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John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-12-2019 The very first self-driving vehicle that GM ever produced has been acquired by the Henry Ford museum. The vehicle is built upon a pre-production Chevy Bolt battery-electric vehicle. The vehicle was tested in San Fransisco, California starting back in 2016. It was built by Cruise Automation, GM's autonomy company. GM's President, Mark Reuss, was on hand at the ceremony and https://www.wxyz.com/news/the-henry-ford-acquires-gms-first-self-driving-test-vehiclehad this to say, “Autonomous vehicles will change people’s lives forever, just as the automobile itself did more than a hundred years ago. The Henry Ford is a treasured institution where past and present innovations are documented and displayed, and GM is proud to provide our autonomous test vehicle to serve as an inspiration to the innovators of tomorrow.” Patricia Mooradian, president and CEO, The Henry Ford museum, added, "Self-driving capabilities will fundamentally change our relationship with the automobile. As the home of the historic vehicles that have shaped that relationship today, this acquisition is paramount in how we tell that story in the future.”
John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 3-15-2018 The Cruise autonomous vehicle, or Cruise AV, will be manufactured at the Orion Township plant in Michigan starting in 2019. GM plans to be selling the autonomous vehicles commercially next year after successful trials in San Fransisco and other locations. The pilot production run of 200 Cruise AVs was built at the plant. “We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialize 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.” The Brownstown Battery Plant is presently tooling up to build the roof-top sensor array for the vehicles. UAW Local 5960 workers have built all three of the prior generations of the Cruise AV and will be the workers building the first ones for commercial sale as well. “The UAW is committed to preparing our members for the future of advanced mobility and this investment recognizes our willingness to work together to build these self-driving vehicles,” said Cindy Estrada, vice president and director, UAW General Motors Department. “Whether it involves traditional vehicles or advance technology, our members are highly capable of delivering great products.” GM says that production of the Bolt EV, which was recently announced would be expanding, will continue at Orion as well as other conventional vehicles.