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Chevy Autonomous

General Motors has sent the all-electric Chevy Bolt EV to the streets of Scottsdale Arizona for trial runs. Cruise Automation, the autonomous driving systems company recently purchased by GM for $581 million, is wasting no time expanding tests of its latest self-driving car, the Chevy Bolt EV.

After two short months of being brought under the GM umbrella, Cruise was already testing autonomous Bolts in the San Francisco area.

Cruise then expanded the scope of its autonomous, long-range EV testing to Scottsdale, Arizona. Though this is an impressive ramping up of testing locales, Cruise has a long way to go if they want to match the accuracy of Google’s self-driving cars.

The tech giant currently has autonomous cars in Mountain View, California, Austin, Texas, Kirkland, Washington and most recently Phoenix, Arizona. All appear to be fitted with a trifocal camera setup and lidar sensors.

The release date of these vehicles are still unknown, but GM plans the first debut through its partnership with popular ride-sharing service, Lyft. Once the technology has run through a set of testing trials, it is expected to be introduced in Lyft vehicles. Their goal for the future is completely driverless cars, but until this new feature is perfected, all cars will have a person behind the wheel.

Sources: MSN and Fortune.com

 

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