These days, modern cars come with sophisticated driver assistance tools, like adaptive cruise control, which maintains a set distance from the car in front, and active steering, which keeps a vehicle in its lane. They can also brake automatically if the driver doesn’t spot a stopped object ahead, and warn when there’s a motorbike hovering in a driver’s blind spot.
The US gets short shrift on a lot of car tech. Thank our patchwork of tedious regulations, but also US-centric perceptions about safety and innovation. Here are the five missing car technologies I get asked about the most, ranked in order of importance and common sense.
Ohio will be put on the fast track to autonomous vehicle testing and development in part to the new facility planned at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) in East Liberty. On Monday, the organization broke ground on phase one of their SMARTCenter. A facility for clients to test automated and connected vehicles.
According to the complaint, about 5,000 of Apple's 135,000 employees (3.7 percent) are "disclosed on the Project," which Apple has never openly discussed. Of those employees, 2,700 are designated as "core employees" on the project, giving them access to certain databases. The term disclosed refers to people working on or knowledgeable of the company's efforts in autonomous driving and related technology.
Lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday grabbled with how to prepare the nation's infrastructure for the coming wave of self-driving vehicles. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works heard from transportation experts on the work to be done to improve both roads, broadband as well as the safety technology behind autonomous cars.
Just about every major automaker is working on some level of self-driving technology. Of course, some companies are much further along than others with technological progress and monetary investments. Regardless of these initiatives, government regulations will have a major impact on timelines and deployment. Automotive insurance, liability concerns, and recent tragic incidents may also stall adoption.
General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra joined Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in a conversation about the future of the automobile industry as part of the bank’s “Talks at GS” series. GM, the biggest carmaker in the U.S., is also the largest female-led company in the world, ranking No. 10 on the Fortune 500 and employing 180,000 people. Barra, who started at GM in 1980 doing part-time work as a student, took over as CEO in January 2014 and was elected the company’s board chairman in 2016.
If you’re looking to buy a car from Ford, you’ll soon have only one choice: a Mustang. Faced with plunging demand and declining profits from its passenger car lineup, Ford will shift its resources to the booming side of the market: pickups, SUVs and crossover-utility vehicles, said CEO Jim Hackett late on Wednesday.
The SurveyUSA News Poll of over 1,100 California adults found that 58 percent said they did not believe the cars should be allowed on their neighborhood streets, while 57 percent said they would feel "unsafe" or "very unsafe" riding in such a vehicle.
Tesla has launched a new automotive training program with colleges called ‘Tesla START’ to train a new generation of electric car technicians to work on their vehicles. Until now, Tesla has mainly been recruiting technicians who have been working for other automakers or coming out of training programs where they mainly worked on internal combustion engines.