Category Archives: Writing

Auto Express Group test: Best Mini Jump Packs

Being stranded with a flat battery is never a fun experience, but gone are the days of flagging down a passing vehicle for a sympathetic jump start or having to wait around for a roadside assistance service to come to the rescue. Just as power packs charge our phones and PCs, you can now buy versions with sufficient grunt to jump start your car.

As the morning temperatures begin to fall and the evenings draw in, we put seven mini jump packs to the test to pick the best. While most can be used straight out of the box, some need charging first – be sure to check. Whichever you go for, if you run lots of electronic kit in your car, and find yourself in remote areas, it could be a sound investment. Read full article here.

New Kia Sportage prototype review

As we’ve already seen, the all-new Sportage has taken huge steps towards a more contemporary, European design, but can that be paired with big improvements to refinement and comfort?

Before Kia showcases the Sportage at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Auto Express joined the Korean manufacturer in California’s Mojave Desert to sample an early prototype. Read full article here.

April 2015 management briefing: Vehicle connectivity technologies

Volvo says it has completely re-conceived the way drivers operate their cars by dispensing with the normal array of buttons and replacing them with a large tablet-like touchscreen, a head-up display and thumb controls on the steering wheel. It says the result is an in-car control system which is easier to use, ensuring drivers will be able to keep their eyes on the road as much as possible while operating or making adjustments to the system.

The wave of advanced vehicle connectivity technologies coming to vehicles embrace a number of interlinked elements, from seamless personal connectivity, to driver assistance systems (and autonomous vehicle control), intelligent transport systems, on-board telematics and the changing human machine interface itself inside the vehicle. In this month’s management briefing we talk to OEMs and examine key aspects of the connectivity revolution coming down the line. In this first instalment, Cat Dow speaks with Volvo Car’s Petter Hörling about its priorities in the connected car area.

In 2013, Volvo Car Group launched a voice activated music system through a partnership with digital music service, Spotify. The solution is fully integrated into the dash through Volvo’s ‘Sensus Connected Touch’. It was seen as a significant development because…Read more. (please note this briefing can be read in full by subscribers. For further information, please click here.)