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GM Jumps Ahead In Self-Driving Cars

The new Chevy Bolt is one of the most advanced driverless cars yet, thanks to a startup the automaker bought last year

Three years ago, General Motors Co. wouldn’t even let its self-driving cars out of the parking lot. Its custom Chevrolet Volt hybrids, meant to autonomously ferry employees around GM’s 700-acre research and development campus in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Mich., could only handle basic driving and topped out at about 25 miles per hour.

At the time, Silicon Valley’s legions of programmers had a big lead on Detroit. Automakers were struggling to develop operating systems as intuitive as Apple Inc.’s and Google’s, and Google had already been working for years to bring artificial intelligence to cars, while Apple was working to spin up a similar project. If either

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