The world needs a lot more hydrogen refuelling stations before a fuel-cell car makes practical sense, but when the world is ready, Volkswagen has not one but two cars primed for production.
The market isn't ready for fuel-cell cars, but Volkswagen is. This is the hydrogen-powered Passat HyMotion.
The new 2014 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium competes in the toughest category with the likes of the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Nissan Altima. Brian Cooley takes it out for a drive and checks the tech.
VW reduces the size of the engine in the Passat to achieve better fuel economy, and gives the car a Fender audio system, one of the best in the segment.
The 2014 Volkswagen Passat competes well in its segment for driving character and fuel economy, and checks off the right boxes for cabin tech, but falls short on driver-assistance features.
The German automotive supplier plucks Seval Oz from Google's self-driving car project to lead a new division focused on intelligent transportation systems.
Automotive News reports on which automotive platforms see the largest use.
The automotive supplier's technology is moving toward "highly automated driving," with IBM servers processing real-time vehicle data so cars can anticipate detailed driving conditions.
Why waste your drive time doing the actual driving, when technology can be your chauffeur? The century-old auto culture is on the verge of radical change, and you can thank Google for where it's headed.
The German company, already with significant experience in car-control systems, expects cars to take over driving duties partially in 2016 and all the way by 2020.