General Motors is ramping up its autonomous vehicle business. According to Reuters, the company is planning to hire 1,000 people over the next nine months to work on Cruise, a GM subsidiary that develops self-driving car technology. The hiring spree would double the amount of staff currently under the Cruise umbrella and would mark a major investment in autonomous efforts.
GM hasn’t specified exactly how all the hiring will break down, but the company reportedly plans to use the majority of those new job openings to attract engineers. The hiring spree may be in response to the company’s recent struggles. As of last year, reports indicated Cruise was behind schedule, missing mileage targets and milestones. The company’s tech has also had some nagging issues, including an inability to reliably recognize pedestrians and a habit of stopping for bicyclists who aren’t actually there.