Chevy to build 50% more Volts in 2012

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on August 2nd, 2010

The Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle is finally set to come to market. The car will carry a $41,000 sticker price. A lease on the Volt will go for $350 per month and the first year will see limited production.

Production will increase the next model year and Chevrolet has announced that by 2012 it will have increased production by 50% to 45,000 units. More units built and sold will help reduce the cost and hopefully that steep price will come down significantly.

OnStar users now sending Google Maps directions to their cars

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2010

Today is a special day. It’s the first day that turn-by-turn capable GM vehicles as old as 2006 can search for destinations using Google Maps and have those destinations sent directly to their vehicles. Proof that some of us are living in a future slightly ahead of the rest of us. Those with GM vehicles.

The OnStar eNav feature is now fully functional and totally Googled. Hopefully other factory navigation systems start doing this very soon.

GM announces Automatic Crash Response technology

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on May 27th, 2009

GM announces Automatic Crash Response technologyHere’s some technology that we hope you never have a personal use for. GM has announced its OnStar Automatic Crash Response technology that can transmit “basic telemetry from a crash, including GPS location, the crash’s severity, and whether the car’s airbags deployed.”

The new tool is called Injury Severity Prediction, because it will analyze the collected data and attempt to predict whether the crash has caused severe injury to passengers. Each crash will be given an Injury Severity Prediction of ‘normal’ or ‘high,’ which helps first responders better determine what level of care is required and what medical facility they need to transport you too.

GM and Segway working on two-wheeler P.U.M.A. project

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2009

GM and Segway working on two-wheeler P.U.M.A. projectGeneral Motors and Segway have joined forces to create something larger than a Segway and smaller than a car. The end result will be the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility Project (PUMA) whose goal is to deliver a self-balancing, two-wheeled vehicle that shuttles two people around at speeds up to 35 mph.

If you’re keeping score, that’s three times faster than Segway’s 12 mph top speed. It woill have a 35 mile range as well. The vehicle will be powered by a lithium battery and feature a built-in communications device that can “talk” to similar vehicles nearby.