Automotive – Mobile Geeks http://www.mobilegeeks.com Covering the Latest Mobile Technology Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:12:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 39846093 What the US government shutdown taught us about the future of mobility http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/what-the-us-government-shutdown-shows-us-about-the-future-of-mobility/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/what-the-us-government-shutdown-shows-us-about-the-future-of-mobility/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:00:23 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?post_type=article&p=40236

The US is often seen as leading the way to the future of mobility. But during times of political turmoil, we see how the American conception of mobility is firmly stuck in the past, and rooted in the idea of mobility and transit as a private good. The recent US government shutdown, the longest in […]

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Most American policymakers — and voters — see transit as a social welfare program. VOX - The real reason American public transportation is such a disaster

The US is often seen as leading the way to the future of mobility. But during times of political turmoil, we see how the American conception of mobility is firmly stuck in the past, and rooted in the idea of mobility and transit as a private good. The recent US government shutdown, the longest in the country’s history, was rooted in US president Trump’s desire to build a wall to stop Mexicans from crossing the border. The fall out from the shutdown brought US public transit to a halt and underscored the gaps in who gets to be mobile in the US.

Cross border migration is an issue that many countries have tackled with a wall. We aren’t here to debate the merits of Trump’s xenophobic mission, we’re interested in the public transportation issues that it has brought to light. And while other countries have used walls (like Israel’s Gaza wall, which is more like a smart fence — effective but rooted in regional politics) to stop migration, the US has failed to implement sufficient public transit to support its residents.

Toronto Public Transit – TTC

European, Asian, and Canadian cities treat it as a vital public utility. In times of political turmoil, it becomes clear how much the US relies on the private sector to drive innovation. This fundamental difference explains why the first successful ride-sharing products were born in the US.

The Trump administration has not been supportive of public transit. The President’s first and second budget requests both called for eliminating critical programs that provide funding to transit—the competitive TIGER program, Capital Investment Grants (CIG) for building new transit and funding major improvements, and intercity passenger rail funding.

This move is likely playing to his voter base who are largely non-urban and perceive themselves as not effective by public transportation investments.

During the shutdown, the Federal Transit Administration was not able to pay the $250 million a week to local providers and state governments to support transit. At day 35, there was about $1B in backlogged payments.

Judging by the numbers, this amount of money should provide a much higher quality of service!

So if the US is spending 250 Million a week, why is it so bad?

Denver LRT

American buses, subways, and light rail lines consistently have lower ridership levels, fewer service hours, and longer waits between trains than those in virtually every comparably wealthy European and Asian country. While having much higher costs.

It seems I’m not the only one asking why things in the US are dismal for public transit. VOX has an article aptly called: “The real reason American public transportation is such a disaster

At first glance, it seems easy to accept America’s complaint that city and suburban planning was done in the 1950s when the car became the dominant mode of transportation. The US is also larger in geography than most Asian or European countries.

There is one problem with this mentality and that’s Canada, which is also a sprawling and built for cars. Canadian cities’ public transit systems, though, look very different.

“Canada just has more public transit,” says transit consultant Jarrett Walker to Vox. “Compare, say, Portland to Vancouver, or Salt Lake to Edmonton, or Des Moines to Winnipeg. Culturally and economically, they’re very similar cities, but in each case the Canadian city has two to five times as much transit service per capita, so there’s correspondingly more ridership per capita.”

Historically, many countries invested in public transpiration at the same time as they designed cities for cars. However, if you look at Los Angeles, you see a city that completely and proudly neglected public transportation until the gridlock simply overwhelmed. The city was left with no choice but accept the concept of mass transit.

What did we learn from the shutdown?

During the government shutdown Chariot, a ride-sharing service which provided customized transportation in vans announced it was shutting down.

When Chariot launched in 2014, it joined a wave of Uber-inspired “microtransit” tech companies hoping to disrupt transportation services by providing faster, more efficient options for riders sick of—and underserved by—traditional public transit.

This isn’t a sign that ride sharing is doomed to fail. What it shows is what happens when private ridesharing doesn’t attempt to integrate with public transportation. Right now there is a dramatic lack of integration between public transportation and ride sharing. Public and private systems need to work together to create a seamless experience. A lack of integration is what caused Chariot to fail even though San Francisco’s public transportation by global standard is tragic.

