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..
General Motors will soon ramp up production of the Bolt EV amid increasing global demand for the car, GM CEO Mary Barra said. The Bolt EV, which is built at GM’s Orion Assembly plant north of Detroit, posted a 23 pc increase in sales in the first two months of the year to 2,601 units. Barra said Read More..
General Motors has acquired lidar specialist Strobe, joining a growing number of automotive companies that see the technology as crucial to the development of self-driving cars. The staff of Strobe will join GM’s Cruise Automation, which the US carmaker acquired in March 2016. The company specializes in driverless-car technology. â€œStrobeâ€™s lidar technology will significantly improve Read More..
Tina Mueller, Opel’s high-visibility marketing chief, is leaving the company just a few months after France’s PSA Group finalized its takeover of the German car brand. Mueller, 49, will return to her industry roots and become CEO of German beauty care products group Douglas, effective November 1. Before joining Opel in 2013, she worked for Read More..
Thomas Kuelpp is the new Opel CIO. His appointment, effective August 1, comes as the German car brand faces the challenge of integrating its operations into PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, its new owner. Opel was acquired by PSA from its previous owner, General Motors, earlier this year. A company spokesman said Kuelpp’s core assignment in his new role Read More..