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Genesis gives G90 a (nearly) complete makeover just three years in

Genesis has redesigned the G90 for the 2020 model year.

Photo courtesy of Genesis

It's been just three years since the Genesis G90 went on sale in the U.S. but the automaker has decided that it is already time for a complete model update. For the 2020, the flagship sedan gets major exterior and interior changes, new technology, and a safety upgrade.

"G90 is the ultimate expression of the Genesis brand," said Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President and Chief Design Officer, Hyundai Motor Group. "Before the first sketch was even drawn, my team of designers thought carefully about how to evolve its styling and create something even more elegant and harmonic."

2020 Genesis G90 front face rear grille headlights Genesis has redesigned the G90 for the 2020 model year. Photo courtesy of Genesis

With the exception of the car's roof and doors, every body panel on the 2020 Genesis G90 has been replaced or changed. Its new Crest Grille is flanked by quad headlamps. At the rear, quad taillamps wrap around corner to corner is a Lincoln-esque way. Its license plate sits low, making the eyes focus on the rear design rather than a government regulated piece of metal.

Nineteen-inch wheels are available for the first time on the 2020 model and feature a new G-Matrix pattern.

The cabin of the G90 features a horizontal layout that emphasizes the car's vast passenger space. There is chrome plating on the switches and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Open-pore wood and double stitching and piping are arranged throughout the space.

Genesis is touring the G90's long list of brand firsts including over the air updates for maps and infotainment system software, a 12.3-inch touch screen for navigation with a copper graphic interface.

The model comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirror Link.

Genesis has enabled the car to log user driving patterns and it informs the driver when there is a need to address vehicle wear with maintenance.

2020 Genesis G90 interior Genesis has simplified the interior of the G90 for the 2020 model year. Photo courtesy of Genesis

The automaker has given the 2020 model a long list of standard safety and driver assistance technology including:

  • Lane Following Assist - expands the reach of lane-keep and lane-departure assists, to help stay centered in a lane and provide steering assistance.
  • Rear Cross-traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist - uses rear side radar to help detect and prevent impact with obstacles.
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) can now help detect bicycles and vehicles in front of the vehicle.
  • Safe Exit Assist - may alert a driver and passengers with alerts when an object is approaching an opening door.
  • Highway Driving Assist - assists the driver to maintain the center of a lane on marked interstate highways, while keeping a safe distance from a vehicle in front. It can act in conjunction with Highway Auto Speed Slowdown, which adjusts vehicle speed to match posted signs.

Each 2020 Genesis G90 sold in the U.S. will come with valet services. The no-additional-cost program allows owners to schedule appointments with the use of valet pickup and drop-off.

Also included with every G90 purchase:

  • 3 years/36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance
  • 3 years/36,000 miles complimentary Service Valet
  • 3 years of complimentary Genesis Connected Services, including Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Destination Search powered by Voice and Remote Start with climate control
  • 3 years of complimentary SiriusXM® Travel Link (Data Services)
  • 3 years of complimentary Annual Multimedia and Navigation Updates
  • Lifetime complimentary traffic data
  • Best-in-class warranty with Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Concierge Services, including tire changes or transportation to the nearest Genesis retailer or authorized service facility, and reimbursement for inconvenience.

Genesis will sell the G90 in two trim levels: 3.3T Premium and 5.0 Ultimate. The 3.3. and 5.0 designee which engine the car uses, either a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 that gets 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, or the 5.0-liter V8 that delivers 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and are rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available.

The 2020 Genesis G90 will go on sale in December. Pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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Ford has teamed up with Microsoft to study traffic congestion.

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Computers are everywhere. We wear them on our wrists, carry them in our pockets, and rely on them to function in a modern world. As computing evolves, automakers like Ford are using high-level technology to work to solve everyday problems.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker has partnered with Microsoft to simulate the impact thousands of vehicles traveling has on congestion. They're early in to the project, still developing the quantum computing aspects of the project, which will take the problems of today and scale them to predict the problems of tomorrow. Then, the two companies will use the information to dive deeper into possible solutions to those problems.

"Quantum computing has the potential to transform the auto industry and the way we move," said Julie Love, senior director of quantum computing business development, Microsoft. "To do that we need to have a deep understanding of the problems that companies like Ford want to solve, which is why collaborations like these are so important."

When rush hour happens and congestion picks up, it's not uncommon for drivers to use various apps to change their route using traffic apps like Waze. However, these apps often route drivers the same way, creating congestion on side streets. Ideally, new computing would work to balance those routes to allow the least amount of congestion possible on all streets.

Dr. Ken Washington, Chief Technology Officer, Ford Motor Company described the problem and possible solution in a recent post on Medium.

Simply put, it's not feasible to have traditional computers find the optimal solution from a huge number of possible route assignments in a timely manner. That's where quantum computing can help. Essentially, existing digital computers translate information into either a 1 or a 0, otherwise known as a bit. But in a quantum computer, information can be processed by a quantum bit (or a qubit) that can simultaneously exist in two different states before it gets measured. Upon measurement, however, either a 1 or a 0 appears randomly and the probability for each is governed by a set of rules called quantum mechanics.

This ultimately enables a quantum computer to process information with a faster speed. Attempts to simulate some specific features of a quantum computer on non-quantum hardware have led to quantum-inspired technology — powerful algorithms that mimic certain quantum behaviors and run on specialized conventional hardware. That enables organizations to start realizing some benefits before fully-scaled quantum hardware becomes available.

The partnership between Microsoft and Ford started in 2018 to specifically focus on reducing traffic congestion in Seattle, a city undergoing tremendous rapid growth that is confined in its footprint by waterways and mountains.

The collaboration tested numerous scenarios in their efforts to solve Seattle's traffic congestion, with as many as 5,000 vehicles. Each vehicle in the scenario had 10 different route choices. In 20 seconds, computing software weighed each of those suggestions and delivered a route that resulted in a 73 percent improvement in total congestion compared to traditional route suggestion methods. The result was an eight percent drop in the time of the commute.

Ford remains hopeful that future advances in quantum computing will further the company's mission to work to reduce congestion.

Atlas is one of Volkswagen's top-selling models in the U.S. and though it seems like just yesterday that it debuted on the heels of the Dieselgate scandal, the automaker is already preparing to give it a facelift.

Volkswagen has confirmed that the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will sport a revised grille, head- and taillights, and front and rear bumpers when it arrives on dealer lots later in 2020. It will also have interior upgrades, and new driver-assistance and technology features.

Many of the refreshed elements come straight from the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport's design.

The three sketches that were shown as part of the tease show a more rounded, upright, and smirking grille at the front of the Atlas. Its headlights have a straighter LED light signature. The SUV's lower fascia has changed to show a more aggressive bottom half complete with the hint of a faux skid plate alongside repositioned and smaller fog light housings. Changes at the back aren't nearly as obvious.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

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Volkswagen has released these sketches of the forthcoming 2021 Volkswagen Atlas.

VW has said that the changes add three inches to the length of the vehicle.

There aren't a lot of specifics about what potential buyers can expect from the interior upgrades but previous statements from Volkswagen indicate that there will be a new D-shaped steering wheel, an eight-inch infotainment touch screen, and wireless device charging.

Volkswagen will add new driver assistance technology to the model including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality and low-speed lane centering.

It's likely that the public's first look at the refreshed Atlas will come in February at the Chicago Auto Show.