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GM To Commercialize Self-Driving Cruise AV Next Year

GM will begin production of Cruise AV autonomous cars at its Orion Township plant in Michigan next year, the company announced this past week.

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GM has been testing the vehicle, which will be called the Cruise AV, for more than a year.

The company said it will put more than $100 million into upgrades at its Orion Township plant, and a plant in Brownstown, Michigan, where the roof module – which contains key components for self-driving such as LIDAR and cameras – will be assembled.

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“We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialize in 2019,” GM President Dan Ammann said in a statement released by the company. “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.”

Three generations of the self-driving test vehicles have already been built, with road testing having been done in downtown San Francisco.

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