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GM to install distraction-tracking gadgets in 500k cars

GM to install distraction-tracking gadgets in 500k cars

If you're on the road, there's a good chance that you've fired off at least one text message while behind the wheel. Distracted driving is a perilous activity for all involved, but that hasn't stopped many drivers from updating statuses, responding to snapchats, and other similar activities while behind the wheel. Various "nanny" systems have been proposed that will take action against this, and it seems GM will be the first automaker to mass produce vehicles with such a system in place.

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NASA’s Robo-Glove up for license by Iron Man and you

NASA’s Robo-Glove up for license by Iron Man and you

The teams at NASA and GM behind the Robonaut 2's Robo-Glove have made the decision to allow licensing of their technology for public use. The glove is made to amplify the abilities of the wearer, not entirely unlike that of the glove of Iron Man in the Marvel Comics universe. This glove allows its user to blast through tasks that require high hand strength - grasping and repetitive tasks especially.

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GM’s new app lets you scan license plates and text the drivers

GM’s new app lets you scan license plates and text the drivers

The folks at GM's China R&D division have been hard at work thinking up new ways to connect drivers, and the by-product is a prototype app called DiDi Plate for Android smartphones. With the app, drivers can snap a picture of someone's license plate, which is then used with an identification database to send that driver unsolicited text messages.

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International Space Station’s robotic crew member gets legs

International Space Station’s robotic crew member gets legs

Robonaut 2 is a robot living aboard the International Space Station with its many scientists, taking on tasks that allow the crew to do more scientific research while it does menial labor. This beast was developed by NASA and GM (General Motors) and will - as of this week - be getting its own pair of Climbing Legs. These legs will allow the robot to be much more versatile than ever before.

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GM CEO sends employees letter over recall

GM CEO sends employees letter over  recall

General Motors recently issued a massive 1.6 million vehicle recall over an issue with the ignition switch, which can result in a car shutting off and a potentially fatal incident resulting. In response to the recall and some criticism surrounding it, GM's CEO has personally issued a letter to employees detailing the matter.

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Mary Barra named GM CEO: world’s first female global auto leader

Mary Barra named GM CEO: world’s first female global auto leader

General Motors has selected Mary Barra as their next CEO, this signaling a greater change in the auto industry as a whole as she will be the first female to hold such a position in a global auto brand. This also signals the retirement of Dan Akerson as GM Chairman and CEO as of January of 2014. Mary Barra is currently working with GM as executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

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Chevrolet MyLink scores Siri on more 2014 models

Chevrolet MyLink scores Siri on more 2014 models

Back in 2012, Siri joined Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system on a handful of models, including the 2013 Chevrolet Spark. Today, the auto maker announced that Siri Eyes Free Integration will also be available on several 2014 models, including the 2014 Malibu, Cruze, Equinox, SS, Volt, and Camaro.

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GM reportedly adding wireless charging to select 2014 vehicles

GM reportedly adding wireless charging to select 2014 vehicles

Wireless charging for phones is taking off, and we're seeing the feature popping up more and more as the months go by, but it's something that certainly isn't the norm just yet. However, GM wants to incorporate the technology into cars, and it's reported that the company will be including wireless charging in some of its 2014 lineup.

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Ford F-250 leads truck-dominated list of theft-risk vehicles

Ford F-250 leads truck-dominated list of theft-risk vehicles

When people think about what cars might be considered the most-stolen by thieves, we usually picture sporty cars or luxury vehicles. However, according to the latest rankings that list off vehicles with the highest rates of insurance claims for theft since 2003, the top 10 are dominated by trucks.

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Chevy Volt sales stall leaves inventory double “healthy” levels

Chevy Volt sales stall leaves inventory double “healthy” levels

Chevrolet's first attempt at a true hybrid vehicle isn't going so well, and the company is boosting incentives just to get the cars rolling off of dealership lots. It turns out that Chevrolet has way too many Volts lying around, mostly due to the fact that Chevrolet is churning them off of the assembly line, but no one is buying them.

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GM recalls over 38,000 hybrids over fire hazard

GM recalls over 38,000 hybrids over fire hazard

General Motors has recalled more than 38,000 of their new hybrid vehicles over the possibility that a faulty circuit board in the trunk could potentially overheat and start a fire. The recall affects new Buick LaCrosse and Regal models, and Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles, all from the 2012 and 2013 model years.

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2014 Corvette C7 Stingray officially set for Indy 500 pace

2014 Corvette C7 Stingray officially set for Indy 500 pace

A few days ago, we reported that the new 2014 Chevy Corvette was set to be the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 coming up this month, and today it's official. General Motors has announced that the 2014 Corvette Stingray (a.k.a. the Corvette C7) will pace the 97th Indianapolis 500, making it the 12th time that a Corvette has paced.

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