Category Archive: Articles & Commentaries

Discussions on topics of interest to drivers concerning things they may not understand about their vehicles as well as articles on the future of the auto industry.

Killer Cars to Killer Loans, the Top of 2016

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The year 2016 was a roller coaster for the auto industry. Sales rode the edge of growth, finally to set a new record, and tariffs threaten manufacturing across the border. While most of the industry remains fixated on numbers and costs, other news occupied our time. Here are our personal top three stories of 2106. #3) …

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View from the Street: Do Salespeople Understand the Tech They Sell?

An article appeared recently in Automotive News that essentially asked if salespeople know the technology in the cars they are selling. As someone who was recently employed at an auto dealer, I can say that the short answer is all too often no. We’ll go with the long answer here. In the article, a vehicle …

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NHTSA Issues Distraction Guidelines: Industry Group Wets Itself

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued voluntary guidelines to device makers and app developers such as Apple, Google, etc., aimed at keeping drivers off their phones while actually driving. The Consumer Technology Association lost it, calling the guidelines “de-facto” regulations. Association CEO Gary Shapiro was quoted as saying, “NHTSA doesn’t have the …

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Ah, So Close: A Talking Car ‘Companion’

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At DashboardSymbols.com, we have consistently argued that the wholesale advancements taking place in the automotive world call for a complete overhaul of the way cars communicate with their drivers. Bells, whistles and flashing lights are dinosaurs due for the scrap heap. In particular, we’ve advocated for a natural language two way conversation between the driver …

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Tesla Eliminates Vexing Heat Stroke Risk from its Cars

Innovation continues to at a breakneck pace in the automotive world, and nowhere is innovation more front and center than at Tesla. In case over the air updates weren’t innovative enough, the latest solves a problem that has stumped the best minds at every auto manufacturer: a car is shut down and left in the …

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