IT & Network Infrastructure : New York Auto Show: Ford, Toyota, Nissan, VW Show Off Green IT Cred
At the New York International Auto Show, the world's vehicle manufacturers have been displaying their commitment to vehicles that are small, light, wired for the latest technology and, above all, eco-friendly. More and more cars hitting the road over the next year will embrace either an electric motor or a hybrid solution, while the resttheir creators definitely aware of the rising price of gasattempt to squeeze the best possible mileage out of the old-fashioned internal combustion engine. Despite the small size of many of the vehicles hitting the market, interiors are also arranged for maximum cargo space and the possibility of five passengers who aren't midgets. Speaking of the interior, cars are definitely getting smarter in their interactions with drivers. In new Ford vehicles, Microsoft's Sync gives drivers access to hands-free calling, audible text messages, music search and navigation help. Overall, it seems like a substantial number of cars readying to hit the road come with some sort of ability to sync smartphones to the dashboard or provide navigation data. None of this is to say that automakers have left trucks to the dustbin of historyif nothing else, commercial work and off-road enthusiasts will always demand something sturdy and big to drag loads and roll over rocks. Indeed, one entire section of the New York International Auto Show seemed devoted to larger vehicles. But for most drivers, the future's looking smaller, lighter, more efficient anddepending on your dashboard optionscapable of speech.