General Motors will start its own autonomous car testing project in the United States with a fleet of Chevrolet Volts in late 2016.
The news was announced during GM investor conference at its Milford Proving Ground in Michigan today and was one of several alternative transportation projects revealed by the company.
The Volts will drive autonomously within GM’s Warren Technical Centre campus, also in Michigan. The company’s employees will be able to reserve a Volt using a car-sharing app, then select a destination. GM’s autonomous technology will drive the vehicle to its destination and park it.
GM said the project “will serve as a rapid-development laboratory to help accelerate our technical capabilities in autonomous vehicles”.
As an interim step towards autonomous transportation, the manufacturer’s ‘Super Cruise’ semi-autonomous driving technology will be available on next year’s Cadillac CT6.
Super Cruise, which has been in development since 2012, is capable of semi-automated driving, including hands-off lane following, braking and speed control under certain driving conditions.