ROME — European automotive suppliers gathered here last week to honor a range of companies and products that will likely play a key role in the transformation of personal mobility. The European suppliers association, CLEPA, awarded innovation awards to Nvidia, Robert Bosch, Continental, ZF, Volkswagen and other automotive companies for products in the areas of Read More..
LAS VEGAS â€“ Toyota believes connected cars will eventually lead to a sharp reduction in accidents, but before autonomous and fully connectedÂ vehicles make this vision a reality, a lot of investment will still be needed. The Japanese carmaker in early January provided some more details about a 1 billion dlr artificial intelligence research project Read More..
Europe moved one step closer Thursday to an automated emergency calling system for all cars with the adoption by the European Commission of two pieces of legislation to turn the plan into reality. The executive body of the 27-nation European Union adopted a regulation outlining the type-approval requirements needed for the planned “eCall” system; and Read More..
LAS VEGAS — A research vehicle based on the Lexus LS showed the direction safety technologies are likely to take in coming years, Toyota said. The Japanese carmaker showed a vehicle that is equipped with a range of futuristic-looking technologies aimed at making driving safer and at times relieving the driver of some responsibilities. But Read More..
The US administration wants all cars to be equipped with event data recorders (EDRs) from September, 2014. The proposal by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would mean automakers have Â to install in all new cars EDRs that capture valuable safety-related data in the seconds before and during a crash. Read More..
Ford will introduce an inflatable rear seatbelt in Europe next year, when it launches the latest version of its Mondeo sedan. The US carmaker said the airbag-seatbelt combination will help reduce head, neck and chest injuries because it disperses crash forces over a greater area of a passenger’s body. The technology isn’t new, but it Read More..
Continental, which sees its ability to offer integrated solutions as a major competitive advantage, has combined its inertial sensors and airbag control segments into a new unit, Passive Safety & Sensorics. The German automotive supplier said the move resulted from the increased integration of stability control (ESC) functions into airbag control units. Sensor clusters will Read More..
Gentex said it will supply a new auto-dimming mirror with a camera-based driver assistance system for the 2013 Ford Explorer. The Michigan-based supplier said the system will use a multi-function camera combined with algorithmic decision-making to provide high-beam control, lane keeping and driver alert functions. Gentex developed the system together with Mobileye, a maker of Read More..
Cadillac says it will be ready to build a self-driving or “semi-autonomous” vehicle by the middle of this decade. The luxury car brand of General Motors said it already has the technology to let cars manage themselves with the use of adaptive cruise control and lane centering software. Those technologies, which are available on the Read More..
The proliferation of in-car electronics raises new safety issues that need to be monitored and addressed, a report by a US expert panel said this week. “The increasing role of electronic systems in automobiles creates new safety oversight challenges that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) must address explicitly and proactively,” the report by Read More..