General Motors designs a new “brain and nervous system” for its vehicles

General Motors designs a new “brain and nervous system” for its vehicles

Enlarge / An illustration of the new Cadillac CT5 with the electrical systems highlighted in teal. (credit: General Motors)

A common criticism of the increasingly digital nature of new cars and trucks is that all these new features are being shoehorned into systems that were not designed with features like connectivity in mind. The ubiquitous Controller Area Network bus (CANbus) first showed up in a new vehicle in 1991, long before anyone thought that it was a good idea to connect every new car to the Internet. To that end, on Monday, General Motors revealed an all-new platform architecture, designed with the needs of future-proofed connected autonomous electric vehicles in mind. “It’s the brain and nervous system of the vehicles, and it’s five times more capable than the one fitted to current vehicles,” said Al Adams, GM’s director of electric architecture and technology.

Adams is referring to the fact that

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