GM debuts Digital Vehicle Platform
General Motors President Mark Reuss debuted the company’s all-new electronic platform necessary for its next generation of vehicles, EVs, active safety, infotainment, and connectivity features, and the evolution of the Super Cruise driver-assistance feature.
As the automotive industry and vehicles evolve in the next five to 10 years, more electrical bandwidth and connectivity will be needed to ensure that features like electric propulsion systems, the Super Cruise driver-assistance feature, and advanced active safety systems can all run together.
Debuting on the recently unveiled 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan, the electronic platform will go into production later this year and should be rolled out to most vehicles within GM’s global lineup by 2023. The technology powers an electronic system, capable of managing up to 4.5 terabytes of data processing power per hour, a fivefold increase in capability over GM’s current electrical architecture.
With an expanded capacity for smartphone-like over-the-air software updates, the system enables the adoption of functionality upgrades throughout the lifespan of the vehicle. The new architecture also provides more rapid communications within the vehicle itself and to outside sources thanks to Ethernet connections of 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, and 10 Gbps.
“The critical role of software and its importance to our vehicles, both now and for years to come, cannot be overstated,” said Reuss. “Our new digital vehicle platform and its eventual successors will underpin all our future innovations across a wide range of technological advancements, including EVs and expanded automated driving.”