General Motors, the largest US automaker and the third biggest in the world, has been mulling the adoption of technology that allows new features to be downloaded wirelessly, according to the company’s chief of vehicle development.
GM global product development chief Mark Reuss announced the carmaker is going to implement a completely new electrical architecture for its vehicles, referred to as “Global B” – in a bid to transfer most of the vehicle’s computing power to the internet, into the so-called “cloud.” Reuss added the new architecture will give upcoming Gm cars the possibility to add new features and download them almost instantly via wireless connections. As far as network security is concerned, the automaker said aircraft manufacturer Boeing and military contractors have been the source for ideas. Ruess refrained from giving a schedule for the introduction of the new, updateable electrical and data systems, only hinting it would happen soon. GM, which just like other traditional automakers has been rather slow in adopting such high-tech features, now follows in the footsteps of Silicon Valley luxury electric carmaker Tesla Motors – which from the start designed its Model S premium sedan to have new features and functions delivered over the air, in a manner that is similar to using a smartphone.
Reuss, which had an encounter with the media during an event in Detroit, said its newest model, the second generation Chevrolet Cruze would be $1,500 to $2,000 more profitable than the outgoing model. He also acknowledged GM will need to market a new low cost car in order to properly compete the Renault Nissan alliance in India, a crucial emerging market.