• May 10, 2011

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The Chevrolet Volt is a prime example of the need for unified methods to address the complexity and software content in embedded system design, according to Meg Selfe, vice president for complex and embedded systems at IBM Rational. Selfe's keynote speech at the Embedded Systems Conference focused on the design and engineering behind Chevy's breakthrough plug-in vehicle.

According to EE Times, Selfe talked of IBM's role in helping streamline General Motors' design process. Due to this streamlining, the Volt went from a showy concept to a production vehicle in just 29 months, compared to the 60-month design cycle of most automobiles. As Selfe stated:
They focused on time to market, and they had to because it was a life or death moment for them. They were in a near-death experience, so they brought together their best thousand engineers. They were changing the way in which they did engineering.
Specifically, GM streamlined the Volt engineering team's tools and processes and, according to Selfe, "it was like a battle of the tools." In the end, says Selfe, The General "put more of the design in-house," which was a risk that paid off.

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[Source: EE Times]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      so heroic. developing a car in only 4 years. never been done before. and so badly too. and overpriced. and only produced in sample volume. wonderful. good thing IBM was there to write large bills.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still believe all this hype supporting the Volt is an attempt to prove from GM that they are ernest in developing a market for electric hybrids! However I firmly believe, if you look at GM's future vision & direction, that electrics are the furthest thing from their minds for future sales for quite some time! They are definately into gas engines! They promotes 25 Mph in an attempt to say: we are with the oil giants which control Miles per hour so that everyone will buy fuel & oil execs continue to be rich as they can be! In Europe the norm is 45 Mph US. is ascending in new deisel engineering! The Volt is possibly a very well contrived attempt to hide Gm's real intentions! They are as corrupt as the US. Government & military Government combined & that's very corrupt!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Got a real parade of the clueless going on here... The Chevy Volt is averaging a 1000 miles between fill-ups for the first adopters. Deal with it.