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2014 Mustang

Technology popular at The Auto Show

The Auto Show has returned to Montreal with 47 model launches which entailed loud music, flashing lights and the swish of covers sliding off, usually red new cars.

2014 Mustang

Technology was front and centre with most manufacturers but the emphasis has moved away from entertainment and navigation to safety and convenience. For the first time  the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) split its Best New Technology award into two categories: The Best New Innovation Technology which recognizes an innovative technology whose primary purpose is not specifically safety related and The Best New Safety Technology which recognizes a technology whose primary purpose is to enhance road safety in any form.

Infiniti Q50 AJAC Award

Infiniti’s new Q50 sports sedan drove away with both for its Direct Adaptive Steering and Predictive Forward Collision Warning technologies. Direct Adaptive Steering technology – an aircraft-inspired industry first that allows the driver to choose exactly how the wheel feels in their hands was recognized as The Best New Innovation Technology and Infiniti’s Predictive Forward Collision Warning technology won The Best New Safety Technology award for its ability to warn the driver of risks that lie beyond the driver’s field of view. The system does this by not only sensing the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also of a vehicle travelling in front of that one (two cars ahead).

Lincoln MKC

Ford which led the way with it’s powerful, if complicated SYNC/My Ford Touch is moving its emphasis this year to other areas of technology. A great example is the new Lincoln MKC small premium utility vehicle. It is loaded with what the company calls Lincoln Experiences. For example, The MKC will greet you with Approach Detection, which senses when an owner is near and responds by illuminating “welcome mats” on the ground next to both front doors. Simultaneously, headlamps, tail lamps and door handles glow with soft lighting tuned to complement the vehicle’s exterior color.

The Auto Show is at the Palais de Congres de Montreal until Jamuary 26

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

1 Comment
  • Tom Spiegler

    Great blog about the Auto Show and technology advances applied to the industry. Although I have mixed emotions about their application and how we might rely more on “smart” cars vs “smart” driving, I do plan on sharing your great video in my drivers’ education course.

    Thanks, Bob!

    Tom Spiegler
    City Driving School

    January 28, 2014 at 9:10 am Reply

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