Season 34 of MotorWeek will highlight advanced functions such as Collision Mitigation, Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and other driver aids that are a step towards cars that completely drive themselves. While this approach may be somewhat alarming to automotive enthusiasts, it will be a boon for everyone that loves or needs the everyday freedom that driving an automobile provides. "The autonomous automobile will not only continue America's love affair with the automobile, but move it to an even higher level of usefulness," says John Davis, MotorWeek Host and Senior Executive Producer.
One new technology, Collision Mitigation, which uses a radar aided braking system to slow and even stop a vehicle to avoid a collision, will become a special focus of MotorWeek's continuing commitment to driving safety. In season 34 MotorWeek will inaugurate a new test for cars with automatic braking systems. MotorWeek will add a low speed barrier test, the first all-new test in our Road Test regime in a generation. This new barrier test was created to measure the effectiveness of the various automatic braking systems among different makes and models. MotorWeek Season 34 will reveal how automatic braking systems react in low speed collisions; one of the most common accidents causing billions of dollars in insurance claims for injuries and property damage.
The season premiere of MotorWeek features the newest addition to the BMW family, the exotic 2015 BMW i8 advanced hybrid, the compact 2015 Lincoln MKC utility, the 700-plus horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, along with the all-new 2015 Acura TLX. Other highlights from MotorWeek's new season include road test reviews of the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, designed and engineered to be the fastest street-legal Camaro ever built; and the new 2015 Lexus NX, the brand's first compact luxury crossover.
MotorWeek's line-up of popular segments returns with Master Technician Pat Goss offering do-it-yourself car care advice at Goss' Garage. Yolanda Vazquez will continue to tackle consumer news and trends in FYI and Motor News. Roving reporter Zach Maskell goes Over the Edge with a quirky and fun look at the auto world in overdrive, while Brian Robinson reviews the newest motorcycles and scooters in Two Wheelin'. MotorWeek also continues its decade-long emphasis on the widening availability and practicality of hybrid and electric vehicles in Green Motoring.