Unlocking the Keyless Car Future
Automotive DesignLine Blog 10/2/2013 33 comments
For just about everything we do these days, “there's an app for that.” Is the car key destined to become one more little tile on a smartphone screen?
What? DARPA Does Open-Source?
Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/24/2013 13 comments
How to weed through a growing number of vision algorithms, to best to aid the time-consuming task of generating test objects necessary for better vision algorithms, has been DARPA’s focus in recent years.
Automotive Evolution – 1 Step at a Time
Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/23/2013 25 comments
While at an event, I learned Google and Tesla – both tech companies with no traditional automotive ties – are very much admired but also viewed as a thorn in the side of Detroit’s automakers.
Nissan Leaf redux
Automotive DesignLine Blog 4/9/2012 41 comments
A look at new features, including a photovoltaic charging panel, and cold-weather performance.
Auto show musings
Automotive DesignLine Blog 1/23/2012 14 comments
You may have missed these under reported developments coming from the recent auto shows.
Now that they have our attention!
Automotive DesignLine Blog 12/16/2011 65 comments
NTSB's recommended banning of cell phone use in cars has certainly focused debate about distracted driving causes. (And listen here to a discussion with the chairman of the board.)
'You asked for it, you got it, Toyota'
Automotive DesignLine Blog 2/9/2011 19 comments
The U.S. government has vindicated Toyota's electronic control technology in the spate of sudden acceleration incidents, but what happens to the automaker's reputation?
Tech's turn on top
Automotive DesignLine Blog 1/27/2011 6 comments
Technology grabbed the majority of time in President Obama's State of the Union speech. But where do we go from here?
Chevy Volt flap: What's the big deal?
Automotive DesignLine Blog 10/18/2010 41 comments
Some fans of electric cars and hybrids, and a few folks in the press, are getting all in a knot about Chevy actually having a "direct link" from the gas engine to the wheels in its Volt "range-assisted" electric car. Well maybe its just good engineering.
What's the status of FCV research?
Automotive DesignLine Blog 6/21/2010 6 comments
Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) are already in use, but only for demonstration purposes. Fuel cells indeed came into the spotlight last year when leading carmakers said they expected to launch a few hundred thousand FCVs to the market as from 2015.
MIT unfolds the 'CityCar'
Automotive DesignLine Blog 3/11/2010 3 comments
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are extending the Zip Car rental concept with a project called "CityCar".
Toyota plays the lobbying game
Automotive DesignLine Blog 2/22/2010 7 comments
If an analysis of the Japanese car maker's post-recall lobbying efforts is accurate, it spells the beginning of the end for Toyota as a dominant global manufacturer.
Days to recall
Automotive DesignLine Blog 2/11/2010 Post a comment
Spectacular recalls currently dominate the headlines. But software glitches and poor material selection are only the visible part of the problem.
Automotive DesignLine Blog 2/2/2010 1 comment
We're about to see whether Toyota really does have a handle on its gas pedal problem.
Ground truth in Detroit
Automotive DesignLine Blog 11/5/2009 1 comment
A Google Map tour of Detroit reveals the stark economic impact of the decline in U.S. auto manufacturing.
Ford's recovery plan
Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/16/2009 1 comment
Ford has a lot of work to do, but they didn't take a bailout and didn't bail out of the car business.
Innovation vs. gloom
Automotive DesignLine Blog 9/15/2009 Post a comment
At the Frankfurt IAA it become apparent that the challenges are yet to be faced for large parts of the automotive industry. But at the same time, the way out of the situation is emerging.
Show time in Berlin
Automotive DesignLine Blog 8/19/2009 Post a comment
The German program to foster electromobility is a drop in a bucket. Other countries have acted faster and more consistently.
Guardian Angel, off-guard
Automotive DesignLine Blog 7/9/2009 1 comment
Electronic live saving systems such as antilock brakes or airbags are reliable? This is what most of us like to believe - and what the industry says. Statistics disprove it.
Automotive DesignLine Blog 7/8/2009 3 comments
As car songs go, the collection on Neil Young's recent album, "Fork in the Road," isn't bad.
Valley of Darkness
Automotive DesignLine Blog 7/7/2009 Post a comment
The gloomy forebodings in the automotive industry have gotten a name. It is a study by Alix Partners on the industry outlook for 2009 and the coming years. Already its headline "Even though I walk through the Valley of Darkness" is a portent of depression.
Bluetooth integrates them all
Automotive DesignLine Blog 6/26/2009 1 comment
A generation of car users drives around with a navigation system stuck at their windshield with arguable estethics and negative consequences for safety. Now a research project aims at creating an interface to integrate these devices. It's high time.
Good, bad Karma
Automotive DesignLine Blog 5/27/2009 Post a comment
There appears to be no shortage of ideas and competition in what is called the "premium sports car" market.
Buyers would chose e-cars, if. . .
Automotive DesignLine Blog 5/14/2009 2 comments
Electric cars have a good ecologic image. Nevertheless, only a minority of consumers would buy one. There is something missing with e-cars, a poll has found.
Poring over breakdown statistics
Automotive DesignLine Blog 5/7/2009 Post a comment
Every year, motoring associations publish the breakdown statistics. And every year we find the same suspects populating the top rankings. Is there something wrong with quality management?