New in Automotive Technology in 2018
Toyota unveils the new mobility service concept vehicle ‘E-palette’ : Toyota introduced this new self-driving electric vehicle with a concept that it can be configured as a mobile platform for e-commerce, medical services and ridesharing. “This announcement marks a major step forward in our evolution towards sustainable mobility, demonstrating our continued expansion beyond traditional cars and trucks to the creation of new values including services for customers”, said Toyota President, Akio Toyoda.
Nissan unveils ‘B2V’ technology to control cars with brain signals of the driver : Nissan's Executive Vice President, Daniele Schillaci, explains, "When most people think about autonomous driving, they have a very impersonal vision of the future, where humans relinquish control to the machines. Yet B2V technology does the opposite, by using signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable. Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity."
Aston Martin’s DB9, DBS, Rapide, Virage and Vanquish models recalled : Following a communication error between the Engine Control Module (ECM) software and the Transmission Control Module (TCM) in the affected vehicles, Aston Martin has notified the owners through emails. The vehicles can roll away from the parked position when the transmission park pawl is held out - posing a serious risk of injury to life and property.
By current Takata recall campaign (SI0277), Subaru’s MY Impreza vehicles recalled : Due to installation issues with the replacement passenger front airbag inflators, few Impreza MY 2004-2007 vehicles have been recalled. In the affected vehicles, the passenger side front airbag might not deploy as assigned, during an accident, posing a severe risk to the occupant sitting in front of the vehicle.
MY17 and MY18 Volkswagen Amarok fitted with a V6TDI Engine recalled : Volkswagen Group Australia has recalled these affected vehicles, due to a risk of unexpected power steering failure by clip fitted incorrectly during production that may affect the power steering return hose.
Mercedes-Benz AMG GTs recalled : The affected vehicles have observed issues with the software that determines the classification of the front passenger. The flawed software can identify the installed child seat as a person or vice versa, affecting the activation of airbags in case of emergency. Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is the responsible regulator for this recall.
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