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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
The world is slowly getting greener. We “reduce, reuse, and recycle” when we can and scientists all over the world are working to make all the things we deem necessary to our survival less damaging to our environment. Automobiles are a big place where we try to reduce our “footprint”, electric vehicles are very attractive, especially to younger buyers. Let’s face it, they need the earth longer than the older set.
Tags: tesla, model x, towing, EV, hybrids, SUV, trucks, EV SUV
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.
With all the travelers on the roads for the holiday, I wondered just how long it would take, if I lived on one side of the country and my dinner was on the other, to make it in time to eat. The easy answer is about 48 hours. This assumes that I have someone else to share driving duties and we stop only for gas. Not the best trip, if you ask me. If I want to sleep in motels, I could do it in four or five days as long as I drive 12 hours a day. Still not ideal. But if the journey is to be part of the fun, I have to allow seven to 10 days before I can sit down to my turkey and dressing.
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?
The updated 2015 Impreza boasts several new features and upgraded technology. It also gets a new front end which is based on the Subaru Legacy and puts a refreshed bumper, grille, and headlights on the sedan and hatchback versions. The sedan also gets new lip spoiler to boost its aerodynamic capabilities.
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.
When Bette Davis tells us to “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” we all know what she meant. She wasn’t referring to an actual trip in a vehicle. Speaking to someone from a little more than a hundred years ago, you would have to explain what a seat belt is. There is a lot of idioms in use based on the world of cars that would be incomprehensible to our great grandparents.
As we watch Toyota competing at the Le Mans 24-hour race, it is worth remembering that one Japanese company has already won this European endurance classic: Mazda, using the Wankel engine technology which they alone have pursued for nigh on five decades now. Mazda would like us to believe some of this motorsports pedigree, this engineering cool, rubs off on their workaday Civic competitor, the 3. I spent a few hundred miles with a 2014 Mazda3 to determine if they're right.
Posted In: Driving, Car Reviews
Tags: 2014 Mazda 3, Mazda, Mazda 3 SV, 2014 Mazda