Pending permission from the feds, General Motors Co. s race to field a self driving car for the masses next year is poised to pass its Silicon Valley rivals for now. The century old automaker is proving the hallmark that once defined the automotive industry as a dying dinosaur good old Detroit .SAN FRANCISCO For more than a year, General Motors has tantalized investors with plans to build its future around self driving cars. It has regularly announced big investments and progress reports, but the company has kept its prototype vehicles largely under wraps until now. On Thursday, G.M. will .Detroit Is Stomping Silicon Valley in the Self Driving Car Race. If you're betting on Silicon Valley stars like Google, Tesla, and Uber to free you from your horrorshow commute with autonomous driving technology, don't. Meanwhile, Waymoaka Google's driverless car effort .A woman gets in a self driving Chevy Bolt EV during a media event by Cruise, GM s autonomous car unit, in San Francisco on Wednesday. manufacturing prowess, a GM driven ride hailing service may be positioned to leapfrog the Silicon Valley start ups that have been trying to disrupt the auto industry..