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.
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.
Toyota's nightmare 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.
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.
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.
Car songs 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.
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?
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times