Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Perhaps it’s the $3,000 price tag that’s holding the Segway back? But when compared to other light motor vehicles like quad bikes and mobility scooters, this seems the norm.
Maybe it’s the unusual nature of its design, control and the advanced science that maintains balance that provides the barrier to entry?
Or perhaps it’s simply because most people have never had the chance to actually ride one?
I recently received a Segway experience as a gift for my 30th Birthday. Like most people, I knew what a Segway was, but had no desire to ride one, let alone a basic knowledge of how they even work. But that changed very quickly…
Direction and speed is controlled by leaning and turning your body. The further you lean forward, the faster it goes. Lean back and it reverses. Shift your bodyweight (while holding on to the handle bars) and the Segway turns slowly on the spot or steers.
But what’s actually happening is that various gyroscopic and fluid based levelling sensors attached to two computers within the Segway quickly analyse your weight and height while stationary and then use these sensors to detect the shift in weight and respond accordingly by changing speed and direction. Meanwhile the electric motors and can go up to 20 kmph, slightly faster than the average person’s sprinting speed.
While Segway speeds are usually limited, the ones used for off road rallies aren’t. So body armour and BMX crash helmets are essential for riding safely at speed.
Physically, riding a Segway at slow speeds is surprisingly comfortable, because you only need to stand straight and lean forward gently. Riding at speed uses more energy due to the shift in weight required to steer the Segway at speed while maintaining balance – even though the Segway does this for you using its many gyroscopes and sensors.
However, whether travelling at speed or at a gradual pace, the Segway feels amazingly smooth on flat tarmac and pavements to sloping woodland tracks. And it’s all because of the gyroscope that maintains balance and control.
Segway Legal Restrictions
Would I personally consider buying one over a quad bike or BMX?
Definitely when the ride is so comfortable and it’s electrically powered, rather than petrol powered. However, the legal restrictions make Segway ownership problematic.
Here in the UK the Segway is classified as a powered vehicle and subject to Road Traffic law. However, because it doesn’t meet the required safety standards, it is illegal on both roads and footpaths.
This is because riders are too exposed to mix with general traffic on a road, while being too fast, heavy and dangerous to other users on footpaths or cycle paths.
So the only place you can ride a Segway is on private property. And the same law applies in many other countries. Although there seem to be some exceptions where police are allowed to ride them, while tourists are allowed to hire them or ride them for city tours within certain designated areas.
The Rise of the Segway?
While the Segway has gradually grown in popularity over the years, its use remains restricted, although this hasn’t stopped Segway off road racing, Segway city tours and the Segway becoming a mode of mobilisation for security and police around the world.
The growing popularity of the Segway seems to help various governments lift bans or restrictions on where it can be ridden. And with every ban that’s lifted, its popularity and general use becomes increasingly widespread.
Perhaps it won’t be long until we’re all riding one to work after all?
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Sunday, June 16, 2013
An Epic Challenge
The 5th Peking to Paris Motor Challenge is currently in progress, with 96 vintage vehicles taking part in the race. The month-long expedition kicked-off on 28th May, and will finish in Paris by 29th June.
Back in Time
The Peking to Paris Motor Challenge commemorates a car race that took place in 1907, after a French newspaper, Le Matin, wrote on the 31st of January that year: “What needs to be proved today is that as long as a man has a car, he can do anything and go anywhere. Is there anyone who will undertake to travel this summer from Peking to Paris by automobile?”
The 2013 Edition
Some of the vintage vehicles taking part in this year’s event include
The Next Event
Planning for the 6th Peking to Paris Motor Challenge is already in the works, and will take place in 2016. This edition of the race will traverse some of the highest mountain roads in the world, and journey across Tibet, the foot of Mount Everest, Nepal, Kathmandu and the foothills of the Himalayas.
Grace Matthews is a London-based lifestyle blogger who relies on dent repairs on assist 247 when her car is in need of some TLC.
Sunday, June 16, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Friday, June 14, 2013
If you really care about your car, you will probably spend considerable time and money on making it look as good as possible. But have you been as extravagant on the way your machine runs and handles? A good car is only as valuable as the way it manages to start first time every time. There are scores of motors out there that look the absolute bomb but underneath there lies a different story. This article takes a look at some very sweet gadgets out there that profess to make your ride a lot more enjoyable. We say that talk is cheap and take a closer look at these claims.
