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General Motors teased us in late 2014 with a 200-mile range electric car, with media outlets reporting that it was going to be something similar to the Chevrolet Sonic - a car which saw its debut in 2011.
The Wall Street Journal has unleashed information on GM's new market offering - the Chevrolet Bolt, pinned for a 2017 release. The report outlines that this car is styled to look like a crossover and the concept will be featured this coming Monday at the Detroit Auto Show.
Claimed to be released to the public for only $30,000, it's not clear if this price is inclusive or excluding the $7,500 federal tax credit. Comparing the Spark to the Bolt, its older brother only costs $26,820 excluding the tax, meaning that if GM are releasing their Bolt for $30,000 including tax - you're getting double the range for only $3,000 more.
Car maker Nissan and the NASA space agency have signed a five-year research and develop partnership, which will boost autonomous vehicle research. Nissan has already tested its autonomous vehicles in urban environments, with the car designed to deal with other vehicles, construction, pedestrians, cyclists, and other common scenarios.
Specifically, there is interest in developing software algorithms, concepts and integrated prototypes of self-driving autonomous vehicles - giving Nissan a much-needed boost in the surging market, while NASA hopes to implement breakthroughs into its space research.
"All of our potential topics of research collaboration with Nissan are areas in which Ames has strongly contributed to major NASA programs," said Pete Worden, director of AMES. "Ames developed Mars rover planning software, robots onboard the International Space Station (ISS) and next-generation air traffic management systems to name a few. We look forward to applying knowledge developed during this partnership toward future space and aeronautics endeavors."
CES 2015 - Similar to other major auto makers, Ford has already developed semi-autonomous vehicle features, but is dreaming big and looking ahead to fully autonomous technology.
The company already has lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and active park assist in newer Ford models.
"We're already manufacturing and selling semi-autonomous vehicles that use software and sensors to steer into both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces, adjust speed based on traffic low or apply the brakes in an emergency," said Raj Nair, VP and CTO of Ford, during the Ford CES keynote. "There will be a Ford autonomous vehicle in the future, and we take putting one on the road very seriously."
CES 2015 - Automaker Subaru has announced it will work with AT&T to bring new features to its STARLINK in-vehicle connectivity system via 4G LTE.
Subaru's STARLINK allows for hands-free connectivity, infotainment, and safety services - and the AT&T 4G LTE communications module will open the door to automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle recovery, remote vehicle services, and monthly vehicle health reports.
"Collaborating with AT&T, a trusted industry leader, is a natural fit for Subaru," said Alan Bethke, VP of Marketing of Subaru America, in a statement. "AT&T will enable STARLINK to provide Subaru customers with additional peace of mind through new safety and security services, as well as enhanced connectivity."
CES 2015 - BMW has joined forces with the Nokia-owned company HERE, claimed to be a leader in navigation, mapping and location experiences. This collaboration is described as the forefront in automotive technology through their recently issued press release and their work will be proudly displayed later this week during CES 2015.
This collaboration has seen these two powerhouse companies work together to develop a suite of location-based services for your car, helping "integrate them into modern urban transport systems". These services were worked on directly by a select few experts from each company, eventually developing their highly precise and dynamic location information in a short 12 month period.
Some of these new services will be shown off to the public during the trade show in Las Vegas, this week.
Autonomous vehicles traveling the open roads is no longer just for science fiction movies, as car makers continue investing in autonomous research, according to HIS Automotive's "Autonomous Driving: Question is When, Not If" report.
It would appear OEMs wants autonomous functionality to help driver augmentation, especially with parking assist features. There will be a predicted 12 million self-driving cars on US roads in 2035, and there is great long-term potential through 2050.
Car makers are receiving help from universities and tech companies, interested in developing self-driving algorithms and technology.
More than half of consumers are willing to pay up to $1,499 extra to get connected vehicle features, with 50 percent saying they will wait up to 12 months to ensure they get all of the features they are looking for.
The survey found that 55 percent of car owners say having access to Pandora, Spotify and other streaming services helps make the drive more comfortable. Furthermore, 52 percent of survey respondents think automakers should invest resources in creating their own infotainment systems.
"Consumer electronics are quickly becoming a spectacle in the automotive industry thanks to the development and demand for car technology," said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at AutoTrader.com, in a press statement. "It's important to know that consumers are spending more time and money on car technology and they are particular about what they're buying."
CES 2015 - Escort Radar introduced the Passport Max2 radar detector and rolled out Escort Live mobile app updates during the 2015 Consumer Electronics show. The new detectors feature English and Spanish language voice alerts, and utilizes a multi-color graphics display that is easier to read.
The Escort Live app now includes Air Patrol alert features so drivers are alerted if they begin traveling through a stretch of roadway that is monitored by air. Also, the "Intelligent Speed Trap" feature automatically provides drivers about user reports of other Escort Radar owners in the area - and can support manually entering data.
"We're thrilled that we can offer known areas of enforcement that have been verified by millions of data points," said Tim Coomer, VP of product development at Escort Radar, in a press statement. "Advanced notification in these high-risk areas can be extremely useful in defending against instant-on radar and the use of laser guns."
CES 2015 - Hardware manufacturer Broadcom has introduced a new Near Field Communications (NFC) chip designed to serve in connected vehicles. If implemented, drivers will be able to pair a smartphone or tablet by tapping it against the vehicle's dashboard, an easier method than trying to navigate device menus.
The BCM89095 chip joins Broadcom's growing number of connected vehicle technology products, which already includes a Bluetooth Smart chip and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Smart combination.
"Today's advanced in-car technologies are driving a dramatic leap forward in automotive entertainment," said Richard Barrett, director of wireless connectivity at Broadcom, in a press statement. "Broadcom's new automotive NFC chip offers an innovative architecture that reduces development time for our customers while providing a simplified tap-to-connect experience for drivers and passengers."
CES 2015 - If you haven't seen our coverage of NVIDIA's CES 2015 press conference, then you're probably not up with the new Tegra X1 processor. The new Tegra X1 processor from NVIDIA has a huge 256 GPU cores thanks to the company's Maxwell architecture, but it also packs an 8-core 64-bit processor, too.
Well, the company is investing into fully autonomous vehicles as the new Tegra X1 processor, and beyond, are capable of reading countless parts of the car (cameras, sensors, etc) that can detect things like pedestrians, cars, police cars, trucks, and more. It's impressive, as all of this is done by a couple of SoCs in the car, and not by an actual computer.
All of this is done thanks to NVIDIA's new Drive CX platform, which is a "digital cockpit computer". This computer is the "industry's most advanced visual computing platform" that features NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture, and their newly announced Drive Studio.