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Israeli Tech Company Shows Off 4D Imaging Radar at CES

Arbe's new tech paves way for improved autonomous vehicles.

by on Jan.08, 2019

Arbe Robotics new 4D imaging radar can tell the difference between moving and stationary objects.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of Mobileye, which has made its vision technology essential to automated vehicles, Israeli technology company Arbe is unveiling technology that could be used to enhance vehicle automation.

The aforementioned Mobileye is now part of technology giant Intel after accepting a $15 billion buyout, but Tel Aviv-based Arbe Robotics unveiled its Phoenix automotive 4D imaging radar powered by the company’s proprietary chipset technology during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Kobi Marenko, CEO of Arbe Robotics, said the beta version of Phoenix enables evaluation and development towards production and full commercialization of 4D imaging radar for all levels of vehicle autonomy. Phoenix provides an image 100 times more detailed than other radars available to automakers and offers clear separation of stationary and moving objects in real time – an industry first, he said. (more…)

Toyota Wants to Share Potentially Breakthrough Safety Technology

Guardian system designed to catch, correct mistakes made by human drivers.

by on Jan.08, 2019

Toyota's tech chief Gil Pratt is talking with other automakers about using the company's Guardian technology.

While tires may blow out and steering systems might fail, drivers are responsible for at least 90% of all motor vehicle accidents, according to federal data. But what if a vehicle can be equipped with a digital safety system that is constantly watching what the human driver does, ready to step in to correct a potentially dangerous mistake?

That’s the idea behind the Guardian technology Toyota aims to have ready for production by early in the coming decade. Unlike autonomous, or even semi-autonomous driving systems, Guardian isn’t meant to replace the driver but simply wait on vigilant standby, ready to step in and reduce the risk of a crash.

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Toyota is so confident about the strategy it has been meeting with competitors to see if they might be interested in using Guardian on their own vehicles, Gil Pratt, head of the Toyota Research Institute, announced during an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (more…)

BlackBerry, Karma Display New Security Technology at CES

New Revero shows off new tech for infotainment, security.

by on Jan.07, 2019

Karma Automotive teamed with BlackBerry to improve the security and performance of its infotainment system.

As vehicles become ever more complex and ever more dependent on computer systems, cyber security has become an increasingly important part of vehicle engineering and will be one of the themes for automotive companies and their suppliers at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

BlackBerry and Karma Automotive will showcase how BlackBerry’s QNX technology is used to safeguard Karma’s Revero luxury electric vehicle. The joint CES display also points towards additional security and management systems that could be incorporated into future products.

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“Karma’s business and product plan is driven in part by collaborating with partners like BlackBerry whose expertise help us accelerate product development and differentiation,” said Karma CEO Lance Zhou. (more…)

Ford Hints at 2020 Explorer With Debut of All-New Police Interceptor Utility

Police version of new Explorer will be hybrid powered.

by on Jan.04, 2019

The hybrid version of the new 2020 Ford Police Interceptor gives officers instant torque when they need it.

If you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror in the coming months they just might be mounted on the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility based on the all-new version of the big Explorer SUV Ford that will officially introduce at the North American International Auto Show later this month.

While there are some notable differences between the cop model and the one civilians will be able to buy, the Interceptor offers some big clues as to what’s to come with the 2020 Ford Explorer, starting with an all-new platform and the hybrid driveline that will also be offered on the retail model.

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The Interceptor, however, will be offered only with the hybrid drivetrain, Ford officials told TheDetroitBureau.com during a sneak peek event ahead of the Explorer’s official Detroit debut. It’s something that “makes perfect sense for the law enforcement application where they’re idling 60% of the time,” explained Greg Ebel, the Interceptor’s marketing manager. (more…)

Toyota Introducing New Automated Test Vehicle in Las Vegas

New vehicle based on fifth-gen Lexus LS flagship.

by on Jan.04, 2019

Toyota's new automated vehicle, the TRI-P4, is based off the Lexus LS sedan and debuts at CES.

