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GM to build production versions of Cruise AV self-driver at Orion plant; roof modules at Brownstown

General Motors will build production versions of its Cruise AV (earlier post) at its Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan. Roof modules for GM’s self-driving vehicles will be assembled at its Brownstown plant.

The Cruise AV, which the company plans to commercialize in 2019, is the first production-ready vehicle built from the ground up to operate safely on its own with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls.


We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialize in 2019. 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.

—GM President Dan Ammann

GM will invest more than $100 million to upgrade both facilities. Roof module production has already begun and production of the fourth generation Cruise AV is expected to begin in 2019.


Since January 2017, UAW Local 5960 workers at the Orion plant have assembled three generations of Cruise self-driving test vehicles for use in the most challenging urban environments, including downtown San Francisco. More than 200 of the test vehicles have been assembled at Orion.

Workers at GM’s Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant will expand their capabilities by adding roof module production for all of Cruise’s self-driving vehicles. The roof modules integrate special equipment for AV operation such as LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware, and will be assembled on a dedicated line at the facility. The Orion plant will continue to build the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Sonic as well as the Cruise AV.



Will they build self-driving cars that obey the speed limit? Or will they follow Google's lead and program the cars to "keep up with traffic". That's the line they gave the NTSB a few years ago. But, the Feds came back and said "No you will not do that. Your cars will not be allowed to exceed the speed limit automatically."

Apparently, excessive speed was partly to blame for Uber's car killing a pedestrian, after it's computer's memory revealed it was going 40mph in a 30mph zone.
Why was a self-driving car going 40 in a 35 zone? What kind of self-driving car is that? The auto manufacturers are introducing unsafe products that haven't been tested in the snow, they haven't shown what happens when the camera lenses get mud or bird droppings on them, how the car's control system deals with worn out breaks or tire punctures, and their engineers and executives don't care about obeying traffic laws.

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