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GM expands operation and research into autonomous vehicles

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Eric Tipan / Cruise Automation | April 20, 2017 09:14

GM to open US$ 14 million facility dedicated to self-driving automobiles

The race to manufacture self-driving automobiles continues and General Motors isn’t about to be left behind.

GM has just announced that it will invest US$ 14 million to repurpose an existing facility to increase assets dedicated to research and development of Cruise Automation and complement the existing staff with more than 1,100 new employees over the course of five years.

Located in San Francisco, the New Cruise Automation Development Facility aims to expand self-driving technologies of the present for a future that offers personal mobility.

“Expanding our team at Cruise Automation and linking them with our global engineering talent is another important step in our work to redefine the future of personal mobility. Self-driving technology holds enormous benefits to society in the form of increased safety and access to transportation. Running our autonomous vehicle program as a start-up is giving us the speed we need to continue to stay at the forefront of development of these technologies and the market applications,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

Currently, GM has 50 Chevrolet Bolt EVs with self-driving technology on public roads in San Francisco, Scottsdale, Arizona and metro Detroit.

“We are excited to significantly expand our footprint in California and continue on our rapid growth trajectory. As autonomous car technology matures, our company's talent needs will continue to increase. Accessing the world-class talent pool that the San Francisco Bay Area offers is one of the many reasons we plan to grow our presence in the state,” said Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation.