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Toyota Announces New Features for 2020 Model-Year Line-Up

Safety is focus of new upgrades.

by on Jun.14, 2019

For the 2020 model year, the Toyota plans to offer some upgrades across most of its vehicle line-up.

When Toyota Motor North America rolls out its vehicle line-up for the 2020 model year, they’ll sport two new features: Automatic Engine Shut Off and Automatic Park, as well as have options for a few others.

Starting with 2020 model year vehicles, Toyota will phase in an automatic park system, which is designed to help reduce the risk of roll-away vehicles. The feature will be available in vehicles with an electronic means of shifting and/or applying the parking brake.

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It will automatically shift the vehicle into the “park” position and/or apply the electronic parking brake, in the event the driver exits the vehicle without placing the vehicle in “park,” Toyota officials said. (more…)

Exterior Airbags Could Save Lives of Passengers and Pedestrians

ZF bag automatically triggers ahead of an collision.

by on Jun.13, 2019

Auto supplier ZF has developed exterior airbags to help mitigate injuries to both vehicle occupants as well as pedestrians.

Today’s cars are loaded with smart safety systems, including technology like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, designed to prevent crashes. But when a crash does occur, airbags can substantially reduce the risk for vehicle occupants.

Today’s airbags can pop out of all sorts of nooks and crannies, including the steering wheel, the instrument panel and a vehicle’s headliner. But ZF has unveiled a new airbag concept that is mounted outside the vehicle where it can be triggered in the milliseconds before a crash occurs, rather than after an impact already has taken place.

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“Occupant safety is paramount when developing new vehicles for automated and autonomous driving,” said Michael Büchsner, head of ZF’s Passive Safety Systems Division. “Our concept of the pre-crash external side airbag is a great example of how ZF wants to achieve its Vision Zero, a world without accidents and emissions.” (more…)

Cadillac Expanding Coverage of Hands-Free Super Cruise

Luxury marque adds 70,000 miles of territory.

by on Jun.06, 2019

Cadillac will add another 70,000 miles of roadway to Super Cruise's coverage by this fall.

Cadillac is adding more highway miles to range of its Super Cruise feature, which allows for hands-free driving on limited access roadways.

Super Cruise will now be availability for travel to an additional 70,000 miles of compatible, divided highways in the United States and Canada. This expansion will make the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature available on more than 200,000 total miles of compatible highways by the fourth quarter of 2019, according to official from General Motors.

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“We are constantly working to make Super Cruise the most beneficial system for our customers,” said Mario Maiorana, Super Cruise chief engineer. “Expanding our offering of compatible highways will allow people the ease and convenience of traveling hands-free more often.” (more…)

Cadillac Expands V-Series Line-Up with CT5-V, CT4-V

Luxury brand commits to a future with high performance.

by on May.31, 2019

The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is one of two new V-Series entries for the luxury automaker.

When introduced more than a decade ago, Cadillac’s V-Series cars were supposed to hasten the move of the brand’s image from that of a maker of stuffy sedans for senior citizens to the manufacturer of leading-edge performance luxury machines ready to compete on the world stage.

Though the brand overall may have had some stumbles in terms of changing its image, the V-Series cars have been the one consistent draw for younger buyers looking for the right combination of performance and luxury.

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As the company continues its current metamorphosis, the V-Series remains an important part of the plan as evidenced by the company’s two new race-inspired beasts, the CT5-V and the all-new CT4-V. Both are 2020 models. (more…)

Cadillac Hopes to Grab New Customers with New V Series

Luxury brand unveils new CT4-V and CT5-V.

by on May.31, 2019

Cadillac introduced two of its V Series models in Detroit, including the new CT4-V, left.

Throughout the years, Cadillac’s V series has won fans among hard car enthusiasts, but GM’s luxury division is looking to win new adherents for the V-badged vehicles as it rolls the 2020 CT4-V and CT5-V early next year.

Deborah Wahl, Cadillac’s chief marketing officer, said the new sedans with their blend of technology, performance and style are coming to market at an opportune time.

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“If you look at the market right now, there’s not a lot excitement in the market right now,” she said. “It’s absolutely an opportunity for Cadillac.” (more…)

Lexus Lifts the Covers on Updates RX Line in Bid to Retain CUV Dominance

More aggressive styling, more features – but there also are plenty of new competitors.

by on May.30, 2019

Lexus VP Lisa Materazzo shows off the 2020 RX 350 F Sport during a CA event Wednesday.

