Episode #363 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth and Steven Ewing welcome Zach Bowman, now with Road & Track, back for the first podcast of 2014. Topics include the 2014 North American International Auto Show next week in Detroit, Fiat purchasing all of Chrysler, the possible mandating of backup cameras and the best-selling vehicles of 2013. There's even a Project Ugly Horse update. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for tho
Technology has brought about a great deal of advancements in new vehicles over the last few years. There are some electric nanny aids that many of us do without, but there are others, like rear backup cameras and warning systems, that proponents suggest could save lives. How many? If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new findings are any indication, quite a few. In 2007 alone, 221 people were killed when vehicles backed up over them, and 99 of those were children under the age
The NHTSA just released a study on the effectiveness of vehicle backover avoidance technologies. You know them as the current crop of sensors that manufacturers have been using to try to prevent backover deaths. They basically include technologies like bumper-mounted sonar sensors and rearview cameras with monitor systems.