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.

Cars to Consider On a Budget

Cars to Consider On a BudgetPurchasing a car can be expensive and many people are searching for a car that they can afford. According to Consumer Reports, the average new car typically costs $34,000. They compiled a list of the best cars under $30,000 that have good road test performance, safety features, and so forth.

Below are just a few cars that made the list:

Toyota Prius

The Prius made the list largely in part because it gets 52mpg, a huge factor when it comes to shopping for an electric car. It also provides customers with an extremely comfortable ride and proved to be pretty responsive. The car is able to drive on electric alone up to 25mph and the engine is fairly quiet. However, the Prius is known for loud tire noses and limited cabin space.

Kia Optima

The Kia Optima is a midsized sedan that gets about 28mpg overall. The car has a lot of enticing features for a car that is under $30,000 such as leather seats, automatic climate control, and heated seats. The controls are relatively simple to use, making it simple for people that don’t handle technology well. However, the car does have low-positioned dash vents.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

If you’re looking for something a bit more sport-themed, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a lightweight roadster for an affordable price. This car is a six-speed manual shifter and has an optional automatic setting. The car is quick but it can get pretty loud. However, it is sporty and affordable, two things that many consumers are in search of.

Subaru Outback

This Outback has plenty of room inside of it and is functional for someone looking for storage and space. It is comfortable and has about a 24mpg overall. It has simple controls and a simple touch-screen system. Three adults can easily fit into the back of the SUV, making it practical for road trips, carpooling, and otherwise.

Click here for the full list.

Uber Faces Self-Driving Car Criticism

Uber, a very popular ride-hailing service, recently gained some negUber Faces Self-Driving Car Criticismative attention for putting self-driving cars on the roads in California without having permission to do so by the state itself.

Towards the end of 2016, Uber went against the direction of California state regulators and put self-driving cars on the roads of San Francisco that did not perform well. According to reports, Uber’s cars ran a total of six red lights in a very short time. The car also supposedly had trouble navigating bike lanes as well.

Uber had announced that they would be creating self-driving cars in December of 2016, and were quickly criticized for not being registered on the California DMV’s list of companies approved to test self-driving cars.

Uber was insistent that the vehicles being produced were not autonomous but were just equipped with “Advanced Driver Assist System” so they did not require a permit. Regardless, the state of California insisted that the vehicles were autonomous and revoked registration of the cars Uber produced.

However, during the midst of this controversial back and forth, an Uber self-driving car was spotted running a red light in San Francisco.

Uber claimed that the traffic violation was due to human error. They claimed that the person inside did not take the car over in time which caused the car to run the light. Many other sources believe, the New York Times included, that the error was due to the cars’ poor mapping programs.

Overall, the incident indicates how committed Uber is to producing a self-driving car, for better or worse.

Keeping Your Car Stocked

We’ve talked often about what necessities you should keep in your car for winter months in order to protect yourself from severe weather while driving. However, you should keep a variety of items in your car at all times in the event that an emergency occurs.Keeping Your Car Stocked

Cell Phone Charger

Most of us will grab a cell phone charger before we walk out the door to ensure that we have one with us “just in case.” However, if your car won’t turn on a standard cell charger that you’d use at home will not work. Keep an external portable battery charger in your car at all times. These plug into your phone and can get enough battery power to make a call or send a text in an emergency.

Jumper Cables

You’d be surprised at how many people drive around without jumper cables. You should always keep these in the trunk of your car in the event that your car dies. They are extremely affordable and can prevent you from being stranded for an extended amount of time. Consider purchasing ones that fall around eight feet long in order to reach easily from one car to another.

Cash Money

If your car breaks down and you walk until you find an isolated gas station, there is a good chance that the gas station you’ve stumbled upon does not accept credit cards. You could also get lost while driving and end up at a toll that you didn’t expect to go through. You should hide cash somewhere inside of your car in the event that you face an emergency and need cash to handle it.

