GM will test its autonomous vehicle fleet on Michigan roads

On Thursday, General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra said that the automaker will commence the testing of a fleet of autonomous vehicles on public roads in Michigan. The move will make GM the second conventional automaker - after Ford - to test fully autonomous vehicles on public roads outside its premises.

The autonomous vehicle fleet which GM will test on Michigan roads will be the company's Chevrolet Bolts.

According to the details shared by Barra, the autonomous Chevrolet Bolts which GM will start testing on public roads around metro Detroit will be built in the company's Orion Township assembly plant in Oakland County beginning early 2017.

About the production of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts at GM's Orion Township assembly plant, Barra said that GM will apparently be the first high-volume automaker to use a mass-production assembly plant for building fully autonomous vehicles.

Meanwhile, highlighting the significance of GM's decision to test its autonomous vehicle fleet on Michigan roads, Barra said that the move would enable the automaker to "get the cold, snow and all the different weather conditions, with the support of our Warren Technical Center and Milford Proving Grounds."