General Motors has announced that it will invest more than $100 million to upgrade two assembly plants in preparation for self-driving vehicle manufacturing.
The carmaker will build production versions of its Cruise autonomous vehicle at its Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan.
Meanwhile, its Brownstown plant will be home to the assembly of roof modules for its self-driving vehicles. The modules integrate special equipment for autonomous driving, including LIDAR, cameras, sensors and other hardware.
GM plans to commercialise its Cruise AV – the first production-ready car with no steering wheel, pedals or manual controls – in 2019.
“We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialize in 2019,” said GM President Dan Ammann.
“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.”