The digital tar pit will eventually consume us all, but for now, we're still able to watch it swallow our analog lives. One of the next items to succumb could be your driver's license, at least as soon as Iowa straightens out the kinks. The Hawkeye State is working with MorphoTrust USA on an driver's license app for Android and iOS phones that can be used as a state-approved ID. Notably, the app wouldn't replace a laminated paper version, but either could be used to conduct business. Iowa is alr
Porsche is putting a greater focus on developing connectivity technology in its vehicles for the future, and the company might be working with Apple and Google on solutions. Also, expect to see more hybrids from the sports car brand in the future, maybe even a full EV.
Daimler boss Dietzer Zetsche doesn't think Google is serious about actually building cars and is just investigating how people use vehicles. He said he sees opportunities to work with the search giant in the future but thinks there is a possibly antagonistic relationship when it comes to data privacy.
BMW has been providing the safety cars for the MotoGP series for 16 years now, but this latest M4 outfitted for duty also packs an innovative water injection system to optimize combustion that could see implementation on production models in the near future.
A company called Gotham Air is hoping to take ridesharing to the skies. Somewhat like Uber for helicopters, the service lets customers reserve flights from Manhattan to either JFK or New Liberty airports. The company claims it can shuttle people from place to place in as little as six minutes.
Infotainment Influx Taking Toll On Customers and Dealers Alike
You remember Rikk Wilde. The Chevrolet regional manager became an immediate sensation last fall when he stammered through his World Series presentation and invoked the now-famous "technology and stuff" catchphrase to describe the automaker's latest offerings. As it turns out, he's not the only car guy struggling to offer more specifics on the newest automotive technology.
Scientists at the University of Rochester develop a process for making metal so hydrophobic that water is forcefully repelled from its surface. Since the microscopic and nanoscale pattern in the metal is etched into the surface, it won't degrade like chemical coatings.
While opening a SpaceX office in Seattle, Elon Musk said that the engineers and software programmers in the Pacific Northwest outpost will be working on "a global communications system that would be larger than anything that has been talked about to date." That system would eventually be the start of a satellite communications initiative that would provide Internet for a colony on Mars.
Virtual reality still seems like sci-fi technology, but Audi claims that its VR Experience is coming to some dealers by the end of the decade. The kit allows potential buyers to view Audi's models in every possible equipment combination and color using a set of VR goggles. Headphones even let a person hear the door close or listen to the radio.
Having been cut loose from OnStar, Verizon just announced its Verizon Vehicle service, which provides some OnStar-like features for the 200 million cars on US roads that don't have any sort of built-in connectivity.
Honda is offering a predictive cruise control system on the Exectuve Grade CR-V in Europe starting this year. Advancing the capabilities of the present adaptive cruise control, the Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (i-ACC) will be able to foresee and automatically react to other vehicles cutting in ahead of you up to five seconds ahead of it happening.
A report in Autoweek says public adoption of autonomous technology in vehicles will continue with the next-generation A8, which will be able to navigate on its own up to 37 mph, make its way through traffic, find a parking spot and park itself.
General Motors has announced a brace of new features for OnStar, the first of which is a driving assessment program. OnStar takes note of certain driving parameters for 90 days, then provides the driver feedback on their driving, both individually and compared to other drivers in the program.
Connected Box Keeps An Eye On Lower Electricity Prices
At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, BMW has announced that its i Wallbox Pro will be available in 2016. The BEV recharging system can deliver both solar and electric-grid power at the same time to recharge a vehicle's batteries.