Protecting Your Car from Pollen

Protecting Your Car from Pollen If you live in an area where allergies are severe and pollen is frequently circulating throughout the air, your car is probably coated in a yellow dust when you go to get into it.

This yellow-green dust typically comes from conifers, trees that bloom in the spring and release pollen into the air.

Pollen can result in harsh allergies and a damaged car if left alone.

Pollen can damage material services, for example, car paint. Many people wait for rain to wash pollen off of their car, but it’s best to get pollen off as quickly as possible once spotted. Pollen, if left sitting on the car, can actually result in scratches on the paint.

Getting pollen off of your car is relatively simple, and really just requires you to give yourself a good wash. You need the basics to remove pollen from your car: car wash cleaner, water, sponges, rags, microfiber towels, and so forth. When washing, make sure you are going over every surface from the roof to the tire.

If you don’t have time to give your car a full wash, simply rinsing it off will help. Make sure that in spring months, you are leaving car windows shut which will help keep pollen from getting inside of your car and do your best to not let your air conditioner pull air from outside which could pull pollen-filled air in.

Advice for Buying a Certified Used Car

Buying A Certified Used CarFor many people, purchasing a brand new car is out of the question. Cars are an expensive investment, and while most Americans drive them, many Americans can’t afford to purchase one brand new.

A new car typically sells for about $31,000, where a decent used model goes for $19,000. However, sometimes people are hesitant to purchase a used car. People want to be sure that they are getting a good price, a good model, and a good deal.

Many automakers now offer certified pre-owned (CPO) cars which can help a person purchase a reliable used car from a dealer at a good price.

These cars typically have minimal miles and have been inspected and approved for sale.

These cars often come with an extended warranty, free satellite radio, and more benefits that are often appealing to consumers. According to Brian Moody, executive editor with Autotrader, “Shopping CPO is ideal for price-conscious car shoppers that do not want to sacrifice quality over a good deal.”

There are several CPO programs currently being offered by automakers that are worth looking into:

BMW: BMW is offering extensive warranty coverages and some models are being offered with only 0.9 percent financing.

Ford: Ford is offering longtime warranty coverage and a low financing interest rate of 2.9 percent.

Land Rover: Land Rover is offering warranty coverage and minimal financing for up to 60 months.

Nissan:  This program comes with added powertrain coverage, decent finance pricing, and cash back on certain vehicles.

Click here for the full list of the best CPO programs to consider this spring.

Car Interiors: Changes Going Unseen

Car Interiors: Changes Going UnseenCars have changed frequently throughout the past century. From enhanced safety features to high end technology, cars are constantly being improved.

However, one of the biggest revolutions of cars is going unseen: the inside of the car itself.

For most people, having a car is not just a preference, it is a priority. Cars play a major role in the lives of most people. When car shopping, many people are attracted to the exterior itself.

We want a car that is visually appealing so we can hit the city with our windows down and show off. However, the practicality of the car’s interior is just as important as the overall appearance

With cars learning how to drive themselves, communicate with one another, be powered through electricity, and so forth, the interior of cars are changing just as much as the exterior with little recognition.

The interior of cars are also changing because Americans are spending more time inside of them. The average American commute has increased by over 20% since 1980, and many Americans spend hours in their car on a daily basis. As a result, many people desire a car interior that is accommodating to their needs.

Cars of the past were essentially just seats, with a body to protect you against weather conditions. Car interiors now have extensive sound technology, heated seats, storage space, Bluetooth capabilities, reclining seats, and much more.

People are looking for cars that are safe and reliable, but they are also looking for a car that fits them comfortably. As a result, the interior of cars is constantly being improved upon along with the rest of it.

Top Apps for Car Owners

Top Apps for Car OwnersIf you own both a car and a smartphone, you might want to look into the vast amount of mobile apps that you could benefit from.

There are several mobile apps that are intended to improve our driving experience and PermaPlate has touched on a few top favorites.

GasBuddy

This application is free, (that’s always a benefit) and is available for iOS, Android, and Blackberry. The application searches for local gas prices and compares them to show you the closest, and most affordable, gas station near you. It’s easy to use and even shows you the prices of different grades. It can also offer you directions to the gas station in case you’re in an unfamiliar area.

Witness Driving

This application is just $1.00, and although it’s not totally necessary it is pretty cool. This app serves as a “dash cam” which streams and records a video as you’re driving, on a windshield mount of course. This can help protect you against bad drivers or an unjustified ticket. Dash cams are typically pretty expensive so this is a really affordable alternative if you’re interested in getting one.

Waze

Waze is another free application that keeps you informed on accidents and traffic jams in your surrounding area. It also has automatic rerouting, turn-by-turn voice navigation, and can even send your ETA to someone when needed. In fact, Google was so confident in Waze’s success that Google purchased it for over a billion dollars.

Honk

We all know someone that could benefit from Honk. For the person that forgets where they parked or how much they put in the meter, Honk is a huge benefit. Honk allows you to pin where you parked, take photos of the parking spot, and make verbal notes identifying where the car is.

Benefits of Hearing Cars

Benefits of Hearing CarsA “hearing car” is a strange concept, but a concept that is under serious consideration and is currently being developed.

Many manufactures feel that cars would benefit from hearing technology and some startups are working to develop the appropriate software.

One startup in particular, OtoSense is currently working with a wide variety of automakers to develop the technology that it would take to develop cars that can “hear” and detect issues and make the driver aware of them.

The technology would be able to detect engine changes, brake changes, and so forth. Currently, a French automaker is testing this software using thousands of different sounds.

The most recent project that OtoSense developed, known as AudioHound, was able to identify alarming noises coming from the engine, wheels, and other areas of concern. In fact, it correctly identified an issue 95% of the time, proving to be reliable.

Guillaume Castusseau, who works on vehicle noises for the French automaker mentioned above, is working on creating a “bionic ear” which could help bring drivers attention to potential car problems. Many people are concerned if they hear unexplained noises while driving, such as rattling, and a hearing car would be able to easily identify the issue to them.

CEO of OtoSense, Sebastian Christian, believes that “hearing cars” could also sense potential problems that electric seniors would likely miss. It is also rumored that this technology might also be able to assist cars in understanding their surroundings, such as oncoming sirens or weather conditions.

The startup has discussed turning windshields into microphones, but it isn’t totally clear where the cars “ears” would be placed.

Regardless, microphones would be an inexpensive addition to cars that could contribute to safer driving conditions.

How Safety Features Changed Car Shopping

How Safety Features Changed Car ShoppingIf you haven’t purchased a car in a decade or two and you’re heading to the dealership, prepare yourself for a few changes.

Cars have one main purpose: to get us where we need to be. However, they also are meant to get us there safely. With every passing year, car manufacturers and dealerships work to improve safety features as they become the main demand of consumers.

In fact, if you haven’t shopped for a car in a while, the amount of safety features and technological progress of cars can be overwhelming.

Many affordable cars are now equipped with advanced safety technology, making safety an option for people regardless of their price range.

For example, many standards Toyotas now come with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking systems, lane departure alerts, and more.

Gary Gilchrist, president of Chevrolet, explained “If they (buyers) can get more safety bang for the buck, they’ll jump at it.” Safety features are important, and they are something that all buyers are searching for. If consumers, that are budget conscious, can get safety for a good price, they’ll likely take advantage of it and purchase a car.

If money doesn’t play much of a factor, buyers are often requesting specific safety technologies that they are seeking out.

Regardless, there are some people looking to purchase a new car that are totally unfamiliar with technology advancements and those people can be hesitant to purchase cars with technology. Some consumers don’t understand it and they need to be educated before they’ll consider purchasing.

Car Shopping On a Budget: Consider This

Car Shopping On a Budget: Consider ThisWhether you are purchasing a new car or a used car, car shopping can get expensive. However, there are several new and used cars that are priced under $30,000 that are both affordable and reliable.

Recently, Boston.com revealed several cars that currently fall under the $30,000 price range and why they are worthy of consumer attention.

