Amazon guides further toward automobiles, hires GM executive

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February 28,2019
Amazon's hiring of a top executive from General Motors suggests the US tech giant is making further moves toward autonomous vehi
Amazon’s hiring of a leading executive from General Motors recommends the US tech giant is making further moves toward self-governing lorries for its extensive logistics network.

Amazon has actually hired a top General Motors executive, a source acquainted with the move stated Thursday, in an additional indication of the innovation giant’s most likely growth into self-governing automobiles.

The tech group’s brand-new executive is Alicia Boler Davis, who has been head of GM’s global manufacturing operations.

Amazon had no immediate talk about the hiring of Davis, reported earlier by CNBC.

GM stated in a declaration previously Thursday that Davis was leaving “to pursue other opportunities” after 25 years with the Detroit auto giant.

Amazon, which has actually moved beyond its online retail roots to cloud computing, streaming media and synthetic intelligence, stated in mid-February it was leading a $700 million financial investment round in Rivian, a young self-driving vehicle technology company.

The possible Tesla rival late last year unveiled an electrical pickup and an electric sport energy lorry at an auto show in Los Angeles.

Amazon has actually also purchased the autonomous driving tech company Aurora Development, founded by previous Google, Tesla and Uber executives, and it has actually released its own self-governing shipment robotics.

While Amazon has actually not described any specific plans in the auto sector, it has actually invested heavily in logistics, with its own fleet of airplane and vehicles to help speed its parcel deliveries.

It has actually also checked drone deliveries, and might use other sort of self-governing cars as part of its logistics operations, as part of efforts to reduce the expense of “last mile” transportation.

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