According to The Detroit News, the self-driving cars will be start being tested at GM’s Warren Tech Center late next year. The company hasn’t said how many cars will be in the fleet. It hopes testing the autonomous vehicles at its facility helps it develop self-driving cars to be used on public roads quicker.
GM employees that work at the Warren Tech Center will be able to hail a ride from the self-driving cars via an app and can select their destination from options available inside the car. The Chevy Volts won’t go more than 25 mph and will have to interact with traffic, stop signs and pedestrians. There will also be controls so that passengers can take over the cars if need be, The Detroit News notes.
GM isn’t the only company that’s looking to make self-driving cars. Google’s (GOOG,GOOGL) self-driving car has already been involved in a accident that wasn’t its fault, Hyundai is looking to have self-driving cars by 2030 and Tesla (TSLA) is hoping to be the first to sell a self-driving car to customers. There are also rumors that Apple (AAPL) is working on a self-driving car called Project Titan.
GM shares were up 2% as of Friday afternoon.