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Cadillac Enhanced Super Cruise First Ride – 2021 Escalade, take the wheel

Cadillac Enhanced Super Cruise First Ride – 2021 Escalade, take the wheel

I'm trying to watch the light bar embedded in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade's steering wheel, and the side mirror as we glide between lanes, and simultaneously look over my shoulder in case the new, Enhanced Super Cruise system has somehow screwed up and missed a fast-approaching car hurtling toward us as it shows off GM's latest tech advance. I needn't have worried: the light bar glows a constant green showing Super Cruise is active, the new radar sensors have mapped out a safe place to maneuver, and the whole thing seems eminently... normal.

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GM Factory ZERO renames an old plant for its electric future

GM Factory ZERO renames an old plant for its electric future

GM is renaming its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, with the future home of its all-electric vehicle production now being known as Factory ZERO. The new name - which hints that someone at General Motors may have watched a few too many superhero movies - was confirmed today, and is a nod to not only the zero emissions GM Ultium-based EVs will produce.

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Cruise just got permission to run autonomous cars without human backup

Cruise just got permission to run autonomous cars without human backup

Autonomous car company Cruise has been given permission to let loose its EVs in California without a human backup driver onboard, revealing plans to begin entirely self-driving operations by the end of the year. The General Motors-owned company - which revealed a custom-designed electric vehicle, the Cruise Origin, earlier in the year - will be diving in at the deep end, with its driver-free vehicles roaming the streets of San Francisco.

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Epic Games’ Unreal Engine used in GM HUMMER digital cockpit

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine used in GM HUMMER digital cockpit

Game engines are, as their name clearly points out, used for making and running games but their ability to display real-time interactive graphics also makes them useful for other things as well. Epic Games seems to have stumbled upon a new market for its Unreal Engine that goes beyond games. The company proudly announces that its game engine and development tools have been used to develop the user experience that will debut on General Motors' HUMMER EV later this month.

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Nikola founder leaves EV startup as fraud allegations refuse to die

Nikola founder leaves EV startup as fraud allegations refuse to die

Nikola founder Trevor Milton is stepping down as Executive Chairman of the electric vehicle startup, amid allegations of fraud and exaggerated claims about just how revolutionary - or production-ready - its technology is. Milton will be replaced by Stephen Girsky, former Vice Chairman of General Motors, it was confirmed; the automaker announced a deal with Nikola earlier this month.

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Ultium Drive will power GM’s EV future

Ultium Drive will power GM’s EV future

GM has announced that its next-generation electric vehicles will be powered by a family of five interchangeable drive units and three motors known collectively as Ultium Drive. Ultium Drive will help GM to transition its current portfolio to a fully electric lineup and promises significant advantages over the automaker's previous EVs in performance, scale, speed to market, and manufacturing efficiencies. Ultium Drive combines electric motors and single-speed transmissions to apply the power generated by Ultium battery cells.

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GM baked wireless tech into its Ultium EV batteries: Here’s why

GM baked wireless tech into its Ultium EV batteries: Here’s why

General Motors' upcoming electric vehicles will use a new wireless battery management system, the automaker has announced, promising safer and simpler power management as well as an easier roadmap for second-life repurposing after their time in cars and SUVs is done. Part of the GM Ultium platform, which will feature in models like Cadillac's Lyriq luxury crossover and GMC's Hummer EV, the system replaces the traditional flurry of cabling that runs through other automakers' batteries.

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GM will build Tesla-rivaling Nikola Badger pickup in huge EV deal

GM will build Tesla-rivaling Nikola Badger pickup in huge EV deal

General Motors has inked a partnership with EV startup Nikola, with GM set to build the Tesla-rival's zero-emissions Badger pickup. Opening to reservations earlier this year, the Badger doesn't look quite so futuristic - or as polarizing - as Tesla's Cybertruck, but it's no less high-tech, with both pure-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell versions planned.

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Honda and GM team on EVs and smart cars in North America

Honda and GM team on EVs and smart cars in North America

Honda and General Motors plan to team up on new models for North America, potentially sharing platforms for both electric and internal combustion vehicles with a variety of body styles. The non-binding memorandum of understanding follows the two automaker's earlier agreement to jointly-develop two new Honda EVs based on the GM Ultium platform that will power upcoming cars like the Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV.

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GM bets on 5G and EVs with aggressive China roadmap

GM bets on 5G and EVs with aggressive China roadmap

GM plans to make 5G available on Cadillac cars and offer the high-speed technology on most Chevrolet and Buick vehicles from 2022, the automaker has announced, though only in China. It's one of the biggest commitments to 5G networks that we've seen from an automaker so far, as General Motors looks to drive Chinese sales back up in the face of strong domestic and international competition.

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The Cadillac Lyriq is two years too soon

The Cadillac Lyriq is two years too soon

The Cadillac Lyriq wasn't quite a bait-and-switch but, as the dust settles on the delayed unveil of the automaker's new electric flagship, you'd be forgiven for feeling like the EV was a tad premature. Two years premature, in fact: the luxury crossover Caddy revealed this week is actually a show car, the automaker conceded.

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GM and EVgo plan 2,700 new fast chargers to make EVs more practical

GM and EVgo plan 2,700 new fast chargers to make EVs more practical

GM's big electric vehicle push is coming, and the automaker is cutting a deal with EVgo to install over 2,700 new fast chargers so that drivers will have somewhere to top up their batteries. The agreement will see the two companies build out DC fast charger availability in cities and suburbs primarily, focusing on potential EV drivers who might lack the infrastructure to support an electric car at home or at work.

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