GM Types Staff to Velocity Up Improvement of Self-Driving and Electrical Automobiles

Basic Motors Co. stated on Thursday it was making a group to hurry up improvement of self-driving and electrical automobiles, because it strikes to increase its lineup of such automobiles.

Doug Parks, GM’s vice chairman for international product packages, was named vice chairman for autonomous know-how and car execution, as of Feb. 1.

Parks will oversee efforts to develop new electrical and battery techniques and software program for the automobiles, and report back to Mark Reuss, head of worldwide product improvement, GM stated in a press release.

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Parks has held a number of engineering and finance roles on the automaker since 1984. Previous to turning into vice chairman for international product packages in August 2012, he was government director and group car line government for electrical automobiles.

Sheri Hickok was named government chief engineer for "autonomous joint ventures and fleet execution," GM stated. Hickok is at present chief engineer for "subsequent era" pickup vans.

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Pam Fletcher, GM’s government chief engineer for electrical automobiles, will tackle further duties for strategic planning associated to autonomous and electrical automobiles.

GM plans to launch late this yr the electrical Chevrolet Bolt, which might run about 200 miles on a cost, priced at about $35,000. That’s roughly double the vary of different electrical automobiles in that worth vary.

Earlier this month, GM stated it was investing $500 million in journey-hailing firm Lyft, and stated it deliberate to work with Lyft to develop an on-demand community of driverless automobiles.