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

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-11-05
 
 
 

IBM, GM Collaborate on Technology for Chevrolet Volt Electric Car

by Darryl K. Taft

IBM, GM Collaborate on Technology for Chevrolet Volt Electric Car

IBM and GM Ride Together


IBM's Robert LeBlanc, , senior vice president of middleware software at IBM, takes the driver's seat as Micky Bly, General Motors' executive director of global electrical systems, hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries, rides along. GM built the Chevy Volt in record time using IBM's Rational software.

IBM and GM Ride Together

Smarter Planet


The Chevy Volt is the kind of product IBM hopes to help its customers create using the company's Smarter Planet strategy, tools and systems.

Smarter Planet

Crowd-Pleaser


The Chevy Volt appears to be a crowd-pleaser as IBM employees gawk at the automobile.

Crowd-Pleaser

Micky Bly


GM executive Bly introduces the Chevy Volt at an event at IBM's Research Triangle Park facility Nov. 1.

Micky Bly

Robert LeBlanc


IBM executive LeBlanc discusses IBM's role in the making of the Chevy Volt.

Robert LeBlanc

Handshake

LeBlanc and Bly shake hands over their companies' mutual success with the Chevy Volt.

Handshake

Packed Crowd


The parking lot at IBM's Research Triangle Park Software Group facility is packed with folks who came to see the new Chevy Volt.

Packed Crowd

The First


The first Chevy Volt in line for test drives pulls around awaiting a driver.

The First

Side View


A side view of the Chevy Volt. Note the round cover for the electric charging socket in front of the driver's side door.

Side View

Charging


A view of a Chevy Volt charging.

Charging

Charge It!


A Chevy Volt taking a charge before hitting the road.

Charge It!

Back View Charge


The rear view of a Chevy Volt electric car charging. Notice the Michigan license plates. These cars just came off the manufacturing floor.

Back View Charge

Four-Seater

The Chevy Volt offers a full four seats.

Four-Seater

The Charger


Pictured here is the Chevy Volt charging supply source.

The Charger

Battery Indicator


A view of the battery power available to the car on the auto's console.

Battery Indicator

Climate Control


A view of the climate control system on the Volt's console.

Climate Control

Speedometer


A look at the Chevy Volt speedometer.

Speedometer

Charge Mode


A view of the charging mode and how long it will take until the battery is fully charged.

Charge Mode

Under the Hood


Here is a view of what it looks like under the hood of the 2011 Chevy Volt.

Under the Hood

A Closer Look


The Chevy Volt engine in greater detail.

A Closer Look

Paces


IBMers put the Chevy Volt through its paces, kicking the tires and checking out its look and feel.

Paces

Back Seat


Here is a look at the back seat in the Chevy Volt.

Back Seat

Charger Storage


The Chevy Storage charger in its storage compartment under the rear hatch.

Charger Storage

The Rules


A GM staffer holds a placard displaying the rules for test driving the car.

The Rules

The Queue


IBM's RTP staffers line up to take a test drive in a Chevy Volt.

The Queue

Gas Option


This view of the Chevy Volt shows the door to the gas tank behind the rear passenger door, as the car also runs on gasoline when the electricity is off.

Gas Option

Scale Model


A scale model of the IBM RTP facilities and a view of the test driving course for the Chevy Volt.

Scale Model

OnStar


The Chevy Volt comes with OnStar as a standard feature. With the Volt's iPhone app and OnStar, users can remotely turn on and warm up their cars, among other things.

OnStar

Keyless Start


Although the Chevy Volt supports keyless ignition startup, it also features a key fob with an alarm system.

Keyless Start

Development Lane


IBM's Software Group has a sense of humor when naming roads on its RTP campus. The building where IBM showed off its collaboration with GM resides near the intersection of IBM Drive and Development Lane.

Development Lane

IBM Research Triangle Park


The entrance to the IBM RTP facility.

IBM Research Triangle Park

IBM Dashboard


A view of the display of the Chevy Volt dashboard.

IBM Dashboard

Chevy Volt Battery


The 2011 Chevrolet Volt's lithium-ion battery.

Chevy Volt Battery

Battery Interior

A cross-section view of the Chevy Volt battery in the car.

Battery Interior

Volt Interior


Another look at the interior of the 2011 Chevy Volt.

Volt Interior

Assembly Line


A Chevy Volt in production on GM's assembly line.

Assembly Line

Rocket Fuel