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MEDC statement in response to GM’s autonomous vehicle testing announcement

A week after Gov. Rick Snyder signed the SAVE Act legislation (four bills that support autonomous vehicle testing and deployment in Michigan), General Motors announced today it will immediately begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads on the outskirts of the GM Technical Center campus in Warren. To this point, GM has been testing autonomous vehicles within the tech center campus.

In addition, GM announced it will produce the next generation of its autonomous test vehicles at its Orion Township assembly plant beginning in early 2017. Workers will build test fleet Bolt EVs equipped with fully autonomous technology. (The plant currently manufactures the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Sonic.)

Within the next few months, testing will expand to metro Detroit, which will become GM’s main location for development of autonomous technology in winter climates.

In response to today’s GM announcements, Michigan Economic Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Steve Arwood has released the statement below:

"We applaud GM's leadership in the mobility space, and their continued commitment to Michigan. This announcement of additional research, testing and manufacturing all happening in Michigan also further cements our Planet M campaign and the fact that the future of mobility is happening and advancing right here. Working together with the automotive industry on finding innovative and timely solutions, Michigan is playing a leading role in the world-wide autonomous-vehicle revolution.”

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