Rumor had it a few months ago that the C8 Corvette was delayed six months because of electrical problems.
Since General Motors doesn’t sign our checks, we don’t know for sure if that is really the case or just another Internet hoax.
But we do know one thing – the upcoming mid-engine Corvette will be taking advantage of GM’s most advanced electronics system ever.
And we know that for sure because GM President Mark Reuss on Monday unveiled the new electronic architecture that will begin appearing in nearly all of the company’s new vehicles, commencing with the Cadillac CT5 sport sedan later this year and presumably the C8 Corvette shortly after.
The new system, known as the Digital Vehicle Platform, is being praised as a huge step forward in the way GM vehicles will be wired.
“It’s the vehicle’s brain and nervous system, and it’s five times more capable than today’s system,” GM’s director of electronic architecture Al Adams said.
Indeed, Society of Automotive Engineers editorial director Bill Visnic says the DVP “is the enabler for the next generation of good stuff,” calling it “an exponential jump.”
The new system is said to be a key to helping GM meet its promise of zero fatalities, zero emissions, and zero congestion.
It is expected to provide GM a way to offer over-the-air software updates to improve engine performance, fuel economy, ride comfort, steering, navigation, and almost every feature on a vehicle, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press, which says it could even allow updates for safety standards long after the vehicle was built.
The system, which has resulted in more than 100 patents, is the result of the collaborative efforts of more than 300 electrical engineers at GM’s tech center in Warren and at the Milford proving ground.
The news has us excited to see just what Chevy has come up with for the new C8 Corvette, set to be revealed 7-18-19. The new electronic architecture, for example, is expected to result in better image resolution for touch screens and navigation as well as providing the firepower for many advanced and complicated systems to work at the same time, including GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous system and new safety and driver assistance features.
It could mean your new Corvette would remain “new” much longer as Adams points out: “Components and systems can be improved throughout the vehicle’s life.”
He even calls it the “next battleground of the auto industry.”
It’s a war we’re eager to see the new Corvette fight it out with the competition.
Here is the official GM Press Release
GM Digital Vehicle Platform Debuts, Enables Adoption of Future Technologies
Installed on newly-unveiled Cadillac CT5, with rollout to most GM vehicles globally by 2023
DETROIT — Today, 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*. These and many other advancements are central to GM’s vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.
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 in conjunction with each other.
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 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 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 that reflect the company’s foresight in this regard.
GM was among the first automakers to create an integrated and dedicated global Product Cybersecurity organization, a team of experts within the company focused on protecting against the potential risk of unauthorized access to vehicles and customer data.
GM implemented years ago a security vulnerability disclosure program to engage more closely with the research community. It has matured to become a formal “bug bounty” program that continues to further strengthen GM’s cybersecurity efforts.
GM also chairs the Auto-ISAC (Automotive Information Sharing & Analysis Center), a community of private and public-sector partners that shares and analyzes intelligence about emerging cybersecurity risks for the automotive industry.
The electronic platform was developed at GM facilities across the globe by a team of electrical, hardware and software engineers.
*Even while using Super Cruise driver assistance feature, always pay attention while driving and do not use a hand-held device. Visit cadillacsupercruise.com for compatible highways and more information. Requires active OnStar plan, active WiFi Hotspot, working electrical system, cell reception and GPS signal.
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