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Friday 30 September 2016
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Self-Driving Bolt EVs Being Tested in Scottsdale, AZ

Self-Driving Bolt EVs Being Tested in Scottsdale, AZ

Well, well, well. Twitter is definitely becoming the place to break news these days. Tesla CEO Elon Musk does it all the time.

It’s now where the Cruise Automation team decided to let the cat out of the bag. Monday, the company tweeted it’s now testing autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV’s in Arizona.

The tweet also mentions San Francisco, but we’ve known about that for a few months. Cruise Automation’s website even shows one on its home page with the caption: “Our fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs is deployed on busy San Francisco streets testing the future of mobility.”


Now while this is a Cruise Automation tweet, it might as well be coming from General Motors. That’s because GM bought the self-driving startup company a few months ago. The deal closed in May. The San Francisco-based startup is known for creating a kit that allows car owners to convert their rides into autonomous vehicles for autonomous driving.

GM Lyft Bolt

General Motors President Dan Ammann (center) with Lyft Inc. co-founders John Zimmer (right) and Logan Green (left)

GM bought the startup to accelerate its self-driving development.  By the looks of the company’s careers page, they are on quite a hiring spree. There are openings in Cruise Automation’s operations, testing and technical departments.

So what could all of these autonomous Bolt EVs be about? For one, they could likely tie in with General Motors’ Maven car sharing service. Incorporating them into Lyft operations is a no brainer, too. GM invested $500 million in the Uber competitor earlier this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, GM plans to use Lyft and its army of drivers as a primary customer for the Bolt.


Related Video:  Cruise Automation


Photo Credit: General Motors/Cruise Automation