Reflective Triangles

Reflective triangles are a great thing to have in your car in the event that you break down. Putting reflective triangles around your car will help you to protect yourself and your car from other traffic. You should keep about three triangles somewhere inside of your car to put out if needed. Triangles can also help get the attention of the person coming to tow your car or pick you up.

Empty Gas Can

If you are guilty of waiting until the last minute before filling your gas tank, you should keep an empty gas can in your car. If you are ever driving and you do run out of gas, you can take the can to a gas station and get it filled so you can fill your tank. However, it’s important to keep this can empty. A full gas can is a hazard; it can easily explode or start on fire.

Check out a complete list of what you should consider keeping in your car all times here. Visit Permaplate’s blog post for more automotive news.

Cars Continue to Go Green in 2017

In recent years, hybrids and electrical vehicles have become a major focus of the automotive industry. According to Green Car Reports, over half a million carbon-cutting hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and full electric vehicles were sold in the United States.Permaplate

The automotive industry is going green as consumers demand cars that are environmentally focused. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) focused recently on several of the “greenest cars” for 2017. All twelve cars that made the list were electrical but each one has something unique to offer and we thought we’d highlight a few.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

The ACEEE listed the Hyundai Ioniq Electric as the “greenest” car sold in the United States. It typically travels about 124 miles on a charge and gets 136mpg.

Fiat 500E

The Fiat 500E is a compact coupe that is only being sold in California and Oregon, but it did make the list of great green cars for 2017. The car gets about 84 miles a charge which is about 112mpgs.

Nissan Leaf

This vehicle is small but still has a decent amount of space compared to other compact electrical vehicles. The Nissan Leaf gets about 107 miles on a charge which is about 112mpgs.

Toyota Prius Prime

The Prius has been making “green car” headlines for years and the latest model is no different. This car is estimated to run the first 25 miles on batter power alone. After about 133mpg, the car starts operating as a conventional hybrid.

Overall, Toyota took the “greenest cars” list by storm with three models in the running, two hybrids and one plug-in hybrid. Surprisingly, the popular “Tesla Model S” did not find a place on the list although it is rated as a high quality electric vehicle.

If you’re searching for a car to reduce your own carbon footprint, the majority of the cars on this list are available for purchase across the United States.

Preparing Your Car for Spring

If you live in a portion of the United States that experiences harsh winters, you’re probably desperate for spring and a glimpse of warm weather. Luckily, spring is getting closer and we’ll soon be able to roll down our windows and soak up the sun.More Permaplate News

As the seasons prepare to shift, you should prepare for your car for spring.

Replace Wipers

Windshield wipers are overworked in winter months. They are constantly washing away rain, snow, slush, and salt and get worn out. Windshield wipers deserve a spring break too; replace your wipers when weather improves.

Fill Up On Fluids

Most people use an exceptional amount of windshield wiper fluid in winter months. Although it’s important to make sure that you’re not running low throughout winter months, make sure to top it off in the spring as well. While you’re at it, check your oil, brake fluid, and transmission fluid also.

Scrub the Salt

If you live in an area where salt is found on most roads, it is important to clear any residue from your car. Salt, and sand, can damage the paint of your car. It is important to scrub the salt from both the inside and outside of your car. Give special attention to the bottoms of the doors and the carpets inside.

Perfect Pressure

As we’ve mentioned before, tire pressure is an important part of car maintenance. Shifts in the seasons can cause tire pressure to fluctuate. Although you should be checking tire pressure on a regular basis, make sure to check it seasonally as well, ensure that tire pressure is appropriate.

Collectible Car Options for 2017

Many people collect cars as a hobby and many collectible cars date back several decades.  However, different cars become ideal each year for car collectors. Collectible Car Options for 2017

Most cars become discontinued and are never worth the time, effort, and money of a professional car collector. However, with each year, some cars are labeled as cars that could be valuable years down the road.

