GM announced the completion of 130 of their next generation of autonomous test vehicles. 130 Chevrolet Bolt were manufactured and equipped with sensors in GM’s Orion factory, and are now added to the existing fleet of 50 vehicles being used for tests in San Francisco, Scottsdale, AZ, and Detroit.
GM is currently ramping up its test fleet to and estimated 300 vehicles, and adding over 1,000 hires to the self-driving team. GM is the first manufacturer mass producing autonomous vehicles. Other companies have manufactured such vehicles in individual batches or by retrofitting them.
The new sensor arrangements on top of the cars are different from the ones used so far on the streets of San Francisco and Scottsdale. The sensors are now partly integrated into covers, until recently they have been mounted on bars. The Chevrolet Bolt is an electric vehicle with 238 miles (over 380 kilometers) of range.
The efforts are coinciding with the Google subsidiary Waymo which is also working on a massive expansion of its program. 500 Fiat-Chrysler Pacifica Minivans are scheduled to be used in a gated community in San Jose.
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