General Motors announced an over $100 million investment to upgrade its Orion and Brownstown facilities for production versions of its Cruise AV.

GM takes next step toward future with self-driving vehicle manufacturing in Michigan

GM takes next step toward future with self-driving vehicle manufacturing in Michigan

Series production of the fourth-generation Cruise AV (self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs) is to start in 2019 as GM intends to go large-scale.

So far, more than 200 Cruise AV prototypes were made.

Production of the autonomous version takes place in parallel to Bolt EV production, which is going to increase at the Orion Township assembly plant too.

The roof modules with all the stuff required to get rid of the driver will be assembled at its Brownstown plant.

"After more than a year of building test vehicles for development of its self-driving technology, General Motors today announced it will build production versions of its Cruise AV at its Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan. Roof modules for GM’s self-driving vehicles will be assembled at its Brownstown plant.

The Cruise AV, which the company plans to commercialize in 2019, is the first production-ready vehicle built from the ground up to operate safely on its own with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls."

Cruise Automation - Chevrolet Bolt EV

Cruise Automation - Chevrolet Bolt EV

"GM will invest more than $100 million to upgrade both facilities. Roof module production has already begun and production of the fourth generation Cruise AV is expected to begin in 2019.

Since January 2017, UAW Local 5960 workers at the Orion plant have assembled three generations of Cruise self-driving test vehicles for use in the most challenging urban environments, including downtown San Francisco. More than 200 of the test vehicles have been assembled at Orion."

"Workers at GM’s Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant will expand their capabilities by adding roof module production for all of Cruise’s self-driving vehicles. The roof modules integrate special equipment for AV operation such as LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware, and will be assembled on a dedicated line at the facility. The Orion plant will continue to build the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Sonic as well as the Cruise AV."

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GM President Dan Ammann said:

“We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialize in 2019. 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.”

Cindy Estrada, vice president and director, UAW General Motors Department said:

“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. Whether it involves traditional vehicles or advance technology, our members are highly capable of delivering great products.”