Welcome to the spring issue of X-OLOGY Magazine. For me, this is the time of year for looking forward and contemplating change. And change is exactly what our X-OLOGY cover story is all about: the changing role of automobiles — from a machine that gets you from point A to point B, to a very large, drivable communications device with remarkable capabilities, including crash avoidance, self parking and driving and Internet connectivity, just to name a few.
But not so fast, say some industry insiders who believe we won’t realize the full breadth of vehicle tech for years to come. Of course, there are more optimistic views about taking tech to the road. Either way, the things you’ll read about in writer Michael Wayland’s feature article are sure to amaze you. You’ll also meet two Grand Prix drivers and their engineers who say their relationships are critical to their chances of crossing the finish line first.
Auto tech is also on the minds of employees of Hella North America, featured in our Business Profile. The company is at the forefront of vehicle tech with blind spot detection, lane change assistance, rear cross-traffic alert, rear pre-crash functions and more.
Our People Profile introduces Swamy Kotagiri, chief technology officer of Magna International. Kotagiri is passionate about vehicle innovation, including finding ways to make cars smarter, cleaner and safer with an eye toward affordability.
Innovation is also apparent in our Tech+Design feature, which highlights one woman’s determination to engineer a high-heeled shoe that looks and feels good. Dolly Singh recruited a former astronaut, rocket scientist, orthopedic surgeon and fashion scientist to give women a reason to breathe a sigh of relief.
Our Lifestyle feature will have you on two wheels in no time as you read about the many bicycle trails and clubs just waiting to be explored. Whether you take a ride around the block or challenge yourself to a 75-mile weekend group ride, you’ll be joining throngs of other Michigan pedal pushers who’ve rediscovered the joy of bicycle riding.
The entire RDE Enterprises team, which has brought you X-OLOGY Magazine for the last seven years, wishes you a happy spring and invites you to stay tuned for exciting changes on the horizon.
Jane Racey Gleeson