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Toyota’s Truly Smart Cars

A few years ago Toyota had cars that seemingly had a mind of their own. The Japanese automobile maker was reportedly plagued by an acceleration issue in some cars just two years ago, but with that problem in the rearview mirror the company is now looking at a way to have cars communicate with one another. This won’t require a motorized version of Doctor Doolittle, who can drive with the automobiles and talk with the...

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The Next And Future Car Tech: What’s Happening And Why (Part 2)

With our vehicles increasingly becoming as connected to the information superhighway as it is the commuter lane, the divide between our lives at home, work and in-between will become more and more blurred. Let’s look at some of the technologies that we will not only carry around, but which will carry us. Part Four: Inter-Connected Vehicles If your car-to-car communication consists of blaring horns and baring fingers, you may appreciate this revolution in communication. Intel has...

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The Next And Future Car Tech: What’s Coming And Why

With our vehicles increasingly becoming as connected to the information superhighway as they are to the commuter lane, the divide between our lives at home, work and in-between will become more and more blurred. Let’s look at some of the technologies that we will not only carry around, but which will carry us. Part One: Wifi On The Fly What once seemed (and still does to many) like a completely unnecessary frivolity and distraction, may well...

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MyFord Touch Finds Owners Keeping Hands-Off

Those fancy-fresh audio and climate control systems many new car buyers say they demand? Well, now you can buy such techno-wonders from the factory, on ordinary cars. However, many of them are sitting barely touched and poorly understood after driving the new car home. Singled out for special scorn is Ford Motor Company’s MyFord Touch, a whiz-bang control system that is distracting and frustrating drivers, according to Consumer Reports. “MyFord Touch still frustrates us like few...

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1994 Honda Remains Hottest Car On The Market

Own an older Honda? You may want to keep a wary eye on it. The insurance industry’s National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), a non-profit theft- and fraud-fighting group, compiles a yearly list of most stolen vehicles and your reliable but aging Honda Accord or Civic may be the next target of your neighborhood car thief. This years’ model of vehicle snatched most often by car thieves is no surprise to industry watchers with the 1994...

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Will Cars Be Made Almost Entirely Of Soybeans Next?

The humble soybean continues to amaze after all these years. You can eat some varieties, although they are a bit bland eaten alone, but it has been used for years as tofu, enjoyed as soy milk, it is a basis for many meat free dishes, additive in packaged foods, well, let’s just say all kinds of foods. Other varieties of soy make a clean additive for bio-diesel fuel, although the cost per gallon is not...

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Hit The Road Jack! And Sayonara To Your Pal The Tire Too!

The technology of motor vehicles has changed dramatically and is constantly being improved. However, one aspect of the modern vehicle would be instantly recognizable to a car owner from a century ago, the humble tire. Sure it’s gotten wider and stronger, and the inner tube has largely disappeared from use, and it is now able to travel more than a few weeks without destroying itself. But your great-grandfather would instantly understand that air goes in...

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Breathalyzer Test Required Before Starting Your Next Car?

How safe would American roads be if we eliminated drunk drivers? Pretty safe yes? How about eliminating every driver that has had a drink in the last 24 hours? Even a single beer? Sounds like there would be a lot more people staying over at my house on New Year’s Eve. US officials have given the OK for new technology in street vehicles that would render the concept of driving after drinking a thing of the...

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How Do You Measure MPG If Your Car Uses No Gas?

When we are looking to purchase a new car, an important measure of its value may be its MPG rating. Everyone likes a vehicle to be safe, sporty and useful, but in day to day ownership, we need it to be affordable. But how do we calculate fuel economy on a vehicle that may rarely, if ever, use its gasoline engine to drive the car? Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for air and radiation at the...

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Tesla Factory Rolls Out Luxury Electric Sedan

It is powered with an electric motor-based drivetrain. It is filled with the latest in safety and luxury. It is for those that are looking for a car for the future, in short, successful Silicon Valley types, which just so happens to be where the car maker is based. Silicon Valley-based Tesla Motors, created by PayPal billionaire and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, said more than 10,000 people have already put down a refundable deposit for...