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Put to the test: General Motors sends self-driving cars to Phoenix area for trial runs

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PHOENIX — Don’t look now, but another car maker has come to the Phoenix area to test its self-driving cars.

General Motors has sent the all-electric Chevy Bolt EV to the streets of Scottsdale for trial runs. The cars are also testing in San Francisco.

Testing of Bolts began in Arizona about two weeks ago. All the cars will have humans as backup drivers.

GM hasn’t said many cars were on the road.

The auto giant bought tech startup Cruise Automation in March for $581 million in cash. The startup developer creates autonomous vehicle technology.

Since March, Google, Ford, and Uber have all put self-driving cars on Maricopa County roadways.

Arizona has become notable for its support of self-driving vehicle tests. In April, Gov. Doug Ducey appointed a self-driving vehicle oversight committee.

GM spokesman Kevin Kelly said the company has opened an office in Scottsdale. Its Innovation Center is based in Chandler.

The Wall Street Journal reported in May that GM and Lyft were partnering up with plans to test self-driving taxis “within a year.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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