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.)
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