Cruise Automation, the San Francisco start-up that General Motors paid a reported $1 billion for, is already testing at least two camouflaged Chevrolet Bolt EVs around the hills of its home city, according to a person familiar with the project.The news and spy photos were published earlier Wednesday by the Verge, a technology website, which showed Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt behind the wheel of one of the Bolts. The cars were occupied, as required by California law, and equipped with two roof-mounted cylinders that likely provided the sensor technology needed to navigate the car.GM declined comment, but the person who confirmed the testing said GM is allowing Cruise to continue its development and testing much as it did before the acquisition. But GM engineers and executives have visited Cruise’s operations.Vogt reports to Doug Parks, GM vice president of autonomous technology.Earlier this month, Taggart Matthiesen, director of product for ride-sharing company Lyft, said GM, which has invested $500 million in Lyft, will begin testing a fleet of autonomous cars within a year.”At first we’re talking about a very small number of vehicles,” Matthiesen said. ”You’d start with a handful and slowly increase the supply as you gain confidence. Safety is paramount.”Assembly of preproduction models of the… Read full this story
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