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General Motors Earns Patent for External Airbags

Mercedes-Benz and Volvo also hold patents for similar devices.

by on Dec.13, 2017

GM's drawings for its pedestrian airbags reveal the position of the safety devices.

Automakers have spent the last 30 years perfecting the airbags that protect the passengers inside the vehicle, but now General Motors and others are turning their attention to pedestrians.

General Motors recently filed a patent for an exterior airbag that would protect pedestrians in the event of a collision. The company was granted a patent last week for its “Fender Located Pedestrian Airbag,” according to TheTruthAboutCars.com.

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The patent is for an airbag developed by the automaker that pops out of the a-pillar and covers the windshield to being released from a fender flap in order to inflate and cover the windshield wiper arms and other sharp pieces on the front end of the vehicle. (more…)

Lyft Launches Autonomous Test in Boston

Long-term goal is to go fully driverless.

by on Dec.08, 2017

An autonomous prototype developed by nuTonomy, one of the models Lyft will begin using in Boston.

Lyft has become the latest ride-sharing service to begin testing autonomous vehicles.`

The pilot program, launched in Boston this week, is being run in partnership with self-driving tech firm nuTonomy. Lyft has also been working with both Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, two carmakers that share its long-term goal of going completely driverless in a bid to slash costs while also improving safety.

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“Based on back from pilot participants, nuTonomy’s engineers will adapt and improve our system, so that we can deliver an autonomous transportation experience that is extremely safe, efficient, and comfortable,” nuTonomy said in a statement.

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Welburn Captures Lifetime Design Achievement Award

He was GM's just sixth-ever design chief.

by on Dec.07, 2017

Ed Welburn shows off the new trophy that will be given to the 2017 North American Car and Truck of the Year winners.

GM’s former chief designer Ed Welburn has been named the recipient of the 2018 Eyes on Deisgn Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual award is unique in that the selection is made by the previous winners of the award.

This group includes scores of well-known design executives, including Chris Bangle, Nuncio Bertone, Wayne Cherry, Walter de Silva, Willie G. Davidson, Tom Gale, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Chuck Jordan, Robert Lutz, Syd Mead, Shiro Nakamura, Patrick le Quement, Sergio Pininfarina, Stewart Reed, Peter Schreyer and Jack Telnack.

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The award will be presented to Welburn next June during the annual Eyes on Design weekend, which culminate in the annual automotive design exhibition, held every Father’s Day on the lakefront grounds of the Eleanor & Edsel Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores outside Detroit. (more…)

Ford Moving EV Production From Michigan to Mexico

Move will open up plant to build new line of autonomous vehicles.

by on Dec.07, 2017

“You’re starting to see the foundation of Ford’s bet on AVs (or autonomous vehicles),” said Jim Farley.

Ford plans to shift production of electric vehicles from a suburban Detroit plant to a factory in Mexico, a top company official said. That move will make room at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant for Ford to launch a new line of driverless vehicles that will be used by ride-sharing and delivery fleets.

The move could create some political headaches for the second-largest of the Detroit Big Three automakers. During his campaign for the White House, then-candidate Donald Trump repeatedly bashed Ford’s plans to move small car production from Michigan to a second assembly plant it was building in Mexico. It ultimately scrubbed that facility and will shift production of the Focus model to China, instead.

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“You’re starting to see the foundation of Ford’s bet on AVs (or autonomous vehicles),” said Jim Farley, the president of global markets for Ford.

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GM Marketplace Will Let You Order Coffee, Donuts, Even Make Reservations While Driving

Automakers look for new revenue sources; see big opportunities when driverless vehicles come to market.

by on Dec.05, 2017

A customer places an order for coffee to go using the new GM Marketplace service.

Every morning, millions of American commuters stop for fuel or coffee on the way to work, and the new GM Marketplace is designed to make that process even quicker and easier.

Now, with the tap of a button on their vehicle’s touchscreen, motorists driving late-model General Motors vehicles will be able to order coffee or food from several popular fast food chains, such as Starbucks, locate a nearby gas station, even make dinner or hotel reservations using the Priceline service. It’s part of a push by GM and other automakers to provide new, in-vehicle features that could become major sources of revenues as autonomous and fully driverless vehicles come to market in the near future.

