The Intersection of Technology and Design Isn’t Boring

Toyota's FCV Plus concept

Toyota’s FCV Plus concept

On May 26, the New England Motor Press Association, of which some of us here at CarGurus are members, will host a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the theme Technology Intersecting Design. It may sound like a boring topic, but as you’ll see, it’s a compelling one.

The NEMPA conference will include prominent industry figures like Timothy Anness, head of advance design, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – North America; Mary Gustanski, vice president of engineering, Delphi; Michelle Tolini Finamore, curator of fashion arts at the (Boston) Museum of Fine Arts; Dr. Gill Pratt – CEO, Toyota Research Institute; and John J. Leonard, professor of mechanical and ocean engineering at MIT.

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10 Cars We’d Happily Let Do the Driving

Google Self-Driving Prototype

Self-driving cars are coming. Thanks to visions of Skynet and Terminators, this is a frightening proposition to many people. Rather than being seen as an unparalleled convenience, autonomous cars have often been viewed as a soul-sucking leech on the driving experience. But that’s a shame, because if you begin to see cars as appliances, the appeal of an autonomous automobile is enormous.

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What Automotive Trends Will Shoppers See in 2016 Cars?

Ford got an autonomous vehicle driving permit to test the autonomous Fusion Hybrid on California public roads.

Ford has secured a permit to test the autonomous Fusion Hybrid on California public roads.

Auto-show season kicked off in earnest in November with the Los Angeles Auto Show. The show was an excellent harbinger of things to come as we look ahead to the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in just a few short weeks.

The L.A. show provoked me to pose a question to some expert analysts and automotive journalists as to what trends the car-buying public can expect to see in debuting new cars.

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