12.15.16

Sen. Peters Applauds General Motors Announcement to Build Their First Autonomous Vehicle in Michigan

GM Building Autonomous Chevy Bolt in Orion Township Assembly Plant, Testing Autonomous Vehicles on Michigan Roads

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Smart Transportation Caucus, released the following statement regarding General Motors’ announcement that they will begin testing autonomous vehicles on Michigan’s roads and build their first autonomous Chevy Bolt in Michigan:

“Michigan is the birthplace of the automotive industry, and our state led the way in putting America, and the rest of the world, on wheels. I’m proud to see that General Motors and Michigan UAW workers will continue to lead the next transformational shift in the automotive industry by building their first driverless car in Michigan.

“Automated vehicles and advanced vehicle technologies that allow cars to communicate with each other will help eliminate traffic congestion, prevent accidents and most importantly, save hundreds of thousands of lives. Today’s announcement is another positive step forward for Michigan’s efforts to take the automotive industry into the future. Along with exciting projects like the American Center for Mobility, these steps will help keep Michigan at the cutting-edge of innovation and testing of the automotive technologies that will once again revolutionize the way we get around.”