A new patent indicates a digital future for GM's newest products
The future of automotive development lies in electricity - but while manufacturers trademark and develop new skateboard platforms for their future EVs, General Motors is working on a next-gen electrical architecture responsible for communication within the cars themselves. We've already seen the manufacturer unveil new Ultium batteries and a flexible EV platform, but a recent trademark points to further vehicle communication development that could give us an indication of what GM's next-generation vehicles will make use of, including future iterations of the Chevrolet Corvette. Meet GM's VIP - which stands for Vehicle Intelligent Platform - according to recent trademark registration first uncovered by GM Authority.
The trademarks haven't been registered in the United States, however, and the two filings have been uncovered in Canda and Uruguay, just several days apart from one another. As these aren't patent filings, there's also limited information on them, although the Goods and Services category gives us a little more information.
From this, we're able to glean that this trademark has nothing to with an actual vehicle platform, but rather the surrounding electrical architecture, as the trademarks were filed under, "Software including security software and vehicle operating system software, apparatus for transmitting data, computer hardware, telecommunication apparatus and instruments; microprocessors; apparatus and instruments for controlling and monitoring vehicles; navigation apparatus for vehicles; wirelessly connected electric battery apparatus".
It's predicted that the VIP branding will become the public marketing name for GM's Global B electrical vehicle systems that we've seen underpinning the Cadillac CT5, CT4, and C8 Chevrolet Corvette. This electrical platform will be utilized on almost all GM vehicles by 2023, capable of managing 4.5 terabytes of data per hour, a massive increase over older GM electrical platforms. The vehicles using the VIP system are expected to allow communication between various systems of up to 10 Gbps, while also ensuring better cybersecurity.