GM says Google’s self-driving cars could someday pose ‘serious competitive threat’

Despite all of Tuesday night’s excitement, even Sergey Brin was quick to admit that Google’s self-driving cars are years away from hitting roads in any significant volume. The company is still feeling out the technology and trying to ascertain how it can take such a thrilling concept — complete with working prototypes — and make it real for people around the world. But automakers are already paying attention to the grand experiment. General Motors is keenly aware of the road Google is trying to go down and the serious competitive threat that Brin’s dream represents.

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Mark Reuss, GM’s product development chief, told reporters yesterday that Google may evolve into a “serious competitive threat” if it continues dedicating time, research,…

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