Tech

Volvo Enhances Prototype Self-Driving Quarry Truck

March 22, 2017 at 2:14 PM

Volvo Group’s Construction Equipment unit demonstrated the second-generation of its automated load carrier concept truck earlier this month at the ConExpo-Con/AGG conference in Las Vegas.

Google Maps Enhances Parking Reminder App

March 21, 2017 at 11:44 AM

Alphabet Inc.’s latest update for its Google Maps app for Android smartphones allows users to manually save their parking spot location, a more accurate option than automated tagging.

U.S. Fuel Economy Up 33% Since 1980

March 21, 2017 at 10:12 AM

The average fuel economy of new passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. has risen 33% from 19.2 mpg in the 1980 model year to 25.6 mpg in 2016, according to a report by the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

Eaton Develops Lightweight Air-Conditioning Line

March 16, 2017 at 11:18 AM

Eaton Corp. says its new polymer air-conditioning conveyance system provides weight, cost and performance benefits over traditional aluminum and rubber air-conditioning lines.

Magna Debuts Rear-Seat Video Monitor

March 16, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Magna International Inc. is launching a video monitoring system that allows front-seat occupants to keep tabs on what’s happening in second- and third-row seats.

Volvo Trucks Demos Platooning Tech

March 16, 2017 at 8:15 AM

AB Volvo has completed tests of three of its VNL 670 heavy-duty trucks in a partially automated platoon on Los Angeles highways.

Magna Touts Lightweight Carbon Fiber Subframe

March 15, 2017 at 8:28 AM

Magna International Inc. has partnered with Ford Motor Co. to develop a prototype carbon fiber composite subframe that cuts mass by 34% compared with a stamped steel unit.

Ford Tests “Smart” Kiosk for Dealer Service

March 14, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Ford Motor Co. is testing an interactive kiosk that allows customers to manage and pay for service appointments—including dropping off and picking up their vehicles or a loaner model—after business hours or to avoid waiting in lines.