January 8th, 2013 at 11:25am
We take a look at some of interesting new technology coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Dodge will pull the covers off the newest model in the Dart line-up, the GT, at the Detroit auto show. Hyundai teases us with its latest concept, the HCD-14. All that and more, plus Autoline Daily correspondent Isaac Bouchard takes a ride through Europe in the diesel version of the Fiat Bravo.
Hello and welcome to Autoline Daily, I’m John McElroy and here are some of the latest developments in the global automotive industry.
KEEP YOUR HANDS ON THE WHEEL
There’s a lot of interesting new technology coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Remember that autonomous car from Toyota we showed you the other day? We’ve learned that Toyota’s philosophy on autonomous cars is taking two paths. One integrates the car electronically with its surroundings, including traffic systems, pedestrians and other cars. The other uses autonomous technology as an electronic co-pilot to help drivers avoid accidents. It uses GPS, stereo cameras, radar and LIDAR to detect other vehicles and objects like traffic lights. Toyota says all this may evolve into an autonomous car at some point in the future. But for now they’re calling it the Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle.
FORD DEVELOPER PROGRAM
Ford announced its opening up SYNC to allow software developers to create apps for its drivers. Ford will provide the info and tools needed under what it calls the Ford Developer Program. More and more people are using smartphones and this will allow owners to use apps in their cars using voice control integrated with car instead of through their phone.
RHAPSODY IN THE FORD BLUE OVAL
At CES, Ford announced it’s teaming up with internet music provider Rhapsody. Ford and Lincoln owners that have SYNC equipped in their car can use voice or steering wheel commands to use Rhapsody via their smartphone. Rhapsody says its talking with other automakers about integrating its service and that 40 percent of its subscribers already use it while driving.
CARS IN THE CLOUDS
Delphi introduced a new device at CES called Vehicle Diagnostics by Delphi which provides car-to-cloud connectivity. It plugs into the OBD connector and allows owners to monitor or locate their car with a smartphone or computer. It can also mimic key fob functions like unlocking the doors, or it can it diagnose the engine and monitor the overall status of the vehicle. It will be available in just a few weeks either online or at Verizon Wireless stores.
DART GOES GRAND TOURING
OK, from this week’s Consumer Electronics Show we now look forward to next week’s Detroit auto show, where the covers will get pulled off the newest model in the Dodge Dart line-up, the GT. It will be powered by the 2.4 Liter Tigershark engine that puts out 184 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft of torque. The GT will also feature a sport-tuned suspension package, unique exterior design elements and an upgraded Napa leather interior. The Dart GT will start out at a suggested retail price of just under $21,000.
HYUNDAI TEASES HCD-14 CONCEPT
Also set to make its debut at the Detroit auto show is this HCD-14 concept car from Hyundai. It also gives us a look at Hyundai’s new 3-D gesture-based technology controls. And we’re pretty sure the HCD-14 hints at what the styling will be for the next Equus.
A 2008 FOR 2013
Speaking of new product, we now look over to Europe. Peugeot just took the wraps off its new compact crossover, the 2008. It will be manufactured in France, China and South America, the first time Peugeot really took in design considerations from around the world. The 2008 can be equipped with either a diesel engine that features start/stop technology or it comes with a 3-cylinder gasoline engine.
Have you ever wanted to take a European vacation and drive around the continent taking in the sites? That’s exactly what Autoline correspondent Isaac Bouchard did, and he came out of it with a test drive report on the Fiat Bravo. That’s coming up next.
DIESEL FIAT BRAVO
(Fiat Bravo can only be viewed in the video version of today’s show.)
Some guys just know how to combine business and pleasure. Our intrepid correspondent Isaac Bouchard managed to turn his vacation into a test drive and visa versa.
Fiat needs to start bringing over more of its models to the American market. Last year sales of the little 500 topped 43,000 cars, which is a pretty impressive number and that tells me the American public would be open to more models.
That wraps up today’s report. Please join us again right here, tomorrow.