2017 Toyota Sienna

If you are shopping for a family vehicle, the Toyota Siena should definitely be in the running. This is aesthetically pleasing minivan has a strong engine, generating a capable 296-horsepower. It has cloth seats, making it comfortable and cozy for long trips and comes equipped with Bluetooth capabilities to ensure safe driving habits. Is safety a concern? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Sienna five stars on overall rating and the car comes with a rearview camera.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

If you’re looking for luxury, this 2015 Mercedes-Benz is now an affordable option for you. The model starts with 201-horsepower and can reach up to 503-horsepower when upgraded. Depending on what package the car comes with, it might come with a rearview camera, voice control, and a navigation screens. It also received top scores in crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2015 Volvo S80

If you are looking to purchase a car that is attractive, strong, and ranks high in safety,  the 2015 Volvo S80 will likely appeal to you. The car, with 240-horsepower, is also a five-passenger sedan. The car also comes in four-cylinder or six-cylinder options. It has standard elegant leather seating, Bluetooth capabilities, and has a 7-inch color display.  Safety features are depending in the model you receive, but it has ranked well in crash tests.

2017 Nissan Murano

If you are looking for an SUV that you can afford, the 2017 Nissan Murano is for you. While a rearview camera is standard, some models also come with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alerts. It can definitely be considered a luxury vehicle and each trim is powered through a 260-horsepower engine. Scoring high on safety features, it’s a great family vehicle that is stylish and trendy.

Apple Self-Driving Cars Expected to Succeed

Apple Self-Driving Cars Expected to SucceedApple has had a wild ride so far as a participant in the self-driving car market, but within the last week, it seems as though that road will likely lead to victory.

Apple, a cornerstone of current technology has recommitted to creating and perfecting an autonomous vehicle after several difficult months.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is now allowing Apple to conduct self-driving tests in “real life” on California roadways. The test drives will be conducted using a fleet of three Lexus RX 450h Hybrid SUV’s, according to a recent New York Times article.

The permit that Apple obtained will also allow six people to take control of the cars if necessary during the test phase, which is now a mandated California law. Apple is just one of 29 companies that have received permission to tests cars specifically in the state of California.

Apple has been struggling for about a year to produce successful self-driving car concepts. In fact, it seemed as though the technology giant was slowly giving up on the idea.

However, after Apple’s director of product integrity, Steve Kenner, released a letter that indicated Apple’s overall commitment to the concept, things started looking up.

Apple could be considered “late to the game” with many competitors pretty far along on their own developments. However, Apple’s participation means that they have committed to playing a role in the anticipated future of self-driving cars.

Apple is likely joining the market in order to produce something bigger than mobile phones and computers. However, they have been fairly quiet about their ultimate goals.

3D Printed Car Parts Could Become Standard

3D Printed Car Parts Could Become StandardWith self-driving cars often the focus of the car industry’s future, Ford shook things up when they announced plans to start 3D printing car parts.

Ford is hoping to produce large, 3D car parts using a 3D printer called the “Stratasys Infinite Build 3D.” Ford believes that printing car parts could help simplify the manufacturing process, making it faster and more affordable.

3D printers are able to print parts in any length, shape, or size, which could be the solution to replacing parts in older models that are no longer made or parts in new cars as needed.

Ford is the first United States car automotive company to experiment with 3D printing technology.

3D printing has already become a vital part of several industries including fashion, art, toys, and so forth.

Currently, producing new car models takes an exceptional amount of time. The model has to be created on a computer and then often takes months to physically create. However, 3D printers are able to print and produce items in a matter of several days which could save manufacturers a lot of time.

Although there are plenty of positives to 3D printing car parts, there are potential negatives that would need to be addressed. It’s unclear how safe a car would be if all of the parts inside of it were fairly light weight.  There are also concerns that 3D printers could not produce enough products, failing to meet potential demands.

At this time, it is hard to tell if 3D printing could positively or negatively impact the car industry but Ford is willing to take the risk.

Tesla Becomes Most Valuable Car Company

Tesla Becomes Most Valuable Car CompanyTesla is a luxury electric-car company that has struggled for many years to sell cars against major competitors, making minimal profits and struggling to secure profits.

