AD #1925 – Ford Targets 2021 for Full Autonomy, Dodge Reveals Dream Cruise Cars, VW Execs Face Punishment in Korea

August 17th, 2016 at 11:44am

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- Ford Targets 2021 for Full Autonomy
- Ford Bolsters Autonomous Tech
- VW Execs Face Harsh Punishment in Korea
- Big Truck Standards Finalized
- Dodge Reveals Dream Cruise Cars
- Dream Cruise Rescue Squad
- You Said It!

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21 Comments to “AD #1925 – Ford Targets 2021 for Full Autonomy, Dodge Reveals Dream Cruise Cars, VW Execs Face Punishment in Korea”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Oh boy,vw pissed off the Koreans bigtime.That is a big mistake vw,the Koreans don’t take crap from anybody,and rest assured,you vw execs will be made an example of what NOT to do in Korea.Rots of ruck losers…

  2. Albemarle Says:

    It will be interesting to see how Ford handles the little uncertainties in driving, nothing to do with the rules of the road. You drive to a big group picnic where you are directed by a volunteer to a parking location in a grass field, or you come home with your new car and you have a double driveway. How, without a steering wheel do you tell the car exactly where to park?

  3. Drew Says:

    Simple question – how do these driverless vehicles re-fuel themselves (gas, diesel, ethanol, or electricity)?

  4. RumNCoke Says:

    As long as there is one human with a steering wheel and an accelerator, we’re not going to see those great autonomous benefits. How can any computer anticipate the astonishingly dumb things we do on the road?

  5. Phred Says:

    You should have a regular segment to “call out” the OEM’s for continuing to sell “junk cars”. Look at the build quality and terrible reliability of the Fiat 500 and the BMW Mini Cooper. Why don’t you “shame” these manufacture’s for this behavior?It embarrasses the auto companies and the industry in general that strive to deliver a quality product with years of motoring enjoyment.

  6. Albemarle Says:

    John,
    Green Car Report has a graphic showing how the Nissan variable displacement engine works. A whole bunch of added links and complications to adjust how high the piston goes. I am amazed that it is worthwhile to add such a Rube Goldberg contraption.

    What about a regular cycle engine that switches to the Atkinson cycle when loafing along. Much less complicated.

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Local Motors’ 3D printed cars are possible, maybe, but they will be extremely expensive, low quality crap. OK, just my opinion, but from having some experience with 3D printing.

    How about regular car companies doing what they did 50 years ago, allowing us to order a car, with a choice of options, interior colors, power trains, body styles, etc. If they could keep track of the parts when computers barely existed, they should be able to do it now.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    5 Minor Coopers are completely reliable. Mine is almost 7 years old, with zero problems. Yeah, I’m probably lucky, and it doesn’t have many miles. Also, being a non-S probably helps.

  9. Roger Blose Says:

    John and Sean, I just saw that GM is adding a back seat reminder to help driver no to leave their kids behind to bake to death in the hot sun. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, we never had this issue with Vista Cruisers and County Squire wagons! The current dreaded SUV tinted rear windows kill the kids every time since you cannot see inside the car day or night. No tint is a simple solution to a man made trap. Not more electronics.

  10. Marshall Says:

    5 years? I had no idea Ford corporate was so insipidly stupid. ROTFL

  11. Chuck Grenci Says:

    9, Roger

    This phenomenon began (or got more regular) when the safety people (well meaning as they were), insisted that the child would be safer in the rear seat. I believe there are a lot of factors that have led to the increase of left-behind deaths; child seats, rear child seats and even the hectic(er) lifestyles we see today. I’m thinking, back in the day (using your timeframe 70′s/80′s) that there were similar number of pet related deaths; the dialogue I offered, I believe, somewhat may explain the increase in infant deaths. I do however, hold the irresponsible adults, no matter what excuse, responsible.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I don’t agree with Ralph Nader too often, but I think he is a lot closer than Ford people, and many others, in predicting when completely autonomous cars exist, that can operate under all normal conditions without human intervention.

  13. John McElroy Says:

    # 9 & 11. I’m not sure that kids left in hot cars is more prevalent today. The only data I can find goes back to 1998 and it shows that those deaths have declined, not gone up. The difference today is that with social media, every death gets publicized. We’re much more aware of them. But I would also add that years ago air conditioning was not as prevalent, and people would leave their kids in the car with a window rolled down or at least opened a crack.

  14. W L Simpson Says:

    There would have been hundreds of thousands FEWER accidents , kids & pets included, if REAL driver training was required for a license.
    In the same vein, –our prisons are filled w/those we failed to educate.

  15. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #13 Also, at one time, it was considered a lot more “okay” to leave kids in cars, hot weather or not. When I was a kid, my dad would leave me in the car when he went into a liquor store to buy a case of (returnable bottles) of beer. Now, someone would probable call the police, or “family services.”

  16. Ziggy Says:

    Ford is smoking their lunch if they think the government regulators are going to allow any autonomous vehicle on any public road without a backup steering wheel, brake pedal and accelerator pedal. If the airlines can’t get away with it with their triple redundancy systems the auto companies don’t stand a chance.

  17. Barry T Says:

    #3 Drew – Good Point – I suspect your question will be answered by the return of (at lease a few) “Full Service” gas/fuel/charging stations… Maybe some out-of-a-job Uber & Truck drivers can get employment there…

    #15 Kit – back in the ’70′s it wasn’t a “thing” for mom or dad to leave me in the car with the windows down (or up in the winter)… A different time for sure. No worry about kidknappings, etc. at all.

  18. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #17 Then, like now,”kidnappings” were very rare, and most were done by family members. Poliricians and the media didn’t feed so much on fear, though.

  19. Barry Rector Says:

    Hey John….With Fisker back in business, how do you think this will affect Bob Lutz’s Destino Corvette powered Fisker? They will look very much alike.

  20. Bob Wilson Says:

    So if you order a custom designed, local motors car, do you have to make: #1 for offset crash test, #2 for side impact test, #3 for rollover test, and; use one of them for CARB/EPA emissions test. Then you can make your ride.

    Bob Wilson

  21. Kit Gerhart Says:

    19 I’d expect the Corvette engine version to be more successful. It’s relatively easy to make a fast, loud, kind of crude version of any car, and people want such cars. Look at all of the one-off street rods starting with any body you can think of.

    On the other hand, doing a good plug-in hybrid isn’t easy. Those customers expect a quiet, comfortable car with good perfaormacnce, and exceptional efficiency. That isn’t so easy. Even real car companies, like Toyota and Ford, have had less than stellar success with plug-in hybrids.