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GM smart collision avoidance tech alerts drivers, won’t fix stupid

GM smart collision avoidance tech alerts drivers, won’t fix stupid

I think most people that get behind the wheel of a car are decent enough drivers. Some of the people out there that drive are plain stupid though. You know the sort that drive 90 mph on the highway when it's raining so hard you can’t see in front of your car. Or the sort of driver in the 4x4 truck that thinks they can drive 75 while everyone else crawls along at 30 mph in a snowstorm. I don’t think there is enough tech in the world to make this sort of driver safer.

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GM planning to back remake of Cannonball Run?!

GM planning to back remake of Cannonball Run?!

If I had to pick my single favorite film of my youth, it would be Cannonball Run. I loved that flick and it is the movie that first got me interested in cars and hot chicks in shiny purple jumpsuits. I will never forget that opening scene with the Lamborghini wailing away as it runs from the police. A rumor is making the rounds that GM might be backing a remake of the flick. This is good and bothers me a bit at the same time.

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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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