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GM creates team dedicated to self-driving cars

DETROIT – General Motors is shifting its efforts to get self-driving cars on the road into high gear. The company created a team that will focus exclusively on autonomous vehicles. The team will begin working together on February 1.

Doug Parks will lead the new team. Parks was formerly the vice president of global product programs. His new title is vice president of autonomous technology and vehicle execution.

The team’s goal is to map out a strategy to get self-driving cars on the road. That includes everything from engineering to investments and potential partnerships.

The shift shows that GM now views self-driving cars as a product under development, not just a research project.

The automaker already has some advanced technology on the road and next year it plans to add the Super Cruise system to the new Cadillac CT6. That system lets drivers take their hands off the wheel when Super Cruise is engaged.