Lidar is one of the major sensor technologies used in autonomous vehicles. There is fierce competition between large automakers to bring autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles to market first.
Fully self-driving vehicles are expected to hit the market in a limited form by around 2020. GM and its US rival Ford Motor Co have both publicly stated that they aim to have fully self-driving cars on sale by 2021.
"Strobe's Lidar technology will significantly improve the cost and capabilities of our vehicles so that we can more quickly accomplish our mission to deploy driverless vehicles atscale," Kyle Vogt, chief executive of GM's Cruise Automation unit, said in a statement.