General Motors: Don't Read Into Autonomous Vehicle Announcement

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

General Motors announced last week that it would develop a fleet of autonomous Volts for its Warren, Michigan campus by 2017, despite announcing earlier in the year that its struggling Oshawa, Ontario facility would be a hub for connected vehicles in April.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said the Warren campus was the best fit for the self-driving Volts that will shuttle GM employees.

“We have several global engineering centers in the world and they all play a role in development,” he said. “There shouldn’t be anything read into the autonomous center being based in Warren. It’s the company’s main technical center.”

In April, GM announced it would hire 100 engineers to focus on connected vehicle development at Oshawa, which GM Canada President said would tap potential from engineers there.

“We are making this investment because we see an opportunity to take advantage of a wealth of talent in mobile technologies, software and advanced automotive engineering available in Canada’s leading universities and other partner organizations,” GM Canada President Steve Carlisle said in April, according to the automaker. “Canada has the bench strength and, to borrow a famous hockey analogy, this is where the puck is going.”

“Our team in Canada shouldn’t read into this. The engineering work that we’re doing in Oshawa is important,” Flores said. “Warren is the core global hub of our development; we have a center in Germany and China. We are and will continue to share technologies.”

GM in Oshawa has had a difficult year.

A former mayor of Oshawa called for a boycott if GM ended production of its Camaro without announcing a replacement. A small investment in the aging consolidated line has been one of the few bright spots for the bleak future of the plant.

In its announcement last week, GM said that Oshawa produced an “eBike Concept.”

Join the conversation
2 of 4 comments
  • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Oct 07, 2015

    I had the opportunity to fly on a helicopter over the Van Dyke (aka M53) corridor very near the Warren Tech Center (almost over it) and there are visible signs from the air that the 1 billion dollars in improvements GM is investing in their Tech Center have begun. Also, there is major work going on at the DoD TACOM center near Van Dyke and 12 mile, at BAE systems 80 acre campus at 15 1/2 (north of Fiat Chrysler's massive Sterling assembly plant) and we were informed that a 400 million dollar development will begin soon at 17 and Van Dyke on nearly 100 acres there (south of Ford's large trim plant). That corridor is hopping like crazy.

  • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron on Oct 08, 2015

    re·nege verb: go back on a promise, undertaking, or contract.

  • Paul Mezhir As awful as the styling was on these cars, they were beautifully assembled and extremely well finished for the day. The doors closed solidly, the ride was extremely quiet and the absence of squeaks and rattles was commendable. As for styling? Everything's beautiful in it's own way.....except for the VI's proportions were just odd: the passenger compartment and wheelbase seemed to be way too short, especially compared to the VI sedan. Even the short-lived Town Coupe had much better proportions. None of the fox-body Lincolns could compare to the beautiful proportions of the Mark was the epitome of long, low, sleek and elegant. The proportions were just about perfect from every angle.
  • ToolGuy Silhouetting yourself on a ridge like that is an excellent way to get yourself shot ( Skylining)."Don't you know there's a special military operation on?"
  • ToolGuy When Farley says “like the Millennium Falcon” he means "fully updatable" and "constantly improving" -- it's right there in the Car and Driver article (and makes perfect sense).
  • Master Baiter New slogan in the age of Ford EVs:FoundOnRoadDischarged
  • Albert Also owned a 1959 Continental Mark IV coupe for 20 years and loved every minute!