The significantly upgraded 2016 Acura MDX three-row, seven-passenger luxury SUV, with new features and technologies, a more advanced powertrain, and an expanded model range, launched February 4 with the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $42,865.
All 2016 MDX models will come equipped with a new 9-speed automatic transmission, a push-button electronic gear selector that frees up room above the center console, and a new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with a twin-clutch design that delivers enhanced torque transfer and handling capabilities.
Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, provides a warning to the driver. If the driver does not respond in time, the system can automatically apply up to full braking force to help reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions.
Powered by increasing demand for car- and driver-augmented safety features, the global semiconductor market for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) will quadruple over a one-decade period, according to a new report from IHS Technology .
According to IHS Automotive, The market for automotive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in China will expand by a factor of three from 2013 to 2019 as the country’s motorists grow more safety conscious.
Total market revenue for ADAS in China is forecast to grow to $3.1 billion in 2019, up from $1.0 billion in 2013, according to a new report by IHS Automotive, driven by Polk, entitled “The Chinese Market for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Camera Modules – 2013 Edition.”
ADAS consists of a broad range of safety and convenience technologies, including blind-spot detection (BSD), parking assist, adaptive cruise control, stability control and night vision.
At the Frankfurt Auto Show, TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. chairman and chief executive officer John Plant described the firm’s next generation of safety technologies to help enable semi-automated driving:
“Over the next decade, active safety systems will become increasingly intelligent as greater efforts are made to reduce the number of road fatalities worldwide. More automated functions will be introduced that will operate continuously in certain situations in addition to providing emergency support when needed.”
Volvo plans to include numerous safety and support technologies in the all-new Volvo XC90 at the end of 2014.
“We are introducing the first Volvos with autonomous steering to avoid accidents and make driving more comfortable,” says Thomas Broberg, Senior Safety Advisor Volvo Car Group.
The technologies include:
• Pedestrian Detection in darkness. A world first that makes the detection and auto brake technology work effectively also when driving in darkness. The technology includes detection and auto brake for other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
For many years automatic assistance systems have been the preserve of premium-segment vehicle models; however, the technology has now reached vehicles in the compact class.
For instance, Bosch has supplied the radar and video sensors for the new Volkswagen Golf.
The Ford Kuga, to be launched in Taiwan later this year, will come equipped with MyFord Touch, powered by Microsoft, which combines SYNC connectivity with a full-colour 8-inch touchscreen in the centre stack and a 4-inch LCD screen.
The latest version of MyFord Touch provides an enhanced touchscreen interface that boasts simpler graphics and bolder text, while the response time from the touchscreen is also faster than before, according to the company.
The driver can interact with features such as climate control, radio, USB, SD, phone and CD-player through voice, steering wheel controls, or by tapping the centre stack touch screen.
High-performance assistance systems available today help drivers reach their destinations safely and more comfortably. Such systems control speed and the distance between vehicles. They also warn drivers of traffic jams and help them maneuver into tight parking spaces.
Bosch is set to expand its range of driver assistance systems in the years to come. In the future, these systems will take on a growing role in guiding vehicles through traffic jams. More specifically, they will brake, accelerate, and steer completely autonomously.
At the Freescale Technology Forum, Freescale Semiconductor announced SafeAssure solutions it said can help automotive designers reduce the complexity and development time required to build functionally safe systems that comply with ISO 26262 and IEC 61508.
The Qorivva MPC574xP 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) and system basis chip (SBC) MC33906/7/8 families help automotive systems meet all Automotive Safety Integrity Levels (ASIL) up to and including ASIL D. Applications that can benefit include electric power steering, electronic stability control, vehicle dynamic and chassis control, safety domain control, adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection.