Road Ahead http://wardsauto.com/blog/96684/feed en Fuel-Cell Cars: All Ramped Up With No Place to Go? http://wardsauto.com/blog/fuel-cell-cars-all-ramped-no-place-go <div class="node-body blog-body">Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle discussions usually turn to the I word: infrastructure. Automakers are investing too much into FCVs to guess whether refueling infrastructure will grow. It will. But for now it’s running on fumes. </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/fuel-cell-cars-all-ramped-no-place-go" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/fuel-cell-cars-all-ramped-no-place-go#comments Auto Makers Politics Europe Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. France Honda Hyundai Renault Volkswagen Politics Department of Energy (DOE) Emissions Fuel Economy Fuel-Cell Vehicles fuel-cell vehicles fueling infrastructure hydrogen refueling stations Road Ahead Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:41:00 +0000 1183681 at http://wardsauto.com Cyberattacks Come to Cars http://wardsauto.com/blog/cyberattacks-come-cars <div class="node-body blog-body">By attacking dealerships and service centers, perhaps by compromising an employee’s laptop, hackers could install malicious software on lots of vehicles.</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/cyberattacks-come-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/cyberattacks-come-cars#comments Blog Auto Makers By Topic Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Dealerships Electronic Control Units (ECU) Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Road Ahead Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:19:00 +0000 1170111 at http://wardsauto.com Coming to an EV Near You: Multi-Speed Transmissions http://wardsauto.com/blog/coming-ev-near-you-multi-speed-transmissions <div class="node-body blog-body">A ZF executive says he expects 3- or 4-speed transmissions to be available in electric vehicles within five or six years. The new gearboxes could extend range some 20%.</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/coming-ev-near-you-multi-speed-transmissions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/coming-ev-near-you-multi-speed-transmissions#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Germany BMW General Motors Tesla ZF Batteries Electric Vehicles Emissions Future Products Product Development Sales Results Transmissions 1-speed transmission 2-mode transmission 2-speed transmission 3-speed 4-speed transmission James Potter Nissan Leaf Tesla Model S torque ZF ZF Powertrain Technology Road Ahead Tue, 02 Dec 2014 13:14:00 +0000 1167451 at http://wardsauto.com The Buck Stops Here http://wardsauto.com/blog/buck-stops-here <div class="node-body blog-body">Public education about avoiding car-deer collisions won’t be supplanted anytime soon by safety technology more sophisticated than the seatbelt and airbag.</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/buck-stops-here" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/buck-stops-here#comments Blog U.S. Automatic Braking Lidar Pedestrian Protection Radar car-deer collisions deer Road Ahead Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:50:00 +0000 1162141 at http://wardsauto.com Cheap Gas Worries Auto Industry http://wardsauto.com/blog/cheap-gas-worries-auto-industry <div class="node-body blog-body">A very senior Toyota executive told me that if gasoline prices are around $3 a gallon in 2018, the company will not be able to meet CAFE regulations. If Toyota can’t meet CAFE targets, then who can? </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/cheap-gas-worries-auto-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/cheap-gas-worries-auto-industry#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Dealers Vehicles & Technology Diesel Resource Center North America U.S. Toyota Politics Electric Vehicles Fuel Economy Fuel-Cell Vehicles Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Road Ahead Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:09:00 +0000 1148661 at http://wardsauto.com Driving in Greece Stressful, But Worth It http://wardsauto.com/blog/driving-greece-stressful-worth-it <div class="node-body blog-body">The islands are lovely to visit, but be prepared for narrow winding roads with few guardrails to protect the buses, ATVs, scooters, cars and pedestrians that use them. And don’t bother looking for road signs. </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/driving-greece-stressful-worth-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/driving-greece-stressful-worth-it#comments Blog Auto Makers Politics Europe Vehicles & Technology Europe - Regional Greece SEAT Globalization Safety Vehicles & Technology Akrotiri Athens Fira Kos Oia road safety Santorini scooters traffic Road Ahead Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:19:00 +0000 1135471 at http://wardsauto.com Welcome to ‘Virtual Cockpit’ http://wardsauto.com/blog/welcome-virtual-cockpit <div class="node-body blog-body">Unlike most systems now widely used, the Audi TT eliminates the display screen mounted in the center stack or above it. </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/welcome-virtual-cockpit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/welcome-virtual-cockpit#comments Blog Auto Makers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Audi Suppliers Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Road Ahead Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:22:00 +0000 1137171 at http://wardsauto.com Got You Covered http://wardsauto.com/blog/got-you-covered <div class="node-body blog-body">I thought efforts to limit distracted driving were spreading. Standing intact, however, is the apparent belief one can’t enjoy listening to Tom Petty without seeing his face grinning from a corner of the touchscreen. </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/got-you-covered" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/got-you-covered#comments Blog U.S. Chrysler Ford General Motors Hyundai Lexus Toyota Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Sound Systems Road Ahead Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:30:00 +0000 1135481 at http://wardsauto.com Safety Shouldn’t Be Disabled http://wardsauto.com/blog/safety-shouldn-t-be-disabled <div class="node-body blog-body">All vehicle safety technologies, be they old like seatbelts or new like lane-departure warning, should be mandatory, not optional.