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The engineering positions will focus on autonomous-vehicle software and controls development, safety technology, infotainment and connected vehicle technology. (Photo: Thinkstock)

(Bloomberg) – General Motors Co. will hire about 700 engineers in Canada as it expands research into self-driving cars and other technology.

The Detroit-based company made the announcement in Oshawa, Ontario on Friday alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. GM, which produces six vehicle models in Ontario, will increase its group of engineers in Canada from about 300 to about 1,000 over “the next few years.”

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