Looking to fill up on auto news? We’ve clocked some miles traversing the Web for all things auto-related. Pull in, grab a coffee and digest some of the week’s most interesting news with us.
“The hottest 2016 new-car features,” Forbes
Here are 12 of the hottest new car features for 2016, and they won’t tire out your brain trying to master them. With vehicles getting evermore sophisticated, Forbes’ Jim Gorzelany previews the car tech that’s coming soon, ranging from features to improve safety to better entertainment and access to information. Some Honda models, like the CR-V, will feature a system providing a video view of the passenger’s side whenever the right turn signal is used, for instance.
“North American Car and Truck of Year finalists name,” Detroit Free Press
The six finalists for the 2016 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards have been announced, including the American-made Chevrolet Malibu sedan. The Honda Civic and the Mazda MX-5 Miata complete the car category finalists, while the Honda Pilot, Nissan Titan XD and Volvo XC90 are the three vehicles shortlisted for the joint truck and SUV category. The awards recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year, as judged by 53 U.S. and Canadian journalists, and the winners will be announced on Jan. 11.
Self-driving cars may not be far away but a team at a Chinese university has developed a prototype of a car that is controlled by the driver’s brain signals. It is working on technology that “uses brain signals to command a car to stop, move forward, backwards, lock and unlock,” says CNET, referencing a Reuters report. Headgear with sensors detects the driver’s brain activity and translates it “to the relevant automotive commands.”
A “stunning all-electric sedan” Porsche has been given the green light for production, to become the German automaker’s first ever electric vehicle.
“While the concept name may not stick, Porsche is indeed on a mission to outdo Tesla, which still builds the industry’s only high-performance pure EV,” reports Car and Driver.
Forthcoming changes in car safety ratings signal just how safe cars have become, and are good news for those wanting to get into a self-driving car, according to Wired. It’s going to get harder for carmakers to score five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) ratings as it looks to “push car designers to offer the sort of advanced safety features that are leading us to the age of autonomy,” Wired reports. From 2019, NHTSA ratings will take active technologies into account, such as forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
See you next week for more automotive news. Drive safe.