GM to focus its connected car R&D in Oshawa

The Canadian Engineering Centre will be looking for engineers from across Canada.

Steve Carlisle, president and managing director, GM Canada.  Video frame: GM Canada

Steve Carlisle, president and managing director, GM Canada.
Video frame: GM Canada

OSHAWA, Ont. — GM Canada is expanding its Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ont. into an innovation hub for the connected car and green technologies.

“We are making this investment because we see an opportunity to take advantage of a wealth of talent in mobile technologies, software and advanced automotive engineering available in Canada’s leading universities and other partner organizations,” said GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle in a release.

A connected car is equipped with internet and wireless local area network technology that allows it to share information with other connected devices, and is key to the development of new automotive safety features such as crash avoidance and driverless capabilities.

Speaking at a press conference, Carlisle said the centre will need more than 100 software and controls engineers from across Canada to support new work related to connected car systems, as well as environmental and urban mobility solutions.

The centre, which handles $190 million of R&D work annually, will focus on the development of software and active controls that allow drivers to take advantage of high-speed data links between automobiles and mobile networks, while continuing to find ways to improve fuel economy through the use of alternative fuels, lightweighting and advanced materials.

Carlisle noted Oshawa sits at the mid-point of what he described as a “world-competitive mobile technology innovation corridor” running through Waterloo, Ont. to Ottawa.

“The talent is here and we are growing for the future,” he said. “Ontario is currently producing more STEM graduates each year than the State of California. To borrow a famous hockey analogy, Canada has the bench strength and these areas of the connected car and green technology are ‘where the puck is going.’”

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