MILFORD, Michigan — Car shoppers got a glimpse into GM's future mobility plans on Thursday as the automaker said it plans to test a fleet of autonomous 2017 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid cars in late 2016 and jointly develop a "commercially viable" fuel-cell vehicle with Honda in the 2020 time frame.
The experimental Volts are designed to drive autonomously within GM's Warren Technical Center campus.
GM employees will reserve a Volt using a car-sharing app and then select a destination. The autonomous technology will bring the Volt to its destination and park it.
"The program will serve as a rapid-development laboratory to provide data and lessons to accelerate the company's technical capabilities in autonomous vehicles," GM said in a statement.
GM said it intends to "capitalize on the future of personal mobility."
The Detroit automaker also announced two new car- and ride-sharing projects. One is operating in New York City today and another will come in the first quarter of 2016 in an unnamed U.S. city.
Edmunds says: These developments show that GM is keeping up with the competition when it comes to autonomous vehicles and future mobility.