Uber is already looking at working with public transportation to improve their revenues. This blending of public and private services is key to a flexible and meaningful roll-out of mass transit.

But President Trump really, really wants his border wall and kept the government shutdown for a record 35 days. LaGuardia Airport was closed for a short period by the Federal Aviation Administration, due to a lack of air traffic controllers. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back and ended the shutdown. It wasn’t the national parks were being destroyed or the threat that 38M Americans losing access to food stamps. It was when global mobility was impacted that the shutdown had to come to an end.

Ensuring that the US government views public transit as a public good, and not a welfare product, is an important shift. Mass transit should be seen as a way to increase the quality of life while bolstering the economy. It shouldn’t take a government shutdown to align around that simple fact.

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Why the car industry should stop competing with smartphones http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/why-the-car-industry-should-stop-competing-with-smartphones/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/why-the-car-industry-should-stop-competing-with-smartphones/#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 07:00:36 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?post_type=article&p=39809

I’m overly critical of cars and their shocking lack of solid connectivity. Attending car event after car event I praise them for how far they’ve come in a short period of time making allowances for the safety standards that stop them from iterating as quickly as the smartphone industry. Regardless, I hold cars to the […]

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I’m overly critical of cars and their shocking lack of solid connectivity. Attending car event after car event I praise them for how far they’ve come in a short period of time making allowances for the safety standards that stop them from iterating as quickly as the smartphone industry.

Regardless, I hold cars to the same standards as a smartphone because that’s what the average consumer does. The bar for interaction and usefulness is the smartphone. To be fair, I understand that the smartphone has had over a decade of refinement. Multiple players problem-solving mobility with an aggressive pinch of copycat-ing in there when someone lands on an iterative innovation.

During the Mercedes Benz launch of the CLA in Las Vegas last week I caught myself arguing with an engineer on the showfloor, I might have needed a coffee as I yelled at him saying that the offline capabilities of MBUX were “Dog Shit”. Again, I’m being unfair, a car moves a lot faster than a phone so maintaining proper connectivity is harder, and when our phone is slow to connect in a car, we get why. When our car has trouble connecting it’s flat out unforgivable. A double standard yes, but true never the less.

This is the trump card that I hold in my back pocket whenever I’m discussing connectivity. It doesn’t matter how big the steps forward car makers have made they aren’t on the same level as the smartphone.

When I throw this comment in the face of someone who has worked hard improving an infotainment system, I’m always met with a defeated look and a nod of consent. But I’ve come to realize I’m wrong.

Car companies should not be competing with smartphones, instead, they should find better ways to integrate technology with them. The bar should no longer be that the car works as well as the phone, but that it’s as useful as the ecosystem the smartphone provides.

Car manufacturers are looking to maintain control over the space inside the car by offering you all the services you might need natively. I get it, they don’t want to lose control over selling you services, which is where the real money is in the future. If they give up control of this space to someone else, whatever company that is (hey Google, Alexa or Siri), they will be the gateway to the real monetization.

Look at the smartphone, sure speed, camera and battery life are important, but if you ask people why they are addicted to their handset it’s the apps. No one is addicted to the actual hardware, it’s merely a tool.

Car makers need to learn this lesson from the smartphone industry. Apple is king because it’s selling an ecosystem, Android handset makers don’t benefit from the ecosystem in the same way that Google does.

Creating an ecosystem this late in the game is tough, just ask Cortana how that’s going. But figure out how to play nice with the right ecosystem. Partner, make friends and leverage, this could be the key to winning hearts and eventually wallets.

After CES I have my eye on Alexa and her integration with BMW. Hey Mercedes, you’re winning me over, but I need you to be apart of more.

For now, luxury car makers rely on the car enthusiasts, those who love the handling, speed and build quality of the car. They are selling to their existing base. However, as a long time smartphone reviewer, I can draw parallels. The bulk of smartphone sales today come from nailing features like the camera which if we’re honest is merely a tool for the apps we’re addicted to.

