Automobile Dashboard Technology Is Simply Awful When I went car shopping recently, I was amazed by the autonomous technologies in most new models: automatic lane-keeping, braking to avoid collisions and parallel parking, for example.But I was appalled by the state of dashboard technology. Technology sells, so car companies are all about touch screens and apps these days. Unfortunately, they're truly terrible at designing user interfaces (UIs)—the ways that you, the human, are supposed to interact with it, the car. A good user interface (a) is easy to navigate, (b) puts frequently used controls front and center, (c) gives clear feedback as you make a change and (d) is apparently beyond the capabilities of today's car companies. I asked my Twitter followers to help me nominate the W
This Famous Futurist Predicts How China Will Use Technology To Change The World One institution that’s been dramatically impacted by new technology is higher education. Whereas previous generations struggled with pressure from parents and society at large to attend college, Kelly believes today’s high schoolers have a choice to make. If you’re a self-motivated person who can arrange and optimize your own learning, then you don’t need college. On the flip side, if you need incentive and motivation to complete things, college is probably the best option for you.“The technology that enables cognification to happen is the greatest force that will be at work the next few decades,” Kelly explained. “Over the long term, say 50 to 100 years, it’s going to be the equivalent of the industrial
The Zenvo TSR-S Is a Danish Race Machine From zero to 100 kilometers per hour in just 2.8 seconds, the Zenvo TSR-S truly is a street legal “race car.” As of right now, only 5 copies of the Zenvo TSR-S are slotted for production, so these beauties won’t be gracing the streets all too often. The newest model features much of the same styling as other Zenvo models, but gets some seriously upgraded hardware.Of course, when producing that much horsepower, the biggest challenge is often getting the horses to the pavement. Such high horsepower cars need a lot of downward force both to produce acceleration and to keep the car from ripping itself off the ground. The Zenvo TSR-S features a large aggressive wing that generates both downward and inward force, which will help the tires grip th
Customs duty hike on car parts may put brakes on luxury car sales New Delhi: Increases in customs duty on some imported engine components and completely knocked down (CKD) units are set to put a brake on the surging sales of luxury cars.And, according to India’s largest luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz, their cars will get dearer by 3% to 5%.According to Rahil Ansari, head of Audi India, the firm was initially looking at double-digit sales growth this year, but is now expecting a flat year.“Increase in custom duty has definitely affected prices again, which will dampen customer sentiment. The market had started to stabilize after the introduction of GST (goods and services tax) but the increase in cess has negated any benefits and the decision in the Union budget will make t
Porsche Mission E Two-Door, Convertible Possible; RWD Likely As Porsche readies for the introduction of its fully electric Mission E next year, the automaker continues to reveal more technical details about the production version—while also dropping some hints about what comes after the Mission E in the brand’s electric push.Porsche pointed to one such possibility this past week in the form of its Mission E Cross Turismo concept shown at the Geneva auto show. Although that version takes a conceptual leap halfway to SUVs, with a more rugged tack and a bit more ground clearance, don’t expect anything closer to an SUV built on Mission E underpinnings. That’s because the Mission E’s J1 platform—custom developed by Porsche alone—wouldn’t adapt well for high-floor vehicles, according to
2019 Ford Mustang GT California Special adds muscle to lineup Ford's new 2019 Mustang Bullitt is inspired by Steve McQueen's classic car in the 1968 film 'Bullitt.' This next gen version packs 475 horsepower and tops out at 163 miles per hour. USA TODAYFord Motor announced Monday it has created a 2019 Mustang GT California Special that adds new muscle, new high-tech handling and a new audio experience."People have been talking a lot about the 2019 Mustang Bullitt," said Ford spokesman Jiyan Cadiz. "This adds just a little more excitement for Mustang fans."Ford continues to highlight the iconic nature of its Mustang, which inspired owners' clubs as early as 1964 when the model first debuted. Regional auto dealers personalized the pony car designs, and one — inspired by the
The 2019 Audi A6 raises the bar for luxury car tech The eighth-generation full-size A6 sedan will come to Canada with a 3.0-litre turbo V6 producing 340 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the partnership makes for a zero-to-100 km/h run of 5.1 seconds. More interesting, the 2019 A6 gets some mild hybrid help from a 48-volt lithium-ion battery that allows the A6 to coast between 55 and 160 km/h. Start-stop kicks in as early as 22 km/h and power is recovered during deceleration.Unauthorized distrbution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. The 2019 Audi A6 raises the bar for luxury car tech | Driving
Madam Wheels launches for female luxury car buyers A new service for women buying luxury cars, dubbed Madam Wheels, has been launched on 2018 International Women’s Day.The service aims to match a woman’s needs or personality to their car, before facilitating an introduction to the relevant dealership, organising a test drive, and negotiating a final price on behalf of the buyer.Research has shown women are influential in making the buying decision in the luxury car world, whether it’s through their partner or entirely for themselves.The website also provides news, reviews and interviews about luxury cars. Today’s launch of Madam Wheels forms part of an International Women’s Day brunch at Maserati Melbourne. Madam Wheels launches for female luxury car buyers
Can you run your car on water? There is actually a new water fuel technology out there which enables cars that run on water by breaking down the chemical bond of the oxygen and hydrogen atom from the water molecule in order to extract a safely combustible gas.This makes it possible to run your car on water that is, the extraction will be mixed with the existing fuel/air mixture to create a more efficient fuel source. So this is the basic principle how to convert your car to run on water. There is a growing amount of people that are tired of the increasing gas prices, which embrace this new technology that shows them how to save gas.What can be called "water-fuel technology" is age old, over 91 years. All we've done is raise it from the dead and develop a simple structure based on l...
Every day, almost 30 people in the US lose their lives in an alcohol-related motor vehicle crash. But according to a new study, introducing alcohol interlock devices to all new motor vehicles could prevent more than 80% of these deaths.In most US states, people who are convicted of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol are often required to get an alcohol interlock device, also known as an ignition interlock device, installed in their vehicle to prevent them from further engaging in drunk driving.An ignition interlock device is a mechanism installed on a vehicle's dashboard. It works like a breathalyzer, in that the driver must breathe into the device for it to measure their blood alcohol content (BAC). If the driver's BAC is above the legal limit - which var...