Smart Automotive: Float Like A Cadillac, Sting Like A Beemer

Sounds futuristic? Of course it does. But what you just read was what had been experienced by the very fortunate Verne Kopytoff of Fortune.com, as he took a ride in the Mercedes-Benz F 105 autonomous car earlier this year.

A world with vehicles as intelligent as those in the Disney movie Cars (where the dialogue in the title was heard), would truly be a wonderful place to live in, but there is quite some distance to go. As kids on a family trip would say, “Are we there yet?”

Your Car is your new gadget

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9 Smart Car Technologies We Want To See (A Geek’s Wishlist)

For a long time, the sole purpose of a car was to take us from point A to point B as fast as traffic conditions would allow us to. However, rapid advancements in technology has led to a surge in demand from many of us – we wanna have more comfort, entertainment, functionalities, and so on in our cars than ever before. In that vein, we have come up with a wishlist of the things we would like to see (from a geek’s perspective) in cars of the future.

Just like how phones have evolved into smartphones, perhaps cars should also take a similar route and evolve into ‘smart’ cars equipped with futuristic and (more importantly) practical features. In fact, some car manufacturers have already implemented a few of these things that we’re about to mention, but it’ll be nice to see them become standard features in all cars of the future.

1. Enhanced Gesture Control

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Ford Sport Trac Adrenalin Comes Into Focus as Parts Train’s Auto Body Parts Supercharge Every Ford

The Ford Sport Trac Adrenalin is the world’s first high-performance sport-utility truck (SUT). We’re looking to take Ford performance to an entirely new market segment with the Sport Trac Adrenalin,” says Steve Lyons, vice president, Ford Motor Company and president, Ford Division. “Adrenalin is designed to offer a unique combination of performance and functionality.

Adrenalin has combined the best attributes of two breakthrough Ford vehicles – Ford SVT F-150 Lightning and Ford Explorer Sport Trac. It also offers class-leading technologies, including all-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic transmission and Ford’s industry-leading AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control(TM). It offers four full-sized doors, four bolstered bucket seats, and a four-foot composite box with 30 percent more cargo capacity than the current Explorer Sport Trac.

“We have a very clear view of what we want to do to retain Ford’s leadership in performance vehicles,” says Phil Martens group vice president, Product Creation. “This includes looking beyond traditional SVT products for opportunities with unique performance attributes, such as all-wheel-drive.” The Sport Trac Adrenalin delivers searing acceleration with its 4.6-liter, 32-valve DOHC V-8 power train. A Roots-type supercharger and water-to-air intercooler boost output to a whopping 390 horsepower and 390 pounds-feet of torque.

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Making Our Roads Safer

One thing we must realize is when we make rules to help in aspects of safety the must not slow the flow of traffic or transportation. Such rules should solve both problems, improve flow and improve safety. We must be careful not to make linear laws, which cause more deaths and injuries on our roads and highways.

For instance when improving the roads there are special markings, reflective paints and surface coatings, which work better in inclement weather such as fog, rain or wind storms. Also available to us are incredible new roadway materials, which reduce road noise, help the tires grip better, stop quicker, repel water and do not ice up as easy. Similar techniques have been learned to prevent ice from forming on bridges.

There are many problems with freeways and toll ways in America. First the toll ways in America are clogging the flow of traffic. With the proper systems in place in major metro areas like the Los Angeles, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Baltimore we can improve safety and traffic flows. Video cameras on the freeways are just one way to do this and a perfect example is the system in Seattle run by Battelle.

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Performance and Safety Equation Redefined for Volvo XC90 Parts

How does it feel to have the World’s First third-row passenger head-and-shoulder protection with Inflatable Curtain (IC) and the world’s most intelligent All Wheel Drive System (AWD) in your vehicle? You have that peace of mind and comfort isn’t it.

This is how Volvo offers the new 2005 XC90 complete with Innovative new Roll Over Protection System, which includes the first use of Roll Stability Control to reduce the chance of rollover, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) and Special collision compatibility to help passengers in smaller vehicles.

For versatility and performance it has two power trains and electronically controlled All Wheel Drive system. A 2.9L twin turbocharged DOHC inline-6 cylinder engine (268 hp and 280 ft lbs torque at 1800 RPM) with 4 speed automatic transmission and a 2.5L low-pressure turbocharged DOHC inline-5 cylinder engine (208 hp and 236 ft lbs torque at 1500 RPM) with 5 speed automatic transmission completes its power train.

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