING ABOUT IT.

  • Status

    The name of the person that appears on the insurance papers.

    • giancarlo always me

      in my country the name(s) of driver(s) is(are) requested in order to charge the responsability.
      Probably the insurance companies should invent new formulas

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