Automotive Trends

As a leader in the field, AAA serves as a source of consumer information on emerging automotive trends.  AAA provides answers to common questions about automobile use and maintenance as well as the latest advancements in vehicle technology.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Vehicles that will drive themselves are years away, but cars that can assist drivers in making travel safer are here today. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are becoming available in more cars and trucks with every passing model year. Read More »

Automotive Glass Trends

They can’t leap tall buildings, but modern windshields are auto glass super heroes. Mild-mannered inner and outer glass layers conceal a hidden internal layer of plastic laminate for impact strength that helps protect passengers in collisions and rollovers. Read More »

Automotive Powertrain Trends

New cars and trucks may look different on the outside, but the biggest changes are under the hood. Automakers are upgrading engines and transmissions to increase gas mileage and meet stricter fuel economy standards. Read More »

Automotive Repair Parts

Auto parts probably never cross your mind until you need to replace one, and that could happen more often if you are among the U.S. drivers keeping their vehicles longer. The average age of U.S. cars is now 11.4 years, up from 8.4 years two decades ago. Read More »

Autonomous Vehicles

The idea of an “autonomous” vehicle that can navigate without human intervention fascinates consumers, and they enjoy watching videos of motorists working on a laptop or reading the newspaper while riding passively in the driver’s seat. Read More »

Connected Cars

If your experience with vehicle connectivity is limited to remote door lock/unlock systems, a new world of safety and convenience features awaits you in today’s “connected” car. Nearly every automaker now offers a “telematics” solution – either built into the vehicle or funneled through your smartphone – that leverages wireless technology to enable your car to interact with the outside world. Read More »

Electric Vehicle Charging

Consumer comfort with the traditional internal combustion engine and its need for gasoline or diesel fuel is hard to displace. With a gas station on every corner, drivers feel secure in their mobility. Read More »

Engine Efficiency and Fuel Savings

Engine efficiency is the percentage of chemical energy in a fuel that is converted into mechanical energy to move a car down the road. The latest gasoline engines are commonly just 25 to 35 percent efficient, while diesel engines are a bit better with typical efficiencies in the mid-to-upper 30s. Read More »

Engine Stop-Start Systems

Automakers today face a big challenge – how to build more fuel-efficient vehicles that will be loved by consumers. One recent answer to this conundrum is engine stop-start systems that let motorists drive the cars they like while reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. Read More »

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

Electric cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells are now on American roads, albeit in limited markets. This is 50 years after the technology was used to power the Gemini/Apollo space missions, and more than two decades since automakers first showed modern fuel cell electric vehicle prototypes. Read More »

Odometer Fraud

Odometer fraud is real, and a real problem. It occurs when odometers are “rolled back” or “clocked” so the odometer reads less than the actual vehicle mileage. A comprehensive odometer fraud study released by CARFAX in December 2013 found that at least 190,000 U.S. cars are clocked every year, costing consumers more than $760 million in fraudulently inflated vehicle values and unexpected repairs. Read More »

In-Car Internet Access

If you’ve ever been on a long road trip with children, you know how valuable mobile internet access can be. From streaming movies to playing games to downloading apps, in-car Wi-Fi can help pacify even the most restless passengers. Read More »

Potholes and Vehicle Damage

What do you get when you mix water, traffic and a cracked section of asphalt? A pothole. What do you get when you mix a pothole and a car? Trouble. Read More »

Smart Keys

You may think of your car key as little more than a tool to start the car. But have you ever considered that it may also be the best tool to prevent your car from being stolen? Read More »

Vehicle Lightweighting

When the 2015 Ford F-150 rolled into dealers, it looked similar to previous models, but under the paint was a major change. The traditional steel body had been replaced by one made almost entirely of aluminum. Read More »

Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems use a GPS receiver, a radio/antenna and a computer to share automobile location and movement information with other V2V-equipped vehicles up to a quarter mile away. Read More »

What You Should Know About Diesels

Diesel engines are similar to gasoline engines, but they don’t have spark plugs. Instead, a diesel engine compresses the air in each cylinder until it is hot enough (more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit) to automatically ignite the fuel that is injected. Read More »