Toyota has offered a glimpse of an automated driving test vehicle it plans to show off next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Toyota Research Institute plans to reveal the TRI-P4, which is based on the fifth-generation Lexus LS flagship sedan and which Toyota plans to use TRI’s development of the two-track Guardian and Chauffeur automated driving system.

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“Our Chauffeur development is focused on full autonomy, where the human is essentially removed from the driving equation, either completely in all environments, or within a restricted driving domain,” said Ryan Eustice, senior vice president of automated driving at TRI.  (more…)

Ford Recalling Nearly 1 Million Vehicles with Faulty Takata Airbags

Automaker recalls seven different models for airbag fix.

by on Jan.04, 2019

The 2010 Ford Fusion is part of the automaker's most recent recall to fix faulty Takata airbags.

The largest automotive recall in history continues as Ford recalls more than 953,000 vehicles worldwide to replace Takata passenger airbag inflators that may overinflate, explode and hurl shrapnel into the car’s cabin.

The action includes 782,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, the 2010 and 2011 Ford Ranger, the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, the 2010 and 2011 Mercury Milan, and the 2010 to 2014 Ford Mustang.

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Ford says it doesn’t know of any injuries in vehicles included in this recall. Dealers will replace the inflators, and some of the recalls may be limited to specific geographic regions of the U.S. (more…)

Ford Recalls 874K Pickups Due to Fire Problem

No accidents or injuries reported resulting from issue.

by on Dec.21, 2018

Ford is recalling nearly 875,000 trucks in the U.S. and Canada for a potential fire hazard.

Ford announced a recall of 874,000 pickup trucks in North America with engine block heaters that can, under certain circumstances, catch fire.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker said it is unaware of any reported accidents or injuries that have occurred as a result of the problem.

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According to the automaker, water and contaminants may get into the block heater cable’s splice connector, causing corrosion and other damage.  (more…)

Senate Ignores Important Automotive Legislation

EV tax credit, autonomous vehicle testing bills on hold until 2019.

by on Dec.20, 2018

Michigan Senator Gary Peters is concerned by the delay of legislation that would set guidelines for testing autonomous vehicles.

The news out of Washington just got worse for automakers as two pieces of legislation they’d hoped would be passed by the end of the year won’t even be considered, putting off them off until 2019.

The two measures – one to accelerate the adoption of self-driving car technology and a second to extend the $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles – were not attached to last funding bill for 2018, thus will not get approved in 2018.

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Sens. John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Gary Peters (D-Michigan) were pushing legislation that would allow exemptions to automakers for testing autonomous vehicles on public roads. The goal was to homogenize the rules for all states, making it easier to get the testing complete in more states. (more…)

IIHS Unveils Top Safety Pick Plus Models for 2019

More of the top two awards handed out for 2019.

by on Dec.19, 2018

IIHS President David Harkey announced this year's winners of the organization's Top Safety Pick+ awards.

New vehicles continue to get safer and safer – a point many makers advertise – and this year’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded its highest rating – one of those advertised – to 30 new vehicles for 2019, falling short of last year’s total of 34.

The biggest reason for the improvement for some brands wasn’t necessarily new crash avoidance technology, but instead improvement of a long-used feature: headlights.

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“The 30 first-tier “plus” award winners earn the highest rating for passenger-side protection in a small overlap front crash and have good-rated available headlights,” the organization noted in a release. (more…)

Toyota Using Carma to Get Takata Airbag Recall Done

A simple phone app and a financial reward help with recall rate.

by on Dec.19, 2018

Toyota is partnering with the Carma Project to accelerate the rate of repair of vehicles with Takata airbags.

The ongoing struggle to get car owners with potentially deadly Takata airbags in their vehicles to bring them in for repair is taking a new turn: social media.

Toyota Motor North America and the Carma Project are working together to get more of the vehicles repaired using the internet and rewards to improve the repair rate for vehicles in the largest automotive recall in history.

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The 70 million airbags, used by nearly 20 automakers, including Toyota, can explode with too much force sending pieces of plastic and metal into the vehicle’s cabin. It’s responsible for 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries. (more…)