What we’re driving is rapidly becoming more sophisticated, and there’s a greater need for power behind the technology.  General Motors has announced their Digital Vehicle Platform.  The company says the all-new electronic platform will be a key component of their next-generation vehicles, operating a variety of functions like active safety, infotainment, connectivity, and the upcoming advancements to their Super Cruise driver assistance system.

GM points out with vehicles becoming “smarter” they need more electrical bandwidth and connectivity so all the technology can run at the same time and work together.  They say their new electronic platform will be able to process up to 4.5 terabytes of data per hour.  That’s five times what GM’s current electrical architecture can do.  Like your smartphone, their system will have over-the-air software updates throughout the life of the vehicle.

This technology isn’t that far into the future.  The new electronic platform will go into production later this year, and debut on the new 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan.  From there, the company plans to roll out the Digital Vehicle Platform on most vehicles within GM’s global lineup by 2023.