GM’s Canada labs to develop self-driving car technology

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  • Monday, 13 Jun 2016

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in a 2017 Chevrolet Volt at the General Motors (GM) regional engineering facility in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada at an event to support the companies innovation and green energy initiatives, June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

OTTAWA: General Motors announced plans to hire 1,000 engineers and software developers at its Canadian research facilities near Toronto over the coming years to design new self-driving cars. 

“With this expansion, GM Canada will play an important role in our evolution toward vehicles that are connected, autonomous, shared and electric,“ Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of global product development, said in a statement. 

In addition to autonomous vehicle software and controls, the teams will also work on new safety, “infotainment” and wireless connection technologies. 

The positions will be based at existing research facilities in Oshawa on the shore of Lake Ontario and a new automotive software lab to be opened soon in nearby Markham. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who lobbied GM chief executive Mary Barra at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year, was on hand for the announcement, saying GM’s investment “will create good paying jobs.” 

GM has made sizeable investments in future technologies, including the billion-dollar acquisition of Cruise, a San Francisco start-up focused on the development of the autonomous vehicles. 

The United States is currently mulling regulations for self-driving cars, which are also being developed by tech giants Apple and Google. — AFP

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