IBM and GM revealed new details on Monday on the Chevy Volt car’s electronic backbone and how it came together in 29 months, from concept to finish. Although the Volt is far from the first car with computer functionality, it’s a major technological step forward for GM.
According to IBM, the Volt is equipped with 100 electronic controllers, its very own IP address and roughly 10 million lines of software code. That’s far more than its peers and, according to Robert LeBlanc, SVP of IBM’s Middleware Software, that’s also more than today’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner which features a paltry 8 million lines of code.
“Think of it as a data center and computer on wheels,” LeBlanc says.
Here’s GM’s promotional video on the Volt’s computer system and its relationship with IBM: