GM, University of Michigan extend r&d partnership

Within the Automotive CRL, the engine systems laboratory will research more fuel-efficient engines through laser-imaging diagnostics and simulations.
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General Motors and the University of Michigan said they agreed to extend their more than 50-year relationship with the opening of the Automotive Collaborative Research Laboratories.

The division will research engine systems and advanced manufacturing, operating alongside a smart materials CRL that began in 2005. The Automotive CRL agreement will run through 2017, GM and U-M said in a statement today.

Within the Automotive CRL, the engine systems laboratory will research more fuel-efficient engines through laser-imaging diagnostics and simulations. The advanced manufacturing facility will look to improve plant floor operations by combining assembly systems, simulations and technologies.

“We are looking under every nook and cranny for efficiency,” GM spokesman Dan Flores said.

The labs at the university are an extension of the company’s r&d division and do not build engines for specific vehicles or vehicle lines, he said.

“GM’s relationship with the University of Michigan over the years has provided benefits to the company because these young minds, who bring a fresh perspective, carry out issues on real-world issues that impact GM’s vehicle innovations, design and manufacturing operations,” GM’s Chief Technology Officer Jon Lauckner said in the statement.

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