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