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Daniel Akerson

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company


“The Next Platform for Communications Technology”

Daniel Akerson, General Motors Company (GM) chairman and chief executive officer, discussed some of the automotive giant’s initiatives to attract younger, tech-savvy buyers at the Chief Executives’ Club of Boston on June 13. He also spoke about getting GM back on track since its 2008 government bailout. Joseph Hooley, chairman, president, and chief executive officer, State Street Corporation, introduced Akerson.

TAKEAWAYS

“There’s this unquenchable, irresistible need for people to stay connected wherever they are.” TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO »

“We want to turn every car into an Internet node. Every car ... will have a Wi-Fi hotspot ... it will also have 4G LTE, and we’re going to take it global. But we’re first going to strike next year in the U.S. and in Canada.”
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“We have already 2,000 registered users … developing apps ... that will help us keep our technology in our vehicles at a cutting edge for years to come. It’s a different GM than it was a couple of years ago.” TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO »

“We have been the leading patent generator in the automotive sector now for several years … You’ve never been able to weld aluminum. We just patented it … This is the kind of innovation we need.” TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO »

PRESS COVERAGE

REUTERS: “The car is the next major tech platform: GM’s CEO” ARTICLE »

Detroit Free Press: “GM CEO calls on programmers to develop apps for vehicles”
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Boston Globe: “General Motors CEO in Boston promotes auto technology” ARTICLE »

Boston Herald: “GM CEO: Connected cars are the future” ARTICLE »

New England Cable News: “GM CEO eyes ultra-connected cars” ARTICLE »