Car tech that's older than you think
If you believed every car advertisement you saw, you'd swear every
"digital" innovation in the automotive industry happened in the last 20
years. A lot of them did, but some of them go back way further.
SYNC proves Ford is no longer a 'car company'
SYNC, Ford’s in-car voice recognition system, has come a long way since being introduced on the 2008 Ford Focus. Now the feature is included in most Ford vehicles sold, helping the company position itself as more than just a car maker.
Anatomy of modern car technology
Modern car tech is amazing: it lets you see in the dark, and see around blind corners, and stop you from crashing into things. But, don't forget that this technology necessitates a miniature mountain of computer power and wiring, every piece adding weight, size and bulk to modern automobiles. As cars get increasingly complex they become more like consumer electronics, with built-in lifecycles. Make sure you know what you're getting.
Small cars, big futures
Wondering what future small cars will look like? A quick scan of some recent compact concept cars shows we've a mix of new, advanced technologies and old, revamped ideas to look forward to. Expect some of these on Canadian roads in the next few years.
Robocars: Driverless cars are here
Or, In Future: Cars Drive You. Either way, it's a little scary. I for one am not quite ready to welcome our four-wheeled overlords. But, these cars are pioneering active safety technology that could make the difference in a crash - or even avoid crashes altogether.
Feature fail: Car safety that never caught on
Airbags, seatbelts and mirrors didn't always come standard. At one time, they were experimental pieces of technology carmakers hoped would make the car safer. Those features stuck, but others, well, they just sucked. Here are 20 safety features automakers tried, then dumped.
Cars that keep you alive
Time was when cars were actively trying to kill you. (Yeah, we're looking at you old Porsche GT2 and Lambo Countach). Modern "intelligent" cars actually work hard to keep you alive. Here's how they do it:
Best in-car entertainment features
We called it "entertainment," but really any driver lucky enough to be driving one of these machines should leave the entertainment to their passengers. With everything from Internet to high-end audio systems creeping into modern machines, it's a good time to be a technophile — and a bad time to be a safety advocate.