COMMITMENT

For Crashes, Emissions and
Congestion, Zero Is More


Quickly

General Motors believes electric, self-driving, connected vehicles and shared mobility services will transform how we get around, and we are drawing the blueprint to advance our vision of a world of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

Over the last 100-plus years, General Motors has been at the forefront of the automotive revolution.

Today, we’re a leader in a new transformation, one that will create a safer and smarter world, and our ambitious plan of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion drives every decision we make. Why? It’s the right move for our customers, our employees and future generations.

Our experience and perspective have prepared us to redefine the future. Everything we’ve learned over the decades helps shape our products and services, and safety is paramount as we combine our knowledge, size and scale with technological breakthroughs for a better world today and tomorrow.



 

Zero Crashes

We see a future where our loved ones come home safely every day. Vehicle crashes kill more than 1.25 million people worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization, and injure countless more. We believe autonomous driving technology could significantly minimize and possibly even eliminate crashes caused by human error — the root of more than 90 percent of all crashes, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This isn’t a far-fetched idea. Just like seat belts, air bags, on-board cameras and vehicle warning systems, that help protect occupants, reduce crash speeds and avoid crashes all together, autonomous is the next big step forward, and it could potentially save lives.

Cities such as New York or Shanghai, where pedestrians can move faster than vehicles due to impossible traffic, could be transformed by efficient and safe autonomous vehicles and ridesharing platforms. Vehicle sharing reduces the number of cars on the road, which can immediately reduce the risk of crashes due to exposure. And driverless technology may reduce the likelihood even more.

Zero Emissions

We’re committed to an all-electric future, and what’s possible today is just the beginning. The cost of developing, owning and operating EVs is decreasing as battery technology advances. By 2023, we plan on having at least 20 all-electric models on the market globally. It’s a simple equation: More electric vehicles on the road means fewer emissions, and cleaner air for all.

A great example is the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which has racked up the following statistics:

  • 238*: The EPA-estimated miles of range per charge
  • More than 5 million**: Miles driven by Bolt owners since the vehicle debuted
Zero Congestion

An INRIX study revealed that U.S. drivers sit idly in traffic for an average of one full week each year during their commutes. That’s 168 hours of precious time, and a huge source of irritation and frustration. It also comes with a big price tag: Congestion cost U.S. drivers nearly $305 billion in 2017, an average of $1,445 per driver, according to the study.

While other companies are talking about mobility solutions, we’re already growing our car-sharing and ridesharing platform. Our Maven personal mobility app provides hassle-free, on-demand GM vehicle access for an hour’s worth of errands or a month of travel. Members enjoy all the benefits of car ownership without the traditional hassles such as insurance or parking. Maven has partnered with the city of Austin, Texas, to deploy an all-electric shared use fleet and is collaborating with the city of Los Angeles on smart transportation options to enhance mobility, create jobs and ease parking and congestion.

Connected Technology
We’re advancing hands-free driving and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications. In 2017 Cadillac introduced Super Cruise1, the world’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature for the freeway. Unlike other driver assistance systems, Super Cruise utilizes two advanced technology systems — a driver attention system and precision LiDAR map data — to promote safe and confident vehicle operation. Super Cruise is currently available on the 2018 Cadillac CT6 and will begin rolling out to all Cadillac models in 2020, where it will then cascade into other General Motors brands.

Cadillac also introduced vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications on the CTS sedan in 2017., which uses Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) technology. Using the Basic Safety Message as a base, V2V can be extended to the roadway infrastructure and other roadway users (e.g., cyclists, pedestrians, etc.) establishing a V2X ecosystem. Using V2X, compatible vehicles can be notified of hazardous road conditions, traffic light statuses, changing work zones and more. With a range of nearly 1,000 feet, drivers can be alerted to possible threats in time to avoid a crash.

Cadillac plans to offer V2X communications in a high-volume crossover by 2023 and eventually expand the technology across Cadillac’s portfolio.

This transformation won’t happen overnight, but the pace of change is accelerating, and the sense of optimism and ambition within our halls is inspiring. As we take what we’ve learned from the past to help shape our future, we’re thinking big, making smart bets and staying focused on safety, quality and our customers.

The journey has already begun.

1 Your complete attention is required at all times while driving, even while using Super Cruise. Go to cadillacsupercruise.com for more information. The 2018 Cadillac CT6 Super Cruise Package includes 3 years of OnStar to support functionality, after which OnStar plan must be purchased. Subject to OnStar terms at https://www.onstar.com/us/en/user_terms/

*EPA-estimated 238-mile EV range. Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and driving technique. Charging rate varies based on output of the charge unit, vehicle settings and outside temperature.

**Chevrolet reported that 3,492 Bolt EV owners in the United States have driven a cumulative 4,570,300 miles as of April 2, 2017 since the vehicle went on sale in December 2016.
***Data is only for vehicles with active OnStar accounts and represents totals through June 15, 2018.