General Motors isn’t shying away from the notion of autonomous vehicles and driverless technology. Like its Cruise Automation subsidiary, GM once again reiterated driverless cars will be here before we know it.
Mary Barra, GM CEO and chairman, specifically told analysts on a conference call the idea of a completely autonomous vehicle will come “sooner than you think,” reported CNBC.
“We continue to make very strong progress with Cruise Automation,” Barra said of Cruise Automation, which GM now wholly owns. GM has also stated it’s taking a very hands-off approach with Cruise, allowing it to act like a start-up operation. Things seem to be going well, as the GM subsidiary announced it would add 1,100 new jobs as part of a future investment.
Coming back to autonomous vehicles, Barra said the automaker does not have a specific date as to when the technology will be ready to roll out, but she did tell analysts to expect “more from us as the year evolves on that.”
GM Cruise has released three videos of its prototype self-driving cars maneuvering the streets of San Francisco, California during the day and at night. The most recent video was particularly incredible as the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV spotted a raccoon running out in front of the vehicle. It slowed down appropriately for the animal and was on its way.