General Motors to Invest $14 Million Into New Research and Development Facility for Driverless Vehicle Research

By AUVSI News posted 17-04-2017 10:30


In an effort to further driverless vehicle technology research and development in California, General Motors will invest $14 million in a new Cruise Automation research and development facility in San Francisco, and will also add more than 1,100 new jobs to the facility as well.

Plans for the Cruise Automation team to move into the new space, which will be a repurposed existing facility in San Francisco, are currently for the end of the year, and over the course of the next five years, more than 1,100 new employees will be hired to work in the facility.

“Self-driving technology holds enormous benefits to society in the form of increased safety and access to transportation,” says Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of General Motors, via press release.

“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.” 

Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation, adds, "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.”

With a mind towards speeding up the process of developing driverless vehicle technology, and strengthening its software development capabilities, General Motors acquired Cruise Automation in March 2016.

Currently, Cruise Automation and General Motors engineers are testing more than 50 Chevrolet Bolt EVs equipped with self-driving technology on various public roads across the United States, including in San Francisco, Scottsdale, Arizona and metro Detroit.

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