• Uber Strikes Deal To Lower The Cost Of Car Ownership For Drivers

    Uber Strikes Deal To Lower The Cost Of Car Ownership For Drivers

    On-demand transportation service Uber is trying to get new drivers on the road, while also improving the experience for those who are already on its platform. To do that, it’s partnered with a couple of auto manufacturers and a few financing providers to reduce the cost of new car ownership for Uber drivers in six of its fastest-growing markets. Read More

  • Apple Pushes New Version Of OS X Mavericks GM To Quash Last Minute Bugs

    Apple Pushes New Version Of OS X Mavericks GM To Quash Last Minute Bugs

    The consensus is that Apple currently plans on announcing the details of OS X Mavericks availability and pricing during this week’s event in San Francisco. We’re hearing that, in order to kill some last-minute bugs, a quiet update has been made to the Gold Master version of Mavericks previously shipped out to developers. Read More

  • Cars Are The Next Playground For App Developers

    Cars Are The Next Playground For App Developers

    This year’s CES may have been about startups more than ever before, but over the last few years, the car industry has also increased its presence at the show. In previous years, we heard a lot about the connected car, but until now, those cars remained virtually closed for developers. In one fell swoop, that changed this year, as Ford and GM announced concrete programs with SDKs and… Read More

  • GM Announces New App Framework, SDK, And Store For In-Vehicle Apps

    GM Announces New App Framework, SDK, And Store For In-Vehicle Apps

    Ford just introduced its new AppLink API that allows mobile apps to talk to its cars. Not to be outdone, General Motors just introduced its own API and SDK for its new in-vehicle app platform. the big difference here is that while Ford uses a driver’s smartphone, General Motors’s framework for its MyLink platform is meant to let developers run apps hosted in the car’s… Read More

  • GM Announces All-Electric Chevy Spark EV, Plus New Concept Car Chevy EN-V

    GM Announces All-Electric Chevy Spark EV, Plus New Concept Car Chevy EN-V

    This week, GM announced it will launch an all-electric vehicle under the Chevrolet brand, the Spark EV. The car is basically an electric version of the Spark mini-car and will be sold in limited quantities in the U.S., including California, starting in 2013. The company also announced it has started working on its new concept vehicle, the Chevrolet EN-V. Read More

  • GM and LG Team Up on Electric Vehicles

    GM and LG Team Up on Electric Vehicles

    Auto maker General Motors and LG Group will be working together to design and engineer electric vehicles thanks to a new partnership that expands on LG’s earlier work for GM in lithium-ion batteries.  Previously, LG delivered batteries for the Chevrolet Volt, the Opel Ampera, and later for a demo fleet of Chevrolet Cruze electric vehicles. According to the companies, their goal is to… Read More

  • Chevrolet Volt Wins Gold, OnStar Takes Silver At 2011 Edison Awards

    The awards just seem to keep stacking up for the Chevrolet Volt. Yesterday, the Volt was awarded a Gold Medal at the Edison Awards for innovative engineering that resulted in the world’s first extended range electric vehicle. Also, on the same night, OnStar’s mobile app won a silver medal for Best New Product in Transportation. The OnStar mobile app allows for drivers to view… Read More

  • Report: GM Is Developing A Buick Version Of The Chevy Volt

    The Chevy Volt might soon have a stateside cousin if a Bloomberg report is correct. The outlet quotes two sources as saying GM is developing a Buick vehicle that uses the Volt’s series hybrid Voltec powertrain with a scheduled 2013 release. Apparently the Buick would be a reworked Opel Ampera, which itself is a modified Chevy Volt for the European market. The new model however would… Read More

  • OnStar's Retail Unit Gets Named FMV, Great For When You FML

    OnStar has made a move out of being a proprietary unit for GM vehicles and into the retail front with their OnStar mirror. This $299 unit (plus $100 for installation) is being named OnStar FMV, or For My Vehicle. The subscriptions start at $18.95 per month or you can get an entire year for $199. Read More

  • GM To Show Buick Regal Hybrid With e-Assist At Chicago Auto Show

    With all the Volt excitement, we haven’t really talked a lot about what other electric offerings GM has planned. GM has a new hybrid system they think can raise fuel economy about 25% higher. It’s called eAssist and it’s somewhat a mild hybrid modifier for existing vehicles. GM already plans to offer this technology in the 2012 Buick LaCrosse and now, they’ve announced… Read More