We get the gadget ball rolling with this little ripper from Delphi, it may be small but it has a big heart and loads of useful features! You simply install this small black box and it transforms your ride into a remote controlled marvel. It will allow you to pick up engine faults and diagnose your engines actual capability. The device is Bluetooth enabled and can send a signal back to your PC as to where in the world it actually is, just like a GPD tracker in fact. You can check on the actual and average speed of the car from a remote location as well. This is very useful for those concerned parents who have let their kids loose on their pride and joy! If your car has automatic locking and alarm features installed, you will be able to control and monitor both of these remotely as well. We love this gadget and are confident that most of you will feel the same way too! Basically, the more automated features that your car has as standard, the more useful and fun this gadget will prove to be.
Unless you over 150 years old, you will probably enjoy pumping out some tunes as you cruise around on those long summer evenings. The only challenge is when you are a little bored of that particular mix disc you so lovingly crafted last week. But you are too far from home to pop in for a better choice. Well now you don’t have to worry at all, because the Inrete Automatica is here to take care of your audio desires, and then some! This device holds 4GB of storage and that’s an awful lot of music! It also has the ability to sync into your Dropbox or Skydrive account and allows you to pull in whatever tracks float your boat, or car! It comes in a flashdrive size package and has enough tunes to fill the Sydney Opera house! An awesome piece of kit in a tiny package, you’ll soon make this beauty a permanent passenger!
Hands up those of us who have parked up in a new location, only to spend ages remembering exactly where the damn car is? It is a common occurrence and some of us never seem to learn from this mistake! Well the Kensington Proximo is a very forgiving gadget that will ensure we are never left in the lurch again. You simply leave the sensor in your car and the Proximo does the rest. It automatically displays a detailed map and locates the exact spot that your car has been parked. A lovely device that will save you loads of stress and hassle in the future.
We think that these 3 gadgets will definitely help you to enjoy the more important things in driving a little easier, just remember where you read about them first!
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
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Monday, June 10, 2013
Some of the new and expensive cars on the market have an unbelievable amount of technology included. They have voice sensors for the air-conditioning, special seats that mould to your particular body shape and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Most of us love a few toys to play with when it comes to our cars. But if you can’t afford a top of the range new vehicle, where does that leave you? Well, thankfully there are a load of cool gadgets that have been produced with you in mind. They won’t convert your 10 year old beast into a Bugatti Veyron, but they will bring you some fun and even a little functionality every now and then. Stop dreaming about the latest Maserati and read this article, you may even like some of these gadgets.
The cost is for the actual cable which is clever piece of equipment indeed. It links your iPod to the car’s computer and, using the app, relays information to the handheld device. You need to have a real ‘play’ on the application, but you will soon get the hang of it. Your engine codes, weird noises and general running issues will soon be soundly diagnosed. The app will probably not be able to fix the issue, but will certainly point you in the right direction. We absolutely love this clever cable and app, and so will you!
These cool trainers are the last word in functional driving equipment for the feet. Although they look like an expensive pair of running shoes, they are designed for one thing in mind – Driving! The shoe is available in suede with a fire-resistant liner, known as ‘Nomex’. Those of you who know the phrase ‘toe-and-heel’ will really appreciate the finesse that is delivered by putting these shoes through their paces. They may be designed for the real professionals, but even we learner drivers will dig these cool driving shoes!
On first appearances this looks like a standard, if oversized, electric screwdriver. But it is the bee’s knees for removing those stubborn wheel nuts. You know the ones that even Godzilla would be hard pressed to remove. It can deliver an awesome 200lb-ft of torque with very little effort, it also generates 3000 impacts per minute. You need this tool, like yesterday!
Okay, the price tag suggests that this is more than just your standard satellite navigation system, and it certainly is! As well as running all of the usual Garmin high-end Satnav features, it is also totally weatherproof. Bluetooth and digital radio are also included, making this the Daddy of all satnav systems! You can use this in your car, on your motorbike or even on your speedboat, if that is where it’s going on!
We think you will love all of these fabulous gadgets, but if not, check out the internet for some more. There are literally hundreds of useful, and not so useful, gadgets out there just for you!
Monday, June 10, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
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The Chevrolet Silverado and Toyota Tundra have been popular buys this year. Many companies have tweaked their trucks to make them more modern and appealing. But no one is having as good a year as Dodge. The Dodge Ram 1500 has been receiving rave reviews for its new and improved 2013 iteration. Some are calling it Dodge's best truck ever. Not only that, but it crushes its competition from other companies as well.
