How GM Bought Its Way to the Front of the Driverless-Car Pack

Detroit’s driverless comeback wasn’t homemade. GM owes its resurgence to the AI acumen and good name of San Francisco startup Cruise Automation, Vogt’s company, which it acquired last year for $581 million. (If Cruise meets certain deadlines that come with incentive payments, it’ll wind up clearing almost $1 billion.) “GM is a leader because Cruise has allowed them to attract amazing talent,” says Reilly Brennan, a partner at Trucks Venture Capital who lectures at Stanford.