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Published on August 15th, 2016 | by James Ayre


GM Now Testing Autonomous Chevy Bolts In Arizona

August 15th, 2016 by  

Chevrolet Cracks Open the Bolt, Shares Drivetrain DetailsSelf-driving Chevy Bolts are now (as of a few weeks ago) being tested on the streets of Arizona, according to recent reports.

The GM-owned firm Cruise Automation has reportedly opened a new office in Scottsdale, adding to its self-driving facilities in California. Many will probably recall that, following GM’s acquisition of Cruise Automation last March, it began testing self-driving Chevy Bolts on the streets of San Francisco. (As a reminder, Cruise Automation is a Silicon Valley software firm specializing in autonomous driving technologies.)

Reports are that GM is now on the verge of expanding testing to other cities as well. Michigan cities would seem a fair guess. The company’s testing process currently features the use of a backup driver that takes control when circumstances are deemed dangerous, it should be remembered.

With regard to the company’s autonomous driving goals, GM Chairwoman and CEO Mary Barra was quoted recently as saying that the company’s tech would at first be deployed via a ridesharing program (Lyft would be likely), rather than as a consumer feature.

No timeline for when this will occur has been revealed by the company yet, so it may not be for quite some time. The Chevy Bolt will itself be hitting the market before the end of the year.

(Tip of the hat here to “HiFlite” on the GM-Volt.com forum for the news.)

Those looking for more information on the Chevy Bolt can find it in these articles:

Chevy Bolt Drag Coefficient Is 0.32, Says Lead Designer

Chevy Bolt vs Honda Fit, Kia Soul, Nissan Versa Note, Chevy Trax (Size Comparisons)

2017 Chevy Bolt Nearly Ready For US Release — A Broader & Deeper View

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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