ELECTRIC CHEVROLET BOLT DRIVES ITSELF THROUGH SAN FRANCISCO, IN NEW VIDEO


VIDEO DEMONSTRATES CHEVY BOLT EV - USING GM'S "CRUISE" SELF DRIVING SOFTWARE

DETROIT / RICK WALKER

General Motors has released the third in a series of videos, showing an autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV cruising through the streets of San Francisco at night. It's all part of the automaker's effort to promote its advancements and achievements in the area of self driving cars.

The video shows the Bolt make its way around double parked cars, cyclists, and deal with other obstacles like cars cutting in front. At one point a racoon darts in front of the Bolt and the autonomous driving system responds instantly avoiding a collision and saving the little critter's life.

An “autonomous-vehicle trainer” sits behind the steering wheel, just in case human intervention is required, but so far in the video series the driver has not needed to touch the steering wheel, gas, or brake pedal. An engineer was also in the passenger seat during the self driving test, and was taking notes. In the back seat, GM President Dan Amman was a long for the ride.

GM has been testing Bolt vehicles with Cruise, which it acquired in March 2016, on roads in Detroit, San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona. The automaker is planning to test a lot more in San Francisco and will invest an additional $14 million for a new research and development center.

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