If we look at the future of mobility it’s not about the car it’s about the service. If I ask you how to do you use Uber, you’ll first point to the app before you think about the car. Cars are just pieces of the puzzle, if you want to really look at how to win in the future, it’s not about competing with the smartphone, it’s about embracing it.

The first company that truly figures out how to embrace the ecosystem smartphones enable rather than compete with them will come out on top.

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Is the Future of Mobility a loss leader? Daimler’s Q4 results could tell this story http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/daimler-future-of-mobility-q4-results/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/daimler-future-of-mobility-q4-results/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2019 17:20:24 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?post_type=article&p=40108

Yesterday Daimler released its Q4 results, showing a 22% decline in operating profits. Parts of the decline can be accounted for by global trade wars (that have disadvantaged the company in core markets like the US) and the ever-rising costs of developing electric and self-driving cars. But is the story that straightforward? The company’s Twitter […]

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Yesterday Daimler released its Q4 results, showing a 22% decline in operating profits. Parts of the decline can be accounted for by global trade wars (that have disadvantaged the company in core markets like the US) and the ever-rising costs of developing electric and self-driving cars. But is the story that straightforward?

The company’s Twitter page boldly says the company invented the car, motorcycle, and truck and is now defining the future of mobility. That future will be fueled by different core needs for Daimler’s target markets as young urbanites move away from car ownership. Luxury taxes, rising trade costs, and gas prices could be enough to drive consumers toward electric and self-driving vehicles — but will enough consumers want cars to bridge the profit gap?

Even with raging trade wars, car sales were up 4%. The number cut can likely be attributed to changes in demand that weakened pricing. For those who bought, this might be considered a pricing win.

The company does, however, urgently need to revenue to support climbing R&D costs in advance of launching an electric sports vehicle. We’ll be watching the launch of that product to see how and where Daimler has succeeded or struggled with bringing electric car innovation to market.

In 2019, the first all-electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz is to be launched: the EQC. By the year 2022, the product portfolio is to include more than 130 electrified variants. This isn’t just pure electric but plug-in hybrids and models with 48-volt technology.

Even with all the spending, it’s very possible the consumers won’t be the core market for either electric or self-driving vehicles. The application of self-driving technology to commercial trucking and ride-sharing (robo-taxis) will be significant and could shift the company’s revenue growth toward more commercial applications. Regardless of who rolls it out first, Daimler has been moving in the right direction with car-sharing for quite some time.

Mercedes-Benz remains the top-selling consumer luxury brand. Daimler should have ample time to overcome the current trade instabilities and for consumers to shift more demand toward both electric and self-driving cars.

To keep things in perspective, a 22% decline in operating profits is huge. However, Daimler sold more cars than ever and made good money doing it. They then put 7 Billion Euro into eCars and batteries.

Even though investing in the future feels like a loss leader the Daimler may have learned from the tech sector:

Big shifts take time, and in the turbulent global trade context, we hope Daimler gets back some of that 22% in future quarters. For consumers, we’re watching for business model innovations (outside of punitive tradewars) that make car ownership more desirable and sustainable – both environmentally and financially.

Disclosure:
Sascha Pallenberg, Co-Founded Mobile Geeks, and now works for Daimler. This story was reported using publicly available documentation and Sascha was not contacted for info or comment.

Source Reuters UK

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How Scooters are inspiring better street design http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/how-scooters-are-inspiring-better-street-design/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/how-scooters-are-inspiring-better-street-design/#respond Fri, 25 Jan 2019 11:30:55 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?post_type=article&p=39924

Scooters have invaded the sidewalks of so many cities and they’ve become an integral part of a growing ecosystem known as micromobility. Scooters don’t fall under the same category as a Moped, who has had decades of laws to determine where you can drive and park them. This chaos in our pedestrian walkways happened so […]

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Scooters have invaded the sidewalks of so many cities and they’ve become an integral part of a growing ecosystem known as micromobility. Scooters don’t fall under the same category as a Moped, who has had decades of laws to determine where you can drive and park them.

This chaos in our pedestrian walkways happened so suddenly that it makes you wonder if the trend could end up like bike sharing in China. Failures piling up in junkyards while we figure out what works, which will last and if something else will emerge to replace them.

