20 Innovative technologies used in trucks and SUVs – part 2
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11. AcuraWatch Self Controlled Package

Now Tesla has made a huge step forward – it systematically equips its own cars with various innovative developments. In particular, cars from Tesla are equipped with such combinations as detection of the nearest alley, collision avoidance, lane hold Assist, adaptive cruise control, “softening” the road. Each of these developments has huge potential in the future.

And if all of them can be combined into one aggregate, the car can go without the participation of the driver.

But the Tesla company is already conducting such experiments. According to preliminary estimates, a self-managed car will cost approximately $50,000. The same motorists, who do not trust the automatic aggregates very much, will be able to switch to manual operation.

12. Ford’s Blis Dead Territory Information Package

Beginning in 2017, Ford began to equip some models of cars with the so-called “dead territory” Blis. It is designed to help trailer drivers avoid collisions with vehicles that are out of sight when rebuilding to another lane. In other words, this function provides the motorist with comprehensive data relating to cross traffic.

This set operates within a radius of 10 feet (just over 3 meters), which is quite enough for the driver to be able to take the right answer.

13. Ford’s ergonomically designed bodywork…

The boot lid, which comes with the new F-150, is much larger than its “predecessors” installed on previous models of trucks. To please the motorists, Ford has created a new design of the tailgate. Thanks to it, drivers now will not need to spend a lot of effort to open or close the body.

In addition, engineers have equipped the door with an ergonomically designed folding ladder. Unfortunately, it will not be able to complement the old trucks, but owners of the new pickup trucks from Ford will be able to fully enjoy this simple yet ergonomic design.

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14. Adaptive Cruise Control with Brake Assist function from Ford

This development was recently introduced. It is now available for many trucks and SUVs. The adaptive cruise control function that Ford has created uses radar to monitor traffic.

It has a range of 600 feet (approximately 183 meters). While the system is active, it adjusts the speed of the vehicle to maintain a safe distance to the nearest vehicle. At the same time, it takes into account current weather conditions.

In contrast to the first assumptions of the totality, the current development allows to ignore stationary objects on the road. For example, different road symbols.

15. Chevy’s Mylink.

I have to go and say that this development is not new, it is already being used by some machine manufacturers. As for Mylink, Chevy is equipped with this set of SUVs, trucks and machines. The only exception is the Cadillac.

Mylink allows you to integrate a motorist’s mobile device with his car. This set supports most modern smartphones. It allows you to transfer MP3 files via Bluetooth, play different applications, etc. In addition, Mylink is also compatible with the iPhone, which includes a feature such as “Siri Hands Free”.

It allows you to manage your car with voice commands.

16. MMI navigation totals from Audi

For some reason, everyone is sure that Audi produces only excellent cars. Despite the fact that it sells good crossovers with SUVs. In most cases, they are equipped with an improved set of MMI navigation, based on touch-screen development. It represents an unusual “brain center” of the vehicle, giving its owner access to music, navigation applications, etc.

Especially for it was created an operating system that supports protocols of voice commands, other elements and the touch control panel of the machine. The latest version is compatible with Bluetooth streaming and provides a wi-fi access point to the jeep.

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17. Honda Ridgeline universal bodywork

for many years, all pickup trucks had a load-bearing body. After that, they were equipped with a complete body. And finally, the Honda company decided to bring this development to the truck. It created a metal box, which makes both the body and the trunk functions.

In addition, Honda equipped the truck with free rear suspension. This allowed to improve the running characteristics of the truck. The only drawback of this technology is that the towing performance and payload of the truck has deteriorated.

However, these are just little things. Almost all motorists liked development from Honda.

18. Speakers from Honda.

For those motorists who love parties outdoors, Honda has created another unique development. It has equipped the trunk of the pickup truck with a full sound system, which consists of 6 wonderful speakers. At the same time, the boot has an ice compartment. It holds a large number of glass bottles with beer.

As long as they reach the condition, its passengers and driver will be able to listen to music or also dance, because next to them there will be a real disco on wheels.

