With its Hummer EV, GM has cut 3 years out of its usual 5-year design time.
GM says that the new development process is saving $1.5 billion annually. GM is using new technologies such as virtual product testing and hardware-in-the-loop testing to cut product development time dramatically. It also helps that the Hummer EV is using a battery that was previously developed and has far fewer parts compared to combustion engine technology.
Testing virtual parts saves money since 3-D printed parts can cost 10-20 times more than mass produced parts do. Virtual reality is being used by human test drivers to further reduce development time.
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This post is based on the CNN article, GM is making the Hummer EV in record time. Here’s how, by Peter Valdes-Dapena, November 21, 2020; the Detroit Continue reading