General Motors has announced the creation of a new team specifically for self-driving and electric vehicles.
Doug Parks, GM’s vice president for global product programs, was named vice president for autonomous technology and vehicle execution, as of Feb. 1. Parks will report to Mark Reuss, head of global product development, and oversee the team.
Parks’ goal will be to develop new electrical and battery systems to implement into road-going vehicles. The team will also develop advanced software for autonomous driving applications, too.
Sheri Hickok was named executive chief engineer for “autonomous joint ventures and fleet execution,” the automaker said. Currently, Hickok is chief engineer for the next generation of GMC and Chevrolet pickups.
Additionally, Pam Fletcher, GM’s executive chief engineer for electric vehicles, will take on new responsibilities with the team’s programs.