An additional option is the ability to connect the TV to the sound package. So the pickup can also turn into a movie theater on wheels.

19. Innovations in the ford gt-150 Raptor Toyota Tacoma TRD

At first glance, this may seem unusual, but companies such as Ford and Toyota have similar developments. Now so called internal bypass-shock absorbers are cheap on both models of these companies. They have significantly improved the performance of off-road vehicles. This development was created by Fox for Ford F-150 Raptor and Toyota Tacoma TRD.

In particular, it allows you to mix, dampen the shock response of the shock-absorbing spring while the jeep is moving on the dirt road.

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20. The torque from Buick and GMC Arcadia

The development of torque vectoring is not new for high-performance machines. But it is difficult and expensive to apply it over the top, so it has not become widespread. Imagine that the rear axle of Buick, and GMC Arcadia have a uniform torque. Of course, this will revolutionise the segment of crossovers and SUVs.

In general, this development pursues one single goal – to reduce the non-specialized speed in the wheels with the proper power of torque, which is transmitted to the outer part of the wheel. That’s why the driver will feel completely safe, besides moving on the highway in bad weather. As he without troubles will be able to keep the car in the set trajectory of movement.

20 Innovative technologies used in trucks and SUVs – part 1
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The latest safety technology on crossovers and SUVs

1. Night vision from “BMW” with pedestrian recognition function

Not to mention the fact that BMW has been using night pedestrian detection and vision for a couple of years now, the latest version of this technology is more ergonomic. at the moment it is equipped with both SUVs and crossovers. In particular, it applies proven methods, with its help, the driver can react to the transformation of traffic conditions at night in time.

A special set in the infrared spectrum captures a person or animal in the dark, after which it transmits a signal to the headlights, and those for their part light up the object recognized by it on the road. Of course, this development is not inexpensive, and yet year after year it is made cheaper for motorists.

2. A bird’s-eye view of the Volvo…

The Swedish company Volvo is traditionally considered a pioneer in the introduction and development of innovative developments. Especially those that are responsible for its passengers and driver safety. One of the latest innovations from the Swedes is the bird’s-eye view function.

The owner has a third, eagle’s eye to make the car look as if it were a bird’s eye. Thanks to this technology, the motorist can detect obstacles in advance, which are waiting for him in the front rows, so he does not need to always check the so-called “blind areas”. As for parking in a confined space, this procedure with the development of “Eagle’s eye” is much easier.

See also: 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country: First overview from Sweden

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3. Android-auto

Many car models are currently equipped with this function. Google was involved in its development, creating a smartphone that can be integrated with the car. In other words, car enthusiasts will be able to play music in the car, turn on the GPS card on the display, use iHeart radio, and manage the second applications with the help of a cell phone.

This development opens up unlimited possibilities for the driver and simplifies his life. Using a smartphone, he can soon manage the infotainment system of the car. By the way, for SUVs and trucks not equipped with the same development, there are special elements that will help to create this set.

But not all models and makes of cars support them.

4. Ford F-150 Pro for the trailer

For the vast majority of drivers driving the trailer, the most difficult maneuver is reverse. It is not a country, because a trailer is not a part of the car, but a separate element that is only attached to it. Therefore, it repeats moving the car with some delay. But development of company Ford has considerably simplified life for drivers of trailers.

Using special handles, they will be able to guide the trailer in the direction they need.

5. The Carplay function on iOS

The Carplay option is developed by Apple. It allows for full integration of the iPhone with the vehicle’s infotainment system. With its help, owners of cars, SUVs and trucks will be able to comfortably use navigation programs and music applications of the car. To do this, you only need to have an iPhone.

And the smartphone does not need to be the latest model, it is enough to install the firmware version 7.1.

As with the whole Android-auto, the Carplay option can be used to equip SUVs and trucks that were not initially equipped with such a system. In addition, the development from Apple gives motorists access to iBooks, different maps, music library, Spotify and CBS radio.

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6. Chevrolet with wireless network access

Chevy’s company offered its admirers a pleasant surprise. It gave them the opportunity to activate in the car a wireless network connection via LTE and 4G protocols. Only those drivers who buy the latest Chevrole cars, trucks and SUVs will be able to use this feature.

