General Motors just launched a new platform made by an Australian startup

Connexion CEO, George Parthimos. Picture: Supplied

General Motor’s new vehicle management system went live overnight. Known as Commercial Link, it made by Australian auto startup Connexion.

The software is aimed at small business owners and gives them real time data on their fleet. It can track everything from fuel use to the location of the car, maintenance and speed which can be viewed through a phone. It costs $10 per vehicle per month to use.

Commercial Link is available on nearly all General Motors cars in the USA, which includes the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands, with nearly 3.4 million vehicles to be fitted with the technology annually.

The technology was first shown off at CES earlier this year by the Melbourne-based startup.

“Our partnership with GM represents one of the largest automotive software deals in recent Australian history,” Connexion Media CEO George Parthimos told Business Insider.

Internet connected cars are expected to become the norm in the next 10 years, with all new cars on the market set to be hooked up by 2025. General Motors already has 1 million cars on the road with built-in wireless internet technology.

With manufacturing plants closing soon, that auto-technology market is one in which Australian companies will be looking to capitalise.

“Effectively we’re transitioning from a manufacturing ecosystem to a technology ecosystem. That means we’re trying to future-proof the industry by working on software and services for the next generation of cars,” Parthimos said.

“Our goal is to set up Melbourne as one of the key centres for excellence for connected car software service and delivery globally.”

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