Hagerty, a vintage car insurer, released what 2017 cars they believe might be worth money at some point for collectors. McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty, expressed that “the cars chosen have an ‘it’ factor that makes them stand out from the crowd.” We highlighted a few top choices:

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

This car was rated number one in the list of “10 Future Collectible Cars to Buy and Hold Now.” Although it’s somewhat expensive, it is a relatively affordable option considering it has a Ferrari engine and what it could be worth down the line. It also can reach 60mph in 3.8 seconds and is well-known for incredible horsepower capabilities.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

This Chevrolet Camaro is ideal for racing with a 640-hp supercharged V8 engine. The Camaro has been collected for decades, and the newest model made the list of potential future collectibles as well. One of the latest (and arguably best) features of this car is the quick-shifting 10-speed automatic optional.

Ford F150 Raptor

The classic “pick-up” truck is a staple in romantic comedies and they are still making the list for potential collectible cars in 2017. The Ford F150 Raptor is the latest version of Ford’s full-size pickup truck with a strong and solid appearance. The first generation Raptor, according to Hagerty, is already becoming a collector favorite.

Fiat 124 Spider Elaborazione Abarth

The 2017 Fiat is a reflection of the style that many of the Fiat’s had in the 1960’s. It is a high performance version of the old-fashioned car that was highly sought after with a MultiAirturbo engine. It also comes with a wide variety of upgrades for people interested in them.

It’s practically impossible to predict what cars will be popular decades from now but these models are certainly in the running.

Ford Puts Faith and Cash into Self-Driving Cars

We have written several posts about the concept of self-driving cars and how they will absolutely become reality in the near future.Ford Puts Faith and Cash into Self-Driving Cars

In fact, Ford recently invested one billion dollars due to their unwavering faith in the heavily anticipated self-driving car future.

This past Friday, Ford announced that they are going to invest five billion dollars in an autonomous car startup called “Argo Al.” The headquarters are located in Pittsburgh, PA., and will also have offices in two other states.

Ford had endlessly invested into further developing cars, trucks, and the automobile industry as we know it.

Ford has integrated their brand into ride-hailing, ride sharing, and even bicycle rentals, working hard to remain “current” in an evolving industry.

Argo Al was created several months ago when two men, one working for Google and one working for Uber, met at Carnegie Mellon University. Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, said that Ford invested in Argo Al “to drive the delivery of our own autonomous vehicle by 2021” among several other reasons.

Ford jumping on board with Argo Al is proof that automakers, along with tech companies, are doing whatever they can to get autonomous vehicles on the road.

Many companies are joining forces to simply make the process of producing a reliable autonomous car easier.

For instance, Uber currently has a 300 million dollar partnership with Volvo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has a partnership with Waymo.

The majority of companies are focused on 2021 as the “year of the autonomous car” and with strong partnerships continuously forming, it’s definitely a possibility.

Car Data Becoming More Valuable

Years ago, people used to invest inCar Data Becoming More Valuable  expensive car features in order to increase the value of their car. However, the feature that might be worth the most in your car is something you can’t even see.

In fact, recent research has shown that the value of your car is comparable to the price of the data inside of it.

What Is Data?

According to the lead of the Intelligent Transporation System, Jim Barbaresso, “data is the currency of the digital age.” Come to find out, Barbaresso is right. Cars now come equipped with sensors that are constantly collecting data, and that data can be used to earn a profit.

What Data Does My Car Collect?

Cars all collect data using different technologies. For instance, a car that has a back-up camera can measure how many pedestrians or cars are on the block you’re on. Eran Shit, CEO of Nexar, touched in the importance of cars collecting data stating “By collecting data from vehicles, you effectively digitalize the public space, unlocking potential safety issues, security, and municipal and commercial benefits.

How Does Data Make Money?

Data, in recent years, has earned large companies such as Google and Facebook a large amount of money. They can collect data for businesses, through their websites, and sell the results of that data to that business so they can use the results to make changes or improvements.  The more data a car can collect, the more that car is worth. For example, according to Tom Coughlin, founder of Coughlin Associates, a self-driving car collects 1 gigabyte of data per second. These cars, in particular, could produce a lot of business opportunities involving data.

