THE steering wheel could be dead within 20 years, according to experts. The interior of cars is set to change forever and sooner than you might think. And that's just one of the huge changes predicted for the future of motoring. Manufacturers like Volkswagen, Renault and Jaguar have already rolled out crazy concepts - and now there's more. Experts at valuations firm HPI have compiled a list of what to expect over the next 80 years. Internet will be standard in cars by 2030 at the latest and virtual co-pilots will take care of parking. Expect to be able to work, socialise and sleep in vehicles within the next 20 years. By then cars will be completely driverless with lounge-like interiors and no need for a steering wheel or pedals. Cabins will feature huge screens so you can watch TV and catch up on e-mails. The future of motoring will also put an end to the driving test - and one of the plagues of buying a car: clocking. Real time mileage streaming will stop scammers being … [Read more...] about The steering wheel will be DEAD in 20 years – and other crazy predictions for driving in the future
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DETROIT — Under pressure from U.S. regulators, Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheels can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control. The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2014 through 2018 model years. Ford says steering wheel bolts can loosen over time. The company says it knows of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem. Dealers will replace the bolts with longer ones that have more aggressive threads and a nylon patch to stop them from coming loose. Owners will be notified by mail the week of April 30, and parts are expected to be available by then. Just over 1.3 million cars in the U.S. are being recalled, with the rest in Canada and Mexico. The recall comes about five months after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into steering wheels falling off of Fusions from the 2014 through 2016 model years. The safety agency … [Read more...] about Ford recalling 1.4M cars; steering wheel can come loose
Under pressure from U.S. regulators, Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheels can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control.The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2014 through 2018 model years.Ford says steering wheel bolts can loosen over time. The company says it knows of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem.Dealers will replace the bolts with longer ones that have more aggressive threads and a nylon patch to stop them from coming loose. Owners will be notified by mail the week of April 30, and parts are expected to be available by then.Just over 1.3 million cars in the U.S. are being recalled, with the rest in Canada and Mexico.The recall comes about five months after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into steering wheels falling off of Fusions from the 2014 through 2016 model years.The safety agency said in documents that … [Read more...] about Ford recalls almost 1.4M Fusion, Lincoln cars; steering wheel can come loose
Auto shows can be crazy places with half-thought out ideas all over the place. Gyroscope-stabilized briefcase warmers for the back seat. Cop cars with integrated doughnut dispensers. Turbine-powered iPad docks. Lots of nutty stuff that will (thankfully) never see the light of day. Sadly, Lexus and their new partner, genetic screening company 23andMe have teamed up for “Genetic Select” and it looks like they’re “serious.” Lexus made the announcement in conjunction with the 2018 New York International Auto Show. “Finding the perfect vehicle that meets your every need was once only a fantasy, but now it’s becoming reality,” crows Lexus inaccurately. Finding my perfect vehicle is easy guys. Finding the money for it, that’s the hard part. Genetic Select is the “Ultimate Answer to Vehicle Customization” and a revolutionary new car buying experience. It also pegs the goofy meter. Perfect Fit Available on April 1st at Lexus … [Read more...] about Want Your Next Lexus To Start? Lick The Steering Wheel. No. Seriously.
Ross Bentley describes in the Speed Secrets link below, it’s important to use a light grip (but not too light so as to allow the wheel to slip through your hands). If you think about it, you drive a car entirely based on sensory inputs; visual, auditory, tactile (even olfactory sometimes). If you have a death grip on the steering wheel, you will reduce the amount of vibration and feedback through the wheel, thereby limiting your ability to gauge the car’s proximity to the theoretical limit. If you watch closely, some of the Spec13 drivers will actually wiggle their fingers periodically throughout a session to remind themselves to maintain a light grip. Check out Ross’s article below for a more detailed explanation. https://speedsecrets.com/…/how-to-hold-the-steering-wheel-…/ … [Read more...] about Tech Time With Mike Smith: Holding the Steering Wheel
Fiat500USA.com has confirmed the 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth will come with Abarth badging on its steering wheel and seatbacks embroidered with the Abarth name. Note:the above pictures are of the European Abarth 124 Spider. Images of the US version are not available, but are anticipated to look similar. When the Abarth version of the Fiat 124 Spider was first announced in March 2016, the car was initially badged as the Fiat 124 Spider with an Elaborazione Abarth emblem on the side. The name Elaborazione Abarth is loosely translated to Tuned by Abarth meaning that the car had an Abarth option package. American Abarth enthusiasts were taken by surprise - they wanted the full Abarth treatment and badging - and took to the forum to voice their opinion. You can read the discussions here on the Fiat 124 Spider Forum. Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth Discussion Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Discussion Condensing their views, this author put together a letter to some key players in the … [Read more...] about Confirmed: Abarth Steering Wheel Badge Coming!
