Tesla is working hard to bring some very cool and innovative features to the Model S electric car by way of software updates. Earlier this month Tesla unveiled Summon, a virtual valet that will bring your car to you with no need for a driver. Summon allows the car to park itself and then return to pick you up using a button on the key fob.
GM has announced the launch of a new personal mobility service via car-sharing called Maven. Maven combines GM's multiple programs under a single brand and offers users access to personalized, on-demand services. Maven has more than 40 employees in the connected car industry and includes ride and car-sharing pros from Google, Zipcar, and Sidecar.
Back in January of 2015 at the Detroit Auto Show Hyundai made a splash with a cool truck concept that was somewhat like a modern El Camino. That concept was called the Santa Cruz. Fast-forward a year and at the Detroit auto show this year Hyundai USA head Dave Zuchowski stopped just short of confirming that the truck will go into production.
It feels like the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been a long time coming, but the hotly-anticipated truck aims to make a splash at the NAIAS 2016 this week. Set to go on sale in the first half of this year, the 2017 Ridgeline is larger, more powerful, but more efficient than the truck it replaces, offering features like rear-wheel drive and Apple CarPlay for the first time.
Ford is constantly testing out its autonomous cars in different driving scenarios to ensure that the vehicles are capable of operating in any conditions. One of the most difficult conditions for humans to drive in is snow and that makes it one of the most difficult conditions for autonomous vehicles to operate in. Therefore, snowy conditions are one of the most important driving scenarios for autonomous vehicles to master.
Ford has announced some interesting models for the 2017 Fusion mid-size sedan. The new Fusion will come in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions along with a new high-power Sport V6 version that offers an EcoBoost twin-turbo 2.7L V6 engine. That EcoBoost Sport V6 makes 325hp and 350 lb-ft of torque and is paired with AWD for traction.
NVIDIA reveals that their plans at CES 2016 are to reveal the full gamut on smart vehicle computing, starting with NVIDIA Drive PX 2. This is the next edition of the NVIDIA Drive PX in-car computer the company revealed last year. This device is a liquid-cooled version of the machine, this time coming with 12 CPU cores, a Pascal GPU, and the power of 150 MacBook Pros - that's what they say. That's what we'll see implemented over the next year and beyond.
It's time for the Tokyo Auto Salon and Mazda has shown off three concept cars that will be on display at the show. The coolest of the trio is the roadster RS Racing Concept based on the new MX-5. This little black beastie had red trim around the bottom and an aero package fitted that looks fantastic.
Over the last few years, it has become very common for automakers to unveil concept cars during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Originally, this was a show to see new gadgets and other electronics, but cars are now a common site in the halls. VW will reportedly be on hand at CES 2016 and unveil a new concept car.
With only a few days left in 2015, we are all looking forward to what major automotive manufacturers will unveil next year. Audi has announced that it has a pair of crossover SUVs in the works that will be debuted in the next few months. It's unclear if these new models will be available to purchase in 2016.
Anyone with kids knows that today is Christmas Eve; if you don’t have kids, it might not be as rambunctious tonight as it is for others but you still know Christmas is here. In the lead up to Christmas Day, we are feeling the holidays and so is Tesla. Tesla Motors has published a new Christmas video that uses a trio of its new Model X electric SUVs.