General Motors has announced that it will create 1,100 new jobs in California over the next five years, TheDrive reported. The jobs will be added at a research and development center in San Francisco focused on self-driving technology.
The San Francisco facility is home to Cruise Automation, an autonomous vehicle company that GM bought last year. The automaker will invest $14 million into upgrading the facility, and the Cruise Automation teams plan to begin using the new space by the end of this year, the source noted.
"Running our autonomous vehicle program as a startup is giving us the speed we need to continue to stay at the forefront of development of these technologies and the market applications," GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said in a statement, according to Autoblog.
The San Francisco investment comes after General Motors received $8 million in California state tax credit, TheDrive reported. The state has increased its efforts to attract activity in self-driving research in recent years. The tax credit awarded to GM was approved by the California Competes Tax Credit Committee.