Cruise Automation, now wholly owned by General Motors, is busy developing and engineering the most monumental technology the automobile has ever seen. And it would like to share the fruits of its labor with the masses.
Of course, there was still someone behind the wheel to take control if anything went awry, but that wasn’t the case. Not at all.
The self-driving Bolt EV handles stoplights, intersections, bikers, pedestrians and more with ease, acting properly in any situation that arose during the test drive.
Besides California, Cruise Automation is also testing autonomous Bolt EVs in Arizona and GM will soon deploy a fleet of self-driving vehicles in Michigan, too, following recent state legislation approving their kind.
GM has also begun building autonomous test vehicles at the Orion assembly plant in Michigan, where the human-operated Bolt EV comes to life. The prototype autonomous vehicles are fitted with a bevy of cameras and LIDAR (Light Imaging, Detection and Ranging) systems. Before we see this system come to market, GM’s Super Cruise technology, a semi-autonomous driving system, should be rolling out on Cadillac models later this year.
It will likely be years before truly autonomous cars become the standard for many buyers, but GM continues to say the self-driving car is coming sooner than you think.