However, on Saturday, April 8, Tesla surpassed General Motors (GM), and earned the title of the “most valuable American car company” based on the stock-market.

Recently, shareholders of Tesla stated that the value of the company had reached $51.5 billion, beating out GM who was valued at $50.2 billion. Ford didn’t even stand up to the two other companies with their company value last week only hitting an estimated $44.6 billion. However, when compared to GM, Tesla still has a minimal number of cars that are actually on the road.

Tesla, based out of Silicon Valley, CA, is run by chief executive, Elon Musk. The company managed to produce 84,000 cars in 2016 with prices starting at about $68,000. Musk also assured the public that the company will produce 500,000 in 2018, hoping to increase productivity on a yearly basis.

The American economy is currently split which has worked to the advantage of Tesla, resulting in them being able to access drivers who can afford to purchase electric luxury vehicles. However, Tesla has also experienced various production issues, which has prevented them from reaching their ideal numbers.

Due to the current increase in Tesla’s stock-market numbers, Musk has become one of the richest people in the United States in recent months, giving him more influence in the industry. However, Tesla’s successes happened quickly and without warning, and some skeptics say it’s a matter of time before they fall from the top.

Regardless, Tesla is performing well on Wall Street and only time will tell if they will remain at the top.

Study Reveals Potential Statistics on Self-Driving Cars

Study Reveals Potential Statistics on Self-Driving Cars The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) recently focused in the future of self-driving cars in a recent study, revealing some possible realities that we might one day experience.

The study showed that as of 2030, about a quarter of driving miles in the United States could be driven by self-driving electric cars alone.

Although that number might seem high, it’s expected that many urban drivers could be using self-driving cars in order to save money.

BCG found that many people are becoming interested in autonomous technologies, which indicates that people might be willing to commit to them in the future. Many car manufacturers have committed to producing self-driving vehicles and it has become a major focus of the industry, proving that they likely have a strong future among the public.

Some self-driving cars will also produce “shared service fleets” in cities, where cars will be able to pick up people and drive them around as needed. This method, for those that choose to use it, could really help drivers save money because it would provide a cheaper alternative to owning and maintaining a personal vehicle.

However, a drop in the car sales market as a result of this is highly unlikely. The BCG does expect that the overall demand for personal cars will remain high. However, it’s hard to tell who will be car shopping and how new cars might be used as of 2030.

A major hope for shared service fleets is that they will help to reduce traffic congestion in major cities. However, the firm did reveal that if there could potentially be limits on how many self-driving cars could operate at one time in the same area as a result.

Picking Out a Car for Your Teen Driver

Picking Out a Car for Your Teen DriverUnfortunately, many teenagers end up being statistics in tragic accidents, and many of those accidents are a result of minimal driving knowledge or unreliable vehicles.

If you have a teenager at home and you’re starting to think about purchasing a car for them, there are several things that you should be keeping in mind while searching.

Consider Purchasing a Used Car

Insurances rates can be extremely high for teenagers but many used cars will reduce that cost. If you are interested in purchasing a used car, consider purchasing from a dealership where the car will be dealer-certified and will come with a limited warranty. It might be tempting to browse online and purchase a cheaper car for a couple thousand but you can bet that those cars likely have pre-existing issues.

Consider Committing to Safety Features

If you do purchase a new car for your teen, you’ll be able to take advantage of more add-on safety features. Safety features such as a rear-view camera, adaptive headlights, and blind-spot monitoring can be a huge benefit to a teenage driver. Although these features might cost a bit more money to add on initially, ensuring the safety of your teenager for years to come is priceless.

Consider a Simple Sedan

Although your teen is probably hoping for a giant SUV or an impressive sports car, it’s probably not in your budget and it’s certainly not in your or their best interest. A simple sedan can provide plenty of space, typically has decent gas mileage, and is fairly safe when compared to smaller cars. A midsize car is your best option based on price and overall safety.

Looking for more suggestions on what car to purchase for your teen driver? Consumer Reports just released the list of “Best New Cars for Teens.”

