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2013 Subaru Models Get Advanced Safety Technology

The Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback will get optional high-tech safety features for model year 2013 that were previously found only in more upscale auto brands. This driver assistance technology, which Subaru is calling EyeSight, will include adaptive cruise control, lane departure sensors, pedestrian detection and obstacle avoidance, depending on the vehicle’s speed. The EyeSight system will debut at next month’s New York Auto Show, according to Subaru. The system’s adaptive cruise control can automatically increase or ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Safety, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, 2012 New York Auto Show

2013 Ford Super Duty Details Unveiled

Last week, Ford announced that its 2013 Super Duty heavy-duty trucks will offer a new trim level: the Super Duty Platinum. According to a press release, these trucks will include similar features to the Ford F-150 Platinum, which debuted in 2009. As a concession to the Super Duty trucks’ hardworking capabilities and to numerous complaints about MyFord Touch, Autoblog reports that Ford has tailored the interface system to make it easier to use. Ford has added a few actual knobs ... continue reading»

Tags: Car Tech, Ford Super Duty, Heavy Duty Pickup Trucks, Model News, MyFord Touch

Mercedes-Benz Previews New, Safer Seatbelts

Mercedes-Benz is developing a new type of active seatbelt buckle, which the automaker says will connect with its Pre-Safe crash avoidance system and will protect users better in the event of a crash. Mercedes hasn’t announced which models will receive it, since the feature is still in development, reports Kelley Blue Book. This new rear-seat belt buckle has an electric motor that will extend the buckle 2.8 inches when the rear doors are opened, in order to make ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Safety, Mercedes Benz

Young Car Buyers Want Hybrids, Lots of Tech

According to a recent study by Deloitte, most car buyers between the ages of 19 and 31 prefer hybrids and cars with touch-screen interfaces, opting for fuel efficiency and interior tech over performance or luxury. This generation will soon account for a larger percentage of the new-car market than aging baby boomers, which means that new cars could change drastically in the upcoming years. After seeing the results of Deloitte’s annual automotive-centered survey of Generation Y, Craig Giffi, vice ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Hybrids, plug in hybrids, Fuel Economy

J.D. Power Says Navigation Systems Frustrate Owners

As new cars continue to add more gadgetry, the bulk of consumers find the man-machine interface more frustrating, at least according to a new study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates. “Vehicle owners are continuing to experience a high number of problems with factory-installed navigation systems, primarily with routing quality and system usability,” says J.D. Power. The study says that the most frequently reported issues with vehicle navigation systems include “Address/street/city not found”, followed by difficulty ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Car Tech, Stats and Studies

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