One of the best things about today’s automotive industry is the improved vehicle safety. Cars aren’t just infinitely better in a crash, they’re also becoming increasingly proficient at helping you avoid them altogether. But unceasing advancement can come at the cost of clarity. In a market so congested, keeping pace with who offers what is difficult, to put it mildly. Especially when it’s all covered with an obscurantist veneer. That’s why it’s high time for the car industry to offer standardised names for the raft of active safety systems out there, so consumers know perfectly well what they’re getting, and what they aren’t. It’s all bewildering enough before you throw 60 acronyms into the mix, and for what? We don’t hear about ‘impact-absorption cushions’. We just use ‘airbags’. Why are some modern, active systems different? Selfishly, I’m going nuts juggling all these terms, and I’m … [Read more...] about Can we all just bloody agree on names for active safety tech already?
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*Go straight to the FULL REVIEW. Overview (Final Score: B+) The two-row Nissan Rogue compact crossover is Nissan’s top-selling family vehicle. At times it has topped the sales charts in the US for a non-truck model. Buyers have flocked to compact crossovers of every brand, but the Rogue is now the focus of much of Nissan’s energy and most of its marketing budget, which is now tied to a Star Wars Rogue One theme. For 2018 Nissan keeps the Rogue line simple with just four trims, including S, SV, Midnight Edition and SL, the trim we tested. Prices for a base front-wheel drive Rogue start at around $26,000 and a fully-equipped all-wheel drive SL trim will top $35,000. Shoppers will find that these prices are in line with popular crossovers from other brands. The Rogue has much to offer a family crossover shopper, including solid safety credentials and good fuel economy. Having undergone a refresh in 2017, the 2018 Rogue sees two major changes buyers should know about. … [Read more...] about Review: 2018 Nissan Rogue Loses Third Row But Upgrades Standard Active Safety
A report from BikeSocial reveals that KTM is working on sensor-based safety technologies namely – Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD). Gerald Matschl, the Vice President of KTM’s R&D department, clarified that the technology is “still in development” and “not for next year”. The media house reports that the sensors are located at the front portion of the motorcycle, just below the headlight. The ACC activates once the speed is above 30 kmph. It locks on to the vehicle up front maintains the distance by electronically controlling the throttle and the brakes. At present, the motorcycle maintains a 2-second gap but will be adjustable in the developed system. The system promises to be even quicker with fine-tuning. Also Read: Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 & Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 spied in India [Video] Matschl revealed that usually there is a two-channel integral braking system; but when higher deceleration is required, … [Read more...] about KTM working on sensor-based safety technologies
For its 2018 redesign, the pressure was on BMW to deliver a safer X3 crossover. After suffering a four-model-year-long draught, the 2018 BMW X3 finally picks up the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest accolades. The Top Safety Pick+ award is a first ever for the X3, which missed out between the 2014-2017 model years because of either Marginal rated headlights, a lack of active safety technology or other issues that kept it from earning any praise from the institute. The X3 was last named a Top Safety Pick in 2013. Not only did the X3 earn Good ratings in the five crashworthiness tests (driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, sides, roof strength, and head restraints and seats), it also picked up a Good rating in the new passenger-side small overlap front test. A vehicle qualifies for the Top Safety Pick+ award if it earns either an Acceptable or Good rating in that new-for-2018 segment. To get the TSP+ award from the IIHS, a vehicle must earn … [Read more...] about Redesigned 2018 BMW X3 crossover clinches first ever Top Safety Pick+ award
While one Mitsubishi rose to the occasion, the other failed to shine in the eyes of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In the institute’s latest round of evaluations, it was a tale of two crossovers, the 2018 Outlander SUV’s spring of hope that scored a Top Safety Pick designation and the smaller Outlander Sport’s winter of despair that drove away empty-handed. With top-notch marks in all crashworthiness tests and an Acceptable headlights rating, the 2018 Outlander couldn’t top its four-model-year streak of Top Safety Pick+ designations. Because the IIHS has tightened up its requirements in the headlights category, the Outlander missed out on the safety watchdog’s highest praise. So the midsize crossover had to settle for its first Top Safety Pick designation since the 2009 model year. The 2018 Outlander’s best-performing LED headlights come equipped with the Touring Package on either the SEL or GT trims, couldn’t adequately … [Read more...] about A Tale of Two Mitsus: 2018 Outlander shines, Outlander Sport fumbles in latest safety evaluations