GM to Start Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturing and Testing in Michigan

GM to Start Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturing and Testing in Michigan

Testing is already underway on GM’s Technical Center campus in Warren, Mich., and with the passage of the SAVE Act legislation will now expand to public roads on the facility’s outskirts.

gm

From aftermarketNews.com

On the heels of the signing of the SAVE Act legislation to support autonomous vehicle testing and deployment in Michigan, General Motors (GM) has announced it will immediately begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads. The automaker also announced it will produce the next generation of its autonomous test vehicles at its Orion Township assembly plant beginning in early 2017.

“Revolutionizing transportation for our customers while improving safety on roads is the goal of our autonomous vehicle technology, and today’s announcement gets us one step closer to making this vision a reality,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “Our autonomous technology will be reliable and safe, as customers have come to expect from any of our vehicles.”

Testing is already underway on GM’s Technical Center campus in Warren, Mich., 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.

Workers at the Orion Township assembly plant will build test fleet Bolt electric vehicles (EVs) equipped with fully autonomous technology. The plant currently manufactures the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Sonic. The new equipment will include LiDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware designed to ensure system safety. The test fleet vehicles will be used by GM engineers for continued testing and validation of GM’s autonomous technology already underway on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Ariz., 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. In January, the company announced the formation of a dedicated autonomous vehicle engineering team and a $500 million investment in Lyft to develop an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S. In March, the company announced the acquisition of Cruise Automation to provide deep software talent and rapid development expertise to help speed development.

In June, GM began testing autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs on the public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale. The company has more than 40 autonomous vehicles testing in the two cities.

You May Also Like

CCC Launches New Intelligent Experience (IX) Cloud Platform

CCC IX Cloud will help customers focus on the claims, repair decisions and actions that will have the greatest impact on their business. 

CCC Intelligent Solutions has announced the launch of the CCC Intelligent Experience (IX) Cloud platform, which will bring intelligent experiences to life through a new event-driven architecture that overlays onto CCC’s existing cloud applications, customer workflows, and customer and partner systems. 

This microservices-based approach will proactively provide additional insights about business events, infuse the latest AI into workflows and cascade innovation across customer operations. The CCC IX Cloud will create opportunities for workflows that are as dynamic and unique as the tens of millions of claims and repairs that occur each year, as well as help customers focus on the claims, repair decisions and actions that will have the greatest impact on their business. 

Evercoat to Hold Free Webinar on Gel Coat Repairs

“Troubleshooting Gelcoat Repairs” will take place on April 11, 2024 at 2 p.m.

CIECA to Hold Webinar on New API Standards

The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 25 at 2 p.m. EST.

I-CAR CEO & President Announces Retirement

John Van Alstyne plans to retire in 2025 after a successful 15-year tenure.

Crash Champions Acquires Buddy Foster Collision, Expands Tampa Market

Crash Champions has announced the expansion of its Tampa service with the acquisition of Buddy Foster Collision and Towing in Zephyrhills, Fla.

Other Posts

ASE Education Foundation Seeks Outstanding Instructor for 2024 Byrl Shoemaker Award

The award recognizes a high school or college instructor from an ASE-accredited automotive, diesel/truck or collision repair program.

Crash Champions Acquires Oregon MSO Premier Auto Body

Crash Champions has acquired Oregon-based Premier Auto Body and its three locations. 

CIF Announces Dedoes Industries as Repeat Annual Donor

This marks Dedoes Industries’ fourth consecutive donation at the Urgent Care tier.

I-CAR Launches RTS Mobile App for Collision Repair Technicians

OEM repair procedures, calibration requirements, technical news and more will now be right at the fingertips of industry professionals.

RTS App Screenshots