General Motors Research (USA)

Profile and Expertise

General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 205,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 157 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, FAW, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors can be found at

Main tasks

As an end user, GM will focus its efforts in the areas related developing user requirements and use cases, providing “end user” direction to the overall methodology, assessment of the use cases, and finally exploitation of the results.

WP1: GM will participate in the development of safety and security requirements deriving from automotive applications, including potentially powertrain, advance driver assistance, and telematics. The desired intent would be to work with other SESAMO participants to identify a representative automotive application that possesses critical aspects of both safety and security.

WP4: GM will provide input from an “end user” perspective to the development of the overall methodology. The intent would be to influence the methodology so as to result in a practical approach for achieving safety and security for automotive applications.

WP5: GM will participate in the evaluation of the identified automotive use cases, applying the identified methodology and tools, and capturing lessons learned. GM’s evaluation will incorporate feedback from relevant company technical experts.

WP6: To support the exploitation of the methodology, GM plans to publish results of activities and to follow up with internal company reviews focused on incorporating relevant methodology and tools into GM’s processes.

Relevant Experience

GM has many years of experience in development and series production of passenger cars. Today’s vehicles typically contain extensive electrical systems in support of environmental friendliness, safety enhancement, and user comfort. Software-controlled devices (e.g. microcontrollers) are widely used in these electrical systems. GM has grown and continues to grow its system functional safety engineering competence, including direct participation in the development of the ISO 26262 automotive functional safety standard. Similarly, GM is growing its capability in the area of security, including experience implementing security features in its telematics systems.