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After a good decade and a half in-vehicle infotainment is still something of a mess. Practically every automaker has taken its own approach to implementing advanced connectivity technology. And just like freshly fallen snowflakes no two solutions are alike.
Fuel economy is a top concern these days as automakers, suppliers and consumers alike strive to stretch every drop of petroleum as far as possible. Cylinder deactivation is a key way of bolstering the large-print numbers on a vehicle’s window sticker.
Digital gauge clusters are more than just a replacement for the analogue dials we’re used to.
Believe it or not, imaging technology plays an important role in the cars and trucks we drive. No, this has nothing to do with the selfies you snap when you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic. Instead it involves advanced vehicle hardware.
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.
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.
Leg Warmers, Perestroika and Tiananmen Square
The 1980s was an important decade that shaped the world we live in today. During this period Madonna surged to stardom, personal computers revolutionized how people worked, Back to the Future burst into theaters and the Berlin Wall came a-tumblin’ down. Not surprisingly the automotive world was just as eventful.
For the last five years Google has been hard at work developing self-driving cars. The technology company has made enormous strides over the last half a decade but there’s still a lot more to do.
Good press for Chinese manufacturing is hard to come by these days. American consumers have faced numerous issues with products imported from the country. Lead-laced toys, melamine-tainted toothpaste and pet-food recalls are a few incidents that come to mind. But what about tires? Should you trust your life to bargain rubber?
Like something out of a movie, security company IOActive has discovered that the traffic-control systems found in nearly every state of the Union are vulnerable to hackers. What’s even more distressing is that it doesn’t take a supercomputer to compromise these technologies.
Tesla’s Model S sedan scored an unprecedented “99 out of 100″ from Consumer Reports last year, but the glowing endorsement from this influential publication could turn out to be short lived. Sources indicate the reliability of this car may have taken a slide.
Not only does oil provide the motive force for automobiles, ships and aircraft, it’s also used to make plastic, a material that our modern world is literally built from. Look around, you’re probably surrounded by it right now. But not all polymers are magically created out of crude hydrocarbons siphoned from the earth’s crust, some can be made from plants.
Like other supercars, McLarens are rarer than Sasquatch-fur coats. It’s hard enough to steal a glimpse of one at an auto show, but the chances of seeing one on the street are about as good as commuting to work on the back of a Pegasus.
Automotive finishes are important. Car buyers expect their new rides to have lustrous, durable paint that withstands the test of time. Nobody wants to see dull spots or drips on their $35,000 baby. Not surprisingly a vehicle’s internal components can also benefit from careful attention to detail.
Titanium, it’s both light and strong… and pretty expensive. But the benefits may out-“weight” the tradeoffs for Lotus, as the premium sports-car builder is exploring the dusty silver-hued metal for use in its vehicles.
General Motors unveiled its brand-new family of Ecotec small-displacement engines at its Powertrain Headquarters in Pontiac, Mich. this morning. The lineup will include 11 separate powerplants in both three- and four-cylinder configurations.
The Geneva Motor Show always plays host to a throng of exciting ultra-high-performance automobiles and this year’s installment was no exception. Lamborghini revealed its sultry new Huracán, McLaren unwrapped the alluring 650S and even Pagani’s outlandish Zonda Revolución made a showing. But the folks in Maranello, Italy were not to be out done.