Earlier this month, Ford announced it's tripling the size of its self-driving cars' testing plans.
Well, on Thursday, General Motors followed suit, announcing the creation of a specially-dedicated team to speed up the development of autonomous and electric vehicles, as reported by Reuters.
This announcement includes GM's vice president for global product, Doug Parks, taking over his new post of VP for autonomous technology and vehicles on Feb. 1.
Under his new role, Reuters is reporting that Parks will guide efforts to develop everything from software to battery and electrical systems for such vehicles.
The news agency is additionally reporting that GM has named Sheri Hickok — who's currently the chief engineer for the automaker's next generation of pickup trucks — the executive chief engineer for "autonomous joint ventures and fleet execution."