Application Development: IBM, GM Collaborate on Technology for Chevrolet Volt Electric Car

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-11-05 Print this article Print
IBM, GM Collaborate on Technology for Chevrolet Volt Electric Car

IBM, GM Collaborate on Technology for Chevrolet Volt Electric Car

by Darryl K. Taft
The announcement of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt highlights the recent work between General Motors and IBM, showcasing the Rational products used to develop the software system on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. GM is one of the first U.S.-based automobile manufacturers to produce a next-generation "plug-in, range-extended electric vehicle." It is directly propelled by an electric motor, for up to 40 miles, with a gasoline engine that will drive the vehicle up to an additional 300 miles. The Chevy Volt features 10,000 lines of code, and each car has its own IP address. IBM's software and simulation tools helped GM engineers develop the software in the advanced control systems on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, which was designed and engineered in just 29 months, a record for GM, a company spokesman said. GM engineers used IBM products to develop some of the Volt's critical electronic controls for the vehicle's innovative battery system, electric drive unit and cabin electronics.??íThe Volt's unique propulsion system required the design of an unprecedented "system of systems," centered on software that seamlessly integrates the Volt's 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack with its highly sophisticated electric drive system.??íIBM Rational software tools were used to help GM engineers model the interactions of the Volt's embedded systems, helping to increase the quality and efficiency in developing this systems approach.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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