The upside is that micromobility is helping cities move towards better transportation planning. Dockless scooters are demonstrating that supplementing transportation networks with more car-based services won’t actually improve transportation. The demise of Chariot is proof that separate services that are not integrated are doomed to failure.

Cities have to seriously rethink how they design for multiple forms of movement in limited spaces. We are starting to see serious conversations around designing roads as spaces where fast, medium, and slow speeds can peacefully coexist (rather than just a place for cars or buses).

Many cities have already started implementing parking for dockless vehicles, or as they are affectionately called Scooter corrals. Santa Monica in Los Angeles is featured above.

Being alive in 2019 also means that the Internet of Things has provided us with an abundance of scooter data to make informed decisions about changing street design. The irony is that bicycles have been around a lot longer than cars and they haven’t succeeded at shifting the paradigm.

What does 2019 bring for Scooters?

This might be the Year of the Curb. All of the dockless vehicles will stop littering our sidewalks and move to share curbside spaces with parking.

Scooters aren’t going anywhere in 2019, but we will see new ways that the spaces along the street gets divided. Rethinking street design is essential as overlapping of services will crowd the limited space in our urban centers.

Managing how the face of our cities change requires foresight. Developing a new way of perceiving mobility means that we have to stay ahead of change instead of reacting to it.

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A look at Mobility Trends to kick off 2019 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/a-look-at-mobility-trends-to-kick-off-2019/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/a-look-at-mobility-trends-to-kick-off-2019/#respond Tue, 22 Jan 2019 20:17:32 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?post_type=article&p=39892

The consumer electronics show in las vegas is a good place to get a read on what the upcoming trends are for any industry. Mobile Geeks takes a look at what mobility trends emerged from this trade show and what things we should keep an eye out for this year. We tackle why level 3 […]

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The consumer electronics show in las vegas is a good place to get a read on what the upcoming trends are for any industry. Mobile Geeks takes a look at what mobility trends emerged from this trade show and what things we should keep an eye out for this year. We tackle why level 3 won’t be called level 3, the voice assistance battle for the car, passenger drones and delivery drones just to name a few.

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Using Volkswagen Digital Services to get around Berlin http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/using-volkswagen-digital-services-to-get-around-berlin/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/using-volkswagen-digital-services-to-get-around-berlin/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 02:00:28 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?post_type=article&p=39582

When you look at the future of mobility it’s always interesting to see how companies are laying their groundwork. Berlin is a city to keep an eye on and Volkswagen has launched a slew of digital services. We’re going to take a closer look at what you can do with We Park, Volkswagen Connect and Car-Net, […]

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When you look at the future of mobility it’s always interesting to see how companies are laying their groundwork. Berlin is a city to keep an eye on and Volkswagen has launched a slew of digital services. We’re going to take a closer look at what you can do with We Park, Volkswagen Connect and Car-Net, a few digital services offered by Volkswagen We.

My chariot around Berlin is the Volkswagen Arteon, which basically looks like the kind of car that Tony Stark might drive.

Berlin is a city full of tiny streets and long boulevards, so while jetting around town I found a few of Volkswagen’s digital services to be pretty useful while on the go. Looking for places to eat is important for me, using the navigation system I was able to look for a delicious bowl of noodle soup to warm me up while I tour around Berlin.

When I arrive at my destination, We Park is an app that allows you to pay for parking in the city. You just select where you’re parked and swipe to start paying for parking and when you leave don’t forget to tell it you’re done! You pay only for the time you use! It’s great!

How to Use Volkswagen We Park

1. Download App from the App Store, iTunes or Google Play.
2. Sign Up
3. Connect Payment
4. Update location to make sure your car is roughly where you’re selecting on the map
5. Swipe right on the bottom bar to pay
6. When you’re back at your car and ready to go, swipe again to let the app know you’re done. If you don’t do this, you’ll keep paying for parking!

After you swipe the screen turns green so you know you’re good to go!

We Park is available in over 100 cities in Germany.

