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GM Hiring 700 Autonomous Tech Engineers in Canada

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/14/2016 Jason Udy
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In an effort to expand its autonomous vehicle efforts, General Motors is bringing more than 700 engineering jobs to Ontario, Canada, over the next few years. Those additional positions will bring the number of engineering jobs in the region to 1,000, requiring a new facility.

The new engineers would be tasked with autonomous vehicle software and controls development, active safety, vehicle dynamics technology, and infotainment and connected vehicle technology, according to GM. The efforts are also said to further develop new " connected, autonomous, and shared vehicles and mobility systems."

"We selected Canada for this expansion because of its clear capacity for innovation, proven talent and strong ecosystem of great universities, startups and innovative suppliers," Mark Reuss, GM's head of global product development, said in a release.

Other Canadian plans include a new automotive software development center in Markham, Ontario, as well as a $7.8 million ($10 million Canadian) investment in the existing cold-weather test center in Kapuskasing, Ontario.

"GM's decision to develop next-generation vehicle technologies in Ontario is a vote of confidence in our province's highly skilled workers and strength as an innovation hub," Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, said in a statement. "Our government welcomes this investment, which will help Ontario play a leading role in building the auto industry of the future."

The decision makes sense as the Canadian Province allows autonomous vehicle testing on public roads. GM currently has 250 engineers at its Oshawa Engineering Center.

"Meeting with CEO Mary Barra at the World Economic Forum, I made the case for investing in Canada," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said in a statement. "I applaud GM for choosing Canada to be the home base for its global center for advanced vehicle software development."

Source: GM, The Detroit News

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