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GM has been testing its autonomous-driving technology for several years (Photo: GM)

General Motors plans to start building production models of the Cruise AV self-driving car at its Orion Township plant north of Detroit next year. Roof modules for self-driving vehicles will be built at its Brownstown plant nearby.

GM says the Cruise AV is the first production-ready car that has been built from the ground up to be fully self-driving. It has no steering wheel, pedals or manual controls.

“We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialize in 2019,” GM President Dan Ammann said in a press release.

GM plans to invest more than 100 million dlrs to upgrade Orion and Brownstown.

The Orion plant has already built three generations of Cruise self-driving test vehicles. These have been used to road-test the technology in urban environments, including San Francisco.