Chief Vehicle Architect in Reinventing the Automobile

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The Reinvention of the Automobile Program


The answer to reinventing the the end results—far exceeded expectations. and developments achieved as a result of far-reaching initiative yielded a of design and technology vehicles have since been and driven all over the world. 50 awarded patents have out of this program, and the world now the keys to a revolutionary electrified platform. The advanced technologies the GM AUTOnomy and its successors brought to the not only changed the perception of the they broke the automotive by loosening the constraints of transportation.

If vision of the future is correct, the is the GM AUTOnomy. To get there, we must each evolution backwards in to bring our vision closer to a reality. The Chevy Volt—the plug-in hybrid vehicle and the one of its kind to be mass-produced for the public—has the way for us to reach this ultimate a future that includes elements such as the following:

★ An adaptable, scalable, modular, and electric vehicle platform as the skateboard. With the skateboard in new technologies and propulsions systems can be integrated and deployed within the thus creating a practical for development, improvement, and technology

★ By eliminating mechanical linkages and vehicle powertrain configurations, the of the Automobile created a new future for it enabled plug-in-hybrids, alternative designs, modular assemblies, interiors, and active vehicle and software networks.

★ By utilizing an infrastructure, vehicle controls can be upon with by-wire controls can also offer variations through new design features, and enhanced consumer

★ When the concept of “design as an is embraced, vehicle technologies can be into a modular vehicle (the skateboard), thus up design expression and function creating new vehicle design and new and improved vehicle interiors.


In order to Wagoner’s call to action, to big and bold innovation to make Motors a leader again, Burns, GM’s VP of Research in Warren, Michigan, brought in from Albuquerque, New Mexico. quickly became a founding of the Design and Technology Fusion (He was the only member to be recruited outside the industry.) Upon his at GM, Adrian dove head-first the corporation and its industry, meeting all the RD and Design directors to get a firm of current and future developments and in automobile technologies and design In addition to studying the entire Motors global portfolio and through mountains of books to the history of the automobile, Adrian state-of the-art styling, materials, technologies, prototypes, and processes both inside and the industry. He began to view the of the automobile as a progression of improvements had become the standard of modern The “state of the art,” he realized, was “the state of evolution” than being a revolution. had been done to

really redefine the industry. were kernels of opportunity, of insight and flashes of invention Adrian could use to transition all of his knowledge into potential answers.

After eight intensive of research and ideation, Adrian identified, and answered the previously-unresolved of how to reinvent the automobile. The answer shuffling off the old way of thinking and replacing it a new way of thinking: the solution wasn’t solving a particular problem, it was inventing and creating an entirely new way to and manufacture vehicles. Adrian’s system resulted in the invention of a “skateboard” platform and an electrified architecture.

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The Revolutionary Skateboard

Two enablers came into when Adrian began from the computer industry and the industry. One was incorporating the philosophy of inside” and infinite customizations of one could put into and plug a computer; the other was adapting advancements in airplanes to electronic systems. By doing this, could become smarter, integrated and electrified. In short, a system and platform could be

From steering and driving to and accelerating, communications could from driver to vehicle a robust architecture of software and driver controls. Upon and extrapolating which elements to be separated in order for the vehicle to be it began to make sense to the wheels and the engine from the That way, under-the-hood could be configured in a multitude of likewise, when the historical and placements of the engine, drivetrain, column, pedals, etc. eliminated, the occupants could be thus freeing up interior constraints from the vehicle’s

To enable an entirely-electrified architecture removing all of the fixed mechanical of the vehicle and replacing them electronic controls and connections. enabled the driver to communicate via signals, thus separating the wheel-driver connections and the wheel-engine Electric motors would replace the transmission, and electric would be provided by batteries, from a traditional engine, or from an alternative power such as a state-of-the-art hydrogen-powered cell.

With this system, for the time, a vehicle could be separated into two unique a vehicle body and a vehicle (The powertrain and vehicle could be smartly packaged and into a new integral architecture as the skateboard.) The occupants could inside a newly-structured vehicle where the interior space be optimized to offer new features, and freedoms. The two vehicle segments be joined by means of a docking-station wherein a data port connection could allow to flow from one segment to the A series of mechanical locks affix the body to the base.

novel system would as a blank slate to designers. the vehicle systems packaged in the the exterior and interior of the body be designed in limitless ways and endless possibilities. This could unlock new design and new ways to use and interact with of the future. In essence, the skateboard could be engineered to last for 20 potential upgrades and enhancements or quadrupling its lifespan. Vehicle could be swapped as desired or as In fact, skateboards could be and optimized for crashworthiness, functionality, and adaptability, then be manufactured and all over the world. Global would even allow the bodies to be customized to suit regions and cultural tastes; identities could be preserved as design expression could be

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