December 6, 2013

Auto Briefs

The tech car shoppers want; Volvo to test self-driving cars



Touch screens a tech desire for buyers
Among those planning to buy a new car in the next year, 42 percent want one with a touch screen, according to a survey by market-research company Mintel. Other tech desires include Bluetooth audio streaming (40 percent), telemetry systems such as OnStar (33 percent) and automation such as braking or parking assist (24 percent). More than a third (36 percent) of respondents said they were interested in steering-wheel-mounted controls to reduce distraction by cellphones.
NWautos staff



Volvo reveals plans for autonomous cars
Volvo plans to develop self-driving cars and will build 100 of the vehicles in a pilot project. The automaker says it will test its autonomous cars on 30 miles of selected roads in the Swedish city of Goteborg starting in 2017. In what it calls "the world's first large-scale autonomous driving pilot project," Volvo says the vehicle would assume all driving functions, though the driver "is expected to be available for occasional control."
The Associated Press


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