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GM to debut first center-mounted airbags in 2013

GM to debut first center-mounted airbags in 2013

General Motors has announced that it will be offering the industry's first center-mounted airbags in select vehicles starting in 2013. The new airbag deploys from between the front seats and aims to protect drivers from side collisions on the passenger side but also provides additional protection to both the driver and passenger during side impacts or rollovers.

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OnStar to track all drivers by default [Updated]

OnStar to track all drivers by default [Updated]

OnStar has updated its privacy policy so as to permit position and speed tracking of cars with the navigation system installed, even if drivers do not have an active subscription. The change is already being criticized by privacy activists, who also highlight the clauses allowing OnStar to sell GPS tracking data to its choice of partners, albeit in anonymized form. That, OnStar spokesperson Adam Denison, is yet to happen, though the General Motors subsidiary does reserve the right to begin distributing location data in the future.

Updated with OnStar comment after the cut.

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Chevy offers new details on Camaro ZL1

Chevy offers new details on Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet's Camaro has been outshined by similar Mustang models in many enthusiast eyes since the 5.0 V8 returned to the Ford Mustang. The Camaro has also been without a model to counter the Shelby GT500 Mustang, but that has now changed with the introduction of the Camaro ZL1. The ZL1 is fitted with a 6.2L LSA V8 under the hood with 580hp and 556 lb-ft of torque. The car is also about more than raw power.

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GM and LG announce plans for joint EV development

GM and LG announce plans for joint EV development

The costs to develop a new product like an electric car are astronomical and the risk of failure is not insignificant. This is the reason you see major companies joining forces to develop new platforms and systems in the automotive and other markets. Recently Ford and Toyota announced plans to jointly develop a new hybrid platform. These partnerships help to distribute the costs and risks of development between more companies making it more affordable and less risky for one firm trying to go alone.

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Chevy Volt Evatran Plugless Power charging shown off

Chevy Volt Evatran Plugless Power charging shown off

The thing that has always bothered me about plug-in hybrid cars is that I know I would forget to plug the car in. I would come home, unload the car and then the next day it would have no power. I also think that having to plug in your car each time you come home would be more irritating that having to plug your phone or laptop in constantly.

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GM uses computer software and rapid prototyping rather than clay or wood for prototype testing

GM uses computer software and rapid prototyping rather than clay or wood for prototype testing

Many of the 3D printing stories that I talk about are using the tech to make smaller things and concept products. One of the places where the 3D printing and rapid prototyping is being used the most is in the automotive world. Before the first prototype is made in full scale, there are all sorts of revisions done from wind tunnel testing and other forms of testing that require the design and shape of certain parts on the vehicle to be changed.

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GM adds 14 more vehicles with OnStar app compatibility

GM adds 14 more vehicles with OnStar app compatibility

I like that car makers like Ford and GM are offering tech laden vehicles with hands free and other access inside the car. I really like that GM has an app for iPhone and Android users that lets the driver interact with the vehicle when they aren’t in it. The OnStar app from GM is really cool and has all sorts of features.

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OnStar breaks free of GM chokehold, shows off future of LTE vehicle services

OnStar breaks free of GM chokehold, shows off future of LTE vehicle services

OnStar has been a service on GM vehicles for years now that can do all sorts of stuff. It can help the police find your vehicle if it is stolen, it can get you directions to a place you want to go, and it can do lots more. The catch has been that the OnStar service was only offered on GM vehicles. At CES 2011, OnStar has announced that it is now available to everyone via aftermarket installers.

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