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an­nounced its `Best New Tech­nol­ogy' award win­ners at the Montreal auto show. Mazda won in the `Best new In­no­va­tion Tech­nol­ogy' cat­e­gory with its G-vec­tor­ing Con­trol (GVC) sys­tem that's found in the re­cently-in­tro­duced 2017 Mazda6 and Mazda3.

Part of Mazda's Sky­ac­tiv-ve­hi­cle Dy­nam­ics mo­tion con­trol tech­nolo­gies that en­hance the over­all driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, GVC pro­vides in­te­grated con­trol over the en­gine, trans­mis­sion, body and chas­sis. “So sub­tle that most driv­ers won't even be aware of the feature op­er­at­ing, GVC en­hances the ve­hi­cle's feel of sta­bil­ity and smooth­ness by con­trol­ling en­gine power in al­most im­per­cep­ti­ble time frames to shift the weight bal­ance of the car,” says Tech­nol­ogy Panel Chair, Jim Kerr. “For pas­sen­gers, the re­sult is a com­fort­able and more re­lax­ing ride. For driv­ers, GVC re­duces small steer­ing wheel in­puts by al­most 50% and pro­vides a feel­ing of lin­ear con­trol of the steer­ing on all types of roads and road sur­faces.”

Volvo won the award for `Best New Safety Tech­nol­ogy' thanks to Pi­lot As­sist II, which is ac­tu­ally three sys­tems that use cam­era and radar tech­nol­ogy to help keep driv­ers and pas­sen­gers safe. “The Pi­lot As­sist feature can con­trol ac­cel­er­a­tion, brak­ing and steer­ing up to 130 km/h to help keep the S90 in its lane at speed,” ex­plains Kerr. “Run off road mit­i­ga­tion keeps the ve­hi­cle on the road by ap­ply­ing brak­ing and steer­ing forces if an im­pend­ing road de­par­ture is sensed. Large an­i­mal de­tec­tion senses the den­sity of larger an­i­mals such as deer, moose and coy­otes within about a 200 me­tre range, to de­ter­mine if they pose a dan­ger, warn the driver and au­to­mat­i­cally brake the ve­hi­cle to mit­i­gate a col­li­sion if the driver takes no ac­tion. These fea­tures are semi­au­tonomous, giv­ing the driver full con­trol of the ve­hi­cle at all times while us­ing au­to­matic con­trol to as­sist when re­quired.” - Shaun

The 2017 North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show (NAIAS) me­dia pre­view days felt a lit­tle, well, un­der­whelm­ing.

Sure, there were re­veals – North Amer­i­can de­buts and even a few global pre­mieres of pro­duc­tion-ready cars and con­cepts – but it all felt rather sub­dued.

Traips­ing around the show floor at Cobo Cen­ter for two days dur­ing the me­dia pre­view (which really should have been just one due to a lack of man­u­fac­turer press con­fer­ences on the sec­ond day), I was struck by the rel­a­tive lack of ac­tiv­ity (and buzz) sur­round­ing the pro­ceed­ings. The level of en­thu­si­asm was no­tice­ably re­duced.

Why it was this way, I'm not sure.

Maybe it was due to the num­ber of man­u­fac­tur­ers that ei­ther chose to not stage a press con­fer­ence or bailed on the show en­tirely.

Maybe it was be­cause of the lack of truly show-stop­ping re­veals.

Or maybe it was just me, tired from a whirl­wind three days that took me first to the mad­ness that is the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show (CES) in Las Ve­gas, be­fore de­posit­ing me in the frigidly dull con­fines of Metro Detroit.

As a first-timer at CES, I was truly blown away – the sights, the sounds, the smor­gas­bord of demos, dis­plays and cut­tingedge tech­nol­ogy and the un­end­ing streams of hu­man­ity that jammed the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (turn to page 12 for my re­port on that ex­trav­a­ganza).

CES is also start­ing to eat NAIAS' lunch with the growth of au­tomaker in­volve­ment at that show. Car­mak­ers are in­creas­ingly us­ing CES to show off their lat­est in­no­va­tions in au­ton­o­mous driv­ing tech and con­nected car gad­getry, not Detroit. With all of that said, how­ever, there were still some in­ter­est­ing re­veals in Detroit.

Trans­form­ers was sec­ond. We shot in Ice­land, and that was crazy be­cause it was 28-be­lowzero, which was not fun. Like, I hate the cold. I hate it. It was a crazy ex­pe­ri­ence though, man. The over­all scope of this movie - even we couldn't be­lieve that it could be any big­ger, but it's as big as it gets right now.

FAM­ILY HAS AL­WAYS BEEN AN UN­DER­LY­ING THEME IN PAST FAST & FU­RI­OUS MOVIES, BUT FATE OF THE FU­RI­OUS REALLY BRINGS IT TO THE FORE­FRONT. HOW DOES FAM­ILY TIE INTO THE EIGHTH FILM? I think, for me, it comes down to a cou­ple things. This is very dis­rup­tive, what Dom is do­ing, and very con­fus­ing for all of us. We're just really on a mis­sion to try to get to the bot­tom of what's go­ing on, and that's what a fam­ily does; they come to­gether, be­cause there's power in num­bers, and just get to the bot­tom of what's hap­pen­ing.

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