General Motors achieved a milestone today. The automaker has become the first to build autonomous vehicles utilizing a mass production process.
In total, the Orion Township assembly plant built 130 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EVs equipped with GM’s next-generation autonomous vehicle technology. Lidar, cameras and sensors are all onboard from the production line.
“This production milestone brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality,” said GM Chairman and 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.”
GM has grand plans for the self-driving car revolution. It plans to roll out driverless cars sooner rather than later and has invested in ride-sharing network Lyft to create a fleet of autonomous vehicles for consumers. GM’s Maven will also likely benefit from autonomous vehicles at some point as well.
The automaker has treated its recent acquisition to develop autonomous cars, Cruise Automation, like a start-up and has let the subsidiary act on its own accord.
GM doesn’t have a set timeline, but its self-driving cars will likely be here quicker than many expect.