GM has announced that it will be testing a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Volts late next year.
The fleet of 2017 Chevrolet Volts will be seen roaming around the American automaker’s Technical Center campus in Warren, Mich., and employees there will be able to summon one of the Volts and select their destination through an app, much like Uber but without a driver. The program will serve as a rapid-development laboratory aimed to provide data and lessons to help expedite GM’s technical capabilities in autonomous vehicles. According to GM, it has been testing the “Super Cruise” autonomous driving technology since 2012 and confirmed that the feature will be available on the 2017 Cadillac CT6.
The company also announced two new car- and ride-sharing projects, one in New York City operating today and another that will come in the first quarter of 2016 in another U.S. city. These projects will further expand GM’s participation in alternate transportation models, helping generate additional revenue and profits.
“The convergence of rapidly improving technology and changing consumer preferences is creating an inflection point for the transportation industry not seen in decades,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “Some might find this massive change to be daunting, but we look at it and see the opportunity to be a disruptor. We believe our decades of leadership in vehicle connectivity is fundamental to our quest to redefine the future of personal mobility.”
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