General Motors may be inching closer to its plans for an operational fleet of driverless cars according to filings discovered by The Detroit News. While it isn’t the nationwide fleet GM ultimately desires, the Detroit-based automaker is seeking to add 300 driverless vehicles to Michigan roads.
The filings were made with the Federal Communications Commission, but the report does state the 300 additional seld-driving cars, likely to be based on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, would be used in GM’s other autonomous vehicle testing areas, in San Francisco, California, and Scottsdale, Arizona.
GM declined to comment on the filings specifically, but did provide the following statement:
While we do not discuss potential future product plans, our plan is to launch our autonomous vehicle technology first in an on-demand ride-sharing network.
The FCC filings specifically sought the approval for dedicating part of the radio spectrum for the company’s dedicated short-range communications that would allow GM cars to “talk” to each other. Cadillac recently introduced vehicle-to-vehicle communications for the 2017 model year, which allows the luxury sedans to communicate with one another as well.
Along with GM’s Cruise Automation subsidiary, which carries the bulk of GM’s autonomous driving development, GM is also working with ride-sharing company, Lyft, for a nationwide fleet of self-driving vehicles. GM and Cruise have both said we’ll see the technology deployed sooner rather than later.