GM AutoDrive Challenge Develops Self-Driving Cars

GM recently announced that it would be working with eight major North American universities to compete in the GM AutoDrive Challenge. This autonomous vehicle design competition runs three years, asking competitors to develop and demonstrate a car that drives itself. Unlike previous technologies, this car must be entirely self-driven.

According to GM, the schools competition include Kettering University, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, North Carolina A&T, Texas A&M, University of Toronto, Waterloo, and Virginia Tech. Students will work with systems like sensors, computer platforms, pattern recognition, machine learning, and more. We can’t wait to see what these students come up with over the next three years.

“SAE International is excited to expand our partnership with GM to build the future STEM workforce through the AutoDrive Challenge™,” said Chris Ciuca, a director at SAE International. “Building on our success through programs like Formula SAE, the AutoDrive Challenge™ launches a new platform to engage industry and academia in working towards a common goal of preparing the brightest young minds for the future of autonomous technologies.”

Each research team gets a Chevrolet Bolt EV to test and build on, working to customize software and vehicle components. Staff and students will also be invited to tech workshops over the three years in order to brush up on the latest technologies. At Dan Young GM, we’re excited to see these fully autonomous vehicles in action.

Celebrating Earth Day: Going Green Is Easy

Earth Day - Tipton, INCelebrating Earth Day is a great way to show that you care about the environment. From planting greenery to changing your driving habits, there are some easy ways to be eco-friendly. Started in 1970, Earth Day has since become an international event, celebrated every year on April 22nd. Read on to learn more about ways you can participate.

To begin with, according to wikiHow, one of the best things you can do is simply learn more about the environment. You can read articles to get up to speed on current events such as pollution, water quality, and more. Non-profit organizations and government websites are among the most credible sources, as well as academic articles.

Next, plant trees and other foliage. Greenery reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, and it also provides stability for soil and habitats for many animals. You can visit a local greenhouse or nursery to find trees that will survive best, and you should also consider planting wildflowers or vegetables. A small garden is a great way to help the environment while also saving money on produce.

Finally, you can help to improve air quality by changing your driving habits. Avoid speeding and rapid deceleration, as these can lower fuel economy. You should also have your car regularly serviced to improve performance and reduce emissions. Stop by Dan Young GM for regular repairs and maintenance, both of which can help the environment.

Late Winter Events near Indianapolis

Late Winter Events near Indianapolis | Dan Young GM | Tipton, IL

Spring isn’t too far away, but we still have another few weeks of wintery weather to deal with. If you’re ready to kick your winter cabin fever to the curb as we move into a new season, here are some excellent late winter events near Indianapolis you should attend.

Local Events:

  • Indy Wings Week. Hot wing lovers of all kinds will be descending upon Indy the week of February 20th through 26th. This week, participating restaurants will offer wings for half off of their regular price; this includes 317 Burger, Old Pro’s Table, Monon Food Company, The Vanguard, Taylor’s Pub at Nora, and many more. This event benefits the non-profit Second Helpings.
  • The Cat in the Hat. Bring the whole family to this fun theatre event held February 23rd-March 2nd. It will be at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. Tickets start at $12.50.
  • Haunted Union Street Ghost Walk. Head to Westfield, Indiana on February 24th to experience the haunted side of the city. No children under 9 years of age. Reserve your tickets today.
  • Memphis Grizzlies vs. Indiana Pacers. Celebrate Indiana’s 50th anniversary season by catching a Pacers game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They will be taking on the Grizzlies on February 24th at 7pm.

Here at Dan Young GM we are excited to have a full calender. Which events are you adding to your calendar?

Popularity of OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi More Than Doubles

Popularity of OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi More Than Doubles | Dan Young GM | Tipton, IN

Since 2015, Chevy drivers have been enjoying the convenience of fast internet streaming right in their car. This is thanks to the 4G LTE Wi-Fi available through OnStar. In the past two years, the popularity of OnStar 4G LTE has skyrocketed with owners using more and more data every quarter.

Data, Data, Everywhere

According to Chevrolet, drivers and their passengers used an incredible 4,220,684 gigabytes of data in 2016. This is nearly 200% more than the data used in 2015. The biggest jump in data use comes from Suburban and Tahoe owners, who used three-and-a-half times more data than in 2015.

In addition to using more data, sales of the Tahoe and Suburban have also increased. In fact, in 2016, combined sales of the best-selling SUVs were up 21%, when compared to 2015.

Chevrolet Updates

Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet, said, “We are attracting new buyers to Chevrolet by offering technologies like OnStar 4G LTE not available on competitive models. New owners are in turn more likely to become repeat Chevrolet customers as these features become an integral part of their day-to-day lives.”

With OnStar 4G LTE, available in nearly every Chevrolet model, up to seven devices can connect at once. This means you can stream a video, send an email, play a game, or browse social media.

Come check out the Chevy lineup today at Dan Young GM.