New Smart Car Feature Will Tattle on Lead-Footed Teen Drivers

It's a terrifying moment the first time a parent hands over the keys to the family car to their teenager. And GM wants to make it slightly less worrisome for those parents with a new feature on the 2016 Malibu called Teen Driver that encourages younger drivers to be safer behind the wheel because it reports back to… » 3/20/15 10:40am 3/20/15 10:40am

Your GM Car Could Have Autonomy Features By 2016

GM is already taking technology in cars seriously, but it has plans to take it to the next level, and soon. Yesterday, the company announced that in less than two years its cars will communicate with each other—and hopefully even drive themselves. » 9/08/14 3:30am 9/08/14 3:30am

Remembering Car Design's Golden Age Through The Eyes of Its Designers

American car design reached its experimental, optimistic zenith in the post-WWII era. Yet for every car built, hundreds of sketches and concepts were destroyed, the designers who penned them working in corporate anonymity. This new documentary works to bring these aging designers and their beautiful concept work back… » 9/03/14 3:25pm 9/03/14 3:25pm

Your GM Car Will Soon Know When You're Texting (And Tell You To Stop)

A decade ago, you'd assume that the idiot on the highway in front of you weaving back and forth across the yellow lines was drunk. Today, there's a pretty good chance that they're just trying to navigate some particularly complicated emoji. GM wants to stop the madness, and it's betting on eye-tracking to do so. » 9/02/14 9:33am 9/02/14 9:33am

Ford And GM Sued Because You Can Use A Car To Pirate Music

Sure, devices like iPods and laptops are handy for ripping music from CDs, but wouldn't they be better if they weighed 2500lbs and had gas-burning motors making hundreds of horsepower? Sure they would. But the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies doesn't want that to happen. » 7/30/14 4:14pm 7/30/14 4:14pm

General Motors Will Build You A Tidy, Little Shipping-Container House

As someone who's been inside a fair number of hotels, I do wonder about living in tiny-yet-functional spaces long-term. I'm intrigued by the idea of shipping-container workspaces and living spaces, and it looks like General Motors has been, too. » 4/30/14 1:59pm 4/30/14 1:59pm

Scientists Genetically Modified Trees So They Can Make Greener Paper

Wood scientists just announced an exciting breakthrough in tree research. They've come up with a way to make more environmentally friendly paper—by genetically modifying trees. And it's not just the paper industry that will benefit. » 4/04/14 12:20pm 4/04/14 12:20pm

A Family of Singing Time-Travelers Drive the Highways of Tomorrow

Tired of sitting in traffic? Just take the completely automated, high-speed safety lane! At least that's what the singing, time-traveling family of the 1950s did in this amazing film from General Motors. » 2/19/14 2:23pm 2/19/14 2:23pm

General Motors' wind tunnels aren't only used to test the aerodynamics of the carmaker's latest vehicles. Here we see a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team working to improve his tuck position so he's as streamlined as possible as he streaks down a mountain. [FastLane] » 2/06/14 3:10pm 2/06/14 3:10pm

Google Is Taking Android to the Car With Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai

Google has just announced that it's joining forces with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to create the Open Automotive Alliance. In other words, it's planning to take Android to the automobile. » 1/06/14 3:40am 1/06/14 3:40am

The New Corvette Stingray Will Come With Built-In Instant Replay

You can brag to your friends about the amazing weekend you had at the track all you want, but without a witness, you might as well be boasting about that monstrous fish that got away. So for the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, GM is including what it calls its Performance Data Recorder which overlays telemetry,… » 1/05/14 10:49pm 1/05/14 10:49pm

Could GM's Tiny Self-Driving Smartcar Actually Revolutionize Cities?

The city of the future is going to be "crowded, dirty, and resource-constrained," said Stephen J. Girsky, a vice president of GM, at CityLab, an event in Battery Park City earlier today. And that means everyone's gonna want one of GM's new Electric Networked Vehicles, or EN-V. » 10/07/13 7:30pm 10/07/13 7:30pm

Monsanto Weedkiller and GM Maize Linked to Tumor Risk (UPDATED)

A new study suggests that the world's best-selling weedkiller and the GM maize resistant to it are linked to increased risk of tumor growth, multiple organ damage and premature death. » 9/19/12 9:03am 9/19/12 9:03am

OnStar To Demo In-Car Video Chats—That Sounds Safe, Right?

While lawmakers are passing stricter regulations on cellphone usage in cars, OnStar seems to be bucking that trend. At CES they'll be showing off a new in-car 4G infotainment system that will stream video content and allow for video calls. » 12/21/11 10:20am 12/21/11 10:20am

Chevrolet Volt Car Will Use Recycled Oil Booms From BP's Oil Spill…

What to do with all those leftover oil booms that BP used to mop up its oil? If you're a car manufacturer, you could recycle all of the oil-slicked plastic tubes into new Chevrolet Volts. » 12/22/10 4:00am 12/22/10 4:00am

The Largest Car Wind Tunnel In the World

Jalopnik has toured the largest wind tunnel in the world and got these beautiful photos. It was built 30 years ago inside GM's Aerodynamics Laboratory, and it still looks amazing today. [Jalopnik] » 8/05/10 3:20pm 8/05/10 3:20pm

Chevy Volt Pre-Orders Start Now: $41,000 Before $7,500 Tax Credit

We finally know, officially, how much it will cost to own the Chevy Volt. GM has announced that their electric car is up for pre-order for $41,000, with a tax credit of up to $7,500 lowering the tally. » 7/27/10 12:17pm 7/27/10 12:17pm

OnStar Users Can Beam Google Maps To Their Car Starting Today

The announcement came earlier this month, but today's the first day that GM's OnStar eNav feature is fully operational. If you've got an OnStar-enabled GM vehicle (model year 2006 or more recent), you can search for a destination on Google Maps and have it sent directly to your car. Just like Ford Sync! And hopefully… » 7/01/10 6:27pm 7/01/10 6:27pm

4,400 Volt Owners Will Get Free Charging Stations

The Chevy Volt is coming soon, but for the electric car to be a success its owners will need convenient power access. Which is why 4,400 lucky Volt owners will get free charging stations, installation (sometimes) included. » 6/17/10 1:56pm 6/17/10 1:56pm