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Self-Driving Chevrolet Bolt Heading to the Henry Ford Museum

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The latest addition to the Henry Ford Museum will actually come from Ford's largest automotive rival

Self-driving Chevy Bolts have begun testing on public roadways in Michigan
The Bolt belongs in a museum
Photo: General Motors

General Motors and Ford are among the most famous automotive rivals. Therefore, the latest addition to the Henry Ford Museum might seem a bit strange at first.

GM is donating a pre-production Chevrolet Bolt with self-driving capabilities to the Henry Ford Museum.

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The Bolt in question will be added to the “Driving America” exhibit at the museum. Other entries in this exhibit include the 1865 Roper Steam Carriage and Henry Ford’s own 1896 Quadricycle. There’s even another GM vehicle in the exhibit: a 1959 Cadillac.

As one of the first EVs to also incorporate self-driving capabilities, the Chevrolet Bolt certainly qualifies as a disruptive piece of technology for the automotive industry. Therefore, its inclusion in the exhibit is quite appropriate.

“It’ll be right at the front of the auto display, where we explain to people what a car is,” explained Matt Anderson, the transportation curator for the Henry Ford Museum. “It’s a very special vehicle.”

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The donated Chevrolet Bolt is also the first autonomous vehicle on display at the museum. As self-driving vehicles will likely play a large role in the automotive industry’s future, the Bolt will serve as an ideal addition to the Henry Ford Museum’s collection.

Back in 2017, GM donated $5 million to the Henry Ford Museum, demonstrating its stewardship for the institution. Furthermore, Mark Reuss, the current president of GM, joined The Henry Ford Board of Trustees back in 2016.

When it comes to educating individuals about both the past and present of the automotive industry, it seems that GM and Ford can set aside their differences and add to an already inspiring exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum.

News Source: Detroit Free Press