The CEO of GM’s autonomous driving tech company Cruise Automation, Kyle Vogt, recently posted a video on Twitter of him and GM president Dan Ammann going for a ride in a self-driving Chevy Bolt EV in San Francisco. The video’s pretty interesting.
The video is a dashcam, it should be noted, so don’t expect to see much in the way of Vogt and Ammann. Still, check it out:
Autoblog provides more:
Though we don’t see the actual vehicle, Kevin Kelly of GM Advanced Technology Communications did confirm that it was an autonomous Bolt EV, and it was a standard Bolt in every way except for the autonomous equipment. He said it’s one of a number that are being tested in San Francisco, Scottsdale, and Detroit. Kelly said that the Detroit area was added last month and will be the primary testing ground for winter conditions.
Kelly also explained what the application mentioned in the video does. He said GM plans to launch its autonomous vehicles in shared fleets, and the app determines pick-up and drop-off locations. So it sounds as though these vehicles will be fully autonomous from when they leave their parking spaces to pick-up passengers, to driving back to their ‘homes’ after the passengers have been dropped off. Kelly wouldn’t provide any details on when GM will start to roll out these programs or vehicles, though.
Presumably, GM is aiming to beat its competitors to the market, though — so probably within just a few years?
Here’s the original tweet from Vogt:
Took GM Pres. Dan Ammann for a ride in a Cruise AV. https://t.co/xGfGZwNgRY
— Kyle Vogt (@kvogt) January 19, 2017