Industry News for Automotive Techs: September 3-9

Every week we compile recent industry news and interesting reads that shouldn’t be missed. Here’s the digest for September 3rd to September 9th.

Honda looking into X-ray technology on new cars

Honda X-Ray HUD
Image: Autoblog

Honda recently submitted new patent applications indicating that they are working on a new pedestrian detection system. While the idea of a pedestrian detection system itself is nothing new, displaying the location of pedestrians on an augmented reality heads up display (HUD), including pedestrians out of the driver’s line of sight. Honda has experimented with advanced forms of pedestrian detection before, but such a system would be an industry first.

Read more about Honda’s new patents, as well as a few other tricks they have up their sleeves over at Autoblog.

Variable speed supercharger presented as viable solution to engine downsizing

Torotrak V-Charge
Image: Green Car Congress

Forced induction has long been used to increase power output on lower displacement engines, allowing them to become viable replacements in applications which would usually require higher displacement engines. The most common application is turbocharging, but a new V-Charge variable drive supercharger developed by Torotrak is being pitched as a better alternative, allowing for instant low end power that turbocharger systems lack, while maintaining the higher efficiency and power outputs they are known for.

More information about the variable drive supercharger can be found over at Green Car Congress.

Continental pursuing programming key capabilities into smartphones

Continental smartphone key
Image: Wards Auto

Your smartphone can already do just about anything you want it now, and if Continental gets their way, it will replace your car key altogether– provided your car uses a keyless fob system to to open the doors and start the engine. Although the key fob isn’t going anywhere immediately, Continental is experimenting with how to make phones communicate with a car. This would allow you to complete all the functions your key fob does, even if it’s nowhere to be found.

Read more about Continental’s new plan over at Wards Auto.

Artificial intelligence not likely to turn your car into an evil robot

Evil robot
Image: Wards Auto

Since the inception of artificial intelligence, human beings have had a small, underlying fear that the very systems we create will one day become smarter than us and take over the world. The closer we get to having cars that are completely connected and totally autonomous, the more people become concerned that the age of AI is coming upon us.

A panel of vehicle technology experts has spoken up to assure us that there is no risk of this happening. These AI systems are designed and limited to only learn specific, individual tasks better than humans, such as detecting pedestrians and road hazards. Anything else that they aren't programmed for is outside their abilities.

Learn more about future vehicle AI advancement, expectations, and limitations over at Wards Auto.

Drew Technologies release new remote assisted J2534 tool

Drew Technologies Remote Assist Programming
Image: Vehicle Service Pros

For shops and technicians apprehensive about purchasing or using a J2534 tool for updating, reprogramming, or replacing electronic control modules and parts, Drew Technologies, the leader in this field, has released a new tool to relieve these fears. Their new RAP (remote assisted programming) kit offers a 100% guaranteed success rate for flashing modules and parts, by allowing the technician to simply plug in the tool and provide power, while Drew Technologies remotely takes care of everything else. The system is available with no up front costs on a pay-per-use basis. Currently the system only covers Ford and GM, though new makes will be continuously added.

Learn more about this promising new tool over at Vehicle Service Pros.


Next Step

Schedule Oil Change

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Oil Change. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Oil Change reviews

Excellent Rating

(21,699)

Rating Summary
20,382
845
179
87
206
20,382
845
179
87
206

Matthew

33 years of experience
991 reviews
Matthew
33 years of experience
Volkswagen Passat - Oil Change - Hampton, Virginia
Matt always does a great job. Very professional. I look forward to my next appointment.... A++++++
Ford Expedition - Oil Change - Hampton, Virginia
I am so please to have Matt work on my vehicle, he is very friendly and personable, and always does a great job.

Greg

22 years of experience
37 reviews
Greg
22 years of experience
Audi A3 - Oil Change - Queen Creek, Arizona
Job well done! Greg was on time and professional. He treated my vehicle with care. He completed the job smoothly and so far so good. First time using Your mechanic and it was a pleasant experience. I will be looking into them again. Thanks Greg!
Ford Explorer - Oil Change - Scottsdale, Arizona
Greg was very friendly and professional. Communication was great, he let me know what he was doing. He went above and beyond to make sure everything was running smoothly. I would 100% recommend Greg!

LAVELL

27 years of experience
93 reviews
LAVELL
27 years of experience
Buick Encore - Oil Change - Oakland, California
Another home run! Really appreciate the flexibility regarding my service appointment. Due to my work schedule I desperately needed a late appointment. So grateful my car is receiving top shelf professional service. Replaced a oil pan drain plug that was seriously damaged and stripped by a competitor that will NEVER get my business again! All services were quickly completed. Thank you so much for another great experience with my.... Your Mechanic Lavell 5 ⭐️ Service consistently.

Brian

23 years of experience
483 reviews
Brian
23 years of experience
Porsche 911 - Oil Change - Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Brian is extremely knowledgeable and very personable and has taken very good care on my 911. I would recommend Brian to any one who has mechanical car challenges. I would recommend Brian to all My friends and family

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

10 Best Online Stores for Automotive Tools & Equipment
Shopping online provides an endless catalog for the right automotive tools you need to be a mechanic. ASE Deals offers free shipping for many items.
Industry News for Automotive Techs: September 17-23
Michigan is sued over dealer licenses, new self-driving car policies, introduction to ADAS diagnosis, and Tesla safety concerns are the top stories.
Industry News for Automotive Techs: October 1-7
Wireless electric car charging, VW diesel scandal payouts, 3D-printed car technology, new Cardone car parts, and high September auto sales.

Related questions

About engine

Hey there. This involves the often heard notion and fallacy of "perpetual motion." Yes, if you or something imparts a big enough force to a powerful enough rubber band you can actuate a piston. But due to the Law of...

Transmission fluid capacity Aisan TF 80 ?

Hi there - this transmission holds approximately 4 quarts of fluid. However, it is impossible to change the fluid by simply draining the fluid - will only get a fraction of this amount. Fluid changes with a fluid change machine...

i upgraded from 28.9 in tire to 32.4 in tires. a week later transmission went out, what should i change to relieve strain on trans

The change in shift points generates added heat in terms of operation. Increasing the tire tire diameter more than a percent or two affects the transmission shift points, as the shift points were programmed based on the vehicle's original tire...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com