Following General Motors’ global announcement last week revealing the company’s vision of a zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion all-electric future, Gary D. West, Urban Active Operations Manager at General Motors International, spoke about the future of mobility and connectivity at GITEX’s Transport and Logistics Day this morning.
During his session, West detailed the importance that urban planning and collaboration between government and automotive manufacturers will play in reaching a smarter and more sustainable future.
Supporting His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, West explained that players in the private sector will need to ramp up their involvement over the next few years to help boost the city’s efforts to become a smart, sustainable and driverless city by 2030.
Discussing rapid change on the horizon, he identified the four major mobility pillars currently converging in the transportation eco system: in-vehicle connectivity, sharing, electrification and autonomous driving.
Building on these four pillars, West went on to introduce a host of General Motors technologies already available in some global markets that support the urban mobility revolution. These technologies include applications such as Maven, the car-sharing service that connects vehicles and passengers in an attempt to cut down on traffic; OnStar, the smart service that provides a range of safety, security, navigation and diagnostic features at the push of a button and Cadillac Super Cruise technology, the world’s first true hands-free driving system for the highway.
Committed to an all-electric future, West also highlighted General Motors’ plans to launch two new all-electric vehicles in the next 18 months which will be the first of at least 20 new all-electric vehicles launching by 2023.
Gary D. West was named Urban Active Operations Manager across Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East in August 2016. In his role, West oversees the strategic planning, implementation and operations management of GM International’s mobility business. Based in Dubai, he works with the Urban Active group – GM’s mobility incubator, and leads the company’s Connectivity, Autonomous, Sharing and Electrification (CASE) efforts in the region.