- General Motors' new OnStar Driver Assurance program anticipates when the battery, starter motor, or fuel pump might fail and warns drivers so they can fix problems before they occur. The service will be expanded to other parts in the future.
- In January, Juergen Peters, the president of car multimedia at Bosch North America, said that full windshield augmented reality could arrive within five years. The hitch? Automakers must fit a projector the size of a 12-pack of soda into the dashboard.
- A report from the environmental think tank World Resources Institute found that the production of biofuels such as ethanol is grossly inefficient. The report adds that land dedicated to biofuel production should be used to grow food instead.
- Volvo is working with Ericsson and POC to build a bicycle helmet that can communicate with cars. The helmet would send its location to the Volvo cloud network. When it senses that a Volvo connected car might hit a cyclist, both parties would receive a warning.