The Chevy Bolt EV Now Has An Autonomous Version, And It’s Almost Ready For
Mass Production
September 21, 2017  Simon Alvarez

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The future of the transportation industry seems set to be built on the backs
of autonomous vehicles, with iconic automotive firms such as Volvo, Ford,
Chevy, and Tesla investing heavily in the ...

The future of the transportation industry seems set to be built on the backs
of autonomous vehicles, with iconic automotive firms such as Volvo, Ford,
Chevy, and Tesla investing heavily in the technology. While carmakers have
taken significant steps towards a fully self-driving future, it appears that
Chevy has managed to achieve the most progress.

Chevy has been hard at work with Cruise, a driverless car startup that it
acquired last year, in order to create a fully autonomous version of the
Chevy Bolt EV, the carmaker’s main contender against the highly prolific
Tesla Model 3. The Chevy Bolt EV has done quite well on the market, with
reviewers lauding the vehicle for its performance and its long range.

With Cruise’s technology, however, the Chevy Bolt EV becomes even better. So
far, Cruise has gone through three iterations of its self-driving vehicle,
with the third generation practically ready for mass production. In an
announcement on Medium, Cruise CEO and founder Kyle Vogt described the
vehicle as a full-featured car with all the comforts of a traditional

    “Today, we’re unveiling the world’s first mass-producible car designed
to operate without a driver. This isn’t just a concept design — it has
airbags, crumple zones, and comfortable seats.”

Even more important than the vehicle’s comfort and ease of use, however, is
its capability to be produced at a massive scale. So far, mass production
has been the problem with technologically advanced EVs. In the Tesla Model
3’s case, for example, designing the car and getting orders were no problem;
it was mass-producing the vehicle that posed the real challenge.

This would not be a problem for Chevy and Cruise, however, as the
self-driving car startup has been given full access to one of GM’s
facilities, according to an AutoBlog report. This, according to the Cruise
CEO, would enable the startup and the carmaker to manufacture fully
self-driving Chevy Bolt EVs at a large scale.

    “It’s assembled in a high-volume assembly plant capable of producing
100,000’s of vehicles per year, and we’d like to keep that plant busy.”

Cruise has made a lot of efforts in ensuring that its fully autonomous
version of the Chevy Bolt EV would be one of the safest cars on the road.
Over the course of the three iterations of the car, Cruise has
near-perfected its self-driving technologies, with the CEO stating that the
EV’s systems are equipped with backup after backup programs to handle any
incidents on the road.

While the 3rd Generation of Cruise’s autonomous Chevy Bolt EV is practically
ready for mass-production, Vogt also stated that more iterations of the
self-driving vehicle would still be launched in the near future. Thus, while
the technology is near-perfect and the EV is already available, the actual
mass production of fully self-driving Chevy Bolt EV units might still take
some time.
[© 2017 The Inquisitr]
This self-driving Chevy Bolt EV is ready for mass production, CEO says
Sep 13th 2017 ... first to meet safety and redundancy-system standards ... 
announce that it had a fully self-driving electric vehicle that could be
mass-produced …

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