Auto Industry Rushing on High-Tech

Car companies are rushing to integrate high tech "gadgets" into their vehicles lines from GPS navigation to the Internet.

Published: 25-Oct-2000

electronics convention was awash in gadgets of the future - from navigation computers that sense traffic jams to systems that can locate a vehicle to within a centimeter.

Automakers desperate for new sources of income and a competitive edge are pushing to make advanced auto technology more than a convention hall curio.

But getting such devices to the dealership floor has proven to be a slow haul.

``If the auto industry can't find a way to move faster, which probably means finding a way to take risks, it's likely that more and more stuff will have to come from the outside, and it will be harder to get leadership,'' said Cary Wilson, Ford's director of electrical engineering.

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