GM says it has made 130 self-driving electric cars

The 2017 Chevy Bolt electric vehicle

The 2017 Chevy Bolt electric vehicle

The cars were built at the Lake Orion plant, where Chevrolet builds the standard Bolt EV, as well as the Sonic.

"The autonomous vehicles you see here today are goal built, self-driving test vehicles", Barra said before several hundred employees gathered at the plant this morning.

She adds: "The level of integration in these test vehicles is on par with any of our production vehicles, and that is a great advantage for us".

The autonomous-driving equipment includes a LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware created to develop a safe and reliable self-driving vehicle.

Chevy has prepared an entire fleet of self-driving Bolt EVs, showing that mass production is possible with this type of sophisticated technology.

"To achieve what we want from self-driving cars, we must deploy them at scale", said Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt in a statement.

Chevrolet can build fully autonomous vehicles in existing production facilities.

The carmaker expects the Bolt test fleet to grow to 180, GM said in a statement on Tuesday.

The latest 130 cars will be equipped with a suite of cameras, sensors and other hardware that's been updated from the systems used on 50 self-driving Bolts already being tested in San Francisco, metro Detroit and Scottsdale, Arizona. That's deliberate: While GM may have an internal target date, executives have consistently said GM will begin selling self-driving vehicles only when GM feels the technology is thoroughly vetted and safe.

GM has been aggressively working to put together the pieces of the puzzle it needs to be a leader when it comes to driverless vehicles. It acquired Cruise Automation, a San Francisco autonomous vehicle startup, previous year to develop and implement the software for the cars. According to Cruise Automation's website, the company is hiring additional engineers who are passionate about the field of automated driving.

M - GM has built its first batch of 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs at its Orion, Mich., assembly plant. That's an all-electric hatchback, with 238 miles of EPA-certified range. It has been highly acclaimed, earning the award as the North American Car of the Year, Motor Trend Car of the Year, Detroit Free Press Car of the Year and other awards.

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