The Automotive Landscape: Connected Cars, More HP, More MPG
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|On the last press day ahead of the public events at the New York International auto show, the Media Center interviewed Dutch Mandel, associate publisher and editorial director of AutoWeek magazine, to see what consumers have in store as they enter the show this week.
Vehicle connectivity, applied with common sense, fuel efficiency and sustainability, were trends noticed by Mandel during the opening days of the show. He also pointed out the general increases in horsepower and more fuel efficiency, a 'wonderful dichotomy for consumers.'
Q1: Where are the trends in vehicle connectivity going?
Mandel: It's a function of today's society and I am not a big fan of the degree to which people seem to be disconnected in a connected world. I'm a big fan of driving if you are going to drive. We are going to places we don't even know yet. We are seeing the distracted drivers who are killing themselves left and right. And that is why I have difficulty with the notion of texting and driving or even cell phone use and driving. But, the way in which the automobile is speaking to other automobiles or speaking to mainframes that will diagnose cars, that is really fantastic for the consumer, and I'm excited about where that is going. That's the new performance, in many ways, of cars.