GM Debuts New Digital Platform

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General Motors (GM) debuts an all-new electronic platform to coincide with their vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.

General Motors’ President, Mark Reuss, announced the debut of the company’s new electronic platform that will be necessary for its next-generation vehicles, EVs, active safety, infotainment, connectivity features, and the evolution of the Super Cruise driver assistance feature.

In the next 10 years or so, the automotive industry is expected to see more connectivity and more electrical bandwidth in cars, used for safety systems and advanced technology, like the driver assistance and the electric propulsion systems.

GM highlights their new electronic platform in the recently unveiled 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan and plans to integrate it within GM’s global lineup by 2023. The platform powers an electronic system, capable of managing up to 4.5 terabytes of data processing power per hour, a fivefold increase in capability over GM’s current electrical architecture.

The technology features over-the-air software updates, enabling functionality upgrades during the vehicle’s lifecycle. Moreover, communication within the vehicle and to outside sources is improved with the use of Ethernet connections of 100Mbs, 1Gpbs, and 10Gbps.

“The critical role of software and its importance to our vehicles, both now and for years to come, cannot be overstated,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “Our new digital vehicle platform and its eventual successors will underpin all our future innovations across a wide range of technological advancements, including EVs and expanded automated driving.”

As cybersecurity has been a growing concern with each new technological advancement in vehicles, the electronic platform includes additional protective features at the hardware and software levels.

GM takes cybersecurity very seriously and

  • Has a dedicated team of experts focused on protecting customer data and vehicles from unauthorized access;
  • Created a formal “bug bounty” program that detects security vulnerabilities; and
  • Chairs the Auto-ISAC (Automotive Information Sharing & Analysis Center) that shares and analyzed emerging cybersecurity risks.

The new platform was developed by a team of electrical, hardware, and software engineers at GM facilities across the globe.

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