GM boss Barra wheels out more self-driving Chev Bolts

First company to use mass-produced autonomous cars Test Bolt EV’s have latest self-driving technology GM’s autonomous test fleet has now reached 180 DETROIT, Michigan – General Motors has announced the completion of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with its “next generation” of self-driving technology at its Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan. The car will join more…

Cars ‘soon smart enough’ to make life-saving decisions

By MIKE WHITFIELD MD at Nissan South Africa Autonomous driving technology is developing so rapidly that  Business Insider’s research has forecast 10-million such cars on UK roads by 2020. However, the closer we get to completely driverless cars, the more critical it becomes for automakers to make sure they’re safe. Autonomous cars can save lives. Not…

Hyundai Africa boss: Five years of even better crash protection

Crash avoidance features will become standard Advanced tech now available in mass-market cars Intense competition to reach five-star ratings Mike Song, head of Hyundai in Africa and the Middle East, explains his company’s stance on passenger safety and crash avoidance  and its future. JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The coming five years will bring a revolution in…

Butterfly-wing Toyota all set for city-flitting

Three-wheeler for city folk Full autonomy for socialising Butterfly doors from windscreen GENEVA, Switzerland – Toyota has unveiled what it calls “a daring concept” (The Corner thinks it’s kinda cute and would love one!) intended to show how electric vehicles can be not only environment-friendly but also fun to drive. It’s the i-TRIL concept here…

Merc and Starship threat to ‘white van’ drivers

Sprinter ‘robots’ prototype already introduced Mobile loading and transport hub for eight robots Pilot projects on track in Europe through 2017 STUTTGART, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Vans has become the lead investor in Starship Technologies, said to be “the world’s leading start-up company for the development of ground-based, autonomous delivery robots”. Van drivers of the world,…

Volvo chooses First Family for autonocars

Family to go autonomous in Swedish traffic Ordinary folk finally get to play with tech Volvo: ‘We do things differently’ DETROIT, Michigan – Volvo Cars has revealed a new approach to developing autonomous cars (heretoforward to be called autonocars by Carman’s Corner) by introducing a family of four at the 2017 Detroit auto show – the Hains who…

Honda reveals mobility marvels at Las Vegas CES

Collaborative display offers fun mobility for the future Self-balancing bike, supersmart concept car A minicar you’ll have a helluva time trying to crash LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Honda has unveiled a ‘Co-operative Mobility Ecosystem’ concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – something said to connect the power of artificial intelligence, robotics and ‘big…

Hyundai reveals vision for future human mobility

Hyper-connected car links to home and office Wearable robotics for mobility / health solutions Mini-scooter speeds end-of-commute journey LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Hyundai Motor is showcasing key elements of its strategy for future mobility at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show here, including a next-generation of convergent tech to link cars to customer’s lives. They include…

Ford to focus on global hybrids

Ford confirms seven of 13 new global electrified vehicles And an electric SUV with a potential 500km range Plans for new plant in Mexico cancelled FLAT ROCK, Michigan – Ford has detailed seven of 13 battery or hybrid vehicles it plans to introduce around the world through the next five years – one of them…

Hyundai pushing boundaries on ‘connected-car’ tech

ccOS to bring advanced integrated technology Platform for security and data management ‘Hyper-connected Intelligent Car’ by 2020 SEOUL, South Korea – Hyundai says it is accelerating development of an advanced connected-car operating system as a platform for its planned ‘connected’ cars. The “highly sophisticated” software, the automaker says, “will optimise high-speed transmission and reception of…

J-turn parking record – driving ‘blind’

Windows blacked out for stuntman’s parking feat World-first try equals ‘narrowest J-turn’ record Intelligent AVM gives bird’s-eye view of surroundings SUNDERLAND, England – Expert stunt driver Paul Swift has J-turned a Nissan Juke into a parking slot only 18cm longer than the car itself. Ho-hum, you might mutter – that’s nothing special. Well… Yes, well it…

Audi goes for green so cars will rule the roads

First true Vehicle-to-Infrastructure service by an auto brand Variations on the Audi A4 and Q7 tested in Las Vegas Networking ‘essential for autonomous driving in cities’ THE FRUSTRATION OF RED: In future, however, development work being done by Audi will mean ‘green waves’ controlled in cities by the cars themselves. Image: Audi / Newspress INGOLSTADT, Germany…