By the way, up to 7 devices can be connected to wireless Internet in the car.

In addition, Chevrole wi-fi supports Netflix. In addition, it provides access to second multimedia programs. Using wireless internet, their passengers and car enthusiasts will be able to download various infotainment applications for the car on the road. This is very comfortable, as there is no need to visit a car dealer to make the firmware of the whole set or download updates.

Moreover, Chevrolet offers drivers different rates for wireless internet.

7. GPS temperature control

Owners of SUVs and trucks will undoubtedly love the innovative combination that allows you to regulate the temperature in the cabin using satellite data. Roughly speaking, it’s the same climate control, but more efficient. This set functions according to the following scheme: first, it communicates with the nearest GPS satellites, determines the position of the car relative to the sun.

After that, special sensors located throughout the interior of the car begin to regulate the temperature. For example, on the shady side, the population will warm up the air more intensively, but on the sunny side – more moderately.

The air conditioning in the car: cleaning and disinfection.

Not paying attention to the fact that the set of GPS temperature control was presented to the public a couple of years ago, it will start to be completed with trucks and SUVs, which will descend from the conveyor this year.

8. The dynamic ride from Bentley Bentayga

Everyone is used to Bentley producing only machines. But every rule has an exception. A good example is the Bentley Bentayga jeep. But this car is notable not only for the fact that it has the badge of a famous luxury car manufacturer – it is equipped with the development of dynamic driving.

Each of the wheels of the jeep is equipped with a special stabilizer. While the car is moving along a crossroads, individual shock absorbers are always compressed, so the body of the SUV is always in an uneven position. So, the development from Bentley transmits some power to the wheels and smoothes the body of the jeep.

Needless to say, it slows down the ride, but if the driver wants to accelerate, he can turn it off. So, the torque of the wheels will increase and the jeep will go faster.

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9. Mercedes-Benz’s Parktronic

At this point in time, there’s not a lot of people you can hit as a parktronic. But Mercedes-Benz went further and improved this development by equipping it with SUVs and trucks. Drivers who activate the parktronic function from Mercedes-Benz will soon be able to identify places that may be suitable for parking. In addition, the combination shows the required direction to the wheels, while the car passes by free parking spaces.

It is indispensable when parking in spaces well forced by cars.

Parallel Parking: Full explanation + video

The Mercedes-Benz parking lot uses 4 ultrasonic echo sensors, which are located at the front and behind the car. As the driver of the car gets too close to an obstacle, they immediately warn him of the danger.

10. Moderate high beam headlights from Volvo

A lot of accidents happen at night, while one driver blinds the other with high beam. As the blinded motorist becomes disoriented, it is difficult for him to maintain his past position on the highway. Unfortunately, there are cases like this.

At the same time, in many countries the highways are made too narrow, which aggravates the problem. The driver simply has no additional manoeuvring space left.

But I guess Volvo has found the answer. It has equipped some models with a special design. When the combination detects a vehicle moving towards it, it immediately reduces the brightness of high beam.

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US pickups and SUVs
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Unlike the European Car Classification, where all vehicles are categorized, that is, depending on the size of the body and their cost, in the U.S. a completely different system of categories for cars.

For example, a car such as Chevrolet Malibu in America is considered a standard medium and small car when, as in Europe and in our country, this car is considered full-size auto-sedan. Let’s not go into details, why the system of classification of vehicles in different countries of the world is so different.

Today we want to draw your attention to the American SUVs and pickups, which are distinguished by the grand dimensions of the body and powerful engines. It should be noted at once that these American SUVs are out of competition in the world car market. The American giantomania in the automobile world is a distinctive feature of all automobile brands of the USA. We offer our readers a large overview of large American SUVs and pickups, which could not take root in old Europe because of their high fuel consumption, as well as because of the narrow streets of cities in the European Union, where such cars are very crowded.

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The Cadillac Escalade EXT.

