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NASA and GM reveal Robo-Glove for astronauts and engineers

NASA and GM reveal Robo-Glove for astronauts and engineers

Tech for astronauts and automotive engineers seldom overlaps, but a robotic glove co-developed by General Motors and NASA could change all that. An offshoot of the Robonaut 2 project from last year, the Human Grasp Assist device - known unofficially as the K-glove or Robo-Glove - promises to make manual labor less intensive as well as reduce the risk of repetitive-stress injuries by cutting the amount of force needed to hold and use tools.

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Volt production frozen amid patchy EV sales

Volt production frozen amid patchy EV sales

General Motors has frozen Chevrolet Volt production as demand fails to keep up with current supply, though the company insists the electric-powered car hasn't been derailed by recent safety concerns. The Hamtramck, Michigan factory responsible for constructing the Volt will be offline from March 19 to April 23, GM confirmed to the WSJ, with around 1,300 workers unemployed for that five week period. Despite aggressive marketing and government subsidies for earth-friendly vehicles, the Volt missed its 2011 sales goals.

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2013 GM Acadia gets first center airbag in the industry

2013 GM Acadia gets first center airbag in the industry

Air bags have been in vehicles for many years now, and while they have undergone changes over the years, they are undeniably saving lives in accidents. It's common today to have both driver and passenger side airbags. In the backseat, many vehicles even have side curtain airbags for the backseat passengers near the doors. Where airbag protection has been lacking has been from the center for the front seat occupants. GM is changing that with the addition of a center airbag for front seat passengers to its 2013 Acadia models.

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OnStar system helps Volt drivers recharge using renewable power

OnStar system helps Volt drivers recharge using renewable power

Many of the Chevrolet vehicles on the road have OnStar inside. This is the system that has been around for years that allows the driver to make phone calls and alerts emergency services in the event of an accident. That OnStar system will do other things too, and one of the other things is to help the Volt driver recharge their car with renewable energy.

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GM interactive windows concept bring fun to road trips

GM interactive windows concept bring fun to road trips

The car technology world is growing rapidly with all sorts of cool new features inside cars to keep passengers entertained and drivers less distracted. We have a number of automakers today that are able to tie your smartphone to the car entertainment system for surfing the web and using apps. GM has something more ambitious in the works and is showing off a concept called the Windows of Opportunity project.

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Feds remind Chevrolet Volt safety probe not complete

Feds remind Chevrolet Volt safety probe not complete

Earlier this week General Motors laid out a few details surrounding the fix they had set up to assure the world that their Chevrolet Volt was safe in the face of a Federal safety investigation on its flammable batteries. What we did not know is that the Opel Ampera was delayed over this inquiry as well, and, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds us today, the investigation is not complete, even if General Motors thinks it is. A recall has not been put in place at the moment, but one may be happening in the very near future if needed.

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Volt misses 2011 sales goals

Volt misses 2011 sales goals

GM has offered up the final sales numbers for 2011 on the Volt. The Volt has had some very high profile issues this year with two examples catching fire after crash testing with the federal government. The exact source of the fires has yet to be pinpointed, and the investigation is still ongoing. Some welded parts near the battery pack are being investigated.

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic recalled due to missing brake pads

2012 Chevrolet Sonic recalled due to missing brake pads

We're pretty certain that someone at General Motors is in a whole heap of trouble this week as its been discovered that a batch of their Chevrolet Sonic cars with missing brake pads have left the factory and were sold in kind to unsuspecting customers. While these missing pads aren't currently being rated as something so fatal that GM is recommending a total instant freak-out on the part of car owners, if you are one of those owners, you probably should bring your car in to be checked. Nothing like cruising into grandma's house for New Years and finding yourself on the other side because you brakes just… you know… aren't there.

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