Watch an Autonomous Chevy Bolt Drive Itself Around at Night

Someone is in the driver’s seat, but the Bolt does all the driving.

Steve Fecht/General Motors

GM has released their third video showing off their Cruise Automation technology in a Chevy Bolt EV. This is the first time we’re seeing the Bolt drive itself at night and it does pretty darn well. It’s eight and a half minutes of a sped-up view from the driver’s seat with some funky techno beats going in the background...because, nightlife?

This video just looks like a normal person is driving a normal car cruising the streets of San Francisco, which is probably exactly what GM wants it to look like. We see the Bolt come to a complete stop at every stop sign, wait for traffic and pedestrians, stop at red lights, and go at green lights. We even see it recognize a bicyclist in front of it and successfully avoid hitting him.

My favorite part of the video is around the 2.5-minute mark when the video slows down to show a raccoon scamper across the street to safety as the Bolt brakesfor the little guy. If there are a lot of pets or varmints in your area, it looks like GM’s Cruise Automation is planning to keep them safe. If it recognizes small animals, it will likely recognize big animals like deer as well, which actually makes it a great safety feature.

Cruise Automation is still a pretty small operation, but it's growing and advancing fast. GM hasn’t talked much about when automation is coming to its production cars—but with the effort they’re putting into Cruise and with V2V tech coming standard on the Cadillac CTS, it looks like The General is pretty serious about getting autonomous tech on the road sooner than later.