WE'VE REACHED THE next stage of cruise control. First came the blind and basic stick-toa- set-speed system. Then, in adaptive cruise control systems, radar and cameras would combine to guide braking and acceleration to keep you a set distance from the vehicle in front.
No need to add more speakers - just make them work in harmony to improve the listening experience. By Ian Adcock
The littlest things can take the shine off your in-car audio quality Just when everything seems to be perfectly balanced, a change from one style of music to another will leave you wondering if you’ve inadvertently found the secret ‘underwater’ setting.
Don't be so quick to consign Vauxhall/Opel to the history books. Its R&D HQ is busy bringing new tech to the mass market. By Jake Groves
CARS HAVE BEEN designed, developed and built in Opel’s home city of Riisselsheim, near Frankfurt, since 1899 - and the recent change of ownership from General Motors to French giant PSA won’t end that.
THE WAY IN WHICH you op- erate a Mercedes has changed radically. Gone is that familiar rotary controller, used to click on lists at the edges of the infotainment screen. In its place, after four years of re- search with partner Samsung-Harman, comes MBUX – the Mercedes-Benz User Experience – which is operated in four different ways: touchscreen, steer- ing wheel pads, touchpad (sited where the rotary controller used to be) and the big one: voice control.
IT boffin Prof Walter Brenner says if the car industry adapts it won't be crushed by Silicon Valley start-ups
> IN NEW YORK City in 1900 there were only horse carriages. Today there are a lot of cars, but still around Central Park some horse carriages. That’s my idea of the future: there will always be mixed traffic but the percentage of automated and - somewhere in the future - autonomous traffic will rise.
The liquid-cooled engine in Porsche’s new 911 GT3 RS makes 513bhp and revs to 9000rpm. How the hell does this old air-cooled flat-six all but match it? Witchcraft! By Ben Miller
IT CAN’T HAVE figured much in Porsche’s thinking: that when it went liquid-cooled with the 996-generation 911’s flat-six, the goal would be left wide open for the air-cooled engine’s ongoing evolution. Porsche had no choice but to move on, and did so convincingly. But great engines refuse to die, and in the hands of Californian restoration specialist Singer Vehicle Design, the air-cooled 911 engine has undergone an aston- ishing evolutionary leap.
Petrol and electric power work in harmony in a system set to take Ford’s hot hatch to another level. By Ian Adcock
THINK HYBRID as in Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo, not hybrid as in Toyota Prius. The merging of electric and internal combustion motors can be focused on economy or performance, or a bit of both. The new hybrid system we’ve tested – and which we expect to be used in 2020’s Ford Focus RS – is very much about performance.