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Samsung buys Harman for connecting in cars

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, autonomous, Autonomous vehicles, Connectivity, Consumer Electronics Show (CES)|Tags: , , , , , , |

When you go to car.harman.com a segmented car starts breathing; one section at a time the car pulses. If you click on the cloud that hovers over the car, cyber security information comes up. Each group talks about a part of the connected car; data exchange, navigation, the cloud, connectivity, apps, connected interface, [...]

Silly Valley wine country slip sliding away

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Categories: #carchat, BMW, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Good Morning Warren and Friends, It's been one wet week in Northern California! Yes, we need it, but we're not used to it, and certainly not this much all at once. Stretch, and I drove to Palo Alto, CA for a BMW event (when you see me in my videos, Stretch is the videographer). We [...]

A 5-Series option for every Ultimate Driving buyer

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Categories: BMW, Hybrids, Luxury vehicles, Plugin-electric vehicles|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Fast, efficient, technological sound the 2017 BMW 5-Series will be offered in a completely redesigned sedan with more versions of the Ultimate Driving Machine than ever offered before. The first lap in the BMW 530i took me to the BMW technology center in Palo Alto, CA. The newest technology originates in the tech center, goes [...]

CES technology you’ve come a long way bandwidth

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:22+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Autonomous vehicles, Connectivity, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Continental AG, Suppliers, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

What did bandwidth get you back in the 1980s? the 90s? the beginning of the 21st century? Brett Stark, Continental's telematics group goes through the levels of bandwidth. What year/decade did Level 1 bandwidth come on the market? What could one do on Level 1? We go through the levels of bandwidth with Stark and [...]

Chevy Bolt energy center eHorizon for motorcyclists

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:23+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: #carchat, Warren Brown, Washingtonpost.com|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Good Morning Warren and Friends, I went to Detroit this week and visited General Motor's Energy center. I got to see the lab where they tested the batteries for the Chevy Volt and the Chevy Bolt. It's amazing how far batteries have come just in my time; from lead acid batteries to Nickel Metal Hydride [...]

NHTSA, Magna cybersecurity hacking solutions

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:24+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Categories: #Magna, Automobiles and Energy, Autonomous vehicles, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

One of the biggest concerns about autonomous vehicles should be your car getting hacked. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a multi-tiered solution to ensure vehicle systems are designed to take actions to prevent hacking, but also to take action if the hacking is successful. In a recent [...]

Magna’s Actero Air and aerodynamics

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:24+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Categories: #Magna, Technology|Tags: , , |

Tony Povinelli, Director of Advanced Technology and Business Development for Magna Exteriors and Interiors, talked about ACTERO an Active Aerodynamic Systems that includes active grill shutters that comprise of a louver system that blocks front-end vehicle airflow at the grille. There is a cooling module to reduce vehicle drag or optimize engine temperatures, [...]

Magna’s Trailer Reverse Guidance on Ford Super Duty

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:24+00:00 October 26th, 2016|Categories: #Magna, Ford, North American Car Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Technology|Tags: , , , |

Akinyele Ikuseru, Magna's system engineer shows off the 2017 Ford Super Duty with Trailer Reverse Guidance System. You can see the trailer through the NAV system as well as the trajectory of the trailer as the steering wheel is turned. The system is supported by Magna's multi-patented EYERIS driver-assistance technology developed jointly by [...]

C3 Connected Infiniti Kia carchat

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:25+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Categories: Alternative vehicles, Automobiles and Energy, Autonomous vehicles, Infiniti, Kia, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Good Morning Warren and Friends, We drove the Infiniti QX 60 all week. Another great 3-row CUV that starts around $43,000 comes in AWD. The V-6 EPA fuel economy is stated at 20 city / 27 highway. Fun week for me! Stretch and I went to San Francisco to the C3 Connected Summit. [...]

Sculpted Steel: local art and auto shows

By | 2017-03-22T07:59:34+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Car shows, Charities, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As families look for places to go and events to attend for their Summer vacation, we have started compiling some local art and auto shows. These shows are small, intimate events that provide a relaxed atmosphere to languish around a rare, vintage or art deco vehicle or become part of a tour to aid in [...]