Self-Driving Chevrolet Bolt Fleet Spotted In San Francisco


Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV

Autoblog made a very interesting discovery this week. While driving in San Francisco a very peculiar sight was seen. Not one, but two Chevrolet Bolt EVs were driving together, fully-equipped with autonomous sensors. The part that appeared even more strange was the fact that one car was completely camouflaged, while the other was not.

Chevrolet Bolt Cargo Space

Chevrolet Bolt Cargo Space

It seems neither of the vehicles were production level Bolts. Production is set to start in October. Apparently, the headlights appeared unfinished, which was the clue that the cars were pre-production.

Why one would be disguised, while the other was exposed, is a mystery. Perhaps the plan was last minute and that was all that was available in the area (earlier prototype Bolt Evs). The bigger mystery is, why autonomous driving equipment at this point?

There have been no reports thus far that the upcoming Chevy Bolt EV is to be autonomous. However, it is being marketed as a direct competitor to Tesla’s Model 3, which reportedly may go so far as to have a level of autonomy bordering on “fully autonomous”. Since the Model 3 will be a year or more behind the Bolt, GM could be testing the waters for a second-gen Bolt that rivals the Model 3’s self-driving capabilities.

GM recently made deals with Lyft (car hailing service) and acquired Cruise Automation (self-driving car tech start-up). Conveniently, Cruise Automation is based in San Francisco. It is highly likely that these tests are underway for whatever it is GM plans to do in regards to the self-driving, car hailing market.

Check out the link below to see Autoblog’s photos of the discovery.

Source: Autoblog

Category: Chevrolet

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18 responses to "Self-Driving Chevrolet Bolt Fleet Spotted In San Francisco"
  1. Cavaron says:

    Are these two LIDARS on every Bolt? I heared they came down in price a lot (sub 1000$). Interesting times…

      1. Cavaron says:

        Nice! Thx!

  2. Tom K says:

    I take it there weren’t any pics of this encounter?

    1. Ford Prefect says:

      Just this:

      But none of the actual cars in SF yet.

      1. CopperRoad says:

        The link below the article has quite a few images of the Bolts in SF.

        1. Ford Prefect says:

          Thanks, I hadn’t clicked on the source link.

  3. Ford Prefect says:

    I found two Nissan Leafs with the exact same equipment mounted on the roof as the GM Bolts running around SF on 5/20. I thought they were a Google competitor’s camera cars at first with all the lenses facing out from the roof equipment.

  4. Ocean Railroader says:

    I wounder if the self driving car comes to a stop will it come back to the factory a hour later with it’s hood and other valuable parts missing.

    1. Jychevyvolt says:

      It’ll be fine as long as it doesn’t stop in Fremont.

  5. e-Ray says:

    You would have to be a nut to be attached to a Bolt. And get a washer to keep it clean.

    1. Stephen Hodges says:

      and, to follow that thread, it’s pretty tight inside and made of high strength steel.

  6. Nicholas Littlejohn says:

    No video?

    Check charging stations, I saw preproduction Spark EVs in San Rafael garage once randomly.

  7. Fabian says:

    I hope to get the Bolt come November, but… with all this automation now being discussed, we still can’t even get radar cruise on the current Bolt specs, and yet the new Volt already has it. Hmmm.

  8. Chris C. says:

    Article says:

    “Since the Model 3 will be a year or more behind the Bolt, GM could be testing the waters for a second-gen Bolt that rivals the Model 3’s self-driving capabilities.”

    Steven Loveday, I believe you meant to write second MODEL YEAR Bolt, not second generation. A 2nd gen Bolt would be 4-5 years away. GM would be aiming to have their tech ready for Model 3 launch in late 2017, which is when the second model-year Bolt would be out. That’s also what the Autoblog article says — “model year”.

  9. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Bolt will be good for Lyft fleet cars, especially in SF.

  10. Jeffrey Songster says:

    Fascinating times coming…