Porsche engineers have a bit of a dilemma on their hands. As they develop a sports car that dominates the track and successfully handles rainy weather.
The 8th generation of the Porsche 911 comes standard with an industry-first “wet mode” feature. Sensors inside the front “wheel well” can detect water on the road. Then it automatically sets up the car to help prevent hydroplaning… adjusting stability and traction controls, braking, and throttle response. But here’s the important part… a warning appears in the gauge cluster that “wet mode” is ready… so it’s still up to the driver to activate it.
Hyundai is taking safety to a whole new level… but in this case… “after” an unexpected stop.
They’re developing a multi-collision airbag system. Airbags are designed to deploy during an initial crash. But if that first impact isn’t strong enough, or in the right direction to trigger the frontal airbags, this system could activate them if there’s another collision… say with a car or tree. Hyundai says their system could calibrate the force needed to inflate the airbags, and also determine how a person’s seating position has changed after the first crash. No word yet on when it will appear in production models.
As we race towards the future, more and more competitors are becoming collaborators.
This time it’s Daimler AG and BMW Group forming a joint mobility company. Their idea is to bundle a variety of services in one network. This includes car-sharing, ride-hailing, parking and finding charging stations. Regulators in Europe and the U.S. have already approved the deal.
This follows Ford and VW’s recent partnership on advanced and commercial vehicles. We expect others to follow. And that’s the latest for this week’s Motor News.