Following Michigan’s move to make autonomous vehicles legal on public roads, General Motors has made a huge commitment to its home state.
GM has announced it will not only begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in the state of Michigan, but the automaker will begin manufacturing its next generation of autonomous vehicles at the Orion assembly plant in 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 General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “Our autonomous technology will be reliable and safe, as customers have come to expect from any of our vehicles.”
Specifically, GM will make Detroit, Michigan its main location for the development of autonomous driving technologies in winter climates. Testing has already been underway at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, but will soon move to public roads.
Workers will begin assembly of the next generation fleet of autonomous vehicles, Chevrolet Bolt EVs, and will equip the latest GM-developed technology. Those components include LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware designed to ensure system safety.
Michigan, welcome to the autonomous revolution.