DETROIT — General Motors has realigned the responsibilities of two top executives in a move that underscores the importance and immediacy of its work on autonomous vehicles. The change also gives product chief Mark Reuss more direct control over the ongoing revival efforts at Cadillac two months after GM ousted the luxury brand's president for not progressing quickly enough.
GM President Dan Ammann, in relinquishing oversight of Cadillac and its global portfolio planning to Reuss, will have more opportunity to concentrate on the automaker's development and deployment of autonomous technology.
GM views being first to market as a significant competitive advantage for autonomous ride-hailing, which it plans to begin rolling out to the public in 2019, as it pursues a zero-emission, zero-accident and zero-congestion future.
"There's a very, very big business opportunity here, very significant," GM's outgoing CFO, Chuck Stevens, said this year. "In order to get to that business opportunity, the first thing we need to do is to safely deploy the technology at scale. Everything we're doing right now is focused on that."