On the day CEO Mary Barra outlined the largest round of job cuts and plant shutdowns in nearly a decade, General Motors also was having an orientation for new hires. Shrinking its employee ranks is part of its plan for the next economic downturn and the future, but GM also is working to change the makeup of the work force that remains.
Even a little crummy weather might pose big problems for self-driving systems. New research from Michigan State University suggests light rain and drizzle can confound the algorithms that autonomous systems use to detect pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users.
General Motors President Dan Ammann will step down from his role to become CEO of the automaker's Cruise autonomous vehicle unit. The move -- effective Jan. 1 -- emphasizes the importance of the operations to the future of GM, which plans to launch a public self-driving ride-hailing fleet in 2019.