GM produces its first 130 autonomous Chevy Bolts

GM recently produced 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt vehicles, the first self-driving cars produced by the company, a release on the Graff Mount Pleasant website said.

GM has not announced when the vehicles will be available for sale.

The new Bolt EV cars are Level-4 autonomous vehicles, which means they drive themselves in most situations, but still require an alert driver to take over in emergency situations, the release said.

The new Bolt has laser radar technology, also known as LIDAR (light detection and ranging), that provides the vehicle's computer with a 360-degree view around the Bolt, which helps it make decisions about speed and braking.

"Each LIDAR has 32 lasers and spins 360 degrees, providing a detailed view of the world to the car," Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation, which develops the software necessary to operate self-driving cars, said in the release. “There are even a couple of cameras that are dedicated just to seeing traffic lights to make sure you don’t run red lights.”

GM Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens plans to run the self-driving department much like a startup, investing more than $150 million per quarter to make sure the vehicles are ready for the public as soon as possible, the posting said.

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