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Mini Gives Drivers a Head-Up with New Glasses

Maker’s Augmented Vision system debuts in Shanghai.

by on Apr.14, 2015

Using see-through technology, the AR eyewear shows relevant information in the driver’s direct field of vision but without concealing other road users.

Head-up displays have been in cars for more than two decades now giving drivers a simple way to see necessary information. The technology, which was borrowed from fighter jets, is supposed to make driving safer.

The technology isn’t widely used because it just hasn’t captured the fancy of U.S. drivers in the same way other advanced options have. However, Mini is offering a new take on it that might make it more appealing with its Augmented Vision glasses.

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Instead of throwing information the windshield, the driver wears special augmented reality glasses that are connected to the car, according to the maker. Mini plans to introduce the system at the Shanghai Motor Show this week. (more…)

Crash: Automakers Race to Outdo Each Other with New, Low-Cost Anti-Crash Technologies

Safety-oriented packages setting new standard for makers.

by on Apr.03, 2015

Toyota's Precollision System uses a camera and laser radar to detect objects and prompt the driver to brake with an audio and visual alert.

This is one collision motorists can look forward to.

Just in time for this week’s New York Auto Show, Toyota announced plans to roll out several low-cost packages combining an assortment of advanced anti-collision technologies. Rival makers have spent the last few days promising to come up with comparable systems, suggesting that they could yield huge reductions in highway crashes, injuries and deaths.

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“We’re so serious about safety we will introduce this technology on virtually all of our vehicles, from top to bottom,” promised Bill Fay, head of the Toyota division, during a Thursday news conference at New York’s Jacob Javits convention center. (more…)

AAA Claims Toyota’s Hands-Free System is Best

Organization says most systems still distract driver too much.

by on Oct.07, 2014

AAA tested several hands-free technologies and Toyota's Entune was rated best.

Automakers are coming out with a multitude of hands-free systems, which are supposed make it safer for drivers to stay in touch with the world outside of the car and in command of the inside.

However, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety claims researchs shows hands-free systems like Apple’s Siri, General Motors’ MyLink and Ford’s Sync that are designed to limit distracted driving may have the opposite effect.

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“We already know that drivers can miss stop signs, pedestrians and other cars while using voice technologies because their minds are not fully focused on the road ahead,” said Bob Darbelnet, chief executive officer of AAA. (more…)

Ford Wants Drivers to Turn Less and Move More

Adaptive steering makes driving easier at all speeds.

by on May.30, 2014

Ford's new "adaptive steering" module, which was developed with Takata, will be available next year on certain models.

Ford is readying a new technology developed in concert with one of its suppliers designed to make vehicles easier to maneuver at low speeds and in tight spaces while making vehicles more agile at higher speeds.

Called “Adaptive Steering,” it changes the ratio between the number of times the driver turns the steering wheel and how much the front wheels turn. Normally, it’s a fixed ratio so regardless of how fast the car is moving, the driver is going to get the same result.

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Big turns require multiple spins of the wheel for tasks like parking or moving around objects in a parking lot, whereas at highways speeds, only slight movement of the wheel is required to adjust the turn. (more…)

Autonomous Vehicles Could Account for a Third of US Auto Sales by 2035

It’s a question of “not if but when,” says new study.

by on Jan.03, 2014

A recent study expects 11.8 million self-driving cars will be on the roads by 2030.

They’ve long been the stuff of science fiction, but a new study predicts that once they come to market in the near future, autonomous vehicles will rapidly become a very popular reality.

The study, titled “Emerging Technologies: Autonomous Cars — Not If, But When,” predicts that by 2035, self-driving cars, or SDCs, will account for half the vehicles sold in North America. Worldwide sales will reach about 11.8 million, according to IHS Automotive, which prepared the report. By 2050, the consulting firm predicts, almost all vehicles will offer an autonomous mode.

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Officials at Nissan recently promised to put their first autonomous vehicles into production by 2020, and a number of other makers have since made similar announcements. The IHS report notes that the first generation of these vehicles will actually require a human co-pilot to sit at the ready in case the technology develops a problem – much like an aircraft autopilot. But it anticipates truly independent, self-driving vehicles requiring no human involvement will begin to be offered by 2030. (more…)

Nevada Hands Out First License for Self-Driving Car

To infinity and beyond.

by on May.08, 2012

Google's autonomous car cruises the Las Vegas strip before receiving its new license plate.

There are plenty of distractions when you’re cruising the Strip in Las Vegas, from the neon lights of the big casinos to the heavy traffic along what’s officially known as Las Vegas Boulevard. And that doesn’t take into account the rolling billboards for Sin City’s seemingly ubiquitous “escort” services.

But the little Toyota Prius covered with an odd array of electronic sensors didn’t seem to notice any of it during a demonstration drive earlier this week.  Or, more precisely, it only saw what it needed to in order to safely navigate a stretch that is often plagued with accidents caused by distracted human motorists.

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That’s because the only humans in the Google autonomous vehicle were along for the ride, part of a demonstration showing how safe the self-guided vehicle could be.  It was enough to convince the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to issue Google the first official license for an autonomous vehicle.