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Ford Has Cars That Know Who You Are... or Aren't

On: Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:48AM | By: Karen Cook


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Facial recognition is the new craze in automobile technology. Mercedes-Benz has a camera that can tell if the driver is getting drowsy and warn him to get some rest. Peugeot Citroen has one that can detect the emotions of the driver. Not sure what your car can do about your anger though.


CarMax's 125-Point Inspection Doesn't Include Recalls

On: Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:47AM | By: Karen Cook


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CarMax is currently dealing with car safety advocacy groups across the nation who are up in arms over the car sellers’ advertising practices. CarMax, Inc. states in its ads that all its vehicles must pass a 125-point inspection before they are offered for sale. The problem is that this inspection does not check for open recalls or whether the car has been previously recalled and repaired. The ads lead buyers to believe that all issues have been investigated and/or repaired when this is not the case.


To Key or Not to Key

On: Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 2:45PM | By: Karen Cook


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The massive recall of General Motors’ ignition switches has raised some important questions and sparked discussions throughout the automobile market. With the number of vehicles recalled in the millions and still growing, we have to ask how long the old key-activated ignition will be around. The short answer is, it’s not going anywhere.


The New ART of the Service Department

On: Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 1:31PM | By: Karen Cook


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The future of the service and maintenance jobs is happening right in front of our eyes at Audi dealerships across the nation. The manufacturer is mixing remote controlled robots with expert technicians to diagnose problems in a faster, more accurate way.


 

Potential Traffic Jam on V2V Communication Band

On: Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 1:27PM | By: Karen Cook


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We’ve all experienced “traffic jams” on the internet. The network is like a huge road system with each site having its own exit. Just like on the interstate, if there are a lot of people trying to access the same site, speed slows down. The technology that allows our automobiles to communicate with each other and transmit information on potential hazards on the road ahead has its own dedicated 5.9GHZ wireless spectrum band. This means that the only “traffic” allowed to use this road is restricted to vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications.


LCD Goes Curvy

On: Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 12:30PM | By: Karen Cook


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The center console touchscreen is a pretty common piece of technology these days. It provides drivers with route and weather information, road closures and detours, and fun stuff like music and things that will be passed along the way which might interest occupants . But, like any technology, there’s always room for improvement.


Military Discounts Offered By Auto Makers

On: Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 12:29PM | By: Karen Cook


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In an effort to say “thank you” to all our service personnel, several auto makers have programs to make purchasing their vehicles easier for this group.


Teenager See Teenager Do

On: Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 12:13PM | By: Karen Cook


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A new study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide and funded by the General Motors Foundation was released last week which revealed some disturbing trends concerning teens and driving. They aren't really surprising though and with a little parental guidance the problems could be nearly eliminated.


Walking On Sunshine, Driving on... Tomatoes?

On: Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 4:43PM | By: Karen Cook


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I spent two years in a small town in Germany in the mid-80s and I learned a few things. For example, when you order French fries they come with mayonnaise, not ketchup. Eventually I found out that German cooks are offended if you ask for ketchup for anything. They believe this condiment covers up rather than enhancing the flavor of food, and a diner who asks for it is telling the host that their food tastes bad.


GM's Internal Report Finally Made Public

On: Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 4:43PM | By: Karen Cook


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General Motors is paying out beaucoup dollars every day in connection with the ignition switch recall fiasco. The company was given a deadline of April 3rd to produce documentation explaining when they knew about the defect and why they took so long to report it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Last week the internal investigation, which was lead by former US Attorney Anton Valukas, finally produced the documentation, which was handed over to the NHTSA for their perusal; it was also made available to the general public. The report specifies where the manufacturer went wrong and blames the late recall on incompetence and complacency. That’s a fancy way of saying that the people who should have caught the faulty ignition switch either didn’t notice or didn’t care.


A Request to Rude Drivers

On: Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 10:48AM | By: Karen Cook


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Please find a seat and pay attention. We need to talk.

Apparently we, as a population, have forgotten some basic rules of the road and need to be reminded of the proper way to turn out into traffic.