Detroit, MI, United States
Detroit, MI, United States

General Motors Company, commonly known as GM, is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, that designs, manufactures, markets and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts and sells financial services. General Motors produces vehicles in 37 countries under thirteen brands: Alpheon, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, HSV, Opel, Vauxhall, Wuling, Baojun, Jie Fang, UzDaewoo. General Motors holds a 20% stake in IMM, and a 77% stake in GM Korea. It also has a number of joint-ventures, including Shanghai GM, SAIC-GM-Wuling and FAW-GM in China, GM-AvtoVAZ in Russia, Ghandhara Industries in Pakistan, GM Uzbekistan, General Motors India, General Motors Egypt, and Isuzu Truck South Africa. General Motors employs 212,000 people and does business in more than 120 countries. General Motors is divided into five business segments: GM North America , Opel Group, GM International Operations , GM South America , and GM Financial.General Motors led global vehicle sales for 77 consecutive years from 1931 through 2007, longer than any other automaker, and is currently among the world's largest automakers by vehicle unit sales.General Motors acts in most countries outside the U.S. via wholly owned subsidiaries, but operates in China through 10 joint ventures. GM's OnStar subsidiary provides vehicle safety, security and information services.In 2009, General Motors shed several brands, closing Saturn, Pontiac and Hummer, and emerged from a government-backed Chapter 11 reorganization. In 2010, the reorganized GM made an initial public offering that was one of the world's top 5 largest IPOs to date and returned to profitability later that year. Wikipedia.


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General Motors | Date: 2015-08-06

A method for controlling a vehicle cabin climate is provided. The method includes the steps of receiving and aggregating data relating to one or more inputs, wherein at least some of the data is acquired at the vehicle and some of the data is acquired from sources located remotely from the vehicle. The method further includes using a climate control module to determine an optimal cabin climate based on the aggregated data, and controlling one or more climate features according to the optimal cabin climate.


Patent
General Motors | Date: 2015-07-27

A scalable distributed server system and method to maintain the system, wherein the system comprises a top virtual layer that includes a fixed or variable number of virtual buckets, wherein a virtual bucket maps an input to a routing bucket in one or more middle routing layers; and a bottom server layer that includes a variable number of servers that each include a database that stores data and an application that recalls data from and stores data into the database, wherein the one or more middle routing layers comprise a variable number of routing buckets that route input received from a virtual bucket in the top virtual layer to a server contained within the bottom server layer.


Patent
General Motors and GM Global Technology Operations LLC | Date: 2015-09-10

A system and method of authenticating purchases made with a handheld wireless device using a vehicle includes: transmitting a first security token and a second security token to a merchant via a short-range wireless connection between the handheld wireless device and the merchant; wirelessly transmitting a copy of the first security token from the handheld wireless device to a third party credit issuer; and transmitting a copy of the second security token from the handheld wireless device to the vehicle via a separate short-range wireless connection between the handheld wireless device and the vehicle.


A method, implemented at a server of an operations control center of a telematics service provider, for transmitting commands to a network access device, is described. The method involves creating one or more command data packets, each comprising a payload and control information, the control information identifying an AT command air interface. The method further involves transmitting, by the server, the command data packets to the network access device via the AT command air interface, wherein the AT command air interface is a first tunnel extending through a network of the vehicular telematics unit. In addition, a method, implemented at a baseband processor of a network access device of a vehicular telematics unit, for receiving commands from a server of an operations control center and a system for transmitting commands between a server of an operations control center and a network access device are also described.


Xie T.,General Motors
Polymer | Year: 2011

Traditional shape memory polymers (SMPs) are those capable of memorizing a temporary shape and recovering to the permanent shape upon heating. Although such a basic concept has been known for half a century, recent progresses have challenged the conventional understanding of the polymer shape memory effect and significantly expanded the practical potential of SMPs. In this article, notable recent advances in the field of SMPs are highlighted. Particular emphasis is placed on how the new developments have changed the conventional view of SMPs, what they mean for practical applications, and where the future opportunities are. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Patent
General Motors | Date: 2016-05-12

A system and method for monitoring vehicles in a captured test fleet that includes: receiving a call at a service center from a vehicle in the captured test fleet, wherein the call is triggered based on a condition detected at the vehicle; establishing a connection between the service center and the vehicle via the call; requesting a vehicle data upload (VDU) from the vehicle via the call; completing the VDU at the service center, and storing data received from the VDU in a captured test fleet database that manages data for a plurality of vehicles included in the captured test fleet.


Patent
General Motors | Date: 2016-02-23

A system and method for securely providing a mobile device with a cryptographic key in a vehicle. The method includes generating a cryptographic key pair that includes a first and second cryptographic keys. One of the keys is used to create a scannable image which is then incorporated into a label that is displayed in the vehicle, either as a physical label mounted in the vehicle or via a display screen within the vehicle. The label containing the scannable image can then be read by a mobile device at the vehicle, thereby providing the one key to the mobile device for use in sending communications to the vehicle.


Patent
General Motors | Date: 2015-02-26

A system and method of selecting a radio access technology (RAT) at a wireless device includes: establishing an active packet data session from the wireless device through a cellular base station using a 3G RAT; detecting a trigger at the wireless device; searching for another cellular base station that uses a 4G long term evolution (LTE) RAT in response to the trigger; buffering data from the active packet data session that is directed from the wireless device to the cellular base station using the 3G RAT in memory while the wireless device attempts a cellular connection with the cellular base station using 4G LTE; establishing the active packet data session with the cellular base station using 4G LTE; and transmitting the buffered data to the cellular base station using 4G LTE


Patent
General Motors | Date: 2015-02-26

A communication system and a method for purging user data stored in a vehicle. The method carried out by the system includes: (a) receiving an input associated with a future time for performing a purge of user data in a vehicle module; (b) determining a first expiration threshold associated with the input; (c) determining one or more additional expiration thresholds based on the first expiration threshold; (d) monitoring vehicle parameter values associated with the first and additional expiration thresholds; (e) based on the parameter values and the first and additional expiration thresholds, determining to initiate a user data purge event; and (f) purging the user data based on the determination of step (e).


Patent
General Motors | Date: 2015-04-03

A system and method of regulating attachment between a cellular wireless device and a wireless carrier system includes: attaching a vehicle telematics unit to a cellular base station using a long-term evolution (LTE) cellular protocol; detecting that the vehicle telematics unit is able to carry out voice communications but unable to send short message service (SMS) messages using the attached cellular base station; ending cellular communications between the vehicle telematics unit and the selected base station in response; and beginning cellular communications with a different cellular base station that permits circuit-switched SMS messaging.

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