CES 2022: GM CEO Announces Plans to Launch Self-Driving Car by Mid-Decade

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General Motors plans to introduce a “personal autonomous vehicle” by the middle of the decade, CEO Mary Barra said on Wednesday.

The self-driving vehicle for personal use is being jointly developed with GM’s majority company Cruise, said Barra in a remote keynote address at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that focused on the two topics of vehicle electrification and autonomy.

Barra said GM’s growing portfolio of electric vehicles, including the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup truck and the BrightDrop commercial vehicle range, also includes two new Chevrolet crossovers, an Equinox EV for $ 30,000 and a slightly larger blazer EV, both of which will be introduced in 2023.

GM’s new Ultra Cruise hands-free system will also debut in another new electric vehicle, the Cadillac Celestiq ultra luxury sedan, in 2023. Barra said Ultra Cruise will use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Ride computing platform for advanced driver assistance.

At last year’s CES, Cadillac raised some eyebrows with two futuristic concepts including a flying car. At this year’s event, Barra unveiled a third Cadillac concept, the InnerSpace, which is described as a luxury self-driving coupe for two passengers.

A fourth Cadillac concept, OpenSpace, was teased in a short video as “a vision for the next decade and beyond”. It has been described as a “luxury hotel room on wheels” by a GM insider.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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