Jim Dunne, The Pioneer Of Automotive Spy Photography, Passes At 87

Jim Dunne, the pioneer of automotive spy photography, passes at 87

Jim Dunne, who is widely recognized as the pioneer of automotive spy photography, died this Monday at age 87. We run a lot of spy photography stories here at Autoblog from photographers who have followed in Dunne's path, but the late Dunne essentially invented the art back in the 1960s. There may have been the stray photo of a prototype run in some publications previous to him, but Dunne created the spy photography game as it is today. Dunne is going to be missed by many. Brian Williams, a fellow spy photographer and close friend of Dunne's gave us a snapshot into Dunne himself and his relationship with him. "To be honest he was like a grandfather to me. He was a good man. He was a mentor. He was just a really good person," Williams says. Getting inside Dunne's inner circle wasn't always the easiest thing to do, though. "He was a tough one," Williams told us. "He wouldn't let everybody in. He was one of those ones where you had to gain his friendship, you had to work for it. But once you got it … it couldn't be touched. He will be truly missed." Williams may not have known Dunne when he was starting out in the early days of spy photography, but he's come up in the business with Dunne by his side on many occasions. "I've known him for about 10 years," Williams continues. "I've seen him out in Death Valley. We'd get our lunches together. If I saw him in Dearborn or Milford I'd flag him down, and we'd sit and talk. I'd hop in his GMC Envoy and just sit and talk about stuff. Even phone calls if I had some kind of issue in my life or something." Dunne started his spy photography work when he was with Popular Science, followed by Popular Mechanics. His photos have appeared in numerous publications and websites since. If you aren't completely up to speed with spy photography, know that it's photographers taking photos the manufacturers typically don't want taken. A lot of the time these photographers have to brave horrific conditions and endless hours of waiting just to get that one pivotal shot of the next Corvette, Mustang or whatever new vehicle it is they're hunting that day.  Dunne would expose new models and prototypes before the car companies wanted the public to see them. Why do the manufacturers want the cars kept secret? Because if folks see there's a newer and better model coming out, they may be less likely to go buy the car that's sitting on the dealer lot today. It's widely known that car companies jokingly hung up "Wanted" posters of Dunne in their offices, as they all knew he was out there waiting to photograph the next new model to roll out. His legacy lives on through the many spy photographers that follow in his footsteps. Those that were friends with him, loved him. It's clear that we'll forever be missing Jim Dunne.

Hands On With Polestar's Android Automotive Os Infotainment System

Hands on with Polestar's Android Automotive OS infotainment system

Walking into Dogpatch Studios on San Francisco's east side, the Polestar 2 sits in the center of the stark industrial space, its 20-inch Continentals resting on the bare concrete floor. The all-electric hatchback sedan, which Polestar says will offer 275 miles of range, is dressed like a Stormtropper; Snow White paint, matte black grille, dark wheels and trim.

A spinoff of Volvo, Polestar calls itself an "electric performance brand", and the Polestar 2 will rival the Tesla Model 3. It was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and this the first time it's being shown in the United States. It's striking in the flesh with tight proportions and a powerful, purposeful stance.

When Android Automotive Goes In The Dash, Google Wins — And Automakers Lose Data

When Android Automotive goes in the dash, Google wins — and automakers lose data

You've gotta hand it to Google for the way the Silicon Valley tech giant has made indelible inroads into the car on multiple fronts. The most obvious is with its pioneering self-driving car technology that's caused car companies to get their act together on autonomous vehicles — and also collaborate with Google.

Google has more directly extended its influence and data-mining capabilities into the car with its Android Auto smartphone-projection platform that most major automakers have adopted along with Apple's CarPlay. And now it's preparing to dig even deeper into dashboards by deploying its open-source operating system, Android Automotive, beginning with Audi and Volvo.

Sony's Initiatives In Automotive Image Sensors

Sony's Initiatives in Automotive Image Sensors

In October 2014, Sony Corporation ("Sony") announced that it would commercialize image sensors for automotive use. Having positioned automotive as one of the focus areas of its image sensor business, Sony has released a number of highly advanced products in this area that boast industry-first features and capabilities.

 

Trio Of Acura Models Receive 2018 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards

Trio of Acura Models Receive 2018 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards

The 2018 Acura RDX, MDX and TLX have received 2018 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards in their respective segments. The three Acura models were selected by the Consumer Guide Automotive editorial team based on a number of criteria including performance, features, accommodations, fuel efficiency, resale value and price.

The 2018 Acura RDX, receiving the Best Buy Award for the sixth consecutive year, continues to be one of the most balanced SUVs on the market, in terms of dynamic performance and fuel efficiency. It seats five adults comfortably and has a long list of desirable features including a powerful V6 engine and available AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies.

Sharp Exhibits Odd-shaped Automotive Displays

Sharp Exhibits Odd-shaped Automotive Displays

Sharp Corp exhibited odd-shaped displays for automotive use at Ceatec Japan 2017, which took place from Oct 3 to 6, 2017, at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Sharp calls them "Free Form Display." This time, the company showcased two kinds of displays: horizontally-long and circular displays expected to be used for instrument panels. They are both TFT LCD displays using the "IGZO" oxide semiconductor.

Hitachi Automotive Showcases 48v Li-ion Battery

Hitachi Automotive Showcases 48V Li-ion Battery

Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd exhibited a 48V lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack at Automotive Engineering Exposition 2017, which took place from May 24 to 26, 2017, in Yokohama, Japan.

The company is now shipping samples of the product, expecting that it will be employed in the Chinese market in 2019.

Panasonic Halves Size Of Automotive Angle Sensor

Panasonic Halves Size of Automotive Angle Sensor

Panasonic Corp developed an angle sensor that is designed for automotive motors and more than 50% smaller than conventional angle sensors.

The rotation angle of a motor can be measured by attaching a magnet to the rotating shaft of a motor and placing the new sensor, "A3MR," near the magnet. The new product is targeted at hybrid systems using generators that function as motors and electric power steerings.