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GM RoboGlove Tool: A Wearable Robotic Arm of the Future

GM RoboGlove Tool

These gloves have been replaced by the future.

A RoboGlove might sound like something out of a science-fiction novel, but this innovative GM tool is designed to make car manufacturing easier. This clever tool will help to ease muscle strain on the assembly line, an idea originally developed for a NASA robot. With some truly innovative technologies at play, this could just be the future of auto manufacturing and assembly everywhere.

The GM RoboGlove tool is a battery-pack-powered glove with small controllers and actuators that clip to the wearer at belt level. According to CNET, tendons work as synthetic muscles to aid in gripping, giving the user a powerful grip without straining their own muscles. While this robotic arm might sound a little excessive, GM may implement it to decrease stress on workers on the assembly line.

“I had a go with the RoboGlove and was impressed by its gripping power,” said Andrew Krok at CNET, one of a handful to actually try the glove. “It’s a strange feeling, being able to hold onto something without constantly working muscles.”

Special sensors in the fingertips allow the user to control subtle movements and pressure, making the robo-hand surprisingly dexterous. While GM and NASA are looking to put the tool to use in space and on the assembly line, the technology can also be used in physical therapy or as a prosthetic. The RoboGlove is truly innovative, one of several recent GM inventions that are set to change the industry forever.

Camaro Warranty Extends to the Track, Says Chief Engineer

camaro warranty

Think about how painful it might be to buy a sports car only to be unable to race it; or at least, be unable race it and expect to keep your warranty intact. This has happened to quite a few people over the years, owning all sorts of different vehicles.

But if you own a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, you won’t have to worry. Al Oppenheiser, the chief engineer of Chevrolet, recently made some awfully reassuring comments to Motor Authority.

He put it simply, “If you’re not modifying your car and you take your production car to a track day and you have an issue with one of your parts, it’s covered under warranty.”

After all, it makes sense. Chevrolet knows that people who buy the Camaro are going to want to explore the full potential of this seriously sporty car. Why else would they put a 6.2-liter V8 good for 455 horsepower under the hood? Why else would they give it Magnetic Ride Control and brake cooling ducts? Clearly the message here is: drive this car at the track.

And now with the full Camaro warranty, you can do so with more confidence!

GM Military Discount Gets Expanded

 

GM military discountIn honor of National Military Appreciation Month, General Motors is expanding its military discount program to include all 21 million U.S. military veterans, regardless of their separation date, and their spouses. This expansion will last until May 31, 2016.

“These brave men and women have done so much for our country,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. sales and service, in a statement. “Making sure all veterans can take advantage of our military discount to celebrate Military Appreciation Month is one small way we can express our gratitude.”

The military discount is available on nearly all GM brands and models, from the Chevrolet Malibu, to the Buick Verano, to the GMC Canyon. It can also be used in combination with most current incentives. This could translate to potential savings of thousands of dollars.

GM has been a strong supporter of the military for more than 100 years. This includes GMC building fleets of military trucks, Buick assembling tank destroyers, and Chevrolet converting its facilities into what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called an “Arsenal of Democracy.”

Today, GM continues that support with a wide range of programs including Chevrolet sponsoring the USX team as it works to put active-duty soldiers and combat-wounded veterans on top of the world’s tallest mountain—Mt. Everest.

If you or someone in your family is a veteran and is interested in taking advantage of the GM Military Discount, give us a call at Bill Walsh GM Superstore and we’ll tell you exactly what you need to do.

GM’s Autonomous Vehicle Development

GM’s Autonomous Vehicle Development

The back of GM’s headquarters.

Automakers around the world have been hard at work developing cars that can drive themselves. General Motors, parent company to Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC, is among them and isn’t pulling any punches. The automaker recently stepped into Maven, a car-sharing service to attract customers who don’t own vehicles. Now General Motors has made its largest investment yet.

GM’s autonomous vehicle development has been slow coming out of the gate. With a recent $500 million investment and partnership with Lyft, it should come as no surprise the automaker made an even larger deal.

“Fully autonomous vehicles can bring our customers enormous benefits in terms of greater convenience, lower cost and improved safety for their daily mobility needs,” said Dan Ammann, GM President.

The company has hammered out a deal to acquire Cruise Automation, a developer of self-driving technology. The technology was originally offered as an aftermarket add-on for Audi A4 and S4 models. With the technology, the vehicles could drive autonomously on highways.

Although there’s no official announcement from GM, word has it the deal comes to over $1 billion. The terms of the deal are still under wraps but Cruise Automation will operate independently within the company.

Here at Bill Walsh GM Superstore, we’re expecting big things from General Motors in the future!