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The self-driving technology provider Cruise along with General Motors announced that they have entered a long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft to accelerate the commercialization of self-driving vehicles. The companies will create a safer, cleaner, and more accessible world for everyone and transform transportation.

  • The companies will bring together their software and hardware engineering excellence, cloud computing capabilities and manufacturing know-how
  • To unlock the potential of cloud computing for self-driving vehicles, Cruise will leverage Azure, Microsoft’s cloud and edge computing platform, to commercialize its unique autonomous vehicle solutions at scale.
  • Microsoft will join General Motors, Honda and institutional investors in a combined new equity investment of more than $2 billion in Cruise, bringing the post-money valuation of Cruise to $30 billion.

The prominent investments and partnerships by General Motors are featured below:

Nov 2020: To enhance fuel cell system General Motors Co. has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Nikola Corporation for a global supply agreement to provide its Hydrotec fuel cell system for Nikola’s Class 7/8 semi-trucks.

Nov 2020: To expand vehicle intelligence platform, General Motors announced to hire more than 3,000 new employees across engineering, design and IT portfolio. Software expertise is core to GM’s Vehicle Intelligence Platform, which brings more electrical bandwidth and the capability to support new active safety, infotainment, connectivity and the Super Cruise driver assistance feature.

Oct 2020: The General Motors Co. announced transition of its Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant to become the company’s third vehicle manufacturing site to produce electric vehicles which includes Cadillac LYRIQ. The company will invest $2 billion for the upgradation six U.S. facility.

Sep 2020: General Motors plans to invest approximately $71 million into two Ohio manufacturing facilities. The expansion will enable GM to retain 240 good-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs.

Sept 2020: To fight the COVID-19 pandemic, General Motors and Ventec Life Systems completes the delivery of 30,000 V+Pro critical care ventilator to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

April 2020: In response to COVID-19 General Motors announced the first delivery of VOCSN V+Pro critical care ventilators, produced in collaboration with Ventec Life Systems at Kokomo, Indiana facility. The ventilators supplied to Franciscan Health Olympia Fields in Olympia Fields, Illinois and Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago at the direction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

April 2020: General Motors in response to COVID-19 pandemic announced that it partnered with Ventec Life Systems to build VOCSN critical care ventilators at GM’sKokomo, Indiana manufacturing facility. The partnership will help Ventec to increase the production at their manufacturing facility in Bothell, Washington.

March 2020: General Motors announced addition of more than 1,200 jobs at its Lansing manufacturing operations to meet customer demand for popular mid-size SUVs. The expansion of labour force will also support the launch of two all-new Cadillac sedans.

January 2020: General Motors (GM) is expanding in Michigan, USA. The company is investing $2.2 billion at its Detroit- Hamtramck assembly plant to produce a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs. Post this investment, once the plant is fully operational, around 2,200 new manufacturing jobs will be created for locals. With this investment, Detroit-Hamtramck will be the GM’s first fully-dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant.

January 2020: Hong Kong-based Great Wall Motors (GWM) announced an agreement with GM for the sale of GM India’s Talegaon manufacturing facility. The transaction will support the GWM’s plan to enter and invest in India. Great Wall Motors will officially debut its Haval brand and GWM EV in the Indian automotive market.

About General Motors
General Motors is a global automobile company, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, the USA. The company designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles around the world. General Motors, along with its subsidiaries and other joint venture entities, sell vehicles under the Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Holden, Baojun, and Wuling brands.

General Motors subsidiaries include Maven – a personal mobility brand; OnStar – a global leader in vehicle safety and security services; and Cruise-an, autonomous vehicle company, help the company deliver safer, better, and more sustainable mobility to people around the world. General Motors’ vehicle manufacturing process has one of the lowest environmental footprint.

General Motors has approximately 180,000 employees serving in 6 continents of the globe and speaking almost 70 languages. General Motors, the first automotive company producing affordable electric cars at a mass level, has also pioneered the development of an electric starter and airbags for the automobile.

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