AJAC'S Best New Tech 1 2345
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: It's powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged and directinjected four-cylinder engine (306 hp / 295 lbft.) that drives the front wheels. The only transmission available is a
Th Jo tio
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.