So, what is it about the 2013 Ram 1500 that has made it such a hit with reviewers and drivers alike? Well, Dodge took its already successful Ram design and kicked it up a few notches for this year's release. The 2013 model has an eight-speed transmission and V-6 engine. When this current line of Rams began in 2009, they had a less than satisfactory V-6 (if you couldn't afford a V-8) and four-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to the new drivetrain and other upgrades, it's expected that the Ram 1500 may actually overtake the Ford F-150, which has been the dominant truck in its class in recent years. In another effort to knock Ford off its pedestal, Chrysler has added its Pentastar engine into the 2013 Ram 1500 which gives it respectable power while also conserving fuel.
The V-8 is optional, but the V-6 has stood up well in review tests. It makes 305 horsepower and 269 pound feet of torque. Two wheel drive models can pull 4,350 pounds, though with the optional add-ons, that gets bumped up to 6,050 pounds. The eight-speed transmission is a first for full-sized trucks and is sure to be the lure that Chrysler has designed it to be. Fuel economy also holds up. It averages about 17mpg city driving and 25mpg on the highway.
Simply put, the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 has been positioned to be a blockbuster of a seller. It's also luckily come at a time when people want to buy pickup trucks again. Interestingly enough, the new Ram also has the kinds of amenities that you'd imagine a luxury car would have. It has a touchscreen in the dash, a state of the art sound system (the optional is the 506-watt Alpine stereo system) parking sensors and a backup camera. Really, it's a perfect marriage between functionality and comfort. It makes moving supplies much easier because you can now actually park the truck with relative ease on city streets.
Ashely is a part of a team of writers who have contributed to tons of car blogs. Follow her @AshelyMarie1985 to see what else she has to say!
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Saturday, May 25, 2013
1) Road Angel Gem
This nifty little device will warn motorists of anything up ahead which may cause trouble – from fixed and mobile safety cameras to road black spots and congestion charge zones. It’s packed with great features, such as eAssist, which connects you straight to the emergency services. Through a connected community, it also allows you to share revised road speeds with other users, and alert them of live safety camera vans. The system is available from around $150.
2) Prestigio Roadrunner HD Car Video Recorder
This smart piece of kit records your every turn in full HD quality – it’s a fantastic little gadget if you ever find yourself on the long arm of the law, whether it’s for an accident that wasn’t your fault or being accused of skipping a red light. Not only that, with a 2.5” TFT monitor, it’s great for keeping an eye on the passengers in the back – especially for those troublesome kids! Prices start at around $90.
3) Race Capture Pro
For those that push the pedal to the metal on a regular basis, the Race Capture Pro from Autosport Labs will let you know what you’re doing right and, more importantly, wrong. This open source system captures 25 channels of sensor data – useful for amateurs and pros alike – with real-time telemetry. It also allows you to share the data online instantly in one of the many packages, which start from just over $300. Originally, the manufacturing costs for it were crowd sourced. To date, almost double the original manufacturing costs target has been raised.
4) Ecco GPS Keychain
This GPS tracking system is a tiny gadget, but irreplaceable for those of us who sometimes struggle to make our way back to the car in a large car park or strange city. Simply ‘lock in’ your car when you’re leaving it, and when you’re ready to head back, turn on the keychain – it will direct you with a large arrow, and estimate how far away it is. It works up to 9,999 miles away for even the most lost motorist, and a single charge will last a month on standby or two weeks with regular use. Prices start from around $90.
5) Yada BT13265 Wireless Reversing Camera
With more cars on the road and parking spots seemingly becoming tighter every day, having someone or something to guide you into a space is increasingly useful. This model easily mounts to a licence plate, and wirelessly connects to a 3.5” TFT monitor. It has both a colour and night vision option meaning that, whatever the lighting conditions, you can avoid easy mistakes and nasty bumps and scratches. Available for around $200.
With so many companies developing the latest and greatest in-car technology, there will always be something great to help modify your vehicle, so that it becomes the envy of everyone else on the road. You don’t necessarily need Jag or Ferrari to feel like you’re driving one.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
CNN rates the road from Kabul to Jalalabad in Afghanistan as the most dangerous in the world with a rating of 9.5 out of 10. This highway stretches through Taliban territory. Surprisingly enough the radical group is not the most fatal threat on this roadway. The lanes for the road are narrow and winding for 600 meters up into the Kabul gorge. The reckless abandon local drivers’ use as they attempt to pass slower heavy-duty trucks is the leading cause of the deaths that occur at a daily rate on this roadway.
The Inter-American Development Bank claims that the road between La Paz and Coroico as the most dangerous in the world. This road declines 3.5 kilometers over a stretch of 65 kilometers. This dangerous road has become a favorite amongst avid cyclists. The combination of the cyclists, steep roads, busses and local trucks accumulates an average of 200 to 300 deaths on this road every year.