Volkswagen Connect

Connect your smartphone with the DataPlug and make your Volkswagen a connected car. ‘Volkswagen Connect shows you the mileage, registration, when you need to get your car serviced and if there is something wrong and what to do about it. You can add you tyres and Volkswagen Connect will remind you when they need to be changed. Or you can put in the gas price and calculate how much it costs per kilometer to drive your car, which is great when you need to log drives for work.

Volkswagen Connect is aimed at people who have slightly older Volkswagen (from 2008 onward), giving your car modern connectivity features. One of the features I used frequently was finding the last location I parked my car and using the walking directions to get back to it. The logbook feature is ideal when you need to make expense reports for work.

You also get driving data on your drive style, your where you went and you can even take driving challenges around types of trips, and in Berlin, I took the checkpoint charlie challenge!

Car-Net

Send addresses from your phone to your infotainment system in advance

Car-Net means in-car information services as well a customer frontends like the Car-Net app. With the app you can search points of interest on your phone and send them to your car. You can search points of interest while sightseeing, read the news, get the weather and since parking is something always on my mind I liked the Park feature when I got close to my destination. I really appreciated the real-time traffic predictions was especially great and saved me from sitting in traffic. Another time-saving feature was saving addresses I was interested in visiting on the app and finding them on my infotainment system through Car-Net.

A feature that I found funny, was apparently in Germany it isn’t normal to trust your kid with your car, so you can set speed and distance alerts here to monitor how fast and where your kids are driving. Or you can set the speed to 0 and use it as theft detection.

Setting a geo-fence and get an alert when your car leaves the area

Make sure no one is pushing the limits of your car if they take it on the AutoBahn

It’s in Volkswagen’s roadmap to roll all these apps into one! So far we’re a We Park convert! No more figuring out how to pay for parking!

This was a look at some of the digital services offered by Volkswagen We! Have any questions? Be sure to leave me a comment!

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The Mercedes voice assistant gets a significant upgrade in the CLA http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/the-mercedes-voice-assistant-gets-a-significant-upgrade-in-the-cla/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/the-mercedes-voice-assistant-gets-a-significant-upgrade-in-the-cla/#respond Wed, 09 Jan 2019 20:44:46 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?post_type=article&p=39708

MBUX is the Mercedes-Benz User Experience and saw its debut last year at CES and it made it on to the street in the A-Class. The natural language capabilities of the MBUX were ahead of most of their competitors in terms of how you controlled the car’s features and navigation. All you have to do […]

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MBUX is the Mercedes-Benz User Experience and saw its debut last year at CES and it made it on to the street in the A-Class. The natural language capabilities of the MBUX were ahead of most of their competitors in terms of how you controlled the car’s features and navigation.

All you have to do to interact with MBUX is say “Hey Mercedes” and phrases like “I’m cold, or find I’m looking for a Vietnamese restaurant nearby or more important things like what’s the quickest way to get out of Las Vegas”. Competitors like Audi have gotten better at implementing natural language however, the linguistics database Mercedes created seem to provide a wider range of options for how you ask the car to do things.

Let’s be clear, even at the top of its game during my test drive of the A-Class MBUX is still only half as good as Google’s Assistant. Who to me and your average consumer sets the bar.

Where the version of the MBUX that will be released in the CLA which was announced at CES this week gets really interesting is the use of the hybrid cloud.

Hybrid is a cloud infrastructure that mixes a private and public cloud, and in the latest MBUX it means that you will have more functionality available to you offline.

Being able to respond to some information based commands offline is the first step to solve the biggest problem in car voice assistance face today.

In Croatia when I drove the A-Class I went from having a love affair with the car and it’s Easter eggs telling me it loved me to hard rage. There is nothing more frustrating then a system the basically stops working when it loses connectivity. Sure I could still adjust the climate control, but I wasn’t able to input anything into the navigation system, existing navigation still worked, but no connection, no useful interactions.

It might seem a little demanding that I expect the car to work without an internet connection. I wouldn’t be doing anyone any favors if I simply accepted that car companies have come shockingly far in a short period of time and didn’t hold them accountable to the fast-moving goal post of interacting with your smartphone.

