Anshel: Hello everyone, I?m the Editor-in-Chief of BSN* and we?ve been working on expanding our website towards car tech, specifically focusing on the things that we know: The tech aspects of cars and how they?re becoming more and more computers on wheels. Alan and I recently got new cars and we realized that picking our new cars involved a lot of the same things that you would do for a whole car review, so we decided to explore the topic and share our own experiences. We both love cars and driving, so we take it pretty seriously when they?re something we care about. Alan: Exactly.
This was our first year attending the Los Angeles International Auto Show and we managed to get some really interesting coverage of the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Edition as well as the Cadillac ELR. There was much more photography to be had and we decided that we would simply make it a series of different galleries for different vehicles and brands. At the very end, there will be a final gallery of all of the other vehicles that were skipped or we didn’t think we had enough photos of to actually create a gallery for it. Couldn’t go to the LA Auto Show?
Since the LA Auto Show has begun there have been a lot of interesting announcements from Maserati and test drives of the new Cadillac ELR. However, in the world of automotive infotainment it seems like things are constantly changing with companies like Qualcomm expected to enter the mix after Nvidia had a few years ago. Intel has been quietly working behind the scenes to secure yet another customer on top of BMW, Nissan and Toyota. This time, Intel has announced that they will be working with Tata Motors, the parent company of both Jaguar and Land Rover to develop next-generation infotainment systems for future vehicles of both brands.
While attending the LA Auto Show’s Press Days, we got a chance thanks to Cadillac’s Donny Nordlicht and Juan Carmargo to test drive the Cadillac ELR. For those that don’t know the ELR, it is Cadillac’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle and is actually built on the same powertrain as the Chevy Volt, but with some modifications for more performance and power savings. The ELR is designed to be a much more aggressive, sporty but comfortable drive compared to the Volt. This is done with a modified suspension and some performance tuning as well as some interesting features like the regen paddles. In the ELR, where
Left to right: Google co-founder Sergey Brin, State Senator Alex Padilla, and Governor Jerry Brown On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1298 into law at Google HQ in Mountain View. He was joined by Google’s Sergey Brin and bill sponsor Alex Padilla. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) an MIT Engineering graduate said: ?Human error causes most traffic accidents and autonomous technology can reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on California’s roads.? Padilla believes self-driving cars also will improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles, reduce emissions and enable cars to talk to one another to improve traffic flow. California will adopt rules and
General Motors (GM) is exploring ways to eliminate cords while charging cell phones and other hand-held devices in its vehicles. At the CES 2011 show, they announced a cool $5 million investment in wireless charging start-up Powermat. This is the first time an OEM manufacturer has addressed charging wireless devices in a vehicle. Micky Bly, GM’s executive director of hybrids and battery electric vehicles, said the Chevy Volt “will be one of the first applications, but we intend to expand it across our vehicle portfolio.” The CES-display Volt features two charging pads: one behind the shifter and the other in the back seat. Check out the
GM is partnering with eBay Motors to sell new cars – yes, this time the premature July announcement has reached fruition. That false start has been given the gas, and as of August 11, you can buy a brand new Chevy or GMC on eBay. Back in 2008, almost 4,000 auto dealers who sold GM?s Certified Used Cars started listing their inventories on eBay Motors, radically altering the used car business. The “New 2009 GM” is hoping to alter the new car business now as well. Today, looking at the GM site you can only find individual Summer Savings ads for Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Hummer, GMC
Intel dramatically reduced its involvement in BMW Sauber F1 team, decreasing sponsorship from nine spots to only two on the newly presented F1.09 car.