Adding an abbreviation such as “EXT” to the model name indicates that the vehicle has a pickup body, unlike the standard Escalade. With a length of 5.65 metres and a height of 1.89 metres, this car in the “EXT” version does indeed approach the cargo category of automobiles (as classified in Europe). In order to drive such a huge off-road vehicle on the road, the Cadillac engineers installed under its hood a 6.2-liter 400 hp engine.

Cadillac Escalade

The normal Escalade version has a length of 5.19 meters. Today’s generation of this off-road vehicle is equipped with the same V8 engine, which is installed on the Escalade EXT. But there is also a hybrid version, which, thanks to its electric motor running in conjunction with a gasoline engine, can reduce fuel consumption to 11 litres per 100 kilometers.

Chevrolet Silverado

The new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can be ordered today in two body versions, i.e. with a double cabin or with a double cabin. There are also three body lengths available: 1.77m; 2.01m and 2.44m. Behind a huge chrome grille hides, depending on the version, three powerful engines with volumes: 4.3 litres V6; 5.3 litres V8 and 6.2 litres V8.

Chevrolet Suburban

This vehicle has not changed its name in record time, since the start of this car production. The most famous off-road vehicle in the USA today. This car is produced since early 1936. Today’s model has a body length of 5.69 meters and is available with two gasoline engines: 5.3 liter V8 and 356 hp V6.

Chevrolet Avalanche

The pickup version of Suburman is called Chevrolet Avalanche. The length of this SUV is slightly less than the standard version of the car, which is 5.62 meters. This model uses the same engines as the Suburman in its traditional body.

Chevrolet Tahoe PPV

With a length of 5.13 meters Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the smallest American SUVs. Due to its size and power of 396 hp, this car has become popular with the U.S. police.

Dodge Durango

Almost modest in length, 5.07 meters, the Dodge Durango SUV as well as Tahoe is one of the smallest American SUVs. When buying a new car, the customer has the opportunity to choose two different volume and power motors for the car: 3.6-liter V6 and 5.7-liter V8.

Dodge Ram 1500

This is another popular SUV in the United States. The basic version of the car has a length of 5.31 meters. The model you see in the photo is a version of “Crew cab”, with four doors.

Dodge Ram 3500 Heavy Duty

If friends pay their attention to the advertising photo of this huge off-road vehicle, you can see in the background behind the car a construction site, which hints to all of us that the Dodge Ram 3500 Heavy Duty can carry not only lightweight cargo. The version of this off-road pickup truck has a huge length, which is 6.68 meters, and the power of this pickup truck allows it to carry cargo weighing up to 4.7 tons on the trailer.

Dodge Ram 5500 Chassis Cab

The basis and base for a lot of special equipment in America is still the same popular Dodge Ram. So, for example, on its basis (base) in the U.S. trucks are produced. Many off-road vehicles are delivered from the factory only with a cabin and an empty frame, so that later, depending on the application of the vehicle, you could equip the vehicle with the necessary special body.

Ford Expedition

The largest off-road vehicle created by Ford, Ford Expedition, has a length of 5.24 meters, and under the hood it has a 5.4-liter V8 engine with an output of 314 hp and maximum torque of 495 Nm.

Ford F-150

This is a bestseller among all Ford cars sold in the United States. For many years, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling car in America. Buyers can choose for themselves this legendary off-road vehicle with a six-cylinder engine with an output of 306 hp, or with a more powerful “eight” (engine) with an output of 416 hp.

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

This is a sports modification of the car of traditional and popular version – F-150. It is the most powerful off-road vehicle of Ford brand. The new version of the car was released in order to attract a younger generation of people (motorists) to it.

Ford Super Duty Platinum

Also Ford has extended versions of vehicles based on the F-150 off-road vehicle, which have the following names: F-250, F-350 and F-450, the length of these vehicles reaches 6.29 meters and they are able to carry cargo weighing up to 4 tons.

GMC Sierra 2500 HD SCV

The current generation of GMC Sierra cars has appeared on the automobile market quite recently, it is directly and closely connected with such car as Chevrolet Silverado model. The most powerful engine offered by the automaker is the 6.2-liter V8.