Archives for August2013


War Against : Facebook and Twitter usage in cars

War Against : Facebook and Twitter usage in cars.(US Regulators)

 

The automakers are approached by the US regulators to stop the in-car infotainment i.e., the transport department is asked to block the usage of social sites while driving including any kind of browsing.And also the car-makers insisted on designing such a navigation system which takes much less time to select and enter the address so that driver does not get distracted off the road.According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood this thing is very similar to the no use of cell phone with hand while driving , on which the work is going on.

 

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM), which represents GM and Toyota among others, said its own guidelines were less restrictive. AAM says the government’s proposals will lead to more use of handheld phones and other devices.And AAM Spokeswoman Gloria Bergquist said that 98 % of the accidents are not due to inbuilt systems but due to other distraction on the road.As per AAM rules the infotainment is allowed at low speed driving.

 

The guidelines will start within three years and are applicable on new vehicles . National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the guidelines may be used to give incentives in its vehicle safety ratings in the future.

 

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Jaguar Takes a Shot at Making Movies, the Result Is Not Bad at All

The Jaguar F-Type is a very important car for the British marque, so no chance is ruined to promote it . Lana del Rey’s song “Burning Desire” was for the promotion of F-type . Now a short film called “Desire”, directed by Adam Smith from Ridley Scott Associates , which premiered today at Sundance London film and music festival, is another promotion by Jaguar for the series.The film features Golden Globe & Emmy Award winning actor Damian Lewis, Spanish actor Jordi Mollà and American actor Shannyn Sossamon.

 

The story of the film is of an alleged car delivery person who is a South American…drug lord.Who was caught in the middle of a disturbed relationship between a separated wife and her husband. The 13-minute movie has a Jaguar F-type car chases in Atacama Desert full of gunshots. For the spare time you can watch three making videos too.

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Repetitive DUI Offender Smashes Into Five Cars on Idaho Highway.What a McNutt !

Sunday (April 21, 2013), on Interstate 90 in the Coeur d’Alene area in Idaho , an unstable Kia sedan involved in five accidents and many near misses . An eyewitness , Kon Shiva , the owner of a vehicle tinting shop in Spokane , captured the footage . Kia driver was swinging on the road before he smashed into a blue Honda Civic and abandoned the scene with the cops right on his tail.

 

Shiva told the CDAPress that, “he saw some clouds of dust, and then came to the conclusion that the driving was not usual. We were blown away by it”.

The driver, was identified as Glenn M. McNutt […],50-year-old driver of the 2006 Kia was charged for DUI, aggravated battery, leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle with no insurance.Amazingly, no serious injuries were reported.

The CDAPress reported that McNutt “has eight previous bookings in the Kootenai County jail – all DUI-related – from 2006 to 2011″, which if true, makes you wonder how and why he is still allowed to drive…

 

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Don’t Cut Off Scooter Riders in Russia, they May Be Packing…an Angle Grinder!

Don’t Cut Off Scooter Riders in Russia, they May Be Packing…an Angle Grinder!

 

People who prefer two wheels instead of four for getting around always swear by their motorcycles and some really seem not to like drivers very much, for no apparent reason. This is clearly evidence of it, as this particular scooter rider from Russia came equipped to deal with any driver who was to cut him off…

 

The video posted after the virtual break, you will notice how the driver of the black Nissan Juke moves to the left side of the road to avoid a parked truck. It’s not the most severe maneuver of its type that we have seen, so the reaction it prompts is a bit over the top.

The angry rider takes out a battery , breaks the crossover’s mirror with his hand, then takes out the grinding tool and starts cutting.

The only question we have is that. Was he a construction worker, or did he deliberately bring it along to grind off people’s mirrors?

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U.S. Drivers Warm Up to Diesels – Registrations Rise 24.3 Percent between 2010 and 2012

Once a diesel that was reserved to heavy-duty trucks has now professed among U.S automobile drivers in recent years and clean diesel registration have been increased by 24.3%, from 2010 through 2012 ,following similar trends of double-digit diesel car sale increases throughout the country, according to data compiled by R.L. Polk and Company.

Registrations of diesel cars and SUVs increased from 640,779 in 2010 to 796,794 at the end of 2012. Whereas , hybrid car and SUV registrations increased from 1,714,966 to 2,290,903,which is accounts for an increase of 33.58 percent.And the total car and SUV registrations in the U.S. increased by just 2.75%.The national registration information includes data for all types of passenger vehicles from all states and the District of Columbia from January 1, 2010 till December 31, 2012.

There are over 6.65 million diesel passenger vehicles registered in the U.S., while the total number of registered hybrids exceeds 2.29 million. Currently there are 27 diesel & 46

hybrids models are available in the U.S. market.

 

Diesel passenger vehicle sales are expected to increase significantly, as the several new diesel vehicles will get into the market in the next two years, reaching 10 percent of the U.S. market by 2020.The U.S. states with the most diesel registrations are Texas, California and Florida.

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Future headlights : Turn rain invisible

The rain droplets is the bane for drivers driving after dark. But now the new technology co-developed by Intel and Carnegie Mellon University may prove advantageous,to find out how it works play the video.

Instead of relying on a bog-standard bulb to beam light out over a darkened road, the futuristic setup would use something more akin to a projector.The camera beneath that projector, keeping an eye on drops of rain as they enter the headlights’ beams. Information from that camera is sent to a processing unit, that identifies raindrops and makes a guess as to where each droplet is headed.The projector then spots out the bits of its projection where the rain drops are. The result is a light that shines out from the front of a vehicle in the dark, but doesn’t highlight any rain.

 

A powerful projector,camera and processing unit will be needed which will be more expensive than a normal bulb. And the technology will take about an decade to get implemented.

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