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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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California demands electric cars from more manufacturers

California demands electric cars from more manufacturers

California has gained a reputation as one of the scripted governmental bodies in the world when it comes to the environment, and like it or not, there's no denying that its legislation drives green technology. At the moment the top six automakers in the state - Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and Nissan - are required to sell a certain number of all-electric or fuel-cell cars every year. California has updated its mandate so that by 2018, any automaker that sells 20,000 vehicles or more in the state will also be held accountable.

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Cadillac “driverless” tests underway

Cadillac “driverless” tests underway

There are some real live Cadillac-made semi-automatic "driverless" cars being tested this week using technology they call "Super Cruise." This mode of driving allows for fully automatic steering, lane-centering, and braking in highway driving conditions - but they've got to be optimal or it does not work. Detroit's test runs this week are said by Cadillac to possibly be ready for real-world use by the middle of the decade - we're looking at a boss here, folks, no hands!

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OnStar Family Link service launched

OnStar Family Link service launched

General Motors has rolled out a new addition to its already-successful OnStar platform. Called Family Link, the new service lets users track other family members who have access to your car, allowing you to sign up for text messages and e-mail alerts when the vehicle arrives at a specific location or to let you know where it is at a specific time. Yeah, it's a double-edged sword, but it's a feature that customers want.

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