Cyber Security: Unit 8200 To The Rescue – TU Automotive Detroit 2016

June 8th, 2016 at 4:11pm

Argus Security is a start-up by entrepreneurs from Unit 8200, the Israeli equivalent of the NSA in the United Sates. They’re using their backgrounds in signal intelligence to develop software to protect cars from hackers. Lavern Sula, who spent 30 years with General Motors, is now the president of the company’s North American operations and explains what the company is about and describes the software solution that it’s showing to automakers and suppliers.

From Earth to Mars, Wind River Can Update Cars – TU Automotive Detroit 2016

June 8th, 2016 at 2:57pm

You’ve heard of Intel Inside. Now hear about Wind River Inside. It’s the software branch of Intel that develops the backbone structure for integrated software systems. From cyber-security to over-the-air updates, it offers a suite of solutions for connected and autonomous cars. Oh, you’ve never heard of Wind River before? So what? Neither did we. But here’s a good synopsis of what it’s all about.

NHTSA Wants Flexible Regulations For Autonomy – TU Automotive Detroit 2016

June 8th, 2016 at 11:57am

Mark Rosekind lays out a roadmap to make Federal Regs trump state laws, and may seek Congressional legislation that allows NHTSA to give automakers more exemptions to those rules. In this exclusive interview, he says the United States has the opportunity to lead the world in bringing autonomous cars to the market.

Today! TU Automotive Detroit 2016

June 8th, 2016 at 9:00am


Today! Join John McElroy as he visits TU Automotive Detroit 2016! Autoline is bringing you ongoing coverage of the latest in telematics discussion and technology.

Keep checking as we post the latest automaker interviews, hot off the show floor. Personalities already scheduled to appear:

Dr. Mark Rosekind with NHTSA
Marques McCammon with Wind River
LaVern Sula with Argus Cyber Security N.A.
Sam Schwartz with Gridlock Sam
Gail Gottehrer with Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
Felipe Munoz with AccuWeather

Ongoing TU Automotive Detroit Coverage
June 8th & 9th, 2016

Seat Time: The Sissy Truck I Came To Love

June 7th, 2016 at 10:15am

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.

Reviewer: John McElroy
Manufacturer: Honda
Make: Honda
Model: 2017 Ridgeline

Final Impression:

2017 Honda Ridgeline

What an amazing truck… unlike any other in the market. That’s due to two things: unit-body construction and an independent rear suspension.

By using a unit-body Honda got away from the jiggly ride you get with a body on frame construction. Hard-core truckers love that jiggle, and will probably look at this as a sissy truck. But Honda’s approach could well bring in new buyers to the truck segment, especially women. The Ridgeline rides far more smoothly than any other truck on the market, and it’s quieter too. Thanks to its IRS it handles better than all the other trucks.

On a long road trip I averaged 26 miles to the gallon on highway driving. That’s very impressive for an all wheel drive truck.


But it’s not perfect. The touchscreen can get real smudgy and can be hard to read when the sunlight hits it. It really needs a hood above the screen to shade it.

The adaptive cruise control can be slow to react especially when you want the truck to start accelerating after it’s slowed down. I found I had to set the cruise control 1 mile an hour higher than the speed I wanted or it would not hold the speed I wanted.

Unfortunately, this is not a comfortable truck to drive with the windows down. You get a shuddering inside except at low speeds.

Even so the pluses far outweigh the minuses. It may take a few years before people catch on to how good it is, but I bet that sales pick up as people realize this is a terrific pickup.

2017 Honda Ridgeline

AAH #334 – Car Sales, FCA & Even More About Musk

June 3rd, 2016 at 10:45am

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-  Which way is FCA going…
-  May sales better or worse than expected
-  Takata airbag update
- Tesla shareholder meeting
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