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General Motors Engaging Insurance Partners for the Connected Car



TU-Automotive have confirmed that Greg Ross, Director of Business Alliances will represent General Motors at The Insurance Telematics USA 2015 Conference & Exhibition this coming September (2-3) in Chicago.

The insurance telematics or usage-based insurance (UBI) industry has long called for the engagement and involvement of automakers. This would allow insurers to access the on-board vehicle data and better understand customer behavior behind the wheel.

Up until recently, automakers have been reticent when it comes to sharing vehicle data. However times are changing and automakers realize that with the Internet of Things, new modes of mobility and the autonomous car, insurance will play a key part in ushering in a new era of motor transport. General Motors are now pushing to get ahead of the competition.

Ross has said, “Essentially, everywhere we have OnStar we have a data connection to the vehicle.  We can use that connection to help our customers easily create high quality vehicle usage data.  We want to work cooperatively with insurance companies to enable our customers to share that data for usage-based insurance.   We think that benefits our customers and we also think it will benefit the insurance partners that we work with.”

At The Insurance Telematics USA 2015 Conference & Exhibition Greg Ross will join a panel of executives from a major telematics service provider and a leading wireless carrier to discuss the rapidly changing landscape of motor insurance.

They will be joined by other thought leaders from the companies capable of steering the industry such as The Hartford, Progressive, Farmers Insurance, American Family Insurance, MAPFRE, Volkswagen, Ford, Acord, USDOT, PCI, and many more.

At the Insurance Telematics 2015 Conference & Exhibition (Chicago, IL, September 2-3) 800+ senior delegates will join in the world’s largest gathering focused to the development of UBI.

Key speakers confirmed to speak include:

  • NEW: Greg Ross, Global Director – Infotainment Strategy & Alliances, General Motors
  • NEW: Mariel Devesa, Head of Innovation, Farmers Insurance
  • NEW: Allen Greenberg, Senior Policy Analyst, USDOT/FHWA
  • NEW: Caryn Mumbulo, Product Management, NYCM
  • NEW: Kim Garland, former President of Safeco’s Open Seas and Chief Product Officer at AIG
  • NEW: Dan Hill, National Sales Director, CARFAX
  • Derek Brigham, Business Development Manager, American Family Mutual Insurance Company
  • Gail Gottehrer, Partner, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
  • Tracy Parks, Connectivity Alliance Manager, Ford Motor Company
  • Nikola Ristivojevich, IT & Strategic Analyst, Ford Motor Company
  • Carl H. Smith Jr., Director – Product Management, MAPFRE
  • Robert Passmore, Assistant Vice President, Personal Lines Policy, PCI
  • David Pratt, General Manager – Usage Based Insurance, Progressive
  • Brian Pignone, MD Product Manager, The Hartford
  • Andrew Little, Lead QA Engineer, The Weather Company
  • Robert Gruszczynski, OBD Communication Expert, Volkswagen Group of America

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Source: TU – Automotive

GM plans UK HQ for OnStar Europe


GM LOGOAccording to Auto Express, General Motors has chosen Luton, UK as the headquarters for its new European OnStar programme. Luton is the manufacturing location of the GM Vivaro van.

Staff at the European OnStar centre in Luton will fill similar roles to their US counterparts with one added complication – they’ll have to converse in a wide range of languages. And for UK Vauxhall buyers, OnStar will be free for the first 12 months of ownership, with subscription rates thereafter yet to be set. Costs for a 4G data package to enable the in-car WiFi should be broadly similar to mobile phone costs.

With privacy being a big issue in Europe, all OnStar-equipped cars on this side of the Atlantic will have a privacy button, to switch off location services. Any navigation services will be disabled, although the emergency contact system will still work.


General Motors will generate $350 million in improved profit over the three years to 2018 from its rollout of 4G LTE mobile broadband in its cars and trucks, the No. 1 U.S. automaker’s chief financial officer said.

Chuck Stevens, speaking at a Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference, called GM’s OnStar 4G LTE connection an “untapped, under-appreciated opportunity.”

4G LTE is a wireless connection that allows faster flow of data and developing better in-car technology is critical to automakers like GM to attract younger, tech-savvy buyers.

“Based on our plans today, which are still in the early stages of really taking advantage of this technology, we expect to see $350 million of profit improvement between now and 2018 specific to 4G LTE, and in our view, that’s just the beginning,” Stevens said.

GM has launched 4G LTE in more than 30 of its 2015-model vehicles in North America and expects all 2016 models to have that capability, Stevens said. Future plans call for its rollout in overseas markets.

Sources: Auto Express, Reuters

General Motor’s EN-V…Is it just A Concept Car ?

General Motor’s EN-V…Is It Just A Concept Car?


General Motor’s concept car EN-V short for ‘Electric Networked-Vehicle’ is a small 2-seat urban electric car. This car is a collaborative effort between General Motors, Segway and Chinese state-owned automotive manufacturing company SAIC.

The idea behind this product is to address the urban transport issues of the future.  As per the estimates, the world could be populated by over 8 billion people by the year 2030…most of them would be living in urban areas. This massive population could cause transportation problems in the cities that are already overflowing with people.


GM EN-V promises a cleaner, brighter and more convenient futuristic car to meet the growing demand for transportation. The vehicle’s platform is based on Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility (P.U.M.A.) technology developed by Segway, using Segway’s dynamic stabilization technology. Dynamic stabilization technology enables the vehicle to balance on two wheels and have a true zero turning radius.

This emission-free vehicle is propelled by electric motors in each of its two driving-mode wheels. These motors provide power for acceleration and also bring the vehicle to a stop. The lithium-ion batteries provide the power to the motors. These batteries can be charged using standard household power. The EN-V can travel upto 40 KMs on a single charge.

It’s a networked vehicle sharing information with other cars about its location and speed to anticipate and avoid collisions.  Finally it can drive itself, safely taking over the driving from a sleepy or distracted driver.

GM unveiled the EN-V models called Jiao (Pride), Miao (Magic) and Xiao (Laugh) in Shanghai at the World Expo 2010. For now it’s purely experimental but it is far more than a typical auto show concept car.

Source: Jeremy Helms/Industry Tap