October 14, 2015
Nathan Bomey

Despite being one of the oldest names in the car business, General Motors is “among the leaders” in the development of self-driving cars along with Silicon Valley's best — from Apple to Tesla, GM CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday in a wide-ranging interview with USA.

Barra says GM is well positioned to thrive as transportation enters a new self-driving revolution even if Apple eventually makes a car — widely expected to be an autonomous, electric vehicle.

Although Barra says GM has "a lot of efforts that are confidential," the company has disclosed that its GM's Cadillac division is working on a "Super Cruise" system that will ease the workload for drivers on highways and will have a fleet of self-driving, semi-electric Chevrolet Volts at one of its test facilities.

In addition, she says, the company's mid-$30,000 Bolt electric sedan is on track to hit showrooms in 2017. It will be capable of about 200 miles per charge, making it the company's first long-range pure electric vehicle.

Given its technology prowess, Barra thinks GM's stock is worth judging on its merits. “We have to earn it,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what I think. The investors are speaking on where our stock is valued, so what I’m focused on is what I need to do to earn that credibility and that confidence.”

The world’s third-biggest automaker is churning out profits at a pace it hasn't seen since the start of the century, but Wall Street’s reaction has been one giant shrug. GM stock is hovering near its November 2010, initial public offering price of $33 as investors ponder whether the flourishing U.S. auto market has finally plateaued after several years of growth.

USA Today