What Is Data Being Used For?

Currently, data is being used to create and perfect self-driving cars. Collecting data will help car companies build a self-driving car that operates safely and correctly in all situations. Automakers are, and will likely continue, to sell the data within the cars to make large profits. The industry is doing whatever it can to get data from cars and use it to their advantage. Car companies are eager to purchase data in order to improve and perfect their own models. Many people in the car industry are eager to purchase data and discovering how they can use it to their advantage to produce the next best thing.

Siskin Enterprises, Inc. Passes External Audit, Maintaining ISO 9001:2008 Certification Through 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah – Siskin Enterprises, Inc., the manufacturer of PermaPlate Products, has successfully completed an annual surveillance audit as part of the company’s ongoing ISO 9001:2008 certification.

The ISO 9001:2008 Standard focuses on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus and continual improvement. By reaffirming their commitment to the ISO 9001:2008 Standard, Siskin Enterprises, Inc. strengthens their position as a strategic partner in the automotive industry. Customers can be confident that their needs will be clearly understood and fulfilled.

“Maintaining our ISO 9001:2008 certification is a unique and key focus for our company. It is important for our partners to know that our internal processes are geared toward consistently delivering superior products and a positive customer experience”, said John Nisson, President of Siskin Enterprises, Inc.

Purchasing the Car You Need

For many Americans, car shopping is about finding the car that best suits your family and lifestyle. Most families look to purchase cars with solid safety ratings, plenty of room for the little ones, good gas mileage, and so forth.  Purchasing the Car You Need

Forbes recently highlighted the most practical cars and crossovers for 2017 and we’ve highlighted several of them below:

Toyota Prius V

For many years, wagons were very popular with large families. They had plenty of space and offered families a lot of room for both children and all of their possessions. The Toyota Prius V, which is a wagon-like vehicle, has a decent fuel economy and offers a lot of cargo space with foldable seats.

Honda Accord Hybrid

This vehicle was recently named the Top SafetyPick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). When families shop for cars, the majority of them shop for safety. This car received top marks for crash tests, auto-braking forward collision prevention system, and more. If you want a car that will keep your precious cargo safe, this is a great option.

Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD

If you live in a region that experiences extreme winter weather, this could be a great option for your family. This vehicle has all-wheel-drive and has been prove to navigate easily over wet and snow covered roads. It also comes with plenty of cubic feet for storage as well.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid AWD

This crossover SUV seats seven passengers, a great option for family errands and long road trips. If you have a large family or always end up carpooling with another family, this midsize SUV will give you the room that you need. This SUV was also a top safety pick of the IIHS for 2017 which is always a plus.

For more car themed news, visit Permaplate’s blog.

Self-Driving Cars Threaten Bike Riders

cyclists and self-driving carsIt is a matter of time before self-driving cars are coasting down our streets on a daily basis. As companies work tirelessly to produce self-driving cars, they work on getting the cars to recognize pedestrians, birds, and so forth.

However, self-driving cars are struggling to identify bicycles, posing as a threat to the pedestrians that use bicycles as their main form of transportation.

What is the Main Issue?

According to Nuno Vasconcelos, a visual computing expert at the University of California, “A car is basically a big block of stuff. A bicycle has much less mass and there can be more variation in appearance.” Even if self-driving cars do see bicycles, they don’t know how to identify them.

Can Self-Driving Cars See Bikes?

Self-driving cars are struggling to see bicycles. Researchers at George Mason University found that when they worked to get self-driving car technology to recognize objects, the technology could identify 89 percent of cars. However, it could not manage to spot and identify many bikes or bicyclists. In fact, it only recognized 74 percent of bicycles.

What Can Be Done?

Essentially, self-driving car producers have to work harder to get these new technologies to identify bicycles and the people riding them. For instance, Google’s autonomous vehicle spinoff has received upgraded bike-recognition capabilities, tackling this issue head-on. Ford claimed that “highly detailed 3D maps” are going to be at the center of the self-driving test cars they are putting out this year.

