Automotive Business Review has announced that it will begin awarding automakers based on their contributions to innovation in automotive technology. Five automakers are in the running for the 2013 award and the winner is expected to be announced in the near future.
Japan’s Honda Motor Company is being considered for its vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) and vehicle-to-motorcycle (V2M) technologies, which combine dedicated short range communications and smartphone technology to alert motorists, pedestrians and riders of each other’s presence in order to prevent collisions.
Ford Motor Company is the only American automaker being considered for the award. The company has been nominated for its Auto Stop-Start technology which reportedly improves fuel efficiency by between 3.5 percent and as much as ten percent.
According to the automaker Auto Stop-Start technology, which is being installed in the new Ford Fusion, automatically turns off the vehicle’s engine while the driver is waiting at a signal light, and restarts the engine when the driver removes his foot from the brake pedal. The technology is expected to be offered on the automaker’s hybrid models and those equipped with EcoBoost engine technology.
Nissan Motor Company’s Autonomous Drive technology is another contender for the award. The technology is designed to automatically adjust the vehicle’s acceleration, braking and steering in order to avoid collisions with other vehicles as well as to perform basic navigational maneuvers. Autonomous Drive is currently being road tested in Japan, and Nissan hopes to make the technology available to the public by 2020.
Automotive Business Review is also considering Audi’s Piloted Parking and Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steering technologies for its inaugural award.
Audi’s Piloted Parking technology uses WLAN and smartphone technology to help drivers locate available parking spaces and autonomously park their vehicles in public parking garages.
Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steering technology (P-AWS) automatically adjusts the toe angles of the rear wheels by up to up to 1.8 degrees to improve vehicle handling and braking. The technology works in concert with Acura’s Agile Handling Assist and Vehicle Stability Assist technologies, and is already available on the company’s flagship Acura RLX model.