Dan Ammann, the number two executive at General Motors, will step down from his post as president of the company January 1 to head the carmaker’s Cruise Automation autonomous vehicle unit. The move underlines GM’s belief that it needs to further strengthen its commitment to a future dominated by driverless cars. GM also hopes that Read More..
Owners of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles from the 2015 model-year or newer can now rent them via the Maven platform. The Peer Cars service is undergoing beta testing in Chicago, Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan, with further US roll-outs this fall, and is integrated into the existing Maven app. Participating private vehicles will Read More..
Automakers use their Silicon Valley offices to stay ahead of the curve in high-tech innovation. The local automotive centers are playing a bigger role in car companies’ investment and technology strategies. And, as they grow, they need to attract more highly qualified staff. The last 18 months have seen huge automotive deals moving in and Read More..
Softbank will invest $1.1 billion in GM Cruise Holdings, adding more financial muscle to General Motors’ plan to ready autonomous-driving technology for commercial implementation in 2019. The US automaker is also committing an additional $2.25 billion of its own funds to Cruise. GM said SoftBank, a Japanese technology and communications group that invests in new technologies, Read More..
General Motors has described how it is using generative design software from Autodesk in its next-generation lightweighting programme, and how this is helping the development of more efficient alternative-propulsion and zero-emission vehicles. Using cloud computing and AI-based algorithms, multiple permutations of a component can be explored and geometric design options generated, based on selected parameters Read More..
A non-profit consortium involving major carmakers, suppliers, IT firms, start-ups and other transportation stakeholders has been announced to explore the application of blockchain technology in a digital mobility ecosystem. Founding members include BMW, Bosch, Ford, General Motors, Groupe Renault, ZF, Accenture, Context Labs and IBM. The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI) aims to connect mobility Read More..
Both Volvo Cars and General Motors have announced the addition of the Amazon Key app to their respective connected services in the USA. This will be available to customers in 37 US cities and their surrounding areas, with more locations to follow. For Volvo customers, Amazon Key links Amazon Prime membership accounts with the Volvo Read More..
Following a change in corporate ownership, IT at Opel and its sister brand Vauxhall is facing a huge challenge: On one hand, CIO Thomas Kuelpp has to disentangle more than 1,000 applications from the General Motors system world. On the other, his team is preparing to integrate into France’s PSA Group, which acquired the company Read More..
Karl-Thomas Neumann, former CEO of Opel, is investing in mobility start-up door2door. Neumann will also join the board of the directors of the German ride sharing-technology specialist. Neumann headed Opel from 2014 until 2017, when General Motors sold the carmaker to France’s PSA Group. Following the announcement of the sale, Neumann initially stayed with the Read More..
General Motors plans to start building production models of the Cruise AV self-driving car at its Orion Township plant north of Detroit next year. Roof modules for self-driving vehicles will be built at its Brownstown plant nearby. GM says the Cruise AV is the first production-ready car that has been built from the ground up Read More..