GM CEO Rides In Autonomous Car Days After Ford CEO Said He Wouldn’t

Earlier this week, Ford CEO Jim Hackett spoke at Grand Valley State University and told attendees he wouldn’t ride in an autonomous vehicle on public roads yet because “the trust isn’t real high.”

That surprised a number of different people considering Ford is investing in the technology and it is notable as GM CEO Mary Barra has taken to Twitter to reveal she’s certainly not afraid of autonomous driving. In a tweet, Barra revealed she spent 30 minutes on Wednesday cruising around San Francisco in an autonomous Chevrolet Bolt developed with the assistance of Cruise Automation.

Despite sounding like a perfectly crafted opportunity to troll her crosstown rival, the event was likely setup in advance. However, it sends a not so subtle message that Hackett doesn’t believe in his company’s technology while Barra does.

Since General Motors acquired Cruise Automation last year, the company has been testing an assortment of autonomous Bolts in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company has also launched an autonomous ride-hailing service called Cruise Anywhere. Even though a handful of its vehicles have been involved in collisions, a spokesperson recently revealed “All our incidents this year were caused by the other vehicle.”

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  • Bo Hanan

    I like her.

  • Astonman

    I can’t wait to hear Hackett’s response. I get the feeling he’s getting his ass chewed by the Fords.

  • botornot387

    She is one of the better CEO’s GM has had for sure. Hackett just hurt Ford by publicizing he dsoesn’t his trust his own product yet. There goes consumer confidence in the Ford brand; however, GM is is clearly ahead on this subject anyways. Super Cruise from Cadillac looks excellent.


    Only way I would feel safe is if everyone else on the road were in autonomous cars too. I’ve seen dash cam footage that wasn’t from Russia. Some people stateside can’t drive to save their lives and don’t get me started on idiots going around brake checking people just because they want to annoy you.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    I loathe GM but I will give them credit for being out in front of new tech and thinking of their future. At least they see the light at the end of the tunnel unlike FCA and Sergio who are just standing in the middle of the road and the only light they see is a light that will soon be a NIKOLA ONE mowing them over.

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