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GM creates new team to develop autonomous cars

ABR Staff Writer Published 29 January 2016

GM has announced that it has created a team that will oversee the development of self-driving cars and electric vehicles.


After the recent announcements of Maven, a ride-sharing service and $500m investment in Lyft, General Motors is further pushing ahead in its plans to develop autonomous or self-driving vehicles and electric cars.

General Motors said that the current vice president for global product programs, Doug Parks has been named as the vice president of autonomous technology and vehicle execution, who will assume charge from 1st of February.

According to GM, the autonomous technology and vehicle execution team will be given their own products to develop and launch just like any other team within GM.

GM says that the recruitment for this team will come from across the organization and that the team will first have to develop suitable strategies, identify investments and make partnerships to attain leadership position in self-driving technology.

GM said that, with this move, the company is looking to offer autonomous or self-driving vehicles as regular products and not just a part of its research and development program.

Parks will supervise the developments of the team and will report those developments to the president of global product development, Mark Reuss.

Parks is also one of the top-vehicle engineers at GM and he has helped in launching GM's electric and hybrid vehicles among others.

GM said that Pam Fletcher, the executive chief engineer, who handles the engineering team of electric vehicles like Chevy Bolt and hybrid Volt will continue in the role and additionally will also handle strategic planning for autonomous and electric vehicles.

Sheri Hickok, who is the chief engineer for 'next generation' pickup trucks has been named as the executive chief engineer for "autonomous joint ventures and fleet execution".

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