Vehicles equipped with more powerful 48-volt electrical systems will start hitting the road in significant quantities in the near future. This shift will increase fuel efficiency considerably without breaking the bank. Continue Reading...
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While Toyota and Nissan are both scrambling to introduce lower-cost safety systems in mainstream models, Hyundai is pushing advanced assistance systems and aims to have a new autonomous driving feature ready by the year 2020. Continue Reading...
Unless you’re an audiophile you may not be familiar with Harman. This company is a market leader in the sound business and chances are most drivers are well aware of at least a few of its diverse brands. Continue Reading...
Pairing a phone to your car’s infotainment system can be a fairly cumbersome and lengthy process, but new technology is on the way that will make bluetooth pairing a snap … make that a tap. Continue Reading...
Daimler is expanding its stake in Aston Martin as a part of the previously announced for AMG to provide engines to the British exotic car builder. Continue Reading...
Welcome to the final installment of Trans Wars, a three-part miniseries exploring the automatic transmission. So far we’ve compared torque-converter and dual-clutch units, but these two gearboxes aren’t the only ones on the market today. Continue Reading...
Where is in-car connectivity going in the future? A group of high-level industry experts weighed in on this pressing question yesterday at Telematics Update Detroit. Continue Reading...
In yesterday’s installment of Trans Wars we explored the benefits and downsides of conventional automatic gearboxes, ones that feature fluid-filled torque converters. This type of transmission has been around for more than 50 years; it works well and has pretty much become the industry standard. Continue Reading...
The folks from QNX demonstrated the power of their software platform at 2014’s Telematics Update Detroit. The Canada-based computer company showed off a reference platform with super-fast booting capabilities. Continue Reading...
Join us for a three-part miniseries exploring the ins and outs of automatic transmissions. For the first installment we celebrate heritage by tipping our hats to a great motoring tradition that’s as American as baseball, apple pie and Oldsmobile. This is Trans Wars! Continue Reading...
Arguably autonomous cars are the next major hurdle facing both automakers and supplier companies. It seems like the entire industry is working on self-driving vehicles, including Volvo. Continue Reading...
Everyone seems to be super bullish on autonomous vehicles these days. Pundits and product planners alike are hailing this technology as the industry’s next big game changer, but not everyone is so optimistic. Continue Reading...
The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) is an annual report that’s closely followed by both automakers and consumers. It measures problems reported by vehicle buyers during the first 90 days of ownership. The research firm released its 2013 findings today at an Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit and the report was full… Continue Reading...
We live in a digital world. For many new-car shoppers megabytes and gigahertz are just as important as horsepower and fuel economy. To members of the younger demographic chips are made of silicon, not potatoes, and ram has nothing to do with trucks. But what about the rest of us? To help customers understand the… Continue Reading...
Chrysler is now installing the same Uconnect 5.0 infotainment software in lower-trim levels of the Ram 1500 pickup truck as it began using in the Fiat 500L for Europe. Continue Reading...
Luxury and learning to use a new computer probably don’t align themselves readily in your mind, which is why Lexus, among other luxury brands, is taking measures to soften the curve after your purchase. “With the advent of more technology in luxury cars, customers often have questions about their navigation system, establishing a Bluetooth connection… Continue Reading...
We may know McLaren for their exotic sports cars and race cars, but company founder and CEO Ron Dennis recently told the Wall Street Journal that McLaren is looking to expand its $1.5 billion company into other fields – including drugs (the legal kind of course). As a technology company “first and foremost”, McLaren is… Continue Reading...
Microsoft is enjoying a new generation of success with the release of its Kinect add-on for the Xbox 360, but true gamers aren’t fooled by all the motion-sensing gimmickry. The thought of enjoying Forza 4 while waving your hands and arms aimlessly in the air pretending to drive a car is a little discerning, to… Continue Reading...
In what might be the most puzzling vehicle packaging discussion ever, the upcoming 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK will come with an in car internet system. We’re assuming that nearly 100% of SLK owners have a phone with some kind of data plan, not to mention that there’s no a lot of room in an SLK for… Continue Reading...
GM and BMW Working On Cars That Recognize Road Signs, Lame “Didn’t See The Sign, Officer” Excuses To End
A report out of Europe claims that BMW and General Motors are collaborating on a system that will scan road signs, including speed limit warnings and relay the information to drivers. The system still has a few kinks being worked out, but the objective is for the system to be able to display warning signs… Continue Reading...