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GM's Self-Driving Test Vehicle Added To Henry Ford Museum

March 16, 2019 - 11:28 am
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DEARBORN (WWJ/AP) - One of General Motors' first self-driving test vehicles is going on display at an automotive history museum in Dearborn.

The Henry Ford history attraction this week announced that it acquired a modified pre-production Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle.

The GM-donated vehicle originally made its debut testing on the streets of San Francisco in 2016. Now it will be displayed at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

The camera- and sensor-equipped vehicle is the first autonomous car to be added to The Henry Ford collection. It'll be next to a 1959 Cadillac El Dorado at the "Driving America" exhibit, which chronicles the history of the automobile.

The Henry Ford President and CEO Patricia Mooradian says self-driving capabilities "will fundamentally change our relationship with the automobile." 

"As the home of the historic vehicles that have shaped that relationship today, this acquisition is paramount in how we tell that story in the future," she said in a statement. 

The vehicle is equipped with cameras, radar and LIDAR sensors as well as an on-board computer. The sensing system and compute platform allow the vehicle to observe the world around it in 360 degrees and make near real-time decisions to navigate the road safely. 

It's the first autonomous car to be added to the museum’s collection.