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2020-10-27 | Chevy New Roads Magazine

Human+Technology

Technology that extends and improves on human capabilities is not only available today, but you might find it in your next vehicle.

One of the most exciting areas of advanced development focuses on technology that expands on innate human ability. People can lift, see, speak, and run, but today, with almost incomprehensible design and engineering, we can see in the dark, use our voices to command action from machines, run longer, and lift more with far less effort. These technologies are not just useful tools, but add to core human capabilities, creating a Human+Technology paradigm. And that paradigm is playing out in innovations that can seem like science fiction come to life, but also might appear as features available in your next car or truck.

Photos provided by suitX

The notion of a human exoskeleton seems ripped from comic book pages. These human-augmenting devices are among the most impressive examples of the genre—functionally and visually. A company called suitX has brought the real deal to market. The suitX modules endow wearers with enhanced capabilities in specific muscle groups that are at a high risk of injury, enabling workers to more safely perform traditional tasks and generally do more for longer stretches.

 

The basic concept is to fit an exoskeleton around a human body to help fortify key areas that support the highest loads. The Modular Agile eXoskeleton (MAX) system—independent units for the shoulders, back, and legs—uses springs and clutches that work in parallel with human joints to provide extra strength while reducing the muscle activity needed for heavy-lifting tasks by as much as 60 percent. This means less fatigue, and it helps reduce injuries, especially to the back, knees, and shoulders.

 

Wearing a full suitX array won’t let you dead-lift a car, but picking up a 50-pound bag of concrete will be much easier, especially if you’re moving bag after bag from a pallet. The system delivers extra capabilities when working overhead, such as on scaffolding, or when constant bending and lifting is required.

 

Possible commercial applications for suitX are almost limitless: Whether it’s for airport baggage handlers, logistical warehouse workers, or assembly line team members, this tech delivers huge promise.

Out-of-This-World Innovation

Now imagine combining the major muscle power of suitX with increased grip strength, all in service of building Chevy cars and trucks. A General Motors/Chevrolet initiative transformed robotic technologies that were developed for use in space into a tool for those on Earth: a soft, wearable, strength-enhancing glove. The glove technology was then combined with the Soft Extra Muscle technology developed by Bioservo Technologies AB, a Swedish medical tech company. Bioservo developed the concept further and commercialized it under the name Ironhand.® Ironhand’s battery-powered actuators give wearers full dexterity to perform complex tasks with significantly increased strength.


Tested in an automotive preproduction facility, the glove reliably provided 15 to 20 pounds of extra force, and even 50 pounds in short bursts. The boost in power helps reduce muscle strain for workers and increases their productivity.


Beyond augmenting efficiency on Chevrolet assembly lines, Ironhand developers foresee practical uses in construction and warehouse industries, and for physical rehabilitation. Ironhand is another major step toward functional and practical Human+ exoskeletons.

Voice Command for Your Vehicle

Another favorite stretch of Human+ science fiction adds power to the human voice—the power to control machines. While it is simple to imagine, voice control has proven so difficult to achieve, unless you have a new Chevrolet.

 

Chevy engineers knew that developing voice controls with AI (artificial intelligence) could help reduce driver distraction. Chevrolet envisioned a future where drivers could leave their phones in purses or secured in consoles and control their devices without having to look at them, let alone touch them. That future is now.

 

Over the past few years, Chevrolet has expanded voice command capabilities across its lineup. Many recent vehicles offer voice controls for real-time navigation as well as integrated control of streaming apps from news, sports, and music services.

 

Today, voice technology on Chevrolet vehicles is even more powerful with the integration of Amazon’s Alexa assistant. Alexa Built-in is available on most new Chevy vehicles. Alexa—and its AI—boasts 50,000+ skills, including access to your Amazon account, the ability to access playlists on Amazon Music, and the ability to connect with your smart home devices while on the road.

Super Cruise in a Chevrolet Bolt EUV

Another bold Human+ advancement is coming to Chevrolet next summer. The all-new 2022 Bolt EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle) will offer Super Cruise, a hands-free driver assistance feature for use on compatible highways. Making familiar commutes and long trips easier, Super Cruise manages vehicle speed and steering, offering convenience and enhancing confidence for drivers traveling on more than 200,000 miles of compatible highways.

 

The acclaimed Super Cruise system uses precision road mapping, in-vehicle cameras, radar sensors, and Adaptive Cruise Control to deliver hands-free driving and offer the possibility of changing the way you approach long-distance driving. Truly the kind of everyday augmentation most humans can get behind.

