Heading into CES 2016 we knew there was going to be a lot of new tech for automotives. True enough, there hasn’t been any shortage of car tech whether it’s already functional or something that could possibly hit the road in the future.
Speaking of the future, that’s exactly what’s written all over the Faraday Future’s (FF) FFZero1 – a concept electric car that looks like something Bruce Wayne would drive when he’s out fighting crime.
The FFZero1 on display is nearly as real as the Batmobile. It’s just a concept car and was used primarily to showcase what FF is potentially capable of.
Here’s a perfect example of technology making life easier for people – especially for the non car-savvy drivers. Hyundai went out of its way to build an augmented reality app for owners of its cars. Aptly called Virtual Guide, the app will walkthrough the user on how to perform basic car maintenance tasks.
Fire up Virtual Guide and point it to any part of the car and it’ll show digital dots for certain parts of the car. Tap on the dot to get a step-by-step maintenance walkthrough or how-to use if you’re inside the car.
It would be really nice if this piece of tech also makes its way onto other car manufacturers. And just imagine what the experience would be like with Microsoft’s augmented reality project Holo Lens.
Taking helping to another level
And since we’re talking about helping, that’s exactly what Ford and drone maker DJI is doing as it’s developing a vehicle-to-drone communication tech to help the United Nations in disaster relief aid.
This should allow responders to drive near a disaster-hit area, park in a safe place and then the car’s driver can launch and pilot the drone to scout and map the area while looking out for survivors all while staying at the driver’s seat.
Ford imagines the technology can also be used for purposes other than disaster relief saying the agriculture and construction sectors can also benefit from this tech under development.
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Ford is also looking into integrating its vehicles with Amazon Echo and Wink. What will it do? Ford sees the possibility of car owners remotely starting and/or unlocking their cars, remotely checking fuel status as well as checking the car’s location. The integration also allows other nifty features like opening the garage door from the car.
What’s here and now for the company? Ford announced all of its cars that will be released this year will be compatible with either Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford car owners can pair their smartphones to the car’s dashboard for a smart experience inside the vehicle.
That’s it for now on car tech at CES 2016. Follow us on all our platforms for more updates!
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Nissan Intelligent Mobility First Look
The Japanese company has a lot of tricks up its sleeve
Nissan wants to shape the future of mobility by electrifying it.
The Japanese company hosted an event that showcases its plans for the lineup of vehicles in the coming years. It is their vision of what a connected city with connected vehicles will be like and how it makes the lives of motorists easier, safer, and more efficient.
Conquering Mt. Malasimbo with the Nissan Navara and its Around View Monitor
It has the brawns and brains to take on a mountain
As a celebration of Navara’s third year in the Philippine market, Nissan recently rounded up media representatives and flew them to Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. The Navara is one of Nissan’s most successful vehicles, and is already part of the top three in the local pickup segment.
This event was also the perfect chance to put to test its new feature: the Around View Monitor (AVM). This is part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility initiative which we heard a lot of during the recent Nissan Futures in Singapore.
Kicking off from the southern-most tip of the island, we embarked on our eight-hour drive to Mt. Malasimbo. Each 2.5-liter Navara carried two to four persons. While some took turns driving, others braved the driver’s seat from start to finish.
The roads our convoy took were a combination of gravel, unfinished roads, remote paths with blind spots, steep inclines, and narrow lanes. I’ve already spent hours on Nissan’s zero-gravity seats in the past so I had no issues with ride comfort. These seats plus the truck’s multi-link suspension system actually made the drive comfortable — too comfortable that one of our passengers was asleep in the back seat almost the entire time (no, not dropping names!).
Once at Mt. Malasimbo, we got to finally make the most out of its AVM and other safety tech. An obstacle course was set up in different areas of the mountain which we took turns strategically maneuvering around.
It was during this time that the Around View Monitor proved the most useful. Blind spots — which would usually require an additional person to stick their head out and check how much room you still have — are now comfortably seen right at the monitor.
There’s also an option to have an even closer view of how far your tire is from an obstacle just by pressing one button. This made it easy to take accurate and calculated turns at the site’s steep and narrow inclines.
Other features that were in action while navigating through the twists and climbs of Mt. Malasimbo were Hill Start/Descent Assist, Traction Control, and Vehicle Dynamics Stability Control.
At this event, not only did everyone have fun catching up and driving, the Navara also proved itself as a vehicle that can keep up with your adventures, whether you’re sailing on a smooth highway or treading the road less traveled.
Ford launches all-new Mustang and Expedition at MIAS 2018
The color on that Mustang is just beautiful
This year’s Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) officially started today and there’s a lineup of car brands that will reveal their latest offerings to the hundreds of people at the event. Ford Philippines kicked things off by introducing its all-new Mustang and Expedition.
There are four new variants adding to the famous Mustang line in the country: the 2.3L EcoBoost 10-speed AT fastback, 5.0L V8 GT 10-speed AT fastback, 5.0L V8 GT 10-speed AT convertible, and 5.0L V8 GT 6-speed MT convertible.
Those are quite a handful to remember so just keep in mind there are two fastback models with different engines — one is more fuel-efficient while the other is pure power. The remaining two are convertibles with one having automatic transmission and the other, a manual gearbox.
While they’re all beasts on the road, what’s interesting is the option to go entirely manual with a 6-speed configuration specifically for the 5-liter V8 convertible model. This allows you to have full control when shifting gears so you can get that extra torque exactly when you need it.
There are also modifications on its aggressive body. The hood line is lower and a pair of functional air vents are now seen. New LED fog lamps and headlamps are also present with signature lighting complementing the redesigned LED tri-bar taillamps.
The new Mustang is available at Ford dealerships across the Philippines with the following price tags:
2.3L EcoBoost 10-speed AT fastback — PhP 2,798,000
5.0L V8 GT 10-speed AT fastback — PhP 3,478,000
5.0L V8 GT 10-speed AT convertible — PhP 3,678,000
5.0L V8 GT 6-speed MT convertible — PhP 3,578,000
On the other hand, the Expedition is more for comfortable long trips with the family. It boasts a tough new design, improved performance, and a collection of best-in-class luxury features.
Running the show is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that coughs up 375 horsepower. It is then mated with a 10-speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission — all while maintaining the best possible fuel efficiency.
Talking about its physique, it now sports a raised power dome hood that does make it look more authoritative in addition to standing on 20-inch aluminum mags. Chrome trimmings are present to accentuate the vehicle.
It comes complete with driver-assist tech including Hill Descent control, Hill Start Assist, Blind Spot Information System, forward and reverse sensing systems, among others. The all-new Expedition also has the advanced SYNC 3 for navigation and other forms of assistance while on the road.
Ford’s all-new Expedition is available in two models with the following price points:
3.5L 4WD Limited MAX (with bucket seats) — PhP 4,358,000
3.5L 4WD Limited MAX — PhP 4,258,000
For more information and to see these bad boys on display, visit Ford’s booth at the Manila International Auto Show 2018 at the World Trade Center Manila until April 8, 2018.
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