Chevrolet has announced it has completed production on a fleet of 130 Bolt EV models equipped with the automaker’s next-gen self-driving technology. Built at the Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan, the cars soon will join 50 other Bolt EVs fitted with General Motors’ current autonomous tech that are racking up on-road test miles in San Francisco; Scottsdale, Arizona; and the metro Detroit area.

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Back in January, GM became the first automaker to build self-driving cars on a regular production line. Working with its partner Cruise Automation–the San Francisco-based tech startup it purchased last year—GM has been able to accelerate the development and evaluation process. “To achieve what we want from self-driving cars, we must deploy them at scale," noted Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt. "By developing the next-generation self-driving platform in San Francisco and manufacturing these cars in Michigan, we are creating the safest and most consistent conditions to bring our cars to the most challenging urban roads that we can find.”

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Vogt’s sentiments were echoed by GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra who stated this production milestone opens the door to an expansion of the real-world knowledge base that “will help ensure our self-driving vehicles meet the same strict standards for safety and quality that we build into all of our vehicles and brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality.”

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