Making Your Car Safe as Possible

Making Your Car Safe as Possible Decades ago, many people used to ride in their cars without seatbelts on. Decades ago, infants were simply held in the arms of their mother when in a moving car.  Now, seatbelts are a safety necessity in cars and children (from infants to adolescence) are in some type of safety seat when in the car.

Technology is always changing and that has proven to be true with car technology as well. As time passes, cars develop more technology driven safety features and it’s important to know which ones are worth considering for your next car.

Lane-Departure Warning

This technology will alert a driver if they start to veer into another lane over the markings on the road. If you start to go into another lane (whether you fall asleep or look down at the radio) the car will alert you to get the car back into the lane. In fact, some cars even come with corrective steering which will automatically steer you back into your designated lane.

V2V Technology

Although this technology is still being developed and many cars are still without it, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is hoping that all cars will have vehicle-to-vehicle communication capabilities by 2023. This technology will allow cars to communicate with one another and help alert one another of potential hazards, hopefully reducing accidents.

Blind-Spot Warning

Many cars, especially larger ones, have blind-spots. This technology helps to notify drivers if a car is approaching their blind spot which they might miss from looking in their standard car mirrors. Often times, blind-sport warning technology is built into the side view mirror of a car. The mirror will typically light up or flash if a car is approaching your blind spot.

If you have an older car, there are plenty of applications and “stand-alone” features that you can purchase in order to make your car safe.

Google Street View Cars Protecting Cities

Google Street View camera cars drive around and map streets on all seven continents so people can view them through Google Maps and Google Earth. Google Street View Cars Protecting Cities

Google camera cars received new technology which allowed them to map methane leaks, making them especially valuable to the public and cities all over the states.

Methane is found in natural gas, and according to the project partners at Colorado State University, is 80 times more potent when compared to carbon dioxide over the course of 20 years.

As of right now, only four cars are carrying the methane detection equipment but have found leaks in cities such as Dallas, Los Angeles, Boston, and Pittsburgh among several others. The cars have mostly detected methane leaks in urban areas which have old gas lines right beneath their streets.

The cars are able to use an infrared laser system, which is carried in the trunk of the car, allowing them to log methane data as they drive. The project is being paid for through the Environmental Defense Fund.

The cars are seeking out methane leaks so the leaks can be fixed which will have tremendous environmental benefits on the cities being affected. Joe von Fischer, project head, spoke out saying, “One of the reasons we’re focusing on methane leaks in cities is that we can actually do something about them.”

Although the cars are successfully finding these leaks, the leaks are extremely expensive to fix which is why many of them still exist. Many companies don’t fix the pipes, even if they are aware of leaks, until they become dangerous. However, now the public has knowledge of these leaks as well.

With Google Street View cards discovering and identifying the methane leaks, hopefully the leaks will start to get more attention so the amount of greenhouses gases being leaked into cities will decline.

Dubai Police Cars Breaking Records

Dubai Police Cars Breaking RecordsIn Dubai, police cars are breaking some tremendous records. Police in Dubai are driving Bugatti’s, Ferrari’s, and Lamborghini’s, and one police car has now reached a record breaking speed.

Guinness World Records just confirmed that Dubai is now home to the fastest police car in the world: a Bugatti Veyron.

The car is just one of 14 extremely fast police cars that the city has on their “fleet.” The police force in Dubai also has Bentley’s, Porsche’s, and BMW’s at their disposal.

The Bugatti Veyron is able to reach 253mph due to the 16-cylinder engine that is able to produce 1,000 horsepower. The car can also go from 0 to 60mph in under three seconds. The car beat out the Lamborghini Gallardo which only reached 230mph.

Many people might not understand the need for a luxury police car, but in Dubai where most people drive exotic sports cars, the police need something similar in order to keep up. However, while you might picture this car chasing down criminals, it actually is mostly used as a showstopper for tourists.

Major Sultan Marri of Dubai police’s General Department of Transport and Rescue stated to CNN, “We’re not looking to just show off with the car; we’re looking to show tourists how friendly the police are in Dubai.” Many people stop to take pictures with the cars and chat with the officers, and tourists often spend their trip searching for these vehicles.

