After more than a year of building test vehicles for development of its self-driving technology, General Motors has announced it will build production versions of its Cruise AV at its Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan. Roof modules for the self-driving vehicles will be assembled at its Brownstown plant.
The Cruise AV is the first production-ready vehicle built from the ground up to operate safely on its own with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls.
“We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialise in 2019,” said GM President Dan Ammann. “Our Orion and Brownstown teams have proven experience in building high-quality self-driving test vehicles and battery packs, so they are well prepared to produce the Cruise AV.”
GM will invest more than $100 million to upgrade both facilities. Roof module production has already begun, this unit houses the LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware.