Back in 2012, General Motors’ venture capital arm, General Motors Ventures, invested in a startup company in San Jose, California called Tula Technology. That company has been working on something that it calls Dynamic Skip Fire (DSF) that may find its way into GM vehicles in the near future.
DSF is a new way of using cylinder deactivation and uses advanced digital processing to determine the best and most efficient way to deactivate cylinders in a variety of driving conditions. This fuel saving technology can boost fuel efficiency by as much as 15% in four, six, and eight-cylinder vehicles.
“This technology holds the potential to improve fuel economy on select GM vehicles without degrading power capability when it’s required,” said Jon Lauckner, GM chief technology officer, vice president of Global R&D and president of GM Ventures, in a statement. “This joint effort combines software expertise from Silicon Valley with powertrain expertise from General Motors.”
GM hasn’t released any details about when this technology would be put into production or on which models, but we’re guessing since they’re telling us about it, it should be coming within the next couple of years. For more updates on the new fuel saving technology, stay tuned to the blog here at Warsaw Buick.