Road Ahead http://wardsauto.com/blog/96684/feed en Car Sharing, Autonomous Cars, No Existential Threat http://wardsauto.com/blog/car-sharing-autonomous-cars-no-existential-threat <div class="node-body blog-body">There is one big problem with car-sharing services and the idea one self-driving car can serve the needs of an entire family: sharing is required. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/car-sharing-autonomous-cars-no-existential-threat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/car-sharing-autonomous-cars-no-existential-threat#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Industry Autonomous Vehicles U.S. Technology Dealer IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Auto Makers Continental Autonomous Vehicles Future Products Product Development Road Ahead Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:23:00 +0000 1396241 at http://wardsauto.com Silicon Valley’s Auto Brain Drain http://wardsauto.com/blog/silicon-valley-s-auto-brain-drain <div class="node-body blog-body">At a time when automakers and suppliers lament they have to struggle to find the talent they need, Silicon Valley knows how to deal with the problem. They offer recruits lots of money.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/silicon-valley-s-auto-brain-drain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/silicon-valley-s-auto-brain-drain#comments Blog Auto Makers North America Industry Autonomous Vehicles U.S. IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Auto Makers Autonomous Vehicles Product Development Road Ahead Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:34:00 +0000 1387331 at http://wardsauto.com VW’s Dirty Deeds Overshadow Bosch Celebration http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-s-dirty-deeds-overshadow-bosch-celebration <div class="node-body blog-body">Bosch wanted to talk about its new research center, a massive hub in Germany that encourages engineers and students to set their minds free, but journalists had other topics in mind.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-s-dirty-deeds-overshadow-bosch-celebration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-s-dirty-deeds-overshadow-bosch-celebration#comments Blog Auto Makers Politics Suppliers Europe Industry North America - Regional Engines Diesel U.S. Germany IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Volkswagen Politics Diesel Emissions European Commission Product Development Road Ahead Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:30:00 +0000 1373181 at http://wardsauto.com VW, Audi Excluded From 10 Best Engines Testing http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-audi-excluded-10-best-engines-testing <div class="node-body blog-body">Caught red-handed in a scheme that pollutes the environment, as well as its own corporate culture, the Volkswagen Group will be suspended from participating in the Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition until further notice.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-audi-excluded-10-best-engines-testing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-audi-excluded-10-best-engines-testing#comments 10 Best Engines 2016 Industry Engines Technology IdeaXChange Road Ahead Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:41:00 +0000 1361191 at http://wardsauto.com The Prius Will Be OK http://wardsauto.com/blog/prius-will-be-ok <div class="node-body blog-body">Given today's slew of alternative-powertrain vehicles, some are busy writing the Prius's obituary. But there's no green model that has sold as well for as long, and with as much reliability.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/prius-will-be-ok" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/prius-will-be-ok#comments Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America Industry Alternative (EVs, HEVs, FCVs) U.S. Technology Miscellaneous Toyota Future Products Hybrid Vehicles Road Ahead Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:41:00 +0000 1351281 at http://wardsauto.com Now Project Head, He Rethinks Business Chances of Google’s Self-Driving Cars http://wardsauto.com/blog/now-project-head-he-rethinks-business-chances-google-s-self-driving-cars <div class="node-body blog-body">John Krafcik, formerly of TrueCar, once was adamant the search-engine giant would not get too far into the autonomous-car business. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/now-project-head-he-rethinks-business-chances-google-s-self-driving-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/now-project-head-he-rethinks-business-chances-google-s-self-driving-cars#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers North America Industry Autonomous Vehicles U.S. Dealer IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Auto Makers Dealerships Autonomous Vehicles Road Ahead Wed, 16 Sep 2015 18:00:00 +0000 1349101 at http://wardsauto.com Mapping the User Experience http://wardsauto.com/blog/mapping-user-experience <div class="node-body blog-body">Millions of consumers have formed a special bond with Apple’s user interface. Automakers want to emulate this kind of user experience, known as UX in tech circles, to create loyalty to a vehicle brand, not just a smartphone. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/mapping-user-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/mapping-user-experience#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Industry HMI U.S. Technology Dealer IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Auto Makers Suppliers Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Navigation Systems Product Development Road Ahead Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:30:00 +0000 1346581 at http://wardsauto.com Death of an LT4, Or What You Didn't Read in My Cadillac CTS-V Review http://wardsauto.com/blog/death-lt4-or-what-you-didnt-read-my-cadillac-cts-v-review <div class="node-body blog-body">I’m relatively satisfied the bug that blew the engine will not make it into production units. But it’s still an interesting story and deserves to be told.