An anonymous reader writes: General Motors has confirmed its acquisition of autonomous software company Cruise Automation. The Silicon Valley-based firm, set up by former Twitch co-founder Kyle Vogt in 2013, creates auto-pilot technologies which can transform regular cars into driverless vehicles. Cruise will now be turning its focus exclusively to designing software for GM vehicles. It will continue to operate as an independent unit from its San Francisco base within the auto giant's newly established Autonomous Vehicle Development Team. Cruise now represents the latest strategic push for the multinational into future transport technologies, following its purchase of assets from former ride-hailing company Sidecar and a $500 million partnership with Uber-rival Lyft.