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GM Creating Michigan High-Tech “Innovation Center,” Adding 1,500 Jobs

Focus on IT and in-car technologies.

by on Oct.08, 2012

GM says it will hire 500 new IT pros for its Austin Innovation Center from a pool of 46,000 applicants.

Despite widespread skepticism, General Motors Co. appears serious about in-sourcing the major slice of its information technology business – including the development of advanced in-car infotainment systems.

The maker plans to open a new Information Technology Innovation Center in Warren, Michigan, and expects to hire up to 1,500 high-tech employees over the next several years to support the company’s expanding focus on IT services.

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The maker also plans to add 500 more jobs at another center in Austin, Texas.

“We’re currently seeking the next generation of game-changers to help us usher in a new age of automotive innovation at GM,” said GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott.


Can Chevy MyLink Sink Ford Sync?

And what will it mean for OnStar?

by on Feb.18, 2011

Chevy will launch the new MyLink infotainment system on the 2012 Volt and Equinox models.

Chevrolet is about to become the next automaker to take aim at Ford Motor Co.’s well-reviewed Sync infotainment system.

The new Chevy MyLink will go into production on several 2012 models and expand from there, the maker says, offering an array of voice-activated services, including the ability to access music through web services like Pandora.

The Chevy MyLink system adds to the array of services already offered by General Motors’ OnStar system, which is more focused on safety and security, but also provides navigation and so-called concierge features for a monthly charge.

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While Chevy’s corporate parent was an early participant in onboard technology, through OnStar, industry analysts contend the maker fell behind because of its focus on generating monthly revenues.  Ford, however, developed a strong following for Sync because it does not require a fee – though it also doesn’t offer some of the features of OnStar, such as the ability to reach a human operator for emergency assistance.