Throughout The Car Industry
Take a trip back with me about 25 years or so. It was a time before navigation systems and smartphones. It was a time when we had to depend on ourselves to get where we wanted to go, even if we had never been there. If you aren’t old enough to remember, then you’ll just have to take our word for it.
Tags: jaguar, ghost car, navigation, directions, technology
Modern technology is great! It can help lowly human beings in a variety of situations—when it works. The problem with technology is that it is designed by the lowly individuals who use it and can have the same sorts of limitations as the designer. Another issue is that users frequently come to depend on it to the exclusion of common sense and personal responsibility.
Tags: AAA, warning systems, blind spot, lane deaparture
As we inch closer and closer to having self-driving vehicles become commonplace, Google is learning more and more about what an autonomous car will need to do and how it will need to behave to provide the most dependable, comfortable, and safest experience for the passenger. Recent findings suggest that the current versions are too polite and need to be able to be a little more aggressive.
Tags: google, autonomous, self-driving
The news is full of safety recalls on all sorts of vehicles. We expect auto makers to produce vehicles with the highest level of safety possible. That’s a pretty tall order with all the technology involved in getting one to run. We had fewer problems when windows rolled down using a handle and doors unlocked using a key. I’m not so sure that cars weren’t safer without airbags as well. Anyway, manufacturers are doing what they can to ensure that our cars don’t kill us, but that’s not what this article is about.
Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go; the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow.
Perhaps horses can navigate dependably at this time of year but it seems to be a little more difficult for people driving gas-powered sleighs.
The news from New York these last week was frightening to me. I’m a Florida native and I have to admit that with our temperatures in the 30s at night and barely reaching 60 during the day, I was freezing. I’m sure readers in New York are outraged, but my blood in as thin as water and not designed to deal with anything lower than 70 comfortably. Even so, I love cold weather and look forward to temperatures chilly enough to warrant hot chocolate and flannel. I started to think of what people do when they are stranded in their vehicles in a snowstorm. This isn’t likely to happen to me, but it does happen. Do people up north prepare for it? Do they have emergency kits in their cars? What’s in them?
At some point in our lives most of us reach the time to have a family. Time to stop hitting the bars on Friday night and trade in the snazzy red two-seater for a “family car”. For a large percentage of parents that means a minivan. There are lots of choices in this vehicle that offers room for children, friends, and overnight bags, as well as soccer equipment and groceries. But do they offer safety? Being the epitome of the family car, one would think so. The latest tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) throw that assumption into question.
People are strange. Generally speaking, a large percentage of the population does things that aren’t good for them. Lunch is often comprised of some sort of quickly prepared greasy meat with a side of greasy starch and washed down with a sugary bubbly concoction. Whatever happened to food groups? Before heading back to the tasks for the day this “meal” may be followed by a long cylinder of nicotine to calm the nerves. People know this isn’t healthy and that eventually this sort of hedonism can kill them. So what causes us to do these things? Doing something we like with no regard for the consequences is addiction, plain and simple. The examples above, along with alcohol and harder drugs, are physical addictions which causes the body to desire whatever it is that we shouldn’t have. It’s hard to say no.
In this week’s episode of 1000 Ways to Die, Ford recalls the 2014 Ford F-150, 2014 Ford Flex, 2014 Ford Transit, 2015 Ford Transit, 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, 2005-2011 Lincoln Town Car, and 2005-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis. Problems range from a loss of steering control to malfunctioning airbag sensors. There’s even a recall to fix problems from a previous recall! Making thousands of individual parts work together isn’t easy. And with over eight million cars currently under recall, it’s starting to look like the world’s automakers aren’t quite up to the task. So let’s see how your Ford can harm you…
Tags: recall, 2014 Ford F150, 2014 Ford Flex, 2014 Ford Transit, 2015 Ford Transit PTV, Ford Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car, Mercury Grand Marquis
It seems that every car ever made has been recalled this year. Not wanting to be left out of the recall fun, Toyota voluntarily called back several thousand copies of the 2014 Toyota Camry, 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid, 2014 Toyota Avalon, and 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. It seems the steering system can fail if you hit a pothole. At least the airbag won’t kill you…
Tags: 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid, 2014 Toyota Camry, 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, 2014 Toyota Avalon
Audi's parent compan,y Volkswagon, has called back 101,938 of its kids to the house for some repairs. It seems that specific A4 and S4 models made between February 16, 2012 and October 21,2014 as well as Allroad models made between March 12, 2012 and the same October 21, 2014 are all coming back due to a faulty algorithm (yes, an algorithm, like math class stuff) in the air bag control module. This faulty algorithm may cause the front air bags to not deploy if a secondary impact occurs to the front of the vehicle after the deployment of the side air bags. Obviously, if there is a frontal crash, the entire point of the front air bags is, of course, to deploy. Without them, these model year 2013-2015 Audis might as well be model years 1984-1987 in terms of safety equipment, or the lack thereof.
Audi/Volkswagon will notify all owners and the recall is expected to begin November 11. The fix is free and relatively painless—just an update the to the car's software. Owners may contact Audi at 1-800-822-2834 with any questions. Read on for the full report ...