In this case, the phone has fewer issues when it comes to connectivity, it typically doesn’t move as quickly, the speed it changes location is different than how you usually use a smartphone. Of course, you use your phone in a car, but I’m sure you’ve noticed connectivity issues using your phone at high speeds.

This evolution appears to be the result of an announcement made at the Mercedes-Benz booth after the official press event. Mercedes-Benz Executive Vice President Sajjad Khan and NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang unveiled their vision for the next-generation of AI vehicles. “We’re announcing a new partnership going forward, creating a computer that defines the future of autonomous vehicles, the future of AI and the future of mobility,” said Huang.

The Hybrid cloud that will be rolling out in the CLA, and eventually the A-Class, will use Ai to predict where you’re driving the most and make some information available offline. Things like restaurant search or adding gas stations to an existing route would be possible even without connectivity.

The addition of the hybrid cloud to MBUX is a significant step forward for infotainment systems. Not just MBUX but for the product category.

Huang stated that “the car of the future is software defined”. Beyond the infotainment system, we should expect a single system to provide self-driving capabilities to replace dozens of smaller processors inside current cars. Khan noted that “We are working on a totally other different technology together with NVIDIA to use AI in our products to lead the way in today’s megatrends,”.

Leveraging Nvidia’s AI expertise MBUX will adapt itself to drivers and passengers. Things like automatically suggesting your favorite music for the drive home, or offering directions to a loved restaurant at dinner time. It’s also one that will benefit from “over-the-air” updates delivering new features and capabilities.

MBUX will launch this spring in the company’s compact vehicles, starting with the A-Class hatchback in Europe and followed closely by the next-generation CLA and GLA models in North America. Most other new Mercedes models will eventually adopt the system over the next two or three years.

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2020 Mercedes Benz CLA a sexier A-Class & improved MBUX http://www.mobilegeeks.com/news/2020-mercedes-benz-cla-a-sexier-a-class-improved-mbux/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/news/2020-mercedes-benz-cla-a-sexier-a-class-improved-mbux/#respond Tue, 08 Jan 2019 20:33:42 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?post_type=news&p=39688

At CES 2019 announced a new wearable, the 2020 CLA alluding to the technical prowess of the new and improved MBUX that would be launching in the new car. The CLA will join the A-Class and GLE-Class SUV in offering Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system. The next-generation system is a huge leap forward over the previous […]

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At CES 2019 announced a new wearable, the 2020 CLA alluding to the technical prowess of the new and improved MBUX that would be launching in the new car. The CLA will join the A-Class and GLE-Class SUV in offering Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system. The next-generation system is a huge leap forward over the previous generation COMAND interface. The system incorporates natural language.

The voice control is set up to recognize the trigger phrase “Hey Mercedes,” and can reply to complicated questions. On a drive with the system in Croatia I even found an easter egg where Mercedes told me she loved me! In the press conference in Las Vegas they demo’ed a more practical example: “Hey Mercedes, which child-friendly Asian restaurants are nearby that are neither Chinese or Japanese?” We haven’t been able to test the new system for ourselves but we hope they have increased its edge computing capabilities (the ability to problem solve without the cloud) so the system can be more responsive when data connection becomes limited.

MBUX is housed on a standard seven-inch screen, with the accompanying seven-inch gauge cluster, but most folks will likely upgrade to the larger 10.25-inch screens. The screen is operated by touch, natch, but also by touch pads on the redesigned steering wheel as well as a new touchpad on the center console.

In an interesting twist, we’re seeing some new methods of interacting with the car, the CLA get the Interior Assistant, which we first saw on the GLE. The gesture-control system replaces pushing buttons you can do things like wave your hand towards the rear-view mirror to turn on the light, or gesture over the passenger seat if you need the light on there. The technology works during the day and in complete darkness.

The Interior Assistant has more complicated gesture controls as well, throw a V finger-gesture over the center console and your pre-programmed favorites are loaded up. The system can also distinguish between passenger and driver’s hands and bring up each person’s favorite functions.

When it comes to smart driving features the adaptive cruise control gets technology boost with route-based speed control. Using the GPS, the car will automatically slow down for curves, toll road stop or whatever else shows up on the map. The system detects if there are slower speed zones, like say for construction and will slow the car accordingly.

