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Keeping Your Distance Automatically

Cruise control has become smarter. Besides maintaining cruising speed, it can also maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This new technology is called either Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Speed Control, or Distance Sensing Cruise Control, depending on the auto manufacturer offering it. Read More »

Use of Telematics for Remote Vehicle Activation Expanded

ATX Group, the world's second largest telematics provider to the automotive industry in North America and Western Europe, announced today the development of several new telematics and interactive voice recognition applications involving the remote activation of vehicle functions. Read More »

Lane Departure Warning System

The automobile industry is constantly introducing innovative technology, usually first on luxury vehicles. Some technologies like anti-lock braking, all-wheel drive, on-board navigation, and electronic stability control are examples of those that catch on and soon are available throughout the industry. Read More »

BorgWarner DualTronic(TM) Automated Transmission Technology Available On New VW Jetta

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — BorgWarner DualTronic(TM), the company’s wet-clutch and control-system technology for automated transmissions, will be available on turbocharged direct-injected gasoline (TFSI) models of the all-new 2005 VW Jetta. The vehicle went on sale in the U.S. and Canada in March. VW refers to the technology as “DSG,” which stands for direct-shifting gearbox. The technology enables ... Read More »

Brake-By-Wire On Its Way?

Courtesy Source: Electrically operated parking brakes are starting to replace mechanical systems, which have gone largely unchanged since the 1940s. The electric brakes are expected to be the first step to computer-controlled brake-by-wire systems, which are forecast to arrive in about a decade, according to Automotive News Europe. Electric parking brakes eliminate bulky hand and foot levers and free ... Read More »

Motorola Demonstrates New 2005 Communications System

Motorola Demonstrates New Communications System Available in BMW’s Global 2005 Model Year Vehicle Line HANOVER/TAUNUSSTEIN, Germany, – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) will demonstrate, during CeBIT 2005*, the enhanced in-vehicle communications system that it designed, and that is currently available on 2005 BMW model year vehicles. Motorola has integrated Bluetooth wireless technology into the Communications Control Unit it supplies to BMW to ... Read More »

Fantastic Automotive Technologies

This week I was asked by a newspaper in Flordia to describe some of the latest and greatest technologies that automakers are offering in their products. There are tons of them. But here are a few of our favorites. In the new Ford Freestyle — a recent addition to their product line — is one of the newest safety inventions ... Read More »

Fantastic Automotive Technologies That We Don’t Yet Have

Continuing with the theme started by a newspaper in Florida, that of great new automotive technologies, I thought I would also prepare a list of some of the technologies we don’t yet have, but need. And, of course, this is all just for fun. Rear-Seat Passenger Silencer (RSPS): keeps children quiet at all times. Gender-Sensing Global Positioning System (GSGPS): gives ... Read More »