-- I attended the 2015 SAE World Congress at Cobo Center
in Detroit, which is held from April 21-23, 2015. This year's
theme is "Leading Mobility Innovation" which discusses
new technology of advancements of today and for the future. Leaders
from industry, media and government provided insight into bringing
automatization and connectivity to consumers.
we went to the Ride-and-Drive event and drove a 2015 Jeep Renegade
Trailhawk 4x4. This vehicle has a base price of $25,995 with a
fully loaded price of $31,465. It gets 24 mpg combined city/highway
driving, while getting 21 mpg for city and 29 mpg for highway.
The vehicle that my husband drove had a 2.4-liter, I4 MultiAir
engine and its a four-cylinder. He tried kicking it in gear on
the freeway and it has good pep and handles great around curves.
My husband was surprised at how well it handled.
the FEV Innovation Forum, which was held in the Grand Ballroom.
Gary Smyth, Executive Director of Research and Development at
GM, says some of today's technologies are: Forward collision alert,
lane departure warning, side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic
alert and adaptive cruise control. GM is speeding up with Onstar
4G LTE which is on more than 30 vehicle models. "The whole
industry has improved dramatically," adds Smyth. The company
is working on a diagnostic and prognostics failure feature that
tells you of vehicle failure before it happens.
allows cars communicate with each other, the infrastructure and
pedestrians. "We can have a dramatic impact on cars that
don't crash. Driverless vehicles will come in the future. However,
we have to work together to get to this new Ecosystem. We're introducing
semi-automatic driving and V2V (vehicle to vehicle) features in
2017 production vehicles. Our industry is transforming,"
Director/Research Scientist at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute,
asks "How will users benefit from automated technology? We
have seen over the years, over 90 percent of crash events are
due to humans. From the early 70's til this year, that trend hasn't
changed. Driver error, and decision error is the highest in the
number of crashes," says Blanco.
and younger drivers are most at risk. For teens, we have the highest
fatality rate. Their reaction times are quick, but situational
awareness is typically lower. Teens also find the "cool factor"
of cars with automated systems very appealing. Teen drivers benefit
from automation. Seniors, due to cataracts are also risky. Their
reaction time has reduced. Older drivers also welcome the driving
assistance provided by automation.
of mobility is defined by consumer trends and demands. The challenge
to change the world is in everyone's hands.
more information about the SAE World Congress, visit www.sae.org/congress.
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SAE 2014 World Congress