GM acquired Cruise Automation in 2016 (Photo: GM)

General Motors will invest 14 million dlrs and add more than 1,100 jobs to beef up its self-driving technology research in California.

The Detroit-based automaker said the investment will go to the Cruise Automation startup it acquired in 2016.

"Expanding our team at Cruise Automation and linking them with our global engineering talent is another important step in our work to redefine the future of personal mobility,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement.

She added that GM's decision to run its autonomous vehicle program as a startup lets it develop new technologies faster.

The investment will, among other things, repurpose an existing facility in San Francisco. It also will more than double Cruise Automation’s R&D space.