Automotive DesignLine Blog
The U.S. auto show season kicked off last Friday with press preview day at the Boston Auto Show. Here's a look at some of the auto electronics developments seen there that car makers have in store for the 2007 models.
Probably the most intriguing application previewed was voice-based navigation that GMC is offering on its new crossover SUV, the Acadia. Rather than a car-based system, this OnStar derived navigation service uses no screen or display for driver input or directions. Rather the driver gives a destination to an OnStar advisor who "programs" the software. The driver then starts out and follows directions via voice cues broadcast to the vehicle. I wonder if there are options for admonishments, from harsh to kind, to get you back on track after making a wrong turn?
Electric motors provide fun in the sun with Mazda's Miata MX-5 PRHT, for Power Retractable Hard Top, Within just 12 seconds, they rotate the two polycarbonate roof pieces neatly down into the well that previously held the soft top, while opening and closing the well cover. Weight penalty is about 75 lbs over the soft-top Miata.
Watch this blog in the coming days for more of what's coming in auto electronics for 2007.