Are Bicyclists in Danger?

The short answer: no. Bicycles are fast and it can be hard to tell what they might do next, making them relatively unpredictable. Self-driving cars are struggling to see them but that is something that can be worked on through improved technology. Human error alone results in most traffic fatalities, so self-driving cars aren’t putting bicyclists in any more danger than they are riding down the street on any given day.


Old Cars Do New Tricks

If you have been driving the same car around for a decade, you’re probably starting to get tired of it. If you can’t afford to Old Cars Do New Tricksreplace it with a brand new car, consider upgrading your current car instead.

Technology is playing a major role in cars that is only improving with time, and luckily, you can reap the benefits of new technologies without getting a new car.

Many companies offer “aftermarket devices” which can be added into your current car typically for a low price, and you’ll feel like you’re driving away with the latest model.

Get Pampered

Many cars now come equipped with technology that is intended to pamper consumers. Many cars now come with heated seats, allowing you to ride comfortably in cold temperatures. If heated seats weren’t an option when you purchased your current car, you can purchase seat covers that heat up instead, allowing you to add a little luxury into your car.

Back It Up

Most new cars now come with a rearview camera, which allows the driver to see behind the car in a way that the back windshield doesn’t allow. The rearview camera has become a vital safety feature, in fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is making them mandatory in May of 2018. You can purchase rearview cameras and install them yourself for an affordable price, improving the safety of your car.

Bluetooth Stereo

If you are driving an outdated car, you’re probably familiar with the struggle of finding a radio station that you can handle listening to or attempting to quickly change the song on your phone. Install a Bluetooth stereo into your current car to upgrade your car in minutes. These systems allow you to easily access your music, take phone calls, and display any incoming alerts. The best part of this is, you won’t have to lift a finger.

Classic Cars Comeback

For many people, collecting classic cars is a hobby. In recent years, people have seemed to be collecting classic cars less frequently and the classic car market Classic Cars Comebackseemed to be suffering.

However, car collectors are starting to see that the market is improving.

In Scottsdale, AZ, the most recent classic car auction earned $260 million. The money was made from the sale of 3,486 cars.

The total sum actually increased from last year, where the auction earned $251 million.

The total sum of money from the auction this year was the second-highest total that Scottsdale has ever seen.

The results are a clear indication of the demand for collectible car market is once again growing.

Some of the auction companies present were Barrett-Jackson, Gooding and Company, and ROM Sotheby’s, all big names in the industry.

The auction sold 83 percent of the cars that were present. Although the average price for a car fell about $26,000 from last year, people were most interested in the most expensive cars available.

Hagerty CEO, McKeel Hagerty said, “The rarest and most exclusive cars continue to see strong interest.”

The cars under $100,000 were also being sold frequently, revealing that the market is appealing to younger buyers as well and that a new generation has developed an interest.

Celebrity cars were also up for sale including cars from famous popstar, Justin Bieber and famous boxer, Floyd Mayweather.

Bieber sold his blue Ferrari 458 Italia F1 edition for roughly $430,000. Mayweather did not manage to sell his 2011 Bugatti Veyron because of his asking price, $2.3 million.

The most expensive car sold went for $7.4 million and was a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight, sold by Bonhams.

Some other  top sellers include a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roaster, a 1952 Ferrari 340 America Competizione Spider, a Mercedes-Benz Typ S Sports Tourer, and a Ferrari 365 GTS Spider.

Would You Buy a Car Where You Buy Shampoo?

Many people frequently visit
Wal-MartWould You Buy a Car Where You Buy Shampoo?, the nation’s largest retailer.

The United States has about 3,500 Wal-Mart Supercenters and 140 million consumers visit Wal-Mart each week.

Shoppers often stock up on a variety of items at Walmart from shampoo and razors to lightbulbs and air fresheners.

