Detroit’s General Motors today announced the debut of an electronic platform for its next generation of vehicles, electric vehicles, active safety, infotainment, connectivity features, and the evolution of the Super Cruise driver assistance feature.
The platform was debuted on the recently unveiled 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan and will go into production later this year. It is expected to be on 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. It also has an expanded capacity for over-the-air software updates and enables the adoption of functionality upgrades throughout the lifespan of vehicles.
Ethernet connections of 100Mbs, 1Gbps, and 10Gbps also provide more rapid communications within the vehicle itself and to outside sources.
“The critical role of software and its importance to our vehicles, both now and for years to come, cannot be overstated,” says Mark Reuss, president of GM. “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.”
The system’s DNA includes additional protective features at the hardware and software levels. GM has a dedicated global product cybersecurity organization and implemented a security vulnerability disclosure program years ago.
GM also chairs the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a community of private and public-sector partners that shares and analyzes intelligence about emerging cybersecurity risks for the automotive industry.