Road Ahead http://wardsauto.com/blog/96684/feed Blogs with an emphasis on technology, design and suppliers. en 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 North America - Regional U.S. 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 U.S. 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 North America - Regional U.S. 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 Time for an HMI Intervention http://wardsauto.com/blog/time-hmi-intervention <div class="node-body blog-body">The HMI remedy being suggested is a bit shocking: something that resembles a pushbutton AM radio from the 1950s combined with a head-up display.</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/time-hmi-intervention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/time-hmi-intervention#comments Blog Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Dealerships Suppliers Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Instrument Panel Interior Road Ahead Wed, 13 May 2015 10:15:00 +0000 1277161 at http://wardsauto.com We Lose by Waiting on Autonomous Cars http://wardsauto.com/blog/we-lose-waiting-autonomous-cars <div class="node-body blog-body">Automakers are waiting for someone to tell them who is going to be held liable if a self-driving car crashes. They will be liable. Start figuring out how to deal with 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/we-lose-waiting-autonomous-cars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/we-lose-waiting-autonomous-cars#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Autonomous Vehicles Collision Avoidance Future Products Safety Road Ahead Thu, 07 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 1274011 at http://wardsauto.com Tesla Faces Competition on All Fronts http://wardsauto.com/blog/tesla-faces-competition-all-fronts <div class="node-body blog-body">Tesla will have trouble making profits when its only competitors are pet projects of major automakers that only care about image and volume and expect to lose money on them.</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/tesla-faces-competition-all-fronts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/tesla-faces-competition-all-fronts#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Tesla Electric Vehicles Emissions Future Products Hybrid Vehicles Product Development Road Ahead Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000 1254611 at http://wardsauto.com Manufacturing Not Apple’s Core Business http://wardsauto.com/blog/manufacturing-not-apple-s-core-business <div class="node-body blog-body">Buzz about Apple’s intentions got industry observers excited at the recent Geneva Auto Show, but global automakers remain unperturbed. </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/manufacturing-not-apple-s-core-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/manufacturing-not-apple-s-core-business#comments Blog Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Autonomous Vehicles Design Electric Vehicles Future Products Product Development Road Ahead Thu, 02 Apr 2015 10:30:00 +0000 1248461 at http://wardsauto.com Of Humvees and Heroes: Aluminum, Steel Do Battle http://wardsauto.com/blog/humvees-and-heroes-aluminum-steel-do-battle <div class="node-body blog-body">A key issue in the aluminum-vs.-steel standoff is strength. Each side is playing the military and, by extension, the patriotism card. The message is that if it’s strong enough to protect soldiers in combat, then it’s strong enough, and safe enough, for you and everybody in your truck. </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/humvees-and-heroes-aluminum-steel-do-battle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/humvees-and-heroes-aluminum-steel-do-battle#comments Auto Makers Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Ford Advertising Aluminum Ford's Innovative F-150 Pickup OE-Supplier Relations Steel Road Ahead Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:31:00 +0000 1233481 at http://wardsauto.com Conti’s Cloud-to-Car Navigation: You Lost Me http://wardsauto.com/blog/conti-s-cloud-car-navigation-you-lost-me <div class="node-body blog-body">The supplier envisions connected vehicles carrying on never-ending digital conversations with IBM’s computer servers in Dallas about more than just the weather. Forgive my inability to process the vast implications.</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/conti-s-cloud-car-navigation-you-lost-me" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/conti-s-cloud-car-navigation-you-lost-me#comments Blog Auto Makers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America Europe - Regional North America - Regional U.S. Germany Continental Automatic Braking Autonomous Vehicles Cameras Fuel Economy Future Products Product Development Safety Big Data cloud connected car Consumer electronics Show eHorizon HERE IBM location cloud MQTT Nokia Scania sensors speed limit Tejas Desai Road Ahead Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:15:00 +0000 1224421 at http://wardsauto.com Autonomous CUV for Offroad Enthusiasts Latest Design Challenge http://wardsauto.com/blog/autonomous-cuv-offroad-enthusiasts-latest-design-challenge <div class="node-body blog-body">An autonomous car for driving enthusiasts may sound like an oxymoron, but we’re betting there will be a lot of consumers in 2030 who still like to drive, at least on weekends.</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-cuv-offroad-enthusiasts-latest-design-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/autonomous-cuv-offroad-enthusiasts-latest-design-challenge#comments Blog Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) Interior Vehicle Interiors Road Ahead Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:50:00 +0000 1209981 at http://wardsauto.com