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GM Canadian Engineering Center Contributing to Autonomous Vehicle Fleet Test

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GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle

GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle
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General Motors Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle confirmed this week that the Oshawa-based Canadian Engineering Center has been given a mandate that will allow it to contribute to GM’s ongoing research and development of autonomous vehicle technology. All vehicles built at the Ontario facility will participate in an upcoming fleet test that will be held at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.

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“Our Engineering Centre in Oshawa was a logical place to locate this important work and it is the next step in growing the new mandate of the Centre to focus on work related to the Connected Car,” said Carlisle during his remarks before the Economic Club in Ottawa. “The Province of Ontario’s leadership in allowing autonomous vehicle testing was a helpful support in securing this advanced technology work for our Canadian facility.”

According to the Conference Board of Canada, self-driving cars could save Canadians approximately $65 billion annual by reducing congestion, consuming less fuel, and causing fewer collisions and fatalities.

GM Canada is hiring upwards of 100 new software engineers for its development of autonomous vehicle technology, urban mobility solutions, and the advancement of the “connected car.”

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