April 20, 2017

Cruise Automation released yet another video of GM’s self-driving Bolt EV, and it captured the vehicle’s friendly encounter with a nocturnal animal.

Episode 3 is all about night driving

Cruise Automation is a self-driving technology start-up owned by GM, and it’s been releasing videos of Chevy Bolt EV prototypes driving around San Francisco autonomously. These videos, not unlike the one released by Elon Musk recently for Tesla’s own self-driving technology, show just how much progress these automakers have made in terms of making reliable fully-autonomous cars a reality.

The latest video from Cruise Automation features one of these Bolt EV prototypes driving around at night, and yes, it’s impressive: as you can see, it has no problem navigating around SF in low-light situations. But the star of the show appears around 2 minutes and 38 seconds in.

Yes, it’s a random raccoon crossing the road, and (thank God) the Bolt EV stops for this cute nocturnal creature before driving away. All cuteness aside, it’s truly impressive just what these cameras and sensors can see. Though it’s still a few years away until we see Level 4 and Level 5 autonomy on the roads, videos like this one are a sign that progress is being made.

You can also watch the same video slowed down a little:

 

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