General Motors has boldly stated that it has the ability to run mass-produced autonomous vehicles down its existing production lines - something it claims separates it from its competitors.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra says Chevrolet is the only automaker capable of producing autonomous vehicles on its regular assembly lines instead, rather than building hand-built prototypes offline as its competitors are doing.
As part of its autonomous trial program Chevrolet has a fleet of 130 Bolt EVs already in use on American roads which Barra described as "purpose built self-driving test vehicles" unlike any rival machines.
"The level of integration in these test vehicles is on par with any of our production vehicles, and that is a great advantage for us," she says.
"In fact, no other company today has the unique and necessary combination of technology, engineering and manufacturing ability to build autonomous vehicles at scale.
"As a result, these self-driving Bolt EV test vehicles leave this factory as state-of-the-art autonomous vehicles."
Although the electric Bolt isn’t on the horizon for local sale through GM’s Holden brand, the ability to integrate autonomous vehicle production into existing manufacturing facilities means that Holden need not fall behind in the autonomous vehicle race.
All of Holden’s future models are to be imported from General Motors global portfolio of vehicles, potentially giving it access to any future autonomous models as they surface within GM’s other brands.
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