City planners recognize the potential power of vehicle connectivity, automation and ride sharing to improve the quality of life for urban dwellers. But they may lack the resources to find and analyze the best mobility options.
Kevin Kerrigan, who heads automotive initiatives for the Michigan Economic Development Corp., says Michigan government sees its role in future mobility as that of creating an environment in which new technologies can flourish. To help cities make informed choices, MEDC and its PlanetM mobility initiative partnered with the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor to provide guidance.
Although all OEMs and suppliers do their utmost best to assure nothing but top-notch quality is achieved for their vehicles and systems, sometimes things simply go wrong because, well, that’s just how the Universe is.
According to Frank Jourdan, president, Chassis & Safety Div., Continental Contitech AG (continental-corporation.com), the high-resolution 3D flash LIDAR (HFL) technology that the company is developing for deployment in automated driving systems in the 2020+ timeframe provides an array of benefits.
While at the Tokyo Motor Show this week various vehicle manufacturers were showing off all manner of cars and crossovers and transportation devices that typically had to do with something autonomous, connected and/or electrified (ACE, as CAR’s Brett Smith categorizes this burgeoning field), the guys from Chevy were in El Segundo, California, showing off a different take on what can best be described as “toys for boys”—boys who do or don’t have driver’s licenses.