AD #2215 – Small Overlap Test Moves to Passengers, Math Formula for Validating Robo Cars, Smart Seats for Ride-Sharing

October 19th, 2017 at 12:02pm

Runtime: 7:28

0:29 Car2Go Adds More Mercedes Vehicles
1:28 Shell UK Adds EV Chargers
2:50 Intel & Mobileye Help Validate Autonomous Cars
3:38 Lear Develops Intelligent Seating for Ride-Sharing
4:58 IIHS Adds Small Overlap Test for Passenger Side
6:06 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Midnight & Dusk Edition

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15 Comments to “AD #2215 – Small Overlap Test Moves to Passengers, Math Formula for Validating Robo Cars, Smart Seats for Ride-Sharing”

  1. phred Says:

    Thank yo for publicizing the information that is so obvious. No one wants to ride around in a golf cart, small boxy “thing on wheels”, or some outrageous funky appearing circular food booth! There is a human element of “appearance” when arriving to meet your friends and traveling. Who everdresses up and meets their friends at a bus stop? So why attempt to market such “auto styling appearances”? If the product is “ugly and unappealing” they will not come! Mercedes Benz just discovered why the Smart car is strictly a small niche product.

  2. HotRod Says:

    Why does NCAP and IIHS do same tests on same vehicles ? Seems redundant and a waste of money.

  3. Max Says:

    I’m getting so tired of all these newer vehicles with the dark colors and blacked out treatments and black wheels …….. how depressing! Maybe that’s why our country is in such a fowl mood right now? I long for the days of chrome road wheels and two-tone cars with bright colors and vinyl roofs! Call me an oldie, but man, those were the days!

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I’m not a fan of this “everything black” craze either, but the thing I really miss, is colorful interiors. In mainstream cars, you have a choice of black, grey, or beige for interior color. That is depressing.

  5. Max Says:

    #2 AMEN!!

  6. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I’m glad that most manufacturers while addressing the 1/4 offset for the driver mimicked the passenger side as well (I guess it made sense that the structural requirements made sense to do both sides). But what gets my craw is that I’m wondering what IIHS will think up next; if they have other concerns they need to make these public so the makers can hit the ground running instead of playing catch-up.

  7. JWH Says:

    #2 & #3 – While I used to be a lover of any interior as long as it was black, two of our cars now are dark gray exterior with tan/Kalahari interior. Guess we do revise our opinions as we get older. & really not a fan of black wheels although daughter likes them on her Focus – Could be that the black wheels look cleaner than silver that never gets washed.

  8. MJB Says:

    #2,3 (except, I do love the almond leather against the birdseye maple of my LS430)

    The only thing I can attribute this triple-black craze to is that everybody wants to look like a bad-ass.

    Personally, I find that all-black interiors make you miss out on all the detail. Anything that’s monochromatic will, but especially triple black. Not to mention, there aren’t many things more detracting than a once attractive black leather seat that, after 3 years of wear, is now as shiny as the vinyl from a Dodge Omni. And gray interiors are just plain boring, imho.

  9. Kit Gerhart Says:

    6 My 1978 Dodge Omni had red velour. The velour was tacky, even then, but I liked the color.

    Yeah, I know what you’re saying, and agree. I find grey interiors even more boring than black.

  10. Len Simpson Says:

    ur supposed to keep ur eyes on the road, not on the trim (:

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    …but when I get in and and out:-)

  12. Chuck Grenci Says:

    Living in the south, I don’t like black interior (or dark exteriors). I am a fan of grey interiors or other light colored interiors. Personally I like leather (the feel, the aroma and durability) but I’m not adverse to a nice fabric. My first car was a 1966 Pontiac Tempest, which had a turquoise vinyl interior; yeah, that was back in the days that had a varietal of color and I liked that a lot.

  13. Kit Gerhart Says:

    As recently as 1989 you could get color in interiors. My 1989 Dodge Caravan has blue.

  14. Lambo2015 Says:

    I’m not sure the lack of color is even a generational thing. If the automakers looked at the cars the 16-25 drive they would see colorful decals neon lights florescent wheels and dashboards painted to match. That’s why the plasti dip cans are offered in so many colors, besides the original flat black. The murdered out cars are popular and the flat black for some reason but the SEMA show is filled with vehicles with colorful interiors. I guess they figure best to try and appeal to the general public rather than offer individuality. Kind of like when you go to sell a house. They always say paint it neutral. appease the masses.

  15. Lambo2015 Says:

    On the ride sharing it makes sense to offer up luxury cars. Breaking down the cost per hour between a 30k car and a 75k car equates to something like $4 an hour more. So for a 15 minute ride somewhere I would pay an extra dollar or two. It feels good to get picked up in something that nice and outside of what I would buy.