 

Strength, control, access, assistance: The science fiction of human ability amplification made science fact. The Human+Technology paradigm is here.

 

STORY: REX ROY

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  • Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Functionality is subject to limitations and varies by vehicle, infotainment system and location. Select service plan required.

  • Certain Alexa functionality is dependent on smart home technology.

  • Even while using the Super Cruise driver assistance feature for compatible highways, always pay attention while driving and do not use a hand-held device. Visit cadillacsupercruise.com for compatible highways and more information. Requires properly equipped vehicle, active Super Cruise subscription, working electrical system, cell reception and GPS signal.

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  • EPA estimated with 3.6L V6 engine.

  • Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

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  • Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.

  • Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Siri, iPhone and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

  • Read the vehicle Owner's Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See your vehicle Owner’s Manual for more information.

  • Connected services include navigation services and Remote Access Plan. Services subject to Terms and limitations. Certain services require working electrical system, cell reception, and GPS signal. OnStar links to emergency services.  See onstar.com for details. Availability subject to change.

  • Connected services include navigation services and Remote Access Plan. Services subject to Terms and limitations. Certain services require working electrical system, cell reception, and GPS signal. OnStar links to emergency services.  See onstar.com for details. Availability subject to change.

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  • EPA-estimated MPG city/highway: Sonic Sedan with 6-speed manual transmission 27/38; with 6-speed automatic transmission 26/34; Sonic Hatchback with 6-speed manual transmission 26/35; with 6-speed automatic transmission 26/34.

  • Your actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, and how you use and maintain your vehicle.

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  • Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • The system wirelessly charges one mobile device. Some devices require an adaptor or back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, visit my.chevrolet.com/learn for details.

  • Standard on all trims:  Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Intellibeam Headlamps. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Read the vehicle Owner's Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google, and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android(TM) 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC.

     

  • Always use seat belts and child restraints.  Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint.  See the Owner's Manual for more information.

  • Read the vehicles Owner's Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Read the vehicles Owner's Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • On LS models with available front-row split-bench seat.

  • Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Read the Owner's Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity to some devices.

  • Read the Owner's Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Read the Owner's Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

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  • Read the vehicle Owner's Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Standard on Extended Cab and 2WD Crew Cab Short Box models.

  • Standard on 2WD Crew Cab Long Box and 4WD Crew Cab models.

  • Available on Extended Cab models

  • Available on Crew Cab models

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  • Read the vehicle Owner's Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • To avoid the risk of injury, never use Recovery Hooks to tow a vehicle. For more information, see the Recovery Hooks section of your Owner's Manual.

  • The system wirelessly charges one compatible mobile device. Some phones have built-in wireless charging technology and others require a special adaptor/back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, see my.chevrolet.com/learn or consult your carrier.

  • Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

     

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    Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • To avoid the risk of injury, never use Recovery Hooks to tow a vehicle. For more information, see the Recovery Hooks section of your Owner's Manual.

  • The system wirelessly charges one compatible mobile device. Some phones have built-in wireless charging technology and others require a special adaptor/back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, see my.chevrolet.com/learn or consult your carrier.

  • Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Go to my.chevrolet.com/learnAbout/bluetooth to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle. Full Bluetooth feature functionality varies by device, model and software version.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Siri, iPhone and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android™ 5.0 or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC.

  • Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, IntelliBeam automatic high beams on/off, Following Distance Indicator.  Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • The system wirelessly charges one compatible mobile device. Some devices require an adaptor or back cover. To check for phone or other device compatibility, visit my.chevrolet.com/learn for details.

  • Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information. 

  • Read the vehicle Owner's Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices. Map Coverage available in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

  • Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Requires available 3.6L engine and Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow

  • Requires available 3.6L engine and Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow

  • Requires available 3.6L engine and Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Chevy Safety Assist: Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator and IntelliBeam. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Siri, iPhone and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android 5.0 or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android, Android Auto, Google, Google Play and other marks are trademarks of Google LLC.

  • Read the vehicle Owner's Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.  

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android 5.0 or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Siri, iPhone and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

  • Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See your vehicle Owner’s Manual for more information.

  • Read the vehicle Owner's Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Standard on Extended Cab and 2WD Crew Cab Short Box models.

  • Standard on 2WD Crew Cab Long Box and 4WD Crew Cab models.

  • Available on Extended Cab models.

  • Available on Crew Cab models.

  • Equipment from independent suppliers is not covered by the GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty. GM is not responsible for the safety or quality of independent supplier alterations.

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