Other new driver’s aids in the CLA include active steering assist to keep the car centered in the lane as well as active lane-change assist. Active emergency stop will bring the car to a complete stop if the system thinks you aren’t paying attention or are otherwise incapacitated.

These new offerings, coupled with the now de rigueur blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist, mean the CLA will be one of the most techy compact offerings on the market.

Inside, the design echoes that of the new A-Class — that is to say, the now ubiquitous turbine-inspired HVAC vents are front and center, topped by the optional larger screens and plenty of ambient lighting.

Mercedes joked during that they were launching the sexiest gadget of the show, a new wearable that could go toe to toe with anything launched at one of the world’s largest tech conferences.

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Daimler Announces a Partially Automated Truck http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/daimler-announces-a-partially-automated-truck/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/daimler-announces-a-partially-automated-truck/#respond Mon, 07 Jan 2019 19:26:08 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?post_type=article&p=39675

Daimler AG is starting to sell a truck that can brake accelerate and steer at all speeds on its own. It’s a big step forward for automated drive and it’s filling a void as internet shopping strains freight companies that are battling driver shortages. The updated Freightliner Cascadia has lane keeping assist that uses radar and […]

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Daimler AG is starting to sell a truck that can brake accelerate and steer at all speeds on its own. It’s a big step forward for automated drive and it’s filling a void as internet shopping strains freight companies that are battling driver shortages.

The updated Freightliner Cascadia has lane keeping assist that uses radar and cameras to power the partially autonomous technology. It will be capable of both lateral (steering) and longitudinal (acceleration/deceleration) control. Highly-automated trucks will improve safety and boost the performance of logistics.

The company says the new Cascadia also features one of the industry’s most efficient designs, due to Daimler’s significant investment in ongoing R&D in aerodynamics, powertrain development and systems intelligence. The enhancements give the new Cascadia a 35% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to the first Cascadia introduced in 2007.

Another critical component of the new Cascadia’s performance is its Integrated Detroit Powertrain, a powerful combination of a proprietary heavy-duty engine, transmission, and axle that is designed to seamlessly work together for maximum efficiency. The integrated powertrain features Intelligent Powertrain Management 6, which uses the truck’s kinetic energy to automatically adjust to the truck’s surroundings by reducing braking power and making transmission and engine adjustments, saving fuel and reducing wear and tear on components.

In addition to Level 2 automated driving features, the Detroit Assurance 5.0 active safety and advanced driver assistance systems are designed to keep truck drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists safe:

Active Brake Assist 5.0: The fusion of Detroit Assurance 5.0 camera and radar technology detects moving pedestrians and cyclists in front of the truck and can deploy full braking – an industry first. It can also detect and mitigate a collision with full braking on moving and stationary vehicles and objects.

Side Guard Assist: Detects objects, including pedestrians and cyclists, in the passenger-side blind spot for the tractor and a full-length 53-foot trailer, another industry first, and delivers an audible and visual warning.

Success in North America is vital for Daimler’s commercial vehicles unit to expand sales and profits after global deliveries rose above 500,000 vehicles last year, the highest in a decade.

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Audi eTron GT Concept Car Test Drive – Special Focus on the interior http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/audi-etron-gt-concept-car-test-drive-special-focus-on-the-interior/ http://www.mobilegeeks.com/article/audi-etron-gt-concept-car-test-drive-special-focus-on-the-interior/#respond Fri, 21 Dec 2018 15:19:21 +0000 http://www.mobilegeeks.com/?post_type=article&p=39427

Nicole Scott takes the all-new Audi E-Tron GT concept car around Los Angles. It’s running the same engine as the all-new E-Tron that we took for a test drive in Abu Dhabi this week, so we won’t be commenting on the drive style. We will, however, be taking a look at the interior in which […]

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Nicole Scott takes the all-new Audi E-Tron GT concept car around Los Angles. It’s running the same engine as the all-new E-Tron that we took for a test drive in Abu Dhabi this week, so we won’t be commenting on the drive style. We will, however, be taking a look at the interior in which a few design elements will appear in all future electric vehicles from Audi.

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