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GM debuts new digital vehicle platform

GM debuts platform on the 2020 Cadillac CT5, expanding to others by 2023

Published: May 21, 2019, 10:30 PM
Updated: May 27, 2019, 3:11 AM

2020 Cadillac CT5

General Motors has unveiled its all-new digital vehicle platform that will enable features such as active safety systems, infotainment and connectivity to all run with each other in the next generation of GM vehicles, including EVs and autonomous vehicles.

2020 Cadillac CT5

Saying the new electronic platform is central to its vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, GM debuts the architecture on the 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan and will roll it out to most of the vehicles in the company’s global lineup by 2023.

“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.”

GM Digital Vehicle Platform

Developed by a team of electrical, hardware and software engineers at GM facilities around the globe, he new electronic platform is capable of managing up to 4.5 terabytes of data per hour (five times that of the current electrical platform) with smartphone-like software updates on the fly, giving it the ability to upgrade itself seamlessly over the life of the vehicle. And with Ethernet connection of up to 10 gigabytes per second, it enables rapid communications within and outside the vehicle.

And with cybersecurity coming to the forefront of critical safety in today’s and future vehicles, it becomes a key pillar in the new architecture, with additional features at the hardware and software levels to fully protect data storage and transfers.

2020 Cadillac CT5

Other key cybersecurity measures employed by GM include a team of experts dedicated to protecting against unauthorized access to vehicles and customer data, a security vulnerability disclosure program to engage with the research community, and chairing the Automotive Information Sharing & Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC), a partnership of the private and public-sectors sharing and analyzing emerging cybersecurity risks for the automotive industry.