The prevailing view that automated systems first will be used in Europe and North America is being challenged by Chinese interest in what Magna International executive Frank O’Brien calls the digital lifestyle....More
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....More
Model-year changeovers in the truck business these days bring with them more updates than in the recent past. Competitive pressures are too intense to let a product go untouched, GM marketers say....More
GM updates its trucks for '15 to include special edition models and new content such as an available 8-speed automatic transmission, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless smartphone charging and a hands-free lift gate for the automaker's large SUVs.
The Urban TABBY is customizable, with customers encouraged to modify it using conventional or new technologies such as 3-D printing. Developer OSVehicle provides free downloads of the vehicle’s 3-D design specs....More
Insurance experts say time spent using a cellphone or hastily following instructions from a satellite-navigation system can prevent a driver from making the necessary checks before merging into the next lane....More
While not yet offering Wi-Fi hot-spot capability like most new GM vehicles, the Edge boasts unique technology such as unassisted parallel parking and the ability to pop open the hatch lid by simply swiping a foot under the rear bumper....More
World Health Organization statistics show Japan reported 5.2 traffic deaths per 100,000 people in 2010. ITS Japan Chairman and Toyota technical advisor Hiroyuki Watanabe hopes to reduce that to below 2.6 by 2018....More
The two companies argue global megatrends related to fuel economy, safety and autonomous driving are transforming vehicles and the auto industry, making their businesses more complementary than they may appear....More
The refreshed Navigator comes with a stout new powertrain, advanced adaptive suspension, new seats, exterior cosmetic updates, a user-friendly interface and a leather-wrapped instrument panel with distinctive cross-stitching....More
The upgrades to Navigator are appreciated, although there wasn’t much budget to change the overall aesthetic inside or out or to address interior fit-and-finish shortcomings, such as the substandard trimming of the headliner.
Networked vehicles that can communicate with each other and the infrastructure open up a new range of possibilities for user functions that will make driving safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly, the supplier says....More