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GM Announces Factory Location For Self-Driving Vehicle Production

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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.

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“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.”    

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The Brownstown Battery Plant is presently tooling up to build the roof-top sensor array for the vehicles.  

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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. 

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I hope self driving vehicles backfire and turn around to bite the manufacturers and anyone stupid enough to buy one in the butt. 

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I think that it's inevitable.

The only hope I have is that the manufacturers will program the vehicles to travel in the right lane and not in the passing lane.

 

so long

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I hope insurance companies refuse to insure these.!

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Sad part is that even a dumb autonomous car will probably be a better driver than the majority of the population LOL Come on JETSONS, lets move into the future.  

 

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At least now the driver won't be texting or drunk. I'll never own one but may make my life safer.  Will be okay until the connector corrosion so common in GMs sets in.  Then what?

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SkyNet is born....

 

 

 

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Reckon that the pets and wildlife they kill won't even make it to the news. I anticipate lots of wrecked mailboxes and landscaping, too.

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On 19/03/2018 at 10:20 PM, Dnt said:

Appears that the manufacturers still have some work to do.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/19/technology/uber-driverless-fatality.html    

Tough to get manufacturers to convince the test car operator to actually do their job.  I think if you are supposed to be there monitoring and being a backup safety device and you fail to even perform the most basic of controls, you need to face criminal charges.  None of this vehicular manslaughter crap, make it meaningful, murder in the second degree would fit.  

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