GM to begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads

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Evaluation of autonomous vehicle testing is already underway at auto maker GM’s technical center in Warren, Michigan, and with the passage of the SAVE Act, legislation will now expand to public roads on the facility’s outskirts.

Within the next few months, testing will expand to Metro Detroit, which will become GM’s main location for development of autonomous technology in winter climates.

GM also announced it will produce the next generation of its autonomous test vehicles at its Orion Township assembly plant beginning in early 2017.

Workers at the Orion Township assembly plant will build test fleet Bolt EVs equipped with fully autonomous technology. The plant currently manufactures the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Sonic.

The test fleet vehicles will be used by GM engineers for continued evaluation and validation of GM’s autonomous technology already underway on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as part of the Michigan testing fleet.

Since the beginning of 2016, GM has taken significant steps in its development of autonomous vehicle technology.

January 5, 2016

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