OSHAWA, Ont. – General Motors has announced plans to expand research into self-driving vehicles and open a new software centre in Markham, Ont., later this year.
Under the initiative, the automaker would create more than 700 new engineering jobs over the next few years.
The company was joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne at its headquarters in Oshawa, Ont.
GM’s announcement marks a major shift towards autonomous vehicle development, a sector some say is poised to boom over the next several years.
The company also says it will spend $10 million to upgrade its cold-weather testing facility in Kapuskasing, Ont.