AD #1952 – ZF Developing Autonomous Technology, Ford Performance Sales Match Porsche, Uber Drivers Have to Take Selfies

September 26th, 2016 at 11:40am

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- Audi R&D Chief Let Go
- U.S. SAAR to Bounce Back
- ZF Developing Level 3 Autonomous Tech.
- Ford Performance Sales Match Porsche Sales
- Uber Drivers Now Have to Take Selfies
- What Makes the 124 Spider a Fiat

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14 Comments to “AD #1952 – ZF Developing Autonomous Technology, Ford Performance Sales Match Porsche, Uber Drivers Have to Take Selfies”

  1. G.A.Branigan Says:

    So at vw the mighty are still falling.Will there be any consequences at all for the suits,including winterkorn,or do they all get a slap on the hand and still leave with big bucks?

  2. Marshall Says:

    Still haven’t read one solid explanation for the big push for autonomous vehicles the past couple years. Why did it start? Why the urgency to take driving out of peoples hands?

  3. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Checking the Ford Media link, I found that they are counting all Mustangs to get to their 200K global sales of “performance” cars. To me, it’s a stretch to call all Mustangs performance cars, but I commend Ford for selling a such a uniquely American car globally, including RHD versions.

  4. pedro fernandez Says:

    I just wonder how Fiat will manage to keep Tony busy with this Mazda based car. Well, they can always screw up the engine and the electronics, just like the British did with the Sterling back in the 80′s by messing up the electronics.

  5. G.A.Branigan Says:

    @ Marshall: My theory is with autonomous cars,they are all easily tracked,and if needs be,controlled.I know,another ‘big brother’ thing.But with all the surveillance being done now just with smart phones,it’s not out of the question,to me at least.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    4 The Fiat Miata uses the genuine Fiat 1.4 turbo, which might help keep Tony busier than a Mazda engine.

    Off topic, but I just received the new CR. They tested the new “medium duty” Titan, and didn’t treat it kindly. For a start, it rode worse, was noisier, and less comfortable than the competition. It got one mpg worse overall fuel economy on diesel, than a Ford 3.5 turbo or Chevy 5.3 V8 on gas. The Nissan had a little higher tow rating than the 150/1500 competitors, but not nearly the capability of the HD versions of the others.

  7. G.A.Branigan Says:

    Nissan went down the wrong road with the xd diesel.Go big,(3/4 or 1 ton),or just use a V6 diesel in the 1/2 ton and call it good.I may be mistaken,but I don’t think there is an exhaust brake on the 5.0 Cummins in the xd.

  8. Wim van Acker Says:

    @2, 5: one reason would be the current 30,000 casualties in traffic accidents in the U.S., one million globally. Thanks to all those skilled, focused, fine drivers.

  9. Wim van Acker Says:

    @2,5,8: 30,000 casualties in traffic accidents in the U.S., one million globally PER YEAR, that is

  10. Drew Says:

    There 2 key reasons for policy makers to promote autonomous mobility:

    1. Aging Population – Baby Boomers are not likely to give up their mobility. As they lose their dexterity and reaction times, autonomy to the rescue.

    2. Distracted Driving – Continued education about the perils of distracted driving (are you listening all you testers?) has not been successful in dissuading people from grabbing their cell phones every time they hear the chime (rhyme intended). Again, autonomy to the rescue.

    So, when are we going to have autonomous pedestrians… to prevent them from walking off a bridge or cliff?!?!?!

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    #5, G.A.
    Do you know what that Cummins 5 liter V8 diesel was originally made for? It seems to be an odd ball, for Cummins, a diesel that small, with so many cylinders.

    BTW, the Nissan was 1.1 seconds slower 0-60 than the Ram V6 diesel, 10.6 vs 9.5 seconds. The Nissan is probably a lot heavier, though, explaining that, and the lousy mpg, for a diesel.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    10 Drew said: “So, when are we going to have autonomous pedestrians… to prevent them from walking off a bridge or cliff?!?!?!”

    A friend working at a nearby university told me that 2 or 3 students had been killed over the last year, after walking in front of cars on, and near campus. You can be pretty sure that distraction from electronic devices was involved, almost certainly with the pedestrians, and maybe both the drivers and pedestrians. Also, if 3 students were killed, probably 20 more were hit and seriously injured, but survived.

  13. Drew Says:

    Kit, I know some AEB systems claim to detect pedestrians. I also know those systems require both the radar and camera to confirm the pedestrian. We know the camera’s effectiveness is compromised at night and in the rain. And we know the radar’s effectiveness is compromised if asked to detect soft objects (e.g., a pedestrian wearing a thick, down winter coat).

    Product liability lawyers will be busy.

  14. Badnikl Says:

    Autonomous pedestrians, you bet. In the near future cars will talk to everything. Your phone will actively ping out to the cars where you are walking. Also the traffic lights. Maybe no more waiting for lights to change as cars will change the way they cycle. Light turns green and all the cars move at same time too! I sat thru 2 lights today because chucklehead number 3 didn’t go.

    Motorcycles will be the only semiautonomous vehicles, and they will be safer too, as they will talk to other vehicles-maybe no more left turns in front of motorcycles? Fuel Efficiency and safety will rule the world, or USA.