General Motors Canada To Take Lead Role In Developing Autonomous 2017 Chevrolet Volt

2 years ago by Mark Kane 14

2016 Chevrolet Volt

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In remarks to the Economic Club in Ottawa, GM Canada president and managing director, Steve Carlisle, today confirmed that its Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, has been awarded a mandate to play a leading role in the build of autonomous driving vehicles

In remarks to the Economic Club in Ottawa, GM Canada president and managing director, Steve Carlisle, today confirmed that its Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ontario, has been awarded a mandate to play a leading role in the build of autonomous driving vehicles

GM Canada president and managing director, Steve Carlisle, revealed that the Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ontario will play a leading role in the build of autonomous vehicles.

2017 Chevrolet Volt (which will replace the 2016 model year in early 2016) will be used as a test car for autonomous driving.

Steve Carlisle said:

“Our Engineering Centre in Oshawa was a logical place to locate this important work and it is the next step in growing the new mandate of the Centre to focus on work related to the Connected Car. The Province of Ontario’s leadership in allowing autonomous vehicle testing was a helpful support in securing this advanced technology work for our Canadian facility.”

To what degree the autonomous 2017 Volt will be autonomous we don’t know yet, but the long-term goal is fully autonomous.

A broader development program will be conducted at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.

“The opportunity to realize fully autonomous vehicles has recently become a high profile issue for governments as billions of dollars are expected to be invested in new infrastructure. The Conference Board of Canada has suggested that autonomous cars could save Canadians $65 billion per year through less congestion, less fuel and fewer collisions and fatalities.

GM’s fleet of self-driving 2017 Chevrolet Volt electric vehicles will first be deployed as part of a broader test program at GM’s Technical Centre in Warren Michigan. Through this program, GM employees will reserve a Volt using a car-sharing app, then select a destination. GM’s autonomous technology will bring the vehicle to its destination and park it.  The program will serve as a rapid-development laboratory to provide data and lessons to accelerate GM’s technical capabilities in autonomous vehicles.

In April 2015, GM Canada announced it that had been awarded a new automotive R&D and innovation mandate at its Oshawa Engineering Centre, focused on fast emerging “connected car” and the development of new urban mobility solutions. The company is hiring 100 new software engineers and engaging a growing ecosystem of select Canadian universities, accelerators and suppliers in its mandate.”

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14 responses to "General Motors Canada To Take Lead Role In Developing Autonomous 2017 Chevrolet Volt"

  1. M Hovis says:

    Any new car I buy from this point forward will be a) electric and b) at least mechanically equipped for autonomous drive to be added in the future. It is good to see GM doing this work.

    1. goaterguy says:

      This and vented seats!! They won’t be able to take my money quick enough.

  2. Carsten says:

    Just wait until they hack your car and drive you wherever.

  3. MikeG says:

    How does a Canadian developed autonomous driving car behave when four vehicles arrive at an intersection at the same time?

    Will it sit there while all the other cars go first?

    1. Anon says:

      Driving over humans is okay, but Moose are off limits. 😉

    2. MTN Ranger says:

      Obviously the cars would wirelessly communicate with each other and perform a electronic version of rock, paper scissors.

    3. Speculawyer says:

      Each car says “oh, you go first, eh?”

    4. Breezy says:

      Any Canadian-developed autonomous car will definitely let the other cars go first, unless it’s a BMW.

  4. Stephen says:

    Will all 2017s be shipped with autonomous hardware and get over the air updates a la Tesla. GM may use the Volt as their autonomous showcase.

  5. Speculawyer says:

    I finally saw a 2016 Volt out in the wild. It looks really good! Much better than I thought. The only problem is that it is pretty small. They should lengthen it by 9 inches or so for more room in the back seat (and more trunk room when the seats are put down).

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      You must live in the “la la” land… =)

      Yes, I agree it looks better in person than the picture.

      I can’t stop seeing them now. Daily… But then again, I live among techies…

    2. Ziv says:

      I would be happy to have 3″ of additional legroom in the rear seats. It would make a huge difference and it would also give room for a bit more headroom as well, since the rear hatch would be 3″ further back as well.

  6. Red HHR says:

    Eh,yup,want. Pick me up at my plane.

  7. SJC says:

    Autonomous FCPHEV taxis and shuttles would be useful, less cars on the road, less smog, less imported oil.