New technology at auto show in GR

The Michigan International Auto Show at DeVos Place in Detroit. (Feb. 5, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — New technology is on display at the 2014 Michigan International Auto Show at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, which opens Thursday to the public.

The technology is aimed at decreasing distracted driving and increasing safety.

There are vehicles that can tell you if you are drifting out of your lane, or if there is a vehicle in your blind spot then the steering wheel will vibrate to notify you.

Some of the vehicles have sensors that will trigger the brakes before the driver of the vehicle comes too close to another vehicle or a person.

There are also vehicles with Siri and sync technologies to control everything from the radio, temperature or a phone call with your voice.

“You are starting to see it in most cars,” Grand Rapids New Car Dealership Association President Blair Sharpe said. “It’s starting to disseminate through all vehicles. And what’s interesting, a lot of the active safety technology that I mentioned is the beginning of the path to driverless cars.”

The auto show features more than 300 vehicles.

Hours —

  • Thursday — 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday — 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ticket prices:

  • Adults — $10
  • Children 6-14 — $4
  • Children 5 and under — Free



The Michigan International Auto Show


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