Automotive Electronics

Cars were once predominately valued in steel, glass, rubber, and aluminum. Now it’s silicon. Electronics developments drive the vehicles of today and tomorrow.

2017 BMW 530i xDrive

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 23, 2017 at 6:03 AM

The BMW 5 Series has been on the scene since 1972, and now the vehicle is in its seventh generation.

About that Autonomous Vehicle. . . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 22, 2017 at 6:02 AM

One of the bigger issues related to the average consumer’s receptivity to autonomous vehicles has nothing to do with, say, the SAE taxonomy and knowing whether something is Level 2 or Level 3, and nothing to do with whether someone was watching a film about hobbits and orcs when they should have been paying attention to the road ahead.

Intel Creating 100 Level 4 Autonomous Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 10, 2017 at 12:24 PM

Intel is building a fleet of fully autonomous—as in SAE Level 4 (“Automated Driving System of all aspects of the dynamic driving task, even if a human driver does not respond appropriately to a request to intervene”)—vehicles—100 of them--that will be launched later this year for testing in the US, Israel and Europe.

Can Autonomy Help Reduce Diabetes?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 10, 2017 at 6:30 AM

Autonomous vehicles may have a future benefit that no one ever talks about: Overall health improvement for the people formerly known as “drivers.” This is a conclusion that can be drawn from a recent Gallup survey that shows that Transportation workers—as in people who drive long-haul trucks for a living (as well as bus drivers, pilots, and even ship personnel)—have a higher rate of diabetes than other major occupations.

2017 Kia Niro Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 09, 2017 at 6:28 AM

What surprised me about the Kia Niro was not the 47 mpg that I achieved without trying.

Mazda, CARB and PSA North America: Car Talk

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 07, 2017 at 6:22 AM

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars, an annual event, was held last week in Traverse City, Michigan.

Conti & Magna and the Run North to CAR MBS

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 01, 2017 at 6:29 AM

Yesterday through Thursday, the Grand Traverse Resort in northern Michigan is the epicenter of automotive technology as here the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is holding its annual Management Briefing Seminars (MBS), which brings together the best and the brightest and boldest in the automotive industry.

About the Honda Odyssey

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 31, 2017 at 7:46 AM

Chad Harrison is the LPL for the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan.

The Bollinger B1: An Electric Sport Ute

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 28, 2017 at 6:08 AM

The Bollinger Motors B1 has been revealed.

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country T6 AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 27, 2017 at 6:39 AM

Volvo was once the official vehicle, it seems, of the college professor, especially those with elbow-patched tweed jackets and fragrant pipe.

Breaking Down the Chevy Bolt

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 17, 2017 at 6:31 AM

Sandy Munro and his team of engineers and costing analysts at Munro & Associates were contacted by UBS Research—an arm of the giant banking and investment firm—and asked whether it was possible to do a teardown and cost assessment of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

First Look at the 2018 Honda Accord

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM

“We are redefining the Honda Accord for a new generation of buyers by bringing something unexpected that challenges the idea of what a mainstream sedan can be.” That’s Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Div. of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., talking about the 10th generation, 2018 Accord that was unveiled today in Detroit and which will launch this fall.