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“The average American spends 46 minutes per day on the road driving,” said Santiago Chamorro, vice president for global connected customer experience at GM. “We have an opportunity to make every trip more productive and give our customers time back.”

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GM Aims to Take Lead in Driverless Tech, Planning to Launch Ride-Share Service by 2019

Analysts anticipate millions of Americans could abandon private cars as ride-share costs plunge.

by on Nov.30, 2017

GM CEO Mary Barra said the company is pushing toward zero crashes and zero congestion with its driverless vehicles.

General Motors wants to pull drivers out of some of its cars in a bit to leapfrog competitors like Ford and Google spin-off Waymo. The U.S. automotive giant told Wall Street analysts meeting in Detroit Thursday that it wants to launch a self-driving ride-sharing fleet by 2019.

Though autonomous technology is coming online fast, that’s well ahead of the timetable that many analysts had expected until recently. And it could lead to massive changes not only in how people drive but who drives. Ride-sharing leaders like Lyft and Uber have predicted that with driverless vehicles the cost of their services will drop to the point they will be far cheaper, per mile, than what it costs to own and operate a personal vehicle. And then there are the potential safety and congestion benefits.

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“We’re aiming for a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,” GM CEO Mary Barra said. (more…)

Barra Commits to 1M EVs on Global Roads by 2026

Cheaper batteries, demand from China pushing numbers.

by on Nov.15, 2017

GM CEO Mary Barra said the automaker will have 1 million EVs on roads around the world by 2026.

General Motors is following in the footsteps of former President Barak Obama by promising to build 1 million electric vehicles.

Obama’s vision wasn’t fulfilled, despite the $7,500 tax credit designed to make the cars more affordable and lure EV buyers to showrooms, but GM CEO Mary Barra told analysts at the Barclays 2017 Global Automotive Conference in New York, that GM will hit the target by 2026 on a global basis.

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Barra’s confidence stems from two things: a new family of EVs and a significant cost reduction on batteries.  (more…)

Ford, GM Set October Sales Records in China

General Motors on track for new full-year benchmark.

by on Nov.14, 2017

GM Executive Vice President and GM China President Matt Tsien said the automaker is tracking for a record sales year in China.

The Chinese subsidiaries of General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are on their way to recording sales increases in China this year after posting setting sales records in the world’s largest market for new vehicles during October.

GM and its joint ventures delivered an October-record 382,723 vehicles in China. Retail sales were up 11% year on year, marking the highest monthly sales growth in 2017.

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Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and Baojun had their best ever October sales. SUVs remained the fastest-growing segment for GM, with sales surging 64% year over year. (more…)

GM Will Meet China EV Mandate Without NEV Credits in 2019

New E100 helping to pave way for other GM EVs coming in 2018.

by on Nov.13, 2017

GM is counting on this Baojun E100 electric vehicle to help it meet China's EV production mandates by 2019.

Automakers around the globe are scurrying to try to meet China’s tougher-than-comfortable standards for NEVs, or New Energy Vehicles; however, General Motors isn’t sweating the deadline as it will make the time frame, the company says.

Matt Tsien, GM China’s president, said the company will make the 2019 production goals without having to buy NEV credits from other makers. The difficult 2019 quotas have many automakers hustling to make deals with China-based automakers to increase production of EVs.

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GM’s deals with SAIC and Wuling, have the company on track to “at least meet, if not exceed, those credit mandate requirements.” (more…)

Chevy Goes Big at SEMA Show With Luke Bryan’s Suburban

Custom ute focuses on Bryan's outdoors-oriented lifestyle.

by on Oct.31, 2017

Chevrolet customized a 2017 Chevy Suburban for country music star Luke Bryan.

It is “SEMA Week” in Las Vegas and Chevrolet has put together a display that features more than 20 concept and production vehicles, including a special edition of the ever-popular Chevrolet Suburban developed for country music star Luke Bryan.

Bryan introduced the Suburban, which includes a crate engine system and accessories that reflecting his “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” outlook.

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“Chevy has been part of our family and a part of our work life on the farm for as long as I can remember,” said Bryan. “If you were a Bryan, you drove a Chevy — and I’m a longtime Suburban owner. (more…)

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