General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) announced that it plans to invest over $100 million in two of its manufacturing plants in Michigan. The company would start making production versions of its self-driving electric Chevy Bolts at the Michigan Plants.
According to the company, the vehicle will be assembled at Orion Township assembly plant, and the rooftop sensors, including special equipment for autonomous operation, will be built at its Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant. The investment of over $100 million would be used to retool both facilities for the production.
GM said that this announcement has no impacts on jobs.
According to the company, the production of the fourth generation Cruise AV is expected to begin in 2019, and roof module production has already begun. The production version of the Cruise AV will be given its driving instructions via a touchscreen in the dashboard, and will have no steering wheel, pedals, and other manual controls.
“We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialize in 2019,” Dan Ammann, the President of General Motors, said in a statement. “Our Orion and Brownstown teams have proven experience in building high-quality self-driving test vehicles and battery packs, so they are well-prepared to produce the Cruise AV.”