</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/safety-shouldn-t-be-disabled" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/safety-shouldn-t-be-disabled#comments Blog Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Collision Avoidance Safety airbags blind-spot detection driver driver inattentiveness fatalities lane-departure warning NHTSA Safety seatbelts vehicle-to-pedestrian vehicle-to-vehicle Road Ahead Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:55:00 +0000 1116951 at http://wardsauto.com Honda’s Showing Some Fighting Spirit http://wardsauto.com/blog/honda-s-showing-some-fighting-spirit <div class="node-body blog-body">After recent years of lengthier lifecycles, Honda is taking a page from competitors, and its own history, by bringing a new Civic out earlier than expected.</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/honda-s-showing-some-fighting-spirit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/honda-s-showing-some-fighting-spirit#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Honda Management & Strategy Future Products Alliston Canada Civic Elantra Greensburg Honda Hyundai IN Kia Forte lifecycle next-generation ON Pilot Sonata Tetsuo Iwamura Road Ahead Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:35:00 +0000 1110601 at http://wardsauto.com Finally, Voice of Reason http://wardsauto.com/blog/finally-voice-reason <div class="node-body blog-body">The concept of an autopilot is not new, particularly in aerospace. But Owens notes even the airline industry has never crossed that threshold by placing hundreds of lives solely in the digital hands of a computer.</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/finally-voice-reason" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/finally-voice-reason#comments Blog Management & Strategy Politics Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America North America - Regional U.S. Delphi Autonomous Vehicles Fuel Economy Product Development Safety adaptive cruise control autopilot collision mitigation Delphi Electronics and Safety Google car Jeff Owens lane-departure warning President Obama radar vehicle-to-infrastructure vehicle-to-vehicle Road Ahead Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:08:00 +0000 1091361 at http://wardsauto.com Why 707 Horsepower Is Not Enough http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-707-horsepower-not-enough <div class="node-body blog-body">Ford, GM and Chrysler still are racing to be green. They just plan to burn a little rubber on the way to the finish. </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/why-707-horsepower-not-enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/why-707-horsepower-not-enough#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. SRT Fuel Economy Gasoline Supercharger Road Ahead Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:24:00 +0000 1074971 at http://wardsauto.com Mercedes Diesel Does It http://wardsauto.com/blog/mercedes-diesel-does-it <div class="node-body blog-body">We drove a Mercedes' M-Class diesel to the annual Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI. Our verdict: Diesel does it.</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/mercedes-diesel-does-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/mercedes-diesel-does-it#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology Diesel Resource Center North America North America - Regional U.S. Germany Mercedes 2014 CAR Management Briefing Seminars Diesel Fuel Economy BlueTEC Diesel M-Class Management Briefing Seminars MBS Mercedes ML350 Smart Road Ahead Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:31:00 +0000 1075921 at http://wardsauto.com New for ’20: The HALcat http://wardsauto.com/blog/new-20-halcat <div class="node-body blog-body">Engines are becoming more potent as the self-driving car keeps evolving. Will the smart cars of the future use their horsepower for good and not evil? </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/new-20-halcat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/new-20-halcat#comments Blog Auto Makers Europe Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. United Kingdom Chevrolet Dodge Ford Jaguar Land Rover Autonomous Vehicles Engines Road Ahead Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:22:00 +0000 1063461 at http://wardsauto.com GM’s Do-Over of Chevy Malibu Gets It Right http://wardsauto.com/blog/gm-s-do-over-chevy-malibu-gets-it-right <div class="node-body blog-body">The eAssist hybrid system is gone, replaced by a silky smooth, remarkably quiet stop/start system.</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/gm-s-do-over-chevy-malibu-gets-it-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/gm-s-do-over-chevy-malibu-gets-it-right#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Chevrolet Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Chevrolet Malibu eAssist stop/start Z/28 Road Ahead Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:29:00 +0000 1057991 at http://wardsauto.com