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One of Hyundai’s two Super Bowl commercials used the innate ability of “dad” to show how the new 2015 Genesis is a smart and responsive safety vehicle. We thought this quick, 30-second spot was simple, funny and right to the point. The car you put your family in should be able to protect them, which is precisely what the Genesis does in certain situations. Take a look.
From infant-hood to teenage years, there’s a bunch of situations you have to protect your kids from, none more scary than when they first start driving. But automotive technology nowadays makes it a little easier on you, especially when teenage hormones occasionally take your kid’s eyes off the road.
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The forthcoming Buick Encore is not due in dealerships until early 2013 but already this subcompact crossover SUV is catching eyes of auto enthusiasts. Forbes.com, well-known for their business and consumer news and their world-famous lists, recently published their overview of the “Hottest New 2013 Cars,” and the 2013 Buck Encore made the list alongside new offerings from the likes of BMW, Audi, and Infiniti. Forbes cites some of the highlights of the all-new Buick Encore, including its 140-horsepower engine, 18-inch wheels and tires, with extra praise for its “smooth ride” and “whisper-quiet interior.”
We’ve still got a few months before the Encore is here, but it’s looking like this crossover will be worth the wait. Finely crafted, tech-savvy, and nimbly agile, the Buick Encore is set to raise the bar in the small SUV segment and compete with luxury models without the luxury price tag. The Encore comes stacked with ten airbags, premium materials, flexible storage and available innovative technologies like forward collision alert, lane departure warning, parking assist, remote start, and rearview camera, among many others.
As the Forbes reviewer mentioned, one of the highlights of the 2013 Buick Encore is its extremely quiet ride. It’s the first Buick to use the Bose active-noise-cancellation system, paired with laminated glass, triple-sealed doors, quiet-tuned tires and alternator, and sound absorbing material from front to back. This is slated to be one of the quietest vehicles in its class.
General Motors announced this week that it’s developing a new technology to help drivers detect pedestrians and bicyclists, with hopes of incorporating this feature into the infotainment systems of future Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles.
The technology relies on Wi-Fi Direct, a peer-to-peer wireless communication system that lets devices connect directly with each other rather than through a shared access point like a cell phone tower. This makes the transfer of data much quicker, a crucial factor in a potential accident situation where seconds count.
GM researchers are working with a means to integrate Wi-Fi Direct with other sensor-based detection and driver alert systems already available in their vehicles. Pedestrians and bicyclists carrying smartphones equipped with Wi-Fi Direct would be able to directly communicate with the vehicle’s system. Nady Boules, GM Global R&D director of the Electrical and Control Systems Research Lab, says “This new wireless capability could warn drivers about pedestrians who might be stepping into the roadway from behind a parked vehicle, or bicyclists who are riding in the car’s blind spot.”
Thanks to the quick transfer capabilities of Wi-Fi Direct, compatible devices would be able to connect in approximately one second instead of up to 7 or 8 seconds using a cell phone tower or other external access point. The connection range for this technology is upwards of 656 feet, the span of over two football fields.
General Motors has always put a premium on safety in their vehicles, not just for the driver, but for the driver’s surroundings. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,280 pedestrians and 618 bicyclists lost their lives in collisions with motor vehicles in 2010. The incorporation of Wi-Fi Direct could play a significant role in reducing these numbers, and GM is excited for the potential this technology holds.
Aside from safety benefits, the Wi-Fi Direct technology could also open doors for vehicle connectivity in other ways. Capabilities of vehicles to communicate directly with home computers or other devices could be useful for transferring data like music files and address book. With technology at the forefront of many consumers’ lives and jobs, this step toward increased vehicle connectivity could make a big impact on the industry.
Cars these days are offering more and more new technologies, and although the famous flying cars from the classic movie Back to the Future are still a bit out of reach, you’d be surprised at some of the futuristic auto technologies that will become standard in the next decade. While most of the budding technologies are safety-related, many of them will also help entertain you, keep you connected, and save money at the gas pump. MSN Autos predicts that these advancements will all be standard features by 2020. With that being the case, certainly flying cars can’t be that far off!
Collision-mitigation systems: A radar system senses when your vehicle is getting too close to an object or going too fast, and gives you a visual and auditory warning. Then the system either “precharges” your brakes to give them more power when you step on them, or tightens your seat belts and automatically applies the brakes.
Rearview cameras: The NHTSA recently proposed that rearview cameras become required by 2014. This technology allows the driver to see what’s behind the car on a screen in the dash panel. More advanced versions of this feature provide extras like 180-degree views and alerts if an obstruction comes into your path.
Pedestrian detection system and night vision: These technologies are offered on a select few vehicles at present, but are predicted to become standard on high-end vehicles by 2020 and available on more-mainstream vehicles for a grand or less.
Adaptive cruise control: This technology uses radar to help you keep a safe distance from the car in front as you cruise at highway speeds so that you don’t have to constantly hit the brakes and reset your cruising speed. It’s predicted to be integrated as a standard feature on vehicles by 2020.
Vehicle-to-vehicle communications: This technology is currently only in the conceptual stage, but the idea is for a vehicle to be able to transmit its location and recognize other vehicles surrounding it. The system would warn you of an oncoming car when you’d like to pass a vehicle on a country road, or alert you to a car about to blow through a red light, or tell you when a vehicle several cars ahead has stopped short.
Fuel efficiency upgrades: Technologies like electrification and regenerative braking systems will soon become more widespread as automakers step up to the increasing government-imposed fuel economy standards.
Advanced engines: Engines will become increasingly more fuel efficient in the next decade. We’ll see more hybrids, more “mild” hybrids such as Buick’s LaCrosse with eAssist, smaller engines, and transmissions with more gears. All to the end of increasing the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.
Lighter materials: A lighter car means a more fuel-efficient one, so automakers are experimenting with alternative materials from the standard steel and aluminum. Cars of the future will likely be comprised of carbon fiber, the strong, durable and ultralight material found in tennis rackets, bicycles and even airplanes. Using carbon fiber to reduce weight could improve fuel economy by 7%.
Bluetooth and more: While Bluetooth is available on many cars these days, it won’t be long before this is a standard feature on all vehicles, giving you hands-free connectivity to your music and contacts. Additional up and coming features include voice activated calls, radio, and navigation, along with technologies like reading text messages aloud so you can keep your eyes off your phone and on the road.
Connectivity: In-car Wi-Fi is fast on the rise, as are increasing technologies for a vehicle’s infotainment system, including Pandora radio, Facebook, and Twitter. If you’ve been waiting for apps to hit your vehicle, you shouldn’t have to wait much longer.