Quick: What has 149 horsepower, gets 126.7 miles per gallon…and runs on 10 million lines of code?
Mark Scapicchio 270000CV2J SCAPICCH@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  year chevy unplugged car software of trend hybrid ibm motor volt rational the green
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The answer is the Chevy Volt – a first-of-its kind hybrid automobile and the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year. IBM Rational software (together with IBM supercomputers and simulation software) played a significant role in the development of the Volt.
The phrase ‘X of the future’ gets thrown around pretty liberally, but the Volt actually earns the ‘car of the future’ title by being unlike any other car – or any other hybrid – anyone has ever driven. It’s the first hybrid that can run on battery power only, OR on electricity generated by a gas-powered motor, OR on gas only (at a pretty damn economical 40 mpg). And on-board software, developed using Rational tools, enables everything from the Volt’s space-aged graphical dashboard, to a system that picks the most fuel-efficient hybrid mix based on preference or driving style, to a smartphone app that lets the justifiably smug owner remotely monitor the Volt’s battery and fuel levels, or warm up the interior.
An IBMer might say the Volt is the rolling definition of a ‘smarter product.’ Even Motor Trend calls it “the world’s first intelligent hybrid.”
Here are few links for getting to know the Volt:
*Motor Trend estimate