GM to build autonomous vehicles in Michigan; expand testing in metro Detroit

DETROIT, Mich (WLNS) – The recent signing of legislation that clears the way for driverless vehicle testing on public roads in Michigan is leading General Motors to start testing those cars immediately.

General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra says the company is committed to revolutionizing transportation for customers.

Barra also announced that the automaker will build autonomous test vehicles at its Orion Township assembly plant early next year.

Testing is already being done on autonomous vehicles at GM’s Technical Center in Warren.

That testing will soon expand to public roads near that facility.

General Motors is planning to test driverless vehicles in metro Detroit within the next few months.

The test cars will use the Bolt EV as a platform. That car is currently produced at the Orion plant.

Additional equipment such as cameras, sensors and LIDAR will be added to the test vehicles.

The test fleet vehicles will also be used by GM engineers for continued testing already underway on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as part of the Michigan testing fleet.

GM has more than 40 autonomous vehicles testing in the two cities.

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