Research & Development

Ford's New 'Speed Limiter' Can Regulate Driver's Speed

Depending on the point of view, Ford's new speed-limiting technology either helps lead foots curb their appetite for speed or represents a further intrusion on driver control and automotive privacy.
 
The feature, dubbed Intelligent Speed Limiter, made its debut last month on the Ford S-Max in Europe. It automatically prevents drivers from exceeding speed limits.
 

GM Recycles Water Bottles to Make Chevy Equinox Part

General Motors is turning its employees’ recycled water bottles into a new life: noise-reducing fabric insulation that covers the Chevrolet Equinox engine. The bottles – collected from five of its Michigan facilities – are also being turned into air filtration components and insulation in coats for the homeless community.

Jeep and Mopar Unveil Seven Concept Vehicles Built For 50th Annual Easter Jeep Safari

Seven new, ultra-capable Jeep® concept vehicles, featuring an array of Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts available to consumers, will conquer the famous and challenging trails of Moab, Utah, at Easter Jeep Safari, March 19-27. Thousands of off-road enthusiasts are expected to descend upon Moab this year to celebrate what will likely be the most popular Jeep Safari ever, as the 50th annual event coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand.

Ford Makes Police Car Doors That Stop Armor-Piercing Bullets

It's a first for police cars: Doors that can protect against armor-piercing bullets.

Ford will soon be offering the doors on its Police Interceptor sedans and SUVs. They'll be the first in the U.S. to meet the Justice Department's highest standard for body armor, the equivalent of a bulky SWAT team vest.

The doors are designed to stop a .30-caliber bullet shot from a high-powered rifle like an AK-47. That's more powerful ammunition than many soldiers carry.

GM Recognizes Suppliers For Delivering World-Class Innovation And Quality

General Motors recognized 110 of its best global suppliers during its 24th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held at Cobo Center. The announcement represents the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier of the Year event in 1992.

Automotive suppliers from 17 countries received GM’s coveted Supplier of the Year award for going above and beyond GM’s requirements, designed to provide customers with the most innovative technologies that benefit customers and the industry’s highest quality vehicles.

Android Auto Update Arrives For Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC And Buick Vehicles

Fear not, Android fans, General Motors has you covered finally. As promised, Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick have all announced the Android Auto update is now ready to go for vehicles equipped with the eight-inch MyLink/IntelliLink/CUE systems.

The update may only be performed by your local Chevy, Cadillac, Buick or GMC dealer at no cost to the owner, but the software must updated to Android Lollipop (5.0) or later.

Jeep Teases “Trailcat” Wrangler Concept Ahead Of Easter Jeep Safari

Jeep buyers are the sort of people who love to customize and tweak their vehicles, whether it be for mall-crawling or bounding through Moab. The engineers at Jeep love to stoke customer imagination every year with a series of concept models revealed for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, but this year the company is promising a seriously intriguing model. Called the Trailcat, the Jeep Wrangler concept looks to have considerably more ventilation than usual in its hood, potentially signaling that a supercharged V-8 is underhood.

Use Augmented Reality To Build Your Next Fiat Chrysler Car

At Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, Fiat Chrysler showcased a new car sales app that uses augmented reality to allow customers to modify features in a car before they buy. The platform was built atop Google's Project Tango, a technology that allows mobile devices to "see" what's around them using motion tracking, depth perception, and other services.

Ford To Triple Investment In Self-Driving Tech

Ford CEO Mark Fields said today the automaker plans to triple its engineering investment in driver assist and semi-autonomous vehicle technology over the next five years and unveiled an updated version of the Ford Kuga, a compact crossover sold in Europe.

Fields made the announcement at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain — an annual technology conference. He did not specify a dollar figure or say where the increase in the engineering resources would be centered.