General Motors became the first automaker to build self-driving cars with conventional automotive manufacturing processes when it rolled out its first batch of autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV’s earlier this month.
The automaker released a short promotional video showing the workforce at the Orion Township assembly plant building the self-driving Bolt EV piece by piece to show this is not science fiction—it’s a coming reality.
GM acquired Cruise Automation to help propel its self-driving car efforts and has been pretty hands off with the process. GM knows how to build a car, retains some seriously talented engineers and has Cruise Automation to bolster its efforts. In GM’s eyes, it’s sitting pretty.
The autonomous Bolt EVs sport next-generation autonomous vehicle technology. Lidar, cameras and sensors are all onboard from the production line—again, a first for any automaker.
“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.”
Watch the assembly process unfold in the video above.