In the early 2000s, Lotus (the world’s pluckiest car company) built a turbocharged mid-engine convertible for General Motors (the world’s least plucky car company) called the Speedster. The problem is now nobody can exactly agree why. So we talked to Lotus and got to the bottom of it.
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Uber is partnering with the car-sharing service Maven (which is owned and operated by General Motors) to let Uber drivers rent GM vehicles on a weekly basis. The business will cost drivers $US179 ($234) plus taxes and fees, and driver will not incur any extra fees for using the car for personal use.
How does your car go around corners without screeching tyres? That's the magic of the differential, a seemingly complex meshing of various gears and splines that delivers separate power to each driven wheel. This pre-World War II video produced by General Motors is actually an incredibly straightforward and informative look at what goes on underneath your car to make it move.
Over the weekend, General Motors went on a bit of a spending spree: as part of the growing suite of self-driving car companies that it has purchased, GM can now call San Francisco-based Cruise Automation its own. The two-year-old startup cost GM — one of the world's oldest, largest, and most storied automotive brands — a cool US$1 billion.
The overriding sense you get from this year's Consumer Electronics Show, wandering the north hall where all the US' major car manufacturers show off their latest cars and what they see as the next five or ten years in personal transportation, is that big, fuel-guzzling vehicles are on their way out. Concept cars are always sleek, but these are sleek and friendly and don't kill the planet at the same time.
Detroit is more than a little worried about the tech-centric future of automobiles, namely the ones that drive themselves. So it's no surprise that GM is investing $US500 million in Lyft to build a network of autonomous cars. Why not just buy the whole company?!
The first time I saw CarPlay in action, I couldn't believe it. You could plug your iPhone into the infotainment system and then get iOS on your dashboard?! It seemed like Apple finally found a way to turn an automobile into a rolling computer like Knight Rider.
It's a terrifying moment the first time a parent hands over the keys to the family car to their teenager. And GM wants to make it slightly less worrisome for those parents with a new feature on the 2016 Malibu called Teen Driver that encourages younger drivers to be safer behind the wheel because it reports back to mum or dad how far they travelled, and how often they broke the speed limit.
GM is already taking technology in cars seriously, but it has plans to take it to the next level, and soon. Yesterday, the company announced that in less than two years its cars will communicate with each other — and hopefully even drive themselves.
American car design reached its experimental, optimistic zenith in the post-WWII era. Yet for every car built, hundreds of sketches and concepts were destroyed, the designers who penned them working in corporate anonymity. This new documentary works to bring these ageing designers and their beautiful concept work back into the spotlight.
A decade ago, you'd assume that the idiot on the highway in front of you weaving back and forth across the yellow lines was drunk. Today, there's a pretty good chance that they're just trying to navigate some particularly complicated emoji. GM wants to stop the madness, and it's betting on eye-tracking to do so.
General Motors' wind tunnels aren't only used to test the aerodynamics of the carmaker's latest vehicles. Here we see a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team working to improve his tuck position so he's as streamlined as possible as he streaks down a mountain.