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GM and Cruise reveal their fourth-generation, steering wheel-free Cruise AV

 GM and Cruise are making progress on their plan to deploy autonomous vehicles on roads for the public: Today, it’s showing off its fourth-generation Cruise Autonomous Vehicle (AV), which comes just a few short months after it first revealed its third-generation vehicle. The fourth generation car is production-ready, according to GM’s Dan Ammann, who discussed the new vehicle on a… Read More

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Black Girls Code receives $255,000 from General Motors to launch in Detroit

 On the heels of turning down $125,000 from Uber and then quickly raising over $150,000 through crowdfunding, Black Girls Code has announced a partnership with General Motors, which includes a $255,000 donation. In an effort to further Black Girls Code’s mission of introducing young black girls to code, the non-profit organization has teamed up with GM in order to launch a local chapter… Read More

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GM’s car sharing company Maven hits the streets of San Francisco

General Motors’ new car-sharing service, Maven, will provide customers access to highly personalized, on-demand mobility services. Maven will offer its car-sharing program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, initially focusing on serving faculty and students at the University of Michigan. GM vehicles will be available at 21 spots across the city. Additional city-based programs will launch in major U.S. metropolitan areas later this year. (Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors) Maven, a car sharing company out of General Motors, is driving its way into San Francisco today. The announcement made late Thursday evening is one part of a continued roll-out in several cities throughout the U.S., which started at the beginning of this year. It’s city based car sharing service called Maven City is now available in nine cities throughout the nation, joining Lyft’s… Read More

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How GM’s Maven car sharing service got to over 4.2M miles driven in 7 months

Maven customers will experience seamless smartphone and keyless integration with the vehicle. Maven customers use its app to search for and reserve a vehicle by location or car type and unlock the vehicle with their smartphone. The app also enables remote functions such as starting, heating or cooling and more. Customers can bring their digital lives into the vehicle through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, OnStar, SiriusXM radio and 4GLTE wireless. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors) In January, GM did something somewhat unusual for a company founded in 1908 – it began a car sharing operation, offering customers a fleet of new vehicles on-demand, for use in exchange for an hourly fee. The car sharing company GM started, Maven, began in earnest in earlier this year as a 40 person operation, tiny relative to GM’s overall 216,000 employee organization, but in… Read More

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Autonomous Chevy Bolt EV testing expands to Arizona

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Cruise Automation, the autonomous driving systems company recently acquired by General Motors, is wasting no time, expanding the testing of its latest self-driving car, the long-range Chevy Bolt EV.

In May, Cruise revealed that just two short months after being brought under the GM umbrella, it revealed it was already testing autonomous Bolts in San Francisco.

On Monday morning, Cruise expanded the scope of its autonomous, long-range EV testing to Scottsdale, Arizona.

Though this is an impressive ramping up of testing locales, Cruise has a long way to go to match the scope of Google’s self-driving cars. The tech giant has autonomous cars in Mountain View, California, Austin, Texas, Kirkland, Washington and most recently Phoenix, Arizona. Read more…

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Investment opportunities in the autonomous vehicle space

lidar sensor As companies race to make autonomous vehicles a reality, investment activity in the space is heating up. The AV investment landscape is complex. It includes both hardware and software players; it features competitors ranging from early-stage startups to large publicly traded corporations. This article provides a primer for those interested in understanding and investing in the rapidly evolving… Read More