January 16, 2021

GM Debuts Digital Vehicle Platform Ready for Adoption of Future Tech

GM Digital Vehicle Platform
GM has revealed its new Digital Vehicle Platform

General Motors has debuted its all-new electronic platform that it says is necessary for its next generation of vehicles, EVs, active safety, infotainment and connectivity features, as well as the evolution of the Super Cruise driver assistance feature. These and other advancements are, the company says, central to GM’s vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

The 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 five-fold 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 100Mbs, 1Gpbs and 10Gbps.

“The critical role of software and its importance to our vehicles, both now and for years to come, cannot be overstated,” said GM President Mark 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.”

Cybersecurity is another key pillar of the new architecture. The system’s DNA includes additional protective features at the hardware and software levels.

The electronic platform was developed at GM facilities across the globe by a team of electrical, hardware and software engineers.