GM is the Top Automotive Innovator
GM isn’t the only automotive manufacturer out there creating new automotive innovations. But what many people may not know is that GM is the best automotive innovator! According to the U.S. Patent Board General Motors is the number one automotive innovator for the fourth consecutive quarter, out of a total of one hundred and eighty three companies!
In 2011 alone General Motors developed a whopping one thousand one hundred twenty three U.S. patents. The patents were for amazing new products in the fields of global product engineering, global powertrain engineering, global research engineering, and global research and development of OnStar organizations.
“We are in the midst of redefining the automotive DNA, and these efforts are driving our people to reinvent every subsystem on the vehicle” said Alan Taub, GM vice president of Global Research and Development. “Being the recognized leader in innovation is important, because it tells our customers and shareholders that we are working on the leading edge of technology.”
Some of the recent patents that General Motors is really excited about unveiling are quiet brakes, OnStar Voice Recognition, and eAssist thermal management. The quiet brakes use a friction-damped disc brake which can absorb the vibrations of the stopping motion, thereby muting the unpleasant sound often heard when one hits the brakes. General Motors hopes to make this technology available in some of their vehicles within two to three years.
The new OnStar technology will be useful to maximize the cabin space when trying to understand commands from the driver. The OnStar computer program can take commands through voice recognition so that the driver can have their hands on the wheel, and now the voice recognition software will be able to detect a voice from anywhere within the vehicle and adjust the microphone to respond to commands that are specific to the location of the speaker within the vehicle.
General Motors is especially proud of their work on the eAssist thermal management technology. This patent will allow the occupants in a vehicle to experience optimal comfort levels during periods of time in which the engine has shut off and is relying on stored power. The new technology also tells the vehicle not to shut off the engine during extreme heat and extremely cold environments, so that the occupants will not experience the weather discomfort during a drive.
General Motors is proud to be the leading automotive innovator in America. The GM company is excited to have this label applied to the company’s name and legacy, and they are looking forward to bringing more and more excellent new technology to their customers in the future.
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