IT & Network Infrastructure : New York Auto Show: Ford, Toyota, Nissan, VW Show Off Green IT Cred

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-04-21 Email Print this article Print
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 rest—their creators definitely aware of the rising price of gas—attempt 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 history—if 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 and—depending on your dashboard options—capable of speech.

2012 Ford Focus

The 2012 Ford Focus boasts a projected fuel economy of 40 miles to the gallon.
2012 Ford Focus
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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