Ram introduced special editions: the luxo Southwestern ’18 2500/3500 Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo; off-road, tech-friendly ’19 1500 Rebel 12; and ’18 Power Wagon Mojave Sand package. Rolls-Royce and Harvard are working together on something called “swarm” robots that would be able to go inside an engine and do visual inspections. The live feed of those hard-to-reach places could ultimately result in quicker service and lower costs for customers. This is part of R-R’s IntelligentEngine project. Chevy introduced the Call Me Out app. It knows when a driver is futzing with a phone while going more than 5 mph and unleashes prerecorded audio messages from friends and family with a reminder to focus on driving.
Is 3D printing of vehicle components coming? Yes, and mass-produced if Volkswagen has anything to do with it. Parts such as gear knobs are VW’s 2- to 3-year plan.
Apple is definitely working on self-driving vehicles. How do we know? Their vehicle was in an accident. It got rear-ended. There’s now a college degree in Subaruing. Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, is where students can get a 2-year associate of applied science degree in Subaru automotive technology, which will include training with Subaru retailers. A job post-graduation should also await them.
The largest Ram dealership has opened in the U.S. HW Hunter Ram of the West Truck Center is in Lancaster, California. Blame Volvo, not Jp, for this bad news. The automaker had conducted a Harris Poll that became Volvo Reports: Finding Focus on the Road. What was learned during the survey is that distracted driving isn’t just a young person thing— it’s a problem with all generations. Ferrari’s got an SUV coming. Its name will likely be Purosangue. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Google are collaborating on tech. Android OS will be embedded in those automakers’ vehicles starting in 2021 for a more intelligent-based infotainment system.
Ford, Uber, and Lyft are now going to share data via something called SharedStreets. “The partnership gives mayors unparalleled access to road traffic data, allowing them to make better planning and investment decisions as shared and autonomous mobility arrive in their cities.”
Like it or not, virtual test drives are likely to be in the future. Volkswagen is already testing out software that simulates driving in traffic.
AAA headline: “Misunderstanding and misuse of driver assistance technology could lead to a crash.” Meaning, research from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 80 percent of drivers with blind-spot monitoring “were unaware of limitations or incorrectly believed the system could accurately detect vehicles passing at very high speeds or bicycles and pedestrians.” Be afraid here: bit.ly/2xUio54.