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  1. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-29-2018 Now that GM has dropped the bomb on eight plants and about 15% of its workforce, the hard part seems over. GM will have some political wrangling to do, but GM's leadership has been crushing that for years. This latest shift will be peanuts compared to the late 2000s. Understanding that GM is planning to ice a handful of car models and shut down some factories is not that difficult. Getting a full picture of exactly what GM is talking about for its big-picture future is. GM won't put Marry Barra in front of reporters who will ask things like "What happens to trucks when GM shifts its focus to tiny driverless EVs? And why does GM's CEO Mary Barra drive an Escalade if GM is so convinced the Bolt is the cat's meow?" General Motors’ Mary Barra has been talking to friendly interviewers about GM’s “… commitment to transforming mobility through the safe deployment of self-driving technology…” and the company’s move toward its “…vision for a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.” Just what the H E double hockey sticks does that really mean? To understand the answer it is important to look at a company GM controls and has partnered with, Cruise Automation. Cruise are the folks who are developing the self-driving, electric car technology GM plans to lean heavily on as it transitions from offering exclusively personal vehicles to a new market GM envisions in which people share the use of vehicles. Like Uber, but without the employee behind the wheel. Cruise captures the future idea in its mission statement. “Self-driving electric cars can save millions of lives and significantly accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, but only when they’re deployed in large numbers. General Motors and Cruise Automation are focused on bringing that future to life.” That "Only in large numbers" part is code for "Once personal vehicles are phased out." Modern EVs, the foundation for the cars GM is talking about, have now been on the market since 2010 when the Leaf and Volt were introduced. In the nearly ten calendar years since the electric marvels have arrived, no affordable electrified vehicle, (say with a price under $40K) has been able to sustain a sales volume of 2,000 units per month. The top-seller is the Prius Prime, which has sold over 22,000 units in the past 11 months. The Chevy Bolt has actually declined in sales recently after hitting its stride back in the second half of 2017. To date, Cruise has been working closely with GM’s engineering team to adapt technology to existing platforms, like the Chevy Bolt battery electric vehicle. All self-driving vehicle prototypes use either battery-electric cars or hybrids because they need to tap the energy on board to power their sensors and controls. These new self-driving vehicles are shockingly expensive by comparison to conventional cars their size. Forget about the gizmos that help the Cruise version of the Bolt drive itself. Before all that tech is added, the compact Bolt has a starting price of $37K. A Nissan Kicks is about the same size and starts under $20k. Throw in a handful of lidar, radar, and binocular optical sensor arrays (meaning multiples of each of these) along with ultra-accurate mapping and GPS guidance for redundancy, plus the supercomputer to drive it all, and a compact car could cost well over $50K. Before you add stuff like leather and heated seats. A car like that cannot possibly succeed in the marketplace, so you are supporting their development via ZEV credits behind the scenes and federal tax deductions and state rebates directly to the folks who buy the EVs now on sale. Once the self-driving version of these super-expensive vehicles is ready a whole new type of financial support will be needed. As time goes on, keep a close eye on the folks at Cruise. They are likely to be a good bellwether for what is coming.
  2. After driving my Silverado for a little over a year now, and having driven a few rental cars inbetween, i have realized that there is one very subtle feature that I love about my truck. With so many vehicles now using electronic cruise control, and not the old mechanical switch and buttons GM used to have, it is common for the owner to have to turn Cruise Control back on every time the engine turns off. I use my cruise control constantly, and i mean constantly (lowest it will let me set at is 24 MPH, if i could use it at 20, i would). BUT, every time i turn my truck off, and turn it back on, cruise remains on!!! I don't know if this is unique to chevy right now, but ive driven a lot of rentals recently that the cruise needs to be turned back on every time i get in it, and i find myself turning it on and off constantly because i dont remember if its on. So thank you, GM, for leaving my cruise control on and not turning it off when i didn't ask you to.
  3. does anyone happen to know if one of these tuner chips will remove the speed limiter? or more importantly the limit of the cruise control? my truck wont allow me to use cruise control over 94mph...... so I keep it steady at 93mph lol in other news I took her on a 4 hour trip at a constant 93mph with no issues what so ever, this truck really does feel solid for the size!
  4. I own a 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500. 108,000 miles, have had a remote starter in it since it was new. Just recently a problem developed. The remote starter will activate, the truck starts but cuts off quickly, the vehicle does not continue to run. With this, I have noticed that the cruise control won't activate once I start driving. The left turn signal doesn't "blink" it stays on steady, but the right signal works fine. However, the turn signal and the cruise control will sometimes work normally. Any suggestions where to start after: The fuse is fine, and the brake light switch seems to work normally.

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