  • A GM CEO And A GM Chief Engineer Weigh In On What’s Next For The Volt And Its Tech

    I recently got a chance to speak with Andrew Farah, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Volt. While getting keyed in on the enormous amounts of controls and tech that went into Volt, he mentioned that he had already been chosen as chief engineer for the next EV at GM, stating that, “[my bosses] figured that I had already made mistakes, so I won’t make them again.” Farah, is a… Read More

  • GM To Continue Electrification With A New Cadillac?

    Last year at the NAIAS in Detroit, Cadillac introduced the Converj concept, a vehicle based on the Chevrolet Volt. Most of it’s electronics were shared from the Volt, including GM’s new Voltec power system.  While it was definitely a cool looking car and was much talked about at the auto show, nothing came of it—most concept cars rarely make it further then the tenure of a… Read More

  • Duke Energy And ITOCHU Testing New Uses For Old Electric Vehicle Batteries

    Duke Energy and ITOCHU Corp. announced a partnership today through which they will evaluate and test new uses for old electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Once they are too spent for life on-the-road, EV batteries could store power and deliver a charge elsewhere, the companies reason. EV batteries falling below 80 percent of their original capacity when fully charged will be candidates for… Read More

  • Payback (And IPO) Time For GM As Chevy Volt Wins Industry Accolades

    The 102-year-old car company General Motors (GM) is set to go public on Thursday after a government-forced bankruptcy and bailout in November 2008. The bailout cost taxpayers about $50 billion. Analysts estimate the stock price would need to hit $53 dollars before the government can recoup its investment. GM plans to sell about half-a-billion shares for $33 each in its IPO. The company stands… Read More

  • The Chevy Volt: An Electric Car With Its Own IP Address

    CrunchGear’s Matt Burns recently called the Chevy Volt GM’s “knight in shining chrome and white plastic.” Burns was not citing projected sales numbers, instead he was making the point that the Volt has saved GM by forcing the troubled automaker to “change internally and reinvent nearly ever aspect of how it does business.” In support of Burns’ thesis… Read More

  • Ford Earmarks An Additional $850 Million To Build Fuel Efficient Cars

    With car sales starting to inch higher and the threat of bankruptcy only faintly visible in the rear-view mirror, Ford is loosening its purse strings once again. On Monday afternoon, the Dearborn, Michigan based company announced that it will invest another $850 million into the development of more fuel efficient cars and technology. That cash, which is earmarked for 2011 to 2013, is still… Read More

  • GM To Unveil Voltec Cargo Van Concept Tomorrow

    Maybe it’s true after all; GM using its Voltec platform for something other than a compact/midsize sedan, a cargo van named Vivaro. Expected to be unveiled tomorrow at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Fair in Hannover, GM will showcase Vivaro for those interested in low fuel consumption–like a small organic farm that only needs to make small deliveries around the city. More after the break. Read More

  • Did GE Develop A Powered Exoskeleton For Weyland-Yutani?

    Back in the 1960’s, GE was developing something called the “Hardiman” – a mechanical exoskeleton designed to move heavy things around. Fast forward to the future. A certain Weyland-Yutani corporation uses pretty much the same technology to haul cargo around a ship’s hold. Coincidence? Or does GE eventually become the evil corporation responsible for the Alien… Read More

  • Facebook Integration Coming To GM's OnStar

    It’s safe to say we’ve reached the pinnacle of humanity with this next bit of news: you’ll soon be able to update your Facebook status using OnStar. It’s the first “entertainment-y” option to be offered by OnStar, perhaps designed to cash in on some of the goodwill that has gone Ford’s way with its Sync system. Read More

  • Corvette To Employ A Hybrid Powertrain In Next Generation? (Hopefully)

    There is nothing more American than the Corvette and its front-mounted V8 engine. Nothing. Not even the Mustang, baseball or Las Vegas. The V8 screams freedom of the open road. But that potent formula that’s been in use since the beginning might be getting slightly tweaked. GM’s VP of global engineering, Karl Stracke, mentioned to AutoWeek that the next Corvette might go hybrid… Read More