NEW AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHTED AT FIRST HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

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Nov 17, 2013 (3 years and 6 months ago)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:
Dave Rolf

Hawaii Automobile Dealers Assn.

808.
593
.
0031

drolf@hawaiidealer.com

Shaun Foley

Motor Trend Auto Shows

717.671.4344

shaun.foley@sorc.com



NEW AUTOMOTIVE
TECHNOLOGY
HIGHLIGHTED AT

FIRST HAWAIIAN
INTERNA
TIONAL

AUTO SHOW



HONOLULU, Hawaii


(February
22,

201
3
)

Technology continues to improve the safety and entertainment value of vehicles.
A
ttendees
visiting the First Hawaiian International Auto Show
will get a first
-
hand look at these innovations
Fri
day,
March 22

through Sunday,
March 24

at the
Hawaii

Convention Center.

Rated as some of the most popular with consumers, t
hese
technological advancements
are
currently available in select new model vehicles:



Inflatable Rear Seat Belts



When these new
air bag seat belts deploy, they provide added protection for both
children and a
dults in the back seat. (A
vailable in several

models from Ford and Lincoln
)



Accident Avoidance Sensors



State
-
of
-
the
-
art sensors monitor other vehicles around the car, as well

as the
driver’s reactions to preemptively prepare for collisions, and in some cases, prevent them. In addition, some cars are
now equipped with radar
-
guided cruise control to minimize rear
-
end accidents and chime alerts to wake sleepy
drivers. (
A
vailable
in select models from Acura,
Audi, Cadillac,
Ford,
Mercedes
-
Benz,

Toyota

and more
)



Smartphone Applications



With smartphones quickly overtaking the mobile market, auto manufacturers have
developed Apps to integrate with their product. Many of the Apps ena
ble owners to lock/unlock doors, check tire
pressure and even remotely start the vehicle. Some electric cars, like the Nissan LEAF, enable drivers to check the
car’s charge through the App as well. (Available in select
models

from Buick, Chevrolet, Ford, G
MC, Nissan

and more)



Pushbutton Gear Selector


With many automatic transmissions now being electronically controlled, the old analog
shift lever is
quickly

becoming unneeded. Shifting into gears can be accomplished with the push of a
button

or

twist
of a knob. This new spin

on an old concept frees up center console space by providing buttons to engage park,
neutral, reverse and forward gears. (Available
in

models from Lincoln, Jaguar,

Nissan,

Ram and more)



Parking Assist



Ideal for drivers wh
o struggle with parallel parking, sensors maneuver the vehicle into a parking
spot with th
e push of a button. (A
vailable in several vehicles from Ford, Lexus, Toyota and more)



Surround
-
view Rear
-
vision Camera

with Collision Prevention



C
ameras mounted on
all four sides of the vehicle
allow the drive to see not only what is directly behind the vehicle when it is backing up and gives the driver a 180
-

to
360
-
degree view of what is around the veh
icle as it backs up. Adding another layer of safety, the system
has the


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ability to automatically engage the brakes to help avoid a collision with vehicles and objects crossing its path that the
driver either can’t see or isn’t reacting to quickly enough. (A
vailable in s
elect models from
Audi,
Nissan
, Mercedes
-
Benz

and
Infiniti
)



Hands
-
Free Power Liftgate/Trunk


The latest twist on remote vehicle access uses neither a keyfob control nor a
pushbutton. Rather, the owners burdened with baggage can engage the available power
-
operated liftgate or trunk via
a simple kicking motion with one’s foot under the rear bumper (
provided the
vehicle’s

keyfob is in a pocket or purse).
The same process closes the hatch or trunk.
(
Available on select vehicles from Ford and Mercedes
-
Benz)



Built
-
in WiFi



From inside a car, weather, navigation, show times, email and even gaming are jus
t a click away.
Passengers can surf the web from their laptops while the car is moving and drivers can access the web from the
navigation screen

while the vehicle is parked. (A
vailable in several
Audi,
Chevrolet, Chrysler and Ford vehicles)



