I recently spent the day at the New York International Auto Show, held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. I’ve heard that upward of a million people attend this event. I was there on Media Day, which is the day before the show opens to the public, so I had pretty good access to all the cars. Here you’ll see some of the highlights and other interesting things I came across. The wackiest of the photos, the last one, was taken outside the convention center.
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This photo by itself isn’t all that interesting, as it shows the 2015 (yes, 2015) Volkswagen Golf under a cover. What’s cool about this is that they projected images onto the cover, and you’d think you were looking at the real thing, as you can see in the next image.
Charles, I do not understand the need for this technology. If mirrors are set correctly, there is no blind spot. If one can see the sides of your own vehicle, then they aren't set properly.
Properly set mirrors show a car approaching in the center rear view mirror. As it disappears from the rear view mirror, it is just appearing in the side view mirror. As it disappears from that mirror, the nose of the car is in your peripheral vision. Where's the blind spot? The car was in continuous view.
I'd like to try the LaneWatch camera, Rich. I, too, wonder about its intuitiveness. In terms of intutiveness, I hope it's better than Cadillac's old night vision technology from a few years back, which was not easy to use and bombed in the market.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
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