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February 6, 2020

Boasting curved OLED screens, air suspension, night vision, and augmented reality navigation, the technology-packed new 2021 Cadillac Escalade will give GM's Super Cruise a big boost later this year.

Super Cruise, the optional semi-autonomous driving system is the most...

January 15, 2020

This year's CES 2020 tech show was a much more muted affair than in (many) years past. There was no single killer product, and there was a lot of waiting for future technologies--microLED, a smart home standard, quantum computers. On the automotive side, CES was still...

October 25, 2019

In a year when the autonomous vehicle business has hit a big reset button, consensus is growing among designers that self-driving cars just aren’t perceptive enough to make them sufficiently safe. So now engineers are considering using more sophisticated sensors and te...

July 31, 2019

Last week's announcement that Bosch and Mercedes-Benz would begin the first government approved deployment of a fully-autonomous driving function--valet parking--was no doubt a milestone. But more important, hidden within the news were 4 interesting lessons for automak...

February 1, 2019

While some car companies like Ford are thinning their model lines, others like Honda are filling them out trying to offer a just-right Goldilocks vehicle for every type of buyer. To wit, the new 2019 Honda Passport, a cute ute that the company wants you to know can han...

January 22, 2019

"Go slow." Yeah, you don't have to tell me twice. It's the first time I've ever driven a full-blown, road-hogging, fully-loaded (78,000 pounds!) tractor trailer. So I'm taking it easy.

Why is Daimler letting me take a massive semi-tractor trailer out for a spin? I don't...

January 14, 2019

"It's really an autonomous car show now," Valeo's CTO, James Schwyn, told me one evening at this year's CES consumer electronics trade show in Las Vegas. And he was not being hyberbolic.

Nearly one third of the convention center in Las Vegas was given over to automotive...

October 19, 2018

With every new model, Volvo refines its semi-autonomous safety technology, and the snazzy 2019 Volvo S60 is no exception.

Snazzy? A Volvo?

Volvo has established itself as not just a safety but also as a technology leader in the automotive space. Along the way, the automa...

September 17, 2018

Can we squeeze one more model into the luxury compact crossover category? Cadillac thinks so and has just introduced its all new bouncing baby Caddy, the 2019 XT4.

August 31, 2018

Honda wants to remind buyers its Pilot likes to play in the dirt (and the sand and the snow).

For the launch of the 2019 Honda Pilot the automaker is emphasizing more of the SUV aspect of its crossover this go-round. I took it through a bumpy course that Honda set up in...

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Super Cruise Goes Big in the 2021 Cadillac Escalade

February 6, 2020

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