The roles will be in engineering, design and information technology, and many of the positions can be remote.
"As we evolve and grow our software expertise and services, it's important that we continue to recruit and add diverse talent," GM President Mark Reuss said in a statement. "This will clearly show that we're committed to further developing the software we need to lead in EVs, enhance the customer experience and become a software expertise-driven work force."
New software jobs will help advance GM's vehicle intelligence platform, which supports active safety, infotainment, connectivity, over-the-air updates and the Super Cruise driver-assist system. GM also will invest in OnStar Guardian, which allows OnStar members to access safety services from their phones.
Since March, the automaker has pulled ahead two major EV programs "because we are doing things virtually more effective than we ever have," Morris said.
GM is more confident in workers' ability to make progress remotely after many employees have worked off-site throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Location won't be a deterrent for the new hires.
"We can get the absolute best people, and if they want to live where they currently live, they can do that," Morris said.