Streaming Bluet
ooth Audio



Music enthusiasts can now listen to MP3 players through Bluetooth. Streaming
Bluetooth audio offers the ability to play stored MP3s without wires. This capability is available on the iPhone, Droid
and any MP3 player equipped for streaming with

an adapter. (
A
vailable in

Toyota, Lexus, Subaru and more
)



Pandora Internet Radio


Popular on computers and even mobile devices, this feature plays music similar to the
song or artist suggestions entered. Pandora also allows users to create their ideal custom radio station and take it on
the road. (Available in vehicles from Buick, Che
vrolet, Ford, GMC, Honda,
Hyundai, Toyota and Scion
)



Voice Controlled, Hands
-
Free Music in Ford and Lincoln SYNC



Allows users to search music collections by
song, artist, genre, album or playlist with voice commands. Drivers can simply say “play track” a
nd the name of a
favorite song to hear the tune. To create a custom playlist, drivers simply tell the SYNC to “play similar” to hear an
entire song playlist

of the same genre. (A
vailable in several Ford
and Lincoln
vehicles)



Natural Language Voice Activati
on


Voice
-
recognition technology continues to improve, and is available in a
greater variety of languages. Natural language voice activation is designed to recognize normal speech patterns,
allowing the driver or vehicle occupants to issue commands outsid
e of a pre
-
determined list of specific words and
phrases, or to compose messages that communications systems can convert into text and send to a recipient.
(Available on models from Chevrolet, Cadillac, Ford, Kia and more)



Engine Start
-
Stop Systems



To im
prove fuel economy, automakers are installing start
-
stop systems in many
hybrid models, and they are catching on for non
-
hybrid models as well. The system automatically shuts down and
then restarts the engine to minimize idling, improving fuel economy by a
nywhere from 5 to 15% and reducing
emissions. (Available on select models from
Audi,
Buick, Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota and
more
)



Active Suspension



Allowing manufacturers to achieve a greater quality of car handling and ride comfort, active
suspensions can be found on everything from luxury vehicles to sports cars.

On board computers monitor the vehicle
and adjust the suspension to give drivers and

passengers the ride of their choosing


sporty or designed for comfort.
(Available on select models from Acura,
Audi,
Chevrolet and Lexus)

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Inductive Charging


In addition to
a variety of

ways to connect wit
h mobile phones and other devices inside the
passenger compartment, manufacturers are looking at ways to keep such electronics charged without having to plug
them in. New
inductive wireless charging system allows driver to simply set electronic devices in
a specified charging
zone to keep the juice flowing.
(A
vailable
in select models from Dodge
)


Many of these technology options can be found in vehicles di
splayed on the auto show floor. For more information on a
specific vehicle or technology, please

speak with a manufacturer representative at the show or
visit a local new car dealer.


The First Hawaiian International Auto Show will be open to the public Friday, March

22

through Sunday,
March 24,

at the
Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. The

First

Hawaiian Bank continues

as the auto show’s title sponsor. The auto show is
also sponsored by the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association and
t
he

Honolulu Star
-
Advertiser

and produced by Motor Trend
Auto Shows, LLC, the nation’s largest auto show producer and part of the Source Interlink Companies, Inc.


Show hours are Friday

12

noon to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1
0 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for
adults (13 and older), $6

for senior citizens (62 and older), $
6

for military (with
any D.O.D
ID) and
FREE for children 12 and
younger.
Save time and money, purchase E
-
tickets in advance at www.HiAutoShow.com and receive a $1 discount off regular
adult adm
ission.
D
iscount coupons are available while supplies last at
Oahu b
ranches of First Hawaiian Bank and
participating
new car dealers
. Additional information can be found
on the official auto show
w
ebsite, www.HiAutoShow.com.


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