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/death-lt4-or-what-you-didnt-read-my-cadillac-cts-v-review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/death-lt4-or-what-you-didnt-read-my-cadillac-cts-v-review#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America Industry Engines U.S. Technology IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Cadillac Gasoline Supercharger Road Ahead Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:06:00 +0000 1331001 at http://wardsauto.com Merge Those Powertrain Operations http://wardsauto.com/blog/merge-those-powertrain-operations <div class="node-body blog-body">In the NAFTA market alone, GM, Ford and FCA will build nearly 9 million engines and 9 million transmissions this year. FCA estimates nearly 90% of that production overlaps.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/merge-those-powertrain-operations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/merge-those-powertrain-operations#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Vehicles & Technology North America Industry U.S. Technology IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Chrysler General Motors Globalization Product Development Road Ahead Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:04:00 +0000 1330341 at http://wardsauto.com The World According to Tesla http://wardsauto.com/blog/world-according-tesla <div class="node-body blog-body">If you work at Tesla, which is valued at about $25 billion and sells just one very good luxury car, the possibilities must seem limitless.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/world-according-tesla" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/world-according-tesla#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America CAR Management Briefing Seminars Industry Alternative (EVs, HEVs, FCVs) Engines U.S. Technology IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Tesla 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars Electric Vehicles Finance Fuel Economy Li-ion Product Development Road Ahead Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:28:00 +0000 1327521 at http://wardsauto.com No Laughing Matter With Blinker Bozo at the Wheel http://wardsauto.com/blog/no-laughing-matter-blinker-bozo-wheel <div class="node-body blog-body">To my chagrin – no, horror – I saw my right-turn indicator blinking monotonously, as it had to have been for the minimum of three miles (5 km) since I could remember last making a right. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/no-laughing-matter-blinker-bozo-wheel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/no-laughing-matter-blinker-bozo-wheel#comments Blog U.S. Interiors IdeaXChange Chevrolet Cockpit Road Ahead Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:25:00 +0000 1319721 at http://wardsauto.com Autonomous Cars Will Need Ethics, Morals and NASCAR Mode http://wardsauto.com/blog/autonomous-cars-will-need-ethics-morals-and-nascar-mode <div class="node-body blog-body">It is easy to make autonomous vehicles drive in a more virtuous manner than humans, but this could make them vulnerable as they mix with conventional cars and drivers on the road. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/autonomous-cars-will-need-ethics-morals-and-nascar-mode" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/autonomous-cars-will-need-ethics-morals-and-nascar-mode#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America Industry Autonomous Vehicles U.S. Safety Technology Technology IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Auto Makers Autonomous Vehicles Collision Avoidance Future Products Product Development Safety Road Ahead Thu, 09 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000 1310551 at http://wardsauto.com A Place to Store, Track Your Classic http://wardsauto.com/blog/place-store-track-your-classic <div class="node-body blog-body">Construction of the M1 Concourse, a collection of private garages and a handling track, is under way in suburban Detroit, and the first 80 units are expected to be ready for owners by next spring.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/place-store-track-your-classic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/place-store-track-your-classic#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers Sales & Marketing North America Analysis Industry North America - Regional U.S. Dealer IdeaXChange Miscellaneous General Motors Restructuring Vehicles in Operation Vehicles & Technology Brad Oleshansky handling track M1 Concourse Michigan Pontiac RACER trust Rapid Motor Vehicle Road Ahead Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:02:00 +0000 1304711 at http://wardsauto.com Good News, Bad News Underlies Obama’s Failed EV Goal http://wardsauto.com/blog/good-news-bad-news-underlies-obama-s-failed-ev-goal <div class="node-body blog-body">The Obama Admin. overestimated the potential of electric cars, but it also vastly underestimated how much conventional internal-combustion engines could improve.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/good-news-bad-news-underlies-obama-s-failed-ev-goal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/good-news-bad-news-underlies-obama-s-failed-ev-goal#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America Industry Alternative (EVs, HEVs, FCVs) Engines U.S. Technology Dealer IdeaXChange Miscellaneous BMW Ford Tesla Electric Vehicles Fuel Economy Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Turbocharger Road Ahead Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:59:00 +0000 1294271 at http://wardsauto.com Hang Up and Drive – And Get Off My Lawn http://wardsauto.com/blog/hang-and-drive-and-get-my-lawn <div class="node-body blog-body">When I see a vehicle drifting into my lane, or someone else’s lane, or over a curb on a busy street, or if an aimless vehicle corrects abruptly at the last second to avoid a fire hydrant, I glance at the driver and see that he or she is looking at a device instead of the road. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-ahead">Road Ahead</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/hang-and-drive-and-get-my-lawn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/hang-and-drive-and-get-my-lawn#comments Blog Auto Makers Politics Vehicles & Technology North America Industry North America - Regional Autonomous Vehicles HMI U.S. Safety Technology Technology IdeaXChange Miscellaneous Automatic Braking Autonomous Vehicles Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Product Development Safety Bluetooth Derek Flemming distraction Hang Up and Drive Livingston County Martin Zale road rage smartphone traffic Road Ahead Thu, 04 Jun 2015 10:30:00 +0000 1289281 at http://wardsauto.com