Many car makers and dealerships aspire to be chosen for the Dubai police fleet and it’s really considered an honor if one of your car is selected. We are anxious to see what car they’ll seek out next.

NHTSA Unveils Campaign to Curb Drowsy Driving

NHTSA Unveils Campaign to Curb Drowsy DrivingThanks to decades of public safety campaigns, modern car owners are well-aware of the dangers associated with drunk and distracted driving. Drowsy driving, on the other hand, has received far less attention from safety experts until recently.

Earlier this week at the 2017 Managing Fatigue Conference in San Diego, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it is launching a new campaign to raise awareness about drowsy driving, and offer strategies to prevent people from falling asleep at the wheel. According to preliminary research conducted by the NHTSA, drowsy driving was responsible for roughly 41,000 injuries and more than 800 deaths in 2015. With this campaign, the NHTSA hopes to dramatically reduce the number of drowsy driving accidents that happen each year.

The goals outlined in the campaign are quite broad, covering everything from public education to vehicle safety technologies to employer policies and safety legislation. These include, but are not limited to:

Facilitating engagement between the sleep science community and the insurance industry

Evaluating the effectiveness of corporate fatigue-management policies

Encouraging the adoption of collision-avoidance technologies

Developing fatigue-risk-management programs for high-risk professions such as EMS responders

Exploring the potential of graduated driver licensing laws to reduce drowsy driving

Ultimately, embracing new advancements in vehicle safety technology may offer the best chance of reducing fatigue-induced accidents. If autonomous vehicles become the norm, they may even eliminate drowsy driving accidents in the future. Until then, collision-avoidance systems and lane-departure alerts can make a big difference as well. As these technologies become standard features on more vehicles, we can expect to see a decline in accident rates across the board.

Passenger Drones Could Make Your Commute a Whole Lot Easier

Passenger Drones Could Make Your Commute a Whole Lot EasierFlying cars might still be the stuff of science fiction, but in recent years quadcopter drones have become remarkably accessible and affordable. That’s why a number of start-ups, engineers and transit officials want to develop autonomous drones that are large enough to ferry people to and from work on their daily commutes.

Last October, popular ridesharing company Uber unveiled its Elevate program, which is designed to conduct R&D on the future of urban air travel.  They even hired an aircraft engineer from NASA’s Langley Research Center to help spearhead the research. Meanwhile, engineers in the robotics department at Carnegie Mellon University are conducting similar research in hope of developing a viable self-flying passenger drone. Not to be outdone, Google co-founder Larry Page has also provided financial backing for two Silicon Valley start-ups that are working to develop vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft for urban transit.

Because they can travel in straight lines between destinations rather than relying on roadways, passenger drones could make commutes in crowded cities much faster. By some estimates, they could reduce hour-long commutes in congested traffic to a matter of minutes. Quadcopter drones are also relatively lightweight and mechanically simple, which makes large-scale passenger drones seem pretty plausible. Thanks to companies like Tesla and Google, the idea of self-flying vehicles doesn’t even seem too farfetched.

But even if engineers can successfully develop autonomous passenger drones, there are still some logistical and regulatory hurdles that must be overcome before they can take to the skies.

To begin with, autonomous passenger drones will need to be able to communicate with one another to avoid mid-air collisions. This would require drone manufacturers to agree on an industry-standard communication protocol, and establish a way to network their drones so that they can send and receive feedback in real time. Furthermore, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still working to establish rules and safety regulations for drone traffic. Without FAA approval, passenger drones will remain firmly on the ground until further notice.

Intel Makes Major Investment in Autonomous Technology

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Recently, two major technology driven companies joined force in hopes to conquer the self-driving car market together.

Intel, which is an American multinational corporation and technology company, recently purchased a self-driving tech supplier called Mobileye. Intel paid over 15 billion dollars for Mobileye, making it the biggest-ever acquisition of an Israeli tech company.

Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich spoke out saying, “This acquisition is a great step forward for our shareholders, the automotive industry, and consumers. Together, we (Intel and Mobileye) can accelerate the future of autonomous driving.”

Many people believe that the deal made between the two companies was largely motivated by money. Intel is predicted to save about $175 million a year by 2019 because of tax advantages that they’ll receive from purchasing Mobileye.

Mobileye offers plenty of car related technology and services, such as sensor function, mapping, laser-based sensors, cameras, and so forth.  Through purchasing Mobileye, Intel is expected to get better access to what goes into autonomous driving systems as well as better relationships with automakers.

Intel’s autonomous driving division will be based in Israel and led by Mobileye’s CTO and co-founder, Professor Amnon Shashua.

Although this deal is new, the two companies have been working together for some time now. In fact, they tested 40 self-driving cars equipped with both of their technologies earlier this year.

Mobileye is also expected to continue to work with pre-existing partners, and Sashua said that many of Mobileye’s existing customers see this partnership as an advantage.

Remaining Mindful of Semi Trucks

For most people, driving alongside Remaining Mindful of Semi Trucks a semi-truck is unsettling. Most people do their best to keep semi-trucks at a distance, whether they pass them quickly or remain a safe distance behind them.

However, sharing the road with semi-trucks is a must and it can be easy to do if you are educated on how to do so.

Give Them Space

It is really important to give a semi-truck space, and it should be the first rule that comes to mind when sharing the road with one. Trucks can be easily blown by wind, have pieces or latches come loose, and can easily glide from side to side compared to cars. If you give semi-trucks space, you’ll be less likely to be a victim in an accident if the trucks shifts or loses a tire.

Make Yourself Seen

One downside of semi-trucks is that they have many blind spots which means that truckers often can’t see the cars on the road around them. If you are driving in close proximity to a semi-truck, do your best to make yourself visible. If you can see the mirrors of a truck, they can often see you. You should never ride close to the rear of the truck; you will not be seen.

Cautious Passing

It is OK to pass a semi-truck but you should know how to do so safely. You should give the truck plenty of space and go as quickly as possible. You should do your best to pass on the left side because the right side has more blind spots. Semi-trucks are hard to stop and it often takes a lot of time for them to do so, wait a minute or two before you get in front of the truck. Cutting a truck off is dangerous, and often illegal.

Let Them Pass

A semi-truck is not a vehicle that you want to challenge. If a truck is attempting to switch lanes, it is in your best interest to let them in front of you if you can do so safely. If you speed up and attempt to get around them first, you’ll likely end up in a blind spot. In many states, flashing your lights for a truck will indicate that it is safe and clear for them to switch lanes.

Volkswagen Reveals Sedric the Self-Driving Car

Volkswagen recently revealed their latest self-driving car which has a fairly odd appearance.

The car, named Sedric, has a “rectangle” shape and has a relatively plain appearance. Fortune compared it to a “portable cassette boom box” which is the best description we’ve heard yet.

Check out a video example of the car below:

The car is fully autonomous and has no pedals and no steering wheel. The car can be “called” with a push of a button and will come give you a ride to your desired location. The “control button” is one of the most unique features of Sedric. If you were to own a Sedric, you would be able to call your personal car or call a shared Sedric in another city using your personal control button.

The interior of Sedric is relatively casual, with open seating arrangements and sleek wood floors. The interior of the car is very “laid back” compared to the standard “futuristic” interiors in potential self-driving cars.

Sedric is the first autonomous car concept we’ve seen from Volkswagen, and as of right now, it is nothing more than a concept. Volkswagen said that Sedric is one of many upcoming concept cars so we’ll likely see other potential self-driving car concepts from Volkswagen in the near future.

CEO of Volkswagen, Mattias Müller, stated “Many elements and functions of this concept car will reappear in vehicles from our brands in the coming years.”

In June of 2016, Volkswagen put what they are referring to as the “2025 strategy” in place. The strategy is heavily focused on electric vehicles and autonomous driving technology. In fact, Volkswagen stated that they plan to launch over 30 purely battery-powered vehicles by 2025.