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GM BioRID crash test dummy helps evaluate rear impact injuries

GM BioRID crash test dummy helps evaluate rear impact injuries

General Motors and other automakers have used crash test dummies in the design and engineering of new vehicle safety equipment for a long time. GM has announced that it using a new type of crash test dummy called BioRID to help understand how drivers and passengers are hurt in rear impact accidents. The new crash test dummy was designed by Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden, specifically for seat restraint assessment.

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OnStar upgrades design for 2013 GM models

OnStar upgrades design for 2013 GM models

General Motors has used OnStar technology in some of its vehicles for many years now. OnStar is an interesting technology that puts a blue button somewhere inside the vehicle, typically on the rearview mirror, allowing the driver to make phone calls or get assistance. The coolest part about OnStar has always been the ability of the service to activate automatically in the event of an accident.

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OnStar RelayRides brings auto sharing nationwide

OnStar RelayRides brings auto sharing nationwide

General Motors customers who have OnStar-enabled vehicles have been revealed this week to be getting a car rental service if they do so choose - their own cars being the subject of this new program. Each OnStar subscriber will soon have the ability to rent out their car when they're not using it in order to off-set the cost of owning a vehicle in the big city. This program is called RelayRides, and works with drivers' iPhone app as well as through the RelayRides marketplace through simple key exchanges.

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Vauxhall ADAM city car offers smartphone hub and LED star ceiling

Vauxhall ADAM city car offers smartphone hub and LED star ceiling

GM's Vauxhall has revealed its latest urban car, the Vauxhall ADAM, complete with cutesy looks and a bagful of technology to suit the smartphone-addicted. Set to hit roads in January 2013, the ADAM will be offered as a three-door, five-seater with a distinctive "floating roof" design and what Vauxhall claims are "almost unlimited visual combinations" outside and in. That even includes an LED "starlight" roof lining.

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GM studies driver behavior in self-driving vehicles

GM studies driver behavior in self-driving vehicles

General Motors has announced that it has teamed with research partners to try to determine how non-driving activities influence driver behavior in self-steering, semi-autonomous vehicles. General Motors unveiled technology previously that will be available on future vehicles allowing the vehicle to handle all steering, braking, and throttle inputs for the driver in certain situations. The technology is expected to be available by the middle of the decade on production cars.

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General Motors ditches Facebook advertising

General Motors ditches Facebook advertising

Automotive behemoth General Motors has ditched its Facebook advertising plans, the car company has confirmed, though it intends to continue using the social network for free outreach to consumers. GM gave no specific reason publicly for its decision to cease using Facebook adverts, but a source familiar with the decision told WSJ that the campaigns "had little impact on consumers" and were not being seen as the best use of advertising budgets.

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Chevrolet Trax brings Small SUV to the whole globe

Chevrolet Trax brings Small SUV to the whole globe

This week the folks at Chevrolet have revealed that they'll be adding a lovely new Small SUV to their global lineup, setting up here to have it on display at the Paris Motor Show this year. This vehicle will be bringing room for five passengers as will not be showing up in the USA. Why make a fabulous vehicle such as this and release it everywhere except for the United States? Because Chevrolet already has a vehicle by the name of Equinox that's bringing the heat across the nation right this minute!

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