However, people will soon be walking out of Wal-Mart after making a much bigger purchase: a car.

Wal-Mart has joined forces with different dealership groups as well as CarSaver. CarSaver is an online auto retail platform that will help launch this new program in April. AutoNation, the largest new-vehicle retailer in the U.S. has also partnered with Wal-Mart in order to help them sell cars.

Twenty-five Wal-Mart Supercenters in Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City will soon be selling cars.

The action of selecting, financing, and insuring the car will all be done digitally in-store, through CarSaver, using mobile devices, websites, 800 numbers, and kiosks. CarSaver will have staff located across from the Wal-Mart checkout lines to educate interested customers on the program.

Customers will be able to purchase a new or used car from inside of Wal-Mart.

After a sale is made, CarSaver will get the customer in touch with a certified dealership in order to help the process along.  Each dealership will be located within 15 miles of the Wal-Mart that the customer visited.

Each time a car is sold through this process, CarSaver will make $350 as a “success fee.”

A “test-run” of this program was done in Florida last spring and proved to be successful. 80 percent of the appointments that CarSaver conducted resulted in a sale. Plus, customers saved $3,000 because they utilized this specific program.

Due to this program currently being isolated to a certain geographical area, Wal-Mart has not spoken out on the program.

Although this concept might sound far-fetched, Costco actually has a very similar program and they sell over 1,000 new vehicles per store each year because of it.

Within the next few years, we could see this option available at Wal-Marts across the nation.

Strangest Car Concepts of 2017

Would you consider driving a car that had a full garden underneath the windStrangest Car Concepts of 2017 shield? How about a car that could play off of your emotions? We aren’t sure how we feel about some of the strangest car concepts released at the start of 2017 but here’s a few:

Oasis by Rinspeed

If want to ride in your car and feel at peace simultaneously, this car might be appealing to you. The “Oasis,” created by Rinspeed, has an actual garden within the car. Trees, radishes, succulents, and a variety of other plants can be found tucked behind the windshield of the car. The car also has a large touchscreen display that would allow drivers to use both voice and gesture control to command the car as needed.

NeuV by Honda

The NeuV, released by Honda, is a dark, sleek, and compact car. The car is both self-driving and electric, and has an extremely futuristic yet simple appearance.  Honda announced that the car can read human emotions in order to provide the driver with a better driving experience.

Improved Microbus by Volkswagen

Most people are familiar with the vintage and Volkswagen classic microbus that was known throughout the seventies. Recently, the company revealed an “improved” version of the original bus that would function as an electric bus. The bus can drive 270 miles with just one charge and is very similar in appearance to the old microbus.

Concept Car, BMW

BMW unveiled a concept car that is supposed to highlight what car interiors of the future might look like. With most manufacturers working to make self-driving cars, BMW designed a new concept car with that in mind. The car that was revealed was extremely spacious and kind of reflected what a small living room might look for feel like. The car had a bookshelf inside, and a large amount of spacious seating to make it comfortable for passengers so they can kick back as the car does the driving.

Taxi’s Face Trouble in the U.S.

With services such as Uber and Lyft rapidly expanding, the traditional yellow taxi cab has been suffering.  The yellow taxi has been a staple for decades in cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco. However, the bright yellow cars could soon fade away.

NYC Sees Significant DeclineTaxi’s Face Trouble in the U.S.

In New York City, a city famous for the number of yellow cabs whizzing around within it, the number of taxis dropped to 13,587 as of January 2017. However, there has been about 60,000 black cars spotted in New York City, and over 46,000 of them are associated with Uber or other app related services.

In 2010, before Uber started taking the streets by storm, cabs in New York City typically made 463,701 trips on average each month, earning over 5 million dollars total. As of 2016, cabs are only making about 336,737 trips each month and are now earning under 5 million dollars.