For countless American family buyers, the Lexus RX has served as the luxurious alternative to a minivan. Almost from the moment it was introduced, 22 years ago, it has dominated the high-line midsize crossover market, and that’s a position Lexus is determined to retain as what was once a small niche has become one of the U.S. luxury market’s largest segments.

Four years after launching the fourth-generation RX, Lexus is giving the CUV a significant enough “refresh” to stage a roll-out event for journalists in both the U.S. and China on Wednesday night. What they got to see was a vehicle with more distinctive styling, more high-tech features and more advanced safety gear as a standard feature – but with the 2020 Lexus RX facing significantly more competition than ever before, the question is whether it can maintain its traditional momentum.

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Part of the challenge is that Lexus has, since it first launched in 1989, been a Baby Boomer brand, and the RX line is one of the examples of that, said Rebecca Lindland, an automotive analyst with RebeccaDrives. “The RX,” she added. “is no longer aspirational” for the subsequent generations “just starting their families.”


Honda Offering Optional Camera Sideview Mirrors New e Urban Hatchback

Are camera mirrors finally here? In Europe and Japan, Yes. U.S.? Still waiting.

by on May.28, 2019

Honda's new e urban electric vehicle will uses cameras in place of side view mirrors. It debuts in Europe later this year.

Honda is set to become the next automaker to offer customers the option of replacing conventional glass sideview mirrors with a system relying on cameras instead.

The technology will debut on the Honda e urban electric vehicle that will make its debut in the European market – though the automaker hasn’t said precisely when that will be. It will follow the launch of similar technology on the Lexus ES, the Japanese version of the sedan becoming the world’s first production vehicle to offer sideview cameras.

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The technology has long been used on concept cars, automakers contending it could offer a number of advantages, including reduced wind noise and fuel economy-robbing drag. But regulators are only beginning to give camera systems a go in Europe and Japan, with no clear sense when it will be approved by U.S. authorities. (more…)

US Postal Service Using Autonomous Trucks to Haul Mail

USPS partners with TuSimple to deliver mail.

by on May.22, 2019

The United States Postal Service is partnering with TuSimple, using the company's autonomous trucks to haul mail across three states in a two-week trial.

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds — however, poor lane markers might be problematic for the United States Post Office’s latest “courier.”

The USPS entered into an agreement with TuSimple to use the San Diego-based company’s autonomous trucks on a two-week trial to deliver mail between postal centers in the southwest United States.

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The self-driving trucks, which will have a safety driver behind the wheel and an engineer in the passenger seat, will haul mail between USPS facilities in Phoenix and Dallas. The program is designed to see if autonomous technology could improve delivery times and lower costs.  (more…)

General Motors Debuts New Digital Brain for Future Vehicles

New architecture allows for future connected car tech.

by on May.21, 2019

GM's new digital vehicle platform can process 4.5 terabytes per hour and will debut on the 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan.

General Motors is pushing to remain a leader in autonomous technology with new vehicles and mobility services; however, it’s latest development may be the most critical to ensure it remains at the front of the pack.

The company unveiled its new all-new digital platform architecture, designed with the needs of future, such as connected cars, autonomous electric vehicles and other technologies, in mind. Until now, GM has been loading up its previous gen architecture with new tech, despite the fact it is more than 20 years old and comes with limitations.

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The new architecture, which will underpin the 2020 Cadillac CT5 sedan and its Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving feature, should be available across nearly all GM product lines by 2023, the company says. (more…)

Tesla Updating Software After Latest Battery Fire

Two recent incidents raise new concerns about EV safety.

by on May.16, 2019

A security camera caught images of a Tesla spontaneously catching fire in a Hong Kong garage.

Responding to the latest in a series of fires involving its electric vehicles’ battery packs, Tesla will updated its digital control software.

The move comes in the wake of a pair of fires in China, a critical market for the manufacturer, both involving parked vehicles. Since the original Tesla Model S was introduced, the company’s products have been involved in more than a dozen vehicle fires.

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“As we continue our investigation of the root cause, out of an abundance of caution, we are revising charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles via an over-the-air software update that will begin rolling out today, to help further protect the battery and improve battery longevity.” Tesla said in a statement released on Wednesday.


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