General Motors is poised to release a production-ready autonomous vehicle without a steering wheel and pedals in 2019. The car, to be named the Cruise AV, is a Chevrolet Bolt EV–based self-driving car that relies on technology developed by the Detroit-based automaker and Cruise Automation, a self-driving startup that GM acquired nearly two years ago.With a goal of eliminating crashes and traffic congestion, the Cruise AV is fitted with five lidar sensors, 16 cameras, and 21 radars. The information procured from the systems allows the Cruise AV to create a three-dimensional model of its surroundings. Additionally, the array of radars, cameras, and sensors let the self-driving car anticipate the movements of surrounding objects and predict multiple driving paths, which allows the Cruise AV to change course quickly should an object cross the Cruise AV’s intended path.Thanks to machine learning and a shared database, each individual Cruise AV will be able to … [Read more...] about GM to Launch Driverless Car in 2019 with No Steering Wheel or Pedals
General Motors plans to launch public ride-hailing services with self-driving vehicles that don’t have manual controls such as steering wheels and pedals, starting in 2019.In a petition submitted to NHTSA on Thursday, GM detailed the safety features of the "Cruise AV" vehicle and asked federal officials to allow the vehicles to operate on U.S. roadways without meeting 16 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that cover vehicles with human drivers but aren’t necessarily applicable for autonomous vehicles.If granted, the waiver would allow GM to launch as many as 2,500 self-driving vehicles a year into a form of taxi service and help pave the way for fully autonomous vehicles to move from niche testing fleets into broader commercial applications."We're seeking to maintain the same, equal safety but to achieve the safety objectives of some standards in a different way," said Paul Hemmersbaugh, a former chief counsel for NHTSA who now serves as chief counsel for GM's mobility … [Read more...] about GM says its self-driving tech is safe enough to lose the steering wheel
DETROIT - General Motors Co is seeking U.S. government approval for a fully autonomous car -- one without a steering wheel, brake pedal or accelerator pedal -- to enter the automaker's first commercial ride-sharing fleet in 2019, executives said.For passengers who cannot open doors, the Cruise AV -- a rebranded version of GM's Chevrolet Bolt EV -- has even been designed to perform that task. It will have other accommodations for hearing and visually impaired customers.This will be one of the first self-driving vehicles in commercial passenger service and among the first to do away with manual controls for steering, brakes and throttle. What is the driver's seat in the Bolt EV will become the front left passenger seat in the Cruise AV, GM said.Company President Dan Ammann told reporters GM had filed on Thursday for government approval to deploy the "first production-ready vehicle designed from the start without a steering wheel, pedals or other unnecessary manual controls."GM is part of … [Read more...] about GM Cruise AV plans autonomous car with no steering wheel or pedals
General Motors (GM), in collaboration with US-based Cruise Automation, aims to take autonomous driving to the next level with the introduction of the Cruise AV – a car with no steering wheel or pedals.While the Cruise AV may seem like a motoring enthusiast’s worst nightmare, the car has actually been purpose built for GM’s commercial ride-sharing fleet that the company aims to operate in USA by 2019. The car sports 21 radar sensors, 16 cameras and 5 LIDAR units to help it propel and steer on its own.GM is seeking approval from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration in the US to operate as many as 2,600 of such vehicles in the country. The company also needs approval from the individual US states where it wants to run these cars in. Media reports claim that GM executives are working with American authorities to allow as many as 16 alterations to existing vehicle safety rules, such as having an airbag in what would generally be the driver’s seat … [Read more...] about GM Cruise AV has no steering wheel!