Autonomy will come ‘sooner than you think’ says GM CEO Barra – CNBC

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017

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Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Co. (GM), unveils the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV) during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While the company has not floated a date for when consumers should expect autonomous cars, “I think it will be sooner than most people think” and said people should expect to hear “more from us as the year evolves on that.”

The company has been testing all-electric Chevrolet Bolts equipped with autonomous technology in San Francisco, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Detroit.

“Downtown San Francisco is one of the most complex environments,” she said, and the progress GM is making as it tests autonomous cars on various routes in the city “gives me confidence that we are on a very good path.”

Barra said the company is being “aggressive” on both autonomy and electrification and said it is leveraging GM’s OnStar service, which she said gives the company a 20-year lead in having connectivity in cars and “unlocking data monetization opportunities.”

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