It’s only a matter of time before you start seeing autonomous cars being tested on a street near you. The Associated Press reported that General Motors and its autonomous technology company, Cruise Automation, have been testing self-driving Chevrolet Bolt test cars in Scottsdale, Arizona. The cars have already been tested in and around San Francisco, as well.
Although GM said they’re contemplating tests in other cities, there are no such additions planned at this time. Also, Cruise Automation has an office in Scottsdale, perhaps explaining the choice of the Phoenix suburb for testing. GM acquired the software company this March for $581 million.
Just about every carmaker is, in some way, in the process of developing self-driving technology. Besides real-world driving, simulated city streets are widely utilized to synthesize actual roads. These include the so-called Mcity in Michigan utilized by GM, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and various part suppliers, as well as abandoned neighborhoods such as the one in the Concord Naval Weapons Station in California. The latter was actually used on the popular Discovery Channel television show “MythBusters” as a way to recreate real-world testing conditions.
Expect to see car companies expand their real-world testing in the coming months and years, as the data generated is a necessity in anticipating all the possible issues autonomous cars will deal with.