TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2019,/CNW/ – The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) introduced the winners of its 2019 Innovation Awards on the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto. The winners are Best Green Innovation – Infiniti, for the VC-Turbo engine. Best Safety Innovation – Subaru, for DriverFocus. Best Technical Innovation – Mercedes-Benz, for Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX).
“The Innovation Awards now recognize safety, environmental cognizance, and technology,” said Mark Richardson, President, Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. “This is an opportunity to understand the very best and most progressive examples of recent car products to be had to Canadian drivers.”
In 2018, AJAC contributors nominated 30 one-of-a-kind automobile innovations for consideration. The awards had been judged by using a panel of 9 newshounds who focus on automobile technology. They independently reviewed briefs on all nominated entries, and from that preliminary overview, the jurors installed a quick listing of finalists in each class. In past due October, they convened for a day of displays and thinking with producer representatives on every one of the quick-indexed entries. The jurors then voted a 2d time using a mystery poll.
As with the Canadian Car of the Year awards program, those votes had been compiled and authenticated through accounting company KPMG.
Infiniti’s VC-Turbo engine is the sector’s first manufacturing-ready variable compression ratio engine and one of the most superior inner combustion engines ever created. More than 20 years in development, it represents a first-rate breakthrough in inner-combustion powertrain generation. It promises the energy of a high-performance 2.0-liter faster gasoline engine with an excessive degree of efficiency.
Subaru’s driver focus makes use of a digicam angled on the motive force’s facet and facial popularity software program to screen fatigue or lack of attention. When the driver begins to lose recognition, DriverFocus, without delay, sends out a useful alert — it is like an automatic co-driving force.
Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX uses artificial intelligence to conform to suit the consumer, developing an emotional connection among the car, motive force, and passengers. It includes the excessive-resolution widescreen cockpit with touchscreen operation, navigation display with augmented fact technology, plus clever voice manipulation with natural speech recognition that is activated with the keyword “Hey Mercedes.”