San Francisco Cab Company Admits Defeat

Yellow Cab, which is San Francisco’s largest taxi company, recently filed for bankruptcy which could be a clear indication of the issues that taxi companies are facing. Although the company spoke out saying that a large part of the bankruptcy was a result of lawsuits relating to accidents, many people believe that the company also suffered because of app-related driving services. Uber, as of January 2016, had 20,000 drivers already making rounds in San Francisco.

Why Do People Prefer App Services?

There isn’t a black or white answer for this question. It is believed that people prefer some of the app-related services because they focus heavily on consumer satisfaction. Drivers often offer foods, snacks, tissues, and other “comfort” related items to passengers. Uber also will allow you to carpool and rate drivers to ensure quality.

Will Taxi’s Ever Disappear?

As of January 2017, traditional taxi cabs still do make more trips than other app-related services but Uber and Lyft are quickly catching up. Unfortunately, taxi cab numbers are dropping as app-related services numbers are increasing. It is unclear whether or not the taxi cab will survive long-term.

Importance of a Washed Car in Winter Months

Temperatures are dropping below freezing in many parts of the country and Importance of a Washed Car in Winter Monthsmany cities are covered in snow. With roads being constantly treated, you’re probably eager to wash your car and get rid of the salt stains. Washing your car in the winter is an important part of car care.

When Do I Wash It?

You should be washing your car every other week in winter months. If you are driving frequently on roads that are heavily salted, consider washing your car once a week to prevent salt from building up.

Where Do I Wash It?

If you are going to wash your car at home, you should use soap that is specifically made for washing cars to get the best and safest was possible. Warm water will help to melt some of the grime off of the car. We do suggest getting your car washed at a professional car wash where they are able to wash the underside of the car where salt can settle. It can be hard to wash your car thoroughly at home in winter months.

Is It Safe to Wash It?

Washing your car in winter is safe but you should avoid washing your car if temperatures are below freezing. The water will freeze onto the car if temperatures are freezing outside which can result in frozen water and windows. If you do wash your car on a particularly cold day, drive around for a bit and turn the heater up beforehand to prevent the water from freezing when you hit the car wash.

Why Do I Wash It?

Roads in winter months are often covered in salt, snow, ice, and water. If any of these substances sit on your car for an extended amount of time, your car might start to rust. Rust can eat away at the body of your car and compromise the way the car functions. Washing your car will prevent rust from forming on your car and will help you preserve your vehicle. If you take care of your car now, it will pay off in the long run when your car is well-maintained in the years to come.

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Trends for Self-Driving Cars in 2017

If you’ve been keeping up with car news, you’ve probably noticeTrends for Self-Driving Cars in 2017 d the tremendous amount of news revolving around self-driving cars over the past year. Self-driving cars are still a huge focus of the car industry in 2017 and many car manufacturers are making strides to make autonomous cars a reality within the year.

Volvo Heads Back to Sweden

Volvo is a Swedish-based automaker that plans to release 100 self-driving cars onto public roads in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. They are also planning to release the autonomous pilot cars in China as well. They hope that citizens will be able to ride in the car and experience the self-driving car for themselves to get a taste of what the future will likely be.

General Motors Heads North

GM had 40 cars tested in San Francisco, CA and Scottsdale, AZ. However, the company has expressed how important they feel it is to test autonomous cars in snow. Many self-driving cars have not been tested in severe weather and manufactures must understand how the cars would respond in conditions that aren’t “ideal.”

Tesla Takes a Road Trip

One of the biggest events for self-driving cars in 2017 is happening through Tesla. Tesla has been working to install hardware in their autonomous cars and the cars are expected to become fully autonomous in October. Before the end of 2017, Tesla is planning to have one of their fully self-driving cars drive itself from Los Angeles to New York.

China Hits the Road

A company called “Baidu,” which is the equivalent to “Google” in China, will be putting self-driving cars onto public roads as well. The company teamed up with a Chinese car manufacturer, BAIC, to start testing self-driving cars in 2017. The cars are currently ranking at a “Level 3” which essentially means that they can hire some tasks but still need human supervision.

Would you feel comfortable getting to a self-driving car at this point?