5 Hot Tech Advances at the L.A. Auto Show
By Joshua Condon of MSN Autos
With most manufacturers positioning high-tech features and gadgetry as integral selling points for their vehicles, modern auto shows are known almost as much for technology announcements as new sheet-metal reveals. The 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show is no different; it's just as much a hotbed for technological innovations as it is for environmentally friendly powertrains. This year
we saw a number of new capabilities, from the safety-related to the infotainment-oriented to our favorite kind: technology that helps you go faster. Here's a look at some of the stand-out innovations.
Cadillac debuted its Cue infotainment system at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show.
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Vehicle: Ford Escape | Innovation: Curve Control
Originally introduced on the new Explorer, Ford's Curve Control is an accident-avoidance
technology that's particularly suited to high-riding crossovers and SUVs. Basically, the vehicle matches driver intention to the car's capabilities. If the system senses the driver is trying to corner more aggressively than the vehicle should, it will reduce speed — first through engine
torque reduction, then via 4-wheel braking — until the vehicle can safely execute the corner.
Ford estimates the technology could help drivers avoid up to 50,000 light-vehicle tow-away crashes per year.