GM's Marketplace

GM Lets You Shop While You Drive

GM announced that it’s rolling out Marketplace, an in-car shopping platform. You use the touchscreen to order whatever it is you fancy, from 4G LTE data to coffee to hotel rooms. A whole bunch of 2017 and 2018 GM models (that’s Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, and GMC) already have embedded 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspots.…

Mercedes-Benz driverless concept interior

Driverless Cars Means Fewer Drunk Drivers

Whenever I ask people about driverless cars and if they’d use the technology, they often take a minute to ponder. Most people land on yes, saying, “I’d be able to go out and drink and take an autonomous Uber home. Cool.” Cool indeed. And a survey by Goodyear Tyres (that’s not a typo; it was…

EnLighten traffic signal countdown timer

Signal Timers: Countdown to Instruction

We’ve all been there: approaching the stale green light. How long has it been green? Will it still be green when I get to that intersection? Should I speed up? Slow down? Wait, now it’s yellow, but stopping fast on this wet street might send me skidding. What’s my play, here?  And we’ve all done it:…

Fisker Emotion

What About Fisker?

There have been so many announcements from Tesla these days, it’s easy to forget that other EV companies exist. One of those companies is Fisker Inc. Named for its founder, Henrik Fisker, you may recall his first company, Fisker Automotive. In 2012, it turned heads with Mr. Fisker’s Karma plug-in hybrid sedan. Not long after,…

smart EQ fortwo

Smart Cars Get Smarter

If you thought smart cars were weird little things, well, they’re about to get weirder. Or cooler, depending on your point of view. But they’ll still be little things. This concept from Mercedes-Benz (owner of smart and car sharing service car2go) is called the smart EQ fortwo. It’s been designed for a fully autonomous, shared,…

Kia Niro by KHG

“Alexa, Buy Me a Car”

Okay, it’s not as easy as that. But Kia has released the Niro skill for Amazon Alexa, which gives you access to information about the new Kia Niro crossover vehicle. It will also check inventory at local dealerships to make buying a new Niro that much easier. Or at least that much more voice activated,…

2017 Acura TLX ADAS

Why ADAS Matters in an Emergency

On January 6, a man died in a car crash in Portland, Oregon. His wife, the only passenger in the car, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. As in most cities, this was sad and unfortunate, but not unusual. There are more than 35,000 traffic fatalities a year in the United States.…