Cruise Automation, GM’s startup working on self-driving technology, has been releasing videos of its Bolt EV prototypes driving autonomously around San Francisco in order to show its progress.

The latest one released today shows the vehicle at night, which can create different driving conditions – like encounters with nocturnal creatures.

GM is quickly adding more autonomous driving experience with one of the largest captive test fleet to date – all with Chevy Bolt EVs.

Last we heard, they had 50 on the roads between San Francisco, Arizona, and Michigan, but it was recently reported that they plan to add 300 more prototypes to their fleet. GM showed even more confidence in Cruise last week when it announced plans to add 1,100 jobs in California through the startup.

They started releasing these test drives in February after Tesla referred to their product as ‘little more than demoware’ in a lawsuit against their former Autopilot Director just a few weeks before.

But that was in reference to what they had when GM acquired them a year earlier and Cruise seems to be more eager to share their progress now.

In their latest hour and a half test drive published today, they say that they performed five scheduled stops and had zero driver intervention, which is fairly impressive. They even had to handle an encounter with a raccoon.

You can watch two different versions of the test drive. The first one is sped up 10x and the second one is 4x the speed of the original footage:

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