Germans are focused on alternative powertrains and advanced driver assistance systems when buying a new car, but their number one priority is to get a good price for the vehicle they are trading in. A new poll conducted by the puls market research company in December found that 48% of new car buyers consider trade-in Read More..
LAS VEGAS — Robert Bosch will offer an eCall emergency warning system that can be retrofitted. The supplier’sÂ eCall automatic emergency notification system, launched in 2012, had previously only been available as standard equipment on new vehicles. Bosch’s aftermarket system, which is plugged into aÂ carâ€™s cigarette lighter, uses a sensor unit designed to detect collisions and Read More..
LAS VEGAS – Toyota announced it is stepping up its effort to provide enhanced connectivity in its next-generation vehicles. As part of the plan, the world’s biggest automaker is establishing a Toyota Big Data Center that will help process the rising volumes of vehicle data. On the eve of the CES consumer electronics exhibition Read More..
Ford Motor appointed a director of autonomous vehicle development and said it is moving ahead with its driverless-car project. The US automaker said 29-year Ford veteran Randy Visintainer willÂ lead a global team to work on the advanced program. Advanced engineering is the next step in bringing a feature to market. It follows the research phase. Read More..
Volvo Cars said it is happy with the test results of a fleet of self-driving vehicles that is gaining experience around the city of Gothenburg. “The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves,” said Erik Coelingh, a technical specialist at the Swedish carmaker. Volvo said Read More..
Each year there are roughly 1,800 reports of drivers heading the wrong way on Germany’s autobahn network. When this leads to accidents, they are often serious. One in six people involved in a resulting collision is killed. The Technical University Clausthal in northern Germany, working with consultants c4c Engineering, has developed a prototype for an Read More..
Daimler introduced the new Mercedes S-Class to the world this week, unveiling a model it hopes will be the benchmark for tomorrow’s premium driving experience. The German luxury car maker’s top-of-the-line model traditionally features cutting-edge technologies that will make their way into other Mercedes models later on. The 2013 S-Class is no exception. From the Read More..
TRW Automotive, expecting strong demand for camera systems, has started production of a scalable video camera that can provide additional safety functions in the car. The US based supplier also said it is investing in an electronics facility in Marshall, Illinois, to support its growing video camera business worldwide. TRW said its new S-Cam, when Read More..
Volvo Cars will next week unveil a new lighting technology that lets drivers keep their high beams on all the time without blinding other motorists. The Swedish premium car maker said it will demonstrate at the Geneva auto show a new headlight mechanism that automatically shades as much of the high beam as needed to Read More..
Autonomous driving is likely to start with commercial vehicles rather than with passenger cars, a senior Continental executive said Tuesday. “I think it’s easier to realize with trucks, which move at a slower speed, tend to stick to the right lane and already often drive in a cue on the highway,” said Michael Ruf, who Read More..