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General Motors team focus on self-driving, electric car development

General Motors team focus on self-driving, electric car development

US car giant General Motors revealed this week that it's forming a team that will be dedicated to developing self-driving and electric vehicles, a sign the manufacturer doesn't want to get left behind as the growing car technologies continue to gain popularity. As GM is looking towards this fall's release of the Chevrolet Bolt compact electric, it seems to planning to expand its offering of such vehicles in the future, along with exploring autonomous driving features.

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Opel GT Concept is as red hot as its tires

Opel GT Concept is as red hot as its tires

Germany's Opel has officially unveiled its new GT Concept, a modern re-imagining of the original Opel GT, a sport car legend produced from 1968 to 1973. The new version stays true to its roots, with rear-wheel drive, a low-slung profile, and a long hood that flows into a fastback rear end. But completely modern design details include a windshield that stretches from the front of the car to the back in a single piece of panorama glass, the appearance of no side windows, and, of course, those bright red front tires.

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Maven is GM’s new on-demand car-sharing service

Maven is GM’s new on-demand car-sharing service

Maven is the brand name of General Motors' car sharing service from here on out, servicing the United States with on-demand mobility with an "ownership-like experience." What GM hopes to do here is work with Lyft (in a strategic alliance of sorts) and connect with OnStar to provide a "high level of personalized mobility services" in a car-sharing program that'll be expanding immediately. The first step is the city, where Maven will be bringing its car-sharing program to Ann Arbor Michigan.

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GM teams with Lyft for on-demand autonomous auto network

GM teams with Lyft for on-demand autonomous auto network

This week General Motors and Lyft announced an alliance which would eventually create an on-demand autonomous vehicle network in the United States. General Motors will be investing a cool $500 million in Lyft, and GM will hold one seat on Lyft's board of directors. This alliance will include adding GM as a "preferred provider" of vehicles to Lyft drivers throughout the United States (or as they say, "in various cities in the U.S.).

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GM issues 1.4M vehicle recall, again for fire risks

GM issues 1.4M vehicle recall, again for fire risks

Detroit's General Motors has announced a new recall for 1.41 million cars around the globe, once again over fire risks due to oil leaks. This marks the fourth time the auto manufacturer has issued a recall since 2008 for this exact problem. The company has acknowledged that this latest recall is basically needed because the previous ones didn't work, and there were even over 1,300 cars that still caught fire after repair work was done.

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GM’s developing an Apple Watch app for locking, unlocking car doors

GM’s developing an Apple Watch app for locking, unlocking car doors

General Motors is testing an app that will make keys locked in the car a non-issue…at least, if you have an Apple Watch. The auto maker is currently testing an Apple Watch app that lets GM car owners (with compatible models) unlock and lock their cars using the watch, as well as start it remotely. The information was detailed by GM’s VP of Strategy Mike Ableson, who spoke at an analysts presentation in Detroit.

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GM unveils car-sharing service ‘Let’s Drive NYC’

GM unveils car-sharing service ‘Let’s Drive NYC’

Uber has received a lot of pushback over its service because, in part, it takes work away from traditional taxi services. Those taxi industries are feeling the squeeze from more than just ride-sharing services, however. Latest to the competitor roster is General Motors, which announced today its new "Let's Drive NYC" car-sharing service. Let's Drive NYC will only be available to certain The Ritz Plaza residents, however.

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Buick: 24-hour test drives to start this week

Buick: 24-hour test drives to start this week

General Motors' Buick brand is bringing back something we haven't heard of since the early 2000's: the 24-hour test drive. The promotion is to start at participating dealerships this Wednesday, July 22nd, letting potential customers take a Buick vehicle home for up to 24 hours. All they have to do is leave their own vehicle behind overnight. While GM offered similar promotions over ten years ago in hopes of increasing sales numbers, Buick says now it's more about building their brand image.

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Hummer electrical issue leads to fires, injuries and a recall

Hummer electrical issue leads to fires, injuries and a recall

Jeeps aren't the only cars on the market that have ignited. General Motors is recalling about 196,000 Hummers due to an electrical issue that has caused a couple to go up in flames. The recall was announced today, and spurring the decision are at least two cars that spontaneously caught on fire and were destroyed as a result. In one incident, the driver reported smelling something “funny” and discovering a fire under the glove box. Despite efforts to put it out, the Hummer unfortunately “went up in flames”.

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CarPlay and Android Auto coming to 2016 Buick, GMC models

CarPlay and Android Auto coming to 2016 Buick, GMC models

General Motors continues to add support for Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto infotainment systems across all its brands by announcing Buick and GMC models are next in line. This week saw the new Chevy Corvette Z06 shipping out to dealers, becoming the first GM car to hit the roads with CarPlay integration. Prior to that, Cadillac revealed which of its 2016 models would be smartphone-connected.

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How GM’s giving old batteries a second charge

How GM’s giving old batteries a second charge

General Motors is one of the auto makers working to reuse old electric car batteries, and in its case it is doing so with Chevrolet Volt batteries with one of its IT buildings. Using a handful of old Volt batteries from the model’s first generation, General Motors is powering an administration building in conjunction with wind and solar energy. This is due to the remaining capacities of the batteries after they stop being useful for the Chevy Volt electric cars.

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