DETROIT — Aiming to “transform the future of product development and software as a service (SaaS),” General Motors recently announced plans to hire, through the first quarter of 2021, some 3,000 new employees across engineering, design, and IT. The automaker said in a release that it intends to “offer more remote opportunities than ever before as development of autonomous and electric vehicles and advanced platforms, like the Ultium battery system, continue at a fast pace.”

Recent virtual development innovations made by its engineering team have enabled GM to speed up the product timelines of upcoming EVs while keeping costs low, the company said.

“As we evolve and grow our software expertise and services, it’s important that we continue to recruit and add diverse talent,” said GM President Mark Reuss, in the release. “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 workforce.”

GM plans to advance its vision of zero crashes, zero emissions, zero congestion through the development and integration of world-class software and services. Job openings for electrical system engineers; infotainment software engineers; developers for Java, Android, iOS, and other platforms; controls engineers; and more will help to build on GM’s current software foundation.

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, as well as over-the-air (OTA) updates. The release from GM cautioned drivers to “always pay attention while driving” and not use a hand-held device, “even while using the Super Cruise driver assistance feature for compatible highways.”

Beyond the vehicle, GM said that it will continue to invest in software applications like OnStar Guardian, which allows OnStar members to access safety services from a compatible phone, whether they’re at home, out walking, or traveling in a vehicle, regardless of brand, age, or ownership.

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