The new Chrysler Pacifica at the Washington Auto Show.
Just prior to #Blizzard2016 descending, I hit the road for the Washington, D.C., Auto Show. My day was filled with speeches from Mark Rosekind, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administrator; and Dr. Ernest Moniz, the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary; among others. I also had the opportunity to view the new Chrysler Pacifica, which has some new glass.
Rosekind touched on technology such as automatic-emergency braking during his speech. While advanced driver assistance systems can help with avoiding crashes, the driver must remain in control of the vehicle, he noted.
To learn more about what he discussed, visit our glassBYTEs.com™ article here.
Department of Energy
Moniz discussed the government’s push toward light-weighting vehicles. He noted the government is investing nearly $55 million toward new vehicle technology, such as light weighting.
“There are 400,000 electronic vehicles (EVs) deployed in the country,” he added. “This is the largest market for these vehicles.”
Also, Bill Gates is leading an investment initiative for clean energy, Moniz said. Gates, along with almost 30 additional private investors and 20 countries are working toward new technology.
“Experience indicates that even the most promising ideas face daunting commercialization challenges and a nearly impassable Valley of Death between promising concept and viable product, which neither government funding nor conventional private investment can bridge,” according to the Breakthrough Energy Coalition’s website. “This collective failure can be addressed, in part, by a dramatically scaled-up public research pipeline, linked to a different kind of private investor with a long term commitment to new technologies who is willing to put truly patient flexible risk capital to work.
“These investors will certainly be motivated partly by the possibility of making big returns over the long-term, but also by the criticality of an energy transition. Success will provide the economic proof points necessary for the mainstream market-driven clean energy economy required for our planetary future,” according to the website.
It appears a big part of the investment will go into transportation.
My Car Does What?
Kelly Nantel, the vice president of communications and advocacy at the National Safety Council, was also on hand to introduce MyCarDoesWhat.org.
“Today’s vehicle just may be capable of saving our lives,” she said. “But many of us have no idea what technology is right at our fingertips. One of the things we cover is automatic-emergency braking. How does it work?”
The website is designed to help new vehicle owners learn what technology, such as ADAS, is available on their vehicles and what this technology does.
A glimpse at the new “tripane” sunroof on the Pacifica.
In addition to viewing several new models at the Washington Auto Show, the new Chrysler Pacifica was on display.
The car features a “tripane panoramic sunroof,” said Bruce Velisek, head of Chrysler brand product marketing.
To learn more exactly what he means, look for the Washington Auto Show feature in AGRR™ magazine’s January/February issue.