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Great news. I love the idea of autonomy. Probably won't be for retail sale. GM is cautious and from the article the law requires some standards be met before that can happen. Thanks for the post.
 

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http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/general-motors-to-build-self-driving-bolt-evs-in-michigan/

Next year, supposedly Chevrolet will be producing autonomous Bolt EVs. Whether they will be available for retail customers is not mentioned.
Indeed. The price will be telling.

If it's not Level 5 autonomous, it can improve the driving experience, and through improved safety and efficiency lower running costs somewhat, but as long as it can't get rid of the expensive meat in the driver's seat the price has to be relatively low.
 

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I don't think pricing has a ton to do with it...Come out with the so called level five, they could charge $100K for the "Autonomous option" and assuming this is first and only level five vehicle available for public purchase you'd have probably at least 10K takers...That isn't to say folks would prefer to have it on another vehicle such as an Escalade...
 

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I have a 1 hour each way commute.
Though I frequently enjoy the drive home through the most beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the idea of napping for an additional hour on the morning drive in fills me with great delight.
 

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I'm not sure folks understand what Level 5 totally entails which is the vehicle can operate in ANY environment at all time/conditions. This would include uncharted dirt roads or even off-roads etc. No one is near that level right now.

My assumption is these Bolts would only be sold/used in specific well mapped markets (SF, LA, etc) with humans in the seat anytime they're on public roadways which would be level 3.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automated_driving_system
 

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GM has to remodel the Chevy Bolt EV to hide or make less ugly all the external sensors before offering for sale. Ford, which bought the LIDAR company Velodyne, has the small LIDARs attached to small arms on the "A" pillars above the external rear view mirrors on their test Fusions, and look good enough to pass as another "mirror". They still have to hide the roof cameras somehow.

Here is the Ford video explaining how they are modifying their Fusions (see the LIDAR mounts at 0:22):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QJeaK7U87o

GM has to do better!
 

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GM has to remodel the Chevy Bolt EV to hide or make less ugly all the external sensors before offering for sale. Ford, which bought the LIDAR company Velodyne, has the small LIDARs attached to small arms on the "A" plillars above the external rear view mirrors on their test Fusions, and look good enough to pass as anothe "mirror". They still have to hide the roof cameras somehow.

Here is the Ford video explaining how they are modifying their Fusions (see the LIDAR mounts at 0:22):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QJeaK7U87o

GM has to do better!
It won't matter what an autonomous taxi looks like.
 

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"General Motors is said to be readying a massive fleet of automated electric cars for a test program with ride-hailing affiliate Lyft. Starting in 2018 GM intends to deploy “thousands” of automated Bolt hatchbacks in what could be the largest such test fleet in operation, according to Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter who weren’t identified."

"Lyft would operate the all-electric cars, dubbed Bolt AVs, in multiple U.S. states, according to the report. GM declined to confirm the story."

In a statement on Friday (2/17/17), GM said: "We do not provide specific details on potential future products or technology rollout plans. We have said that our AV technology will appear in an on-demand ride sharing network application sooner than you might think."

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-gm-autonomous-exclusive-idUSKBN15W283

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohn...ectric-bolts-in-lyft-test-fleet/#458d9e24259e
 
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