While the automotive world is abuzz in Detroit, there’s still some car news being made in the rest of the world. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Subaru has announced a partnership with Aha to deliver web content to drivers.
When Seyth Miersma had a brief taste of the Civic Si in Washington, DC over the summer, he remarked on the rather cool Intelligent Multi-Information Display, or i-MID display and the new Rev Indicator. These two items flank the digital speedometer (Rev Indicator on the left, i-MID on the right) and can quickly cue the driver in to the various functions of the vehicle.
When Ford’s Microsoft-powered Sync technology debuted on 2008-model-year vehicles, it ushered in a new generation of automotive infotainment systems. With MyFord Touch, the Sync software has been given even more functionality, thanks to the combination of touch-screen controls and the aforementioned voice recognition. The problem is, Sync was already a complicated system to begin with, with too many menus and sub-menus to navigate through, not to mention a slightly recalcitrant voice-recognition system. Adding the touchscreen functionality of MyFord Touch has simply steepened the already steep learning curve.
For many years, transportation by-products—congestion, pollution, the costs of roads and transportation infrastructure—have been the focus of transportation policy. But as technology advances to address those by-products, it is also bumping up against debates over suburban sprawl and the development of urban cores.
The XC60 has a great deal of potential. The 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 produces 281 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, but it feels more powerful than that. Power goes through a six-speed automatic gearbox, which always does what the driver needs. Upshifts and downshifts are quickly dealt with, while stomping on the throttle rarely confuses the gearbox as to what gear it should be in.