Artificial neural networks that mimic functions of a biological brain can solve problems almost impossible to program manually. That doesn’t mean they are near becoming self-aware and concluding the human race is a cancer that needs to be removed from the planet.
Silicon Valley has a lot of the crucial ingredients needed to make the next technical revolution happen, but the formula certainly can be replicated elsewhere, says the automaker’s chief technology officer.
Battery-technology studies, including those by the Department of Energy, show PHEVs could have a range of 100 miles by 2050, Honda says. The Chevy Volt currently has an all-electric range of 52 miles, and others have ranges of about 20 miles.
Innovative vehicle interiors were the focus of the 2016 WardsAuto Interiors Conference and a special part of the agenda recognized winners of an annual design competition among transportation design students at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, which has trained many of the auto industry’s top designers. The assignment was to create a vehicle interior for a sports car that is distinctive, fun to drive on the track or open road, but also has autonomous capabilities for city commuting. Approximate production date: 2030.
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says a proposed 20% cap on dealer sales of add-on insurance products more likely would transfer wealth from dealerships to insurers than reduce prices for consumers....More