Driving the Future

For more than a decade, the General Motors Foundation and Carnegie Mellon have collaborated on the next generation of automotive information technology. They conduct their research at CMU’s Collaborative Lab, tapping into the university’s collaborative, problem-solving environment.

The partnership supplements auto industry initiatives to provide passengers safe and easy access to information and entertainment. It also provides CMU students with unprecedented opportunities.

In Feb., students from Carnegie Mellon’s Collaborative Lab met the engineers who designed the Chevrolet Volt electric car with extended range capabilities. They also had the opportunity to test drive the Volt, experiencing its revolutionary technology firsthand.

But that’s not all.

Ed Schlesinger, head of CMU’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was awarded a $70,000 scholarship grant from the GM Foundation. This scholarship will support outstanding student research and studies at the university’s College of Engineering.

And while we're on the topic, check out the OnStar App Challenge. GM has invited Carnegie Mellon students to take a crack at designing the company's next vehicle voice-enabled app.

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