Electronic Products & Technology

News

GM Canada to expand autonomous vehicle engineering, software development

Expected to reach 1000 positions with Oshawa Tech Centre


General Motors has announced a major expansion of its engineering and software work in Canada with focus on supporting the development of innovative new automotive systems and technologies for the future.

autonomous driving IHS

GM will expand its Canadian engineering base to reach a total of approximately 1000 positions over the next few years. The new GM Canada work will be focused in the areas of autonomous vehicle software & controls development, active safety and vehicle dynamics technology, infotainment and connected vehicle technology, all important areas for the development of new connected, autonomous and shared vehicles and mobility systems.

Automotive Software Development Centre in Markham

This will bring the Oshawa Tech Centre beyond its maximum capacity and as a result, GM will also soon open a new Automotive Software Development Centre in Markham Ontario. Hiring for the new positions has commenced and more details will follow in the weeks ahead.

Additionally, GM will be investing $10 million in its Kapuskasing Cold Weather testing facility which is an important part of our engineering capability based in Canada where we conduct important testing for a wide range of new GM products and technologies.

Canada’s clear capacity for innovation, proven talent and strong ecosystem

GM executive vice president, global product development, purchasing and supply chain, Mark Reuss stated that, “We selected Canada for this expansion because of its clear capacity for innovation, proven talent and strong ecosystem of great universities, startups and innovative suppliers. With this expansion, GM Canada will play an important role in our evolution toward vehicles that are connected, autonomous, shared and electric.”

Steve Carlisle, president and managing director, General Motors Canada, said, “A dynamic new innovation cluster is emerging here to support some of the most exciting work in our global industry.  We look forward to working with Canada’s leaders and innovation partners to place Canada at the forefront of the key transportation technologies that are changing our world for the better.”