Many call Highway 80, stretching from Basra to Kuwait City in Iraq, the “Highway of Death” because of its history in the Gulf War where 2,700 vehicles were destroyed by a bomb from a U.S aircraft. People estimate that the death toll ranged anywhere from 300 up to 10,000.
The Khunjerab Pass connects Pakistan and China at an altitude of nearly 4,700 meters. This unpaved road is susceptible to dangers like floods and landslides. More than 800 Pakistan workers and 80 Chinese workers have died while performing construction on this road.
The dusty mountain road connecting Ladakh and Kashmir is known as Zoji La. The road stretches for nine kilometers over the mountain at an altitude exceeding 3,500 meters. The road has no barrier on one side and the mountain’s hard jagged surface for the other. This road can get cut off due to snowfall or landslides.
Many people died during the 1970s creating the Guoliang Tunnel road in China’s Taihang Mountains. This tunnel road is 1.2 kilometers long, five meters high and four meters wide. Open precipices make this a road where drivers can afford little if any mistakes.
According to the Road Safety Foundation, the scenic route through the Peak District in England is the most dangerous road in the UK. There were over 30 deaths on this road between 2006 and 2008.
Traffic and aggressive driving make the Adriatic coastal roadways of Croatia some of the most dangerous in the world. There are over 11,600 automobile accidents in this country every year.
The winding roads of the Los Caracoles Pass through the Andes Mountains leading to Andes, Chile are dangerous mainly because of the high altitude, sharp turns and the lack of a safety barrier.
The roadways at the Stelvio Pass in Italy are certainly intimidating. The main danger factors at this pass in the Italian Alps are the array of 180 degree hairpin turns and the low-set safety barrier.
Eric Farrior has worked as a personal injury attorney for the past 13 years.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Monday, May 20, 2013
Cars that Talk to Each Other
Many of the car technologies that are being developed relate in some way to the road safety of the vehicle;the technology that is being developed today could be one of the biggest changes to the way that we use not only our cars, but all methods of public transport. Not only are the men in the lab coats looking at how they can get our cars to communicate with each other, they are also investigating how they could communicate with their surroundings. This type of technology could revolutionise the way that we drive; our car could essentially receive a warning when another car jumps a red light, warning us not to proceed and thus, avoiding a collision. This V2V (vehicle communication) technology is already in development with the larger vehicle manufacturers such as Ford, based upon the transmission and reception of wireless signals.
Augmented Reality Dashboard
At the moment, we have cars that utilise different in car display methods, from inset screen to windshield displays.But,technology is being developed that aims for the car to be able to identify objects in its surroundings and display all of the information the driver could need right up there on the windscreen. Some current car models already have a basic windscreen display, but it is hoped in the future that the information that can be provided will be much more detailed. The augmented display will overlay the windscreen and not limit the driver’s view of the real road ahead. It could be that the augmented display will flash up a red warning if you are driving too fast or too close to the car in front, or it could even be utilised as a GPS system.
Airbags to Help Stop the Car
Airbags have proven how effective they can be when it comes to reducing the severity of injuries in road traffic accidents, and developers are now looking at ways that the air bags can be turned to further use as part of an active safety system for the car as a whole. Engineers are looking at ways that the bags can be fitted beneath the car to help bring it to a successful halt before any collision occurs, the system will use some form of proximity sensors which will be able to self determine when an impact could become a real threat. Once deployed, the bags will also cause the vehicle to rise off the road a little which cancels out the dip that the car makes when the brakes are applied hard.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
However, not all people are like that! Some folks simply love powerful cars while others face no financial problems. They can easily purchase gas every day and there will be no holes in the family budget. Anyway, powerful cars need lots of gas. If you can afford it or just find them interesting, here’s my top 5 list of the most powerful cars in the world.
Where do you think this car is built? In Canada! Surprised? Locus is known as the Quebec Bomb. The car is made entirely out of carbon fibre. It weighs over 1 ton. As to horsepower, it is 1,300! Amazing! The 8.2 litle V-8 engine from Chevy can perform those wonders. The engine comes with a 6 speed transmission (sure manual). The car can go as fast as 328 km/h. Well, Locus can compete with Formula 1 bolides. So, if you have enough money to buy and maintain it, consider you are buying a spaceship.
SSC Ultimate Aero
This car is less powerful but more expensive. But, hey, do not think it’s not fast. SSC Ultimate Aero can go faster than 400 km/h, although I wonder where you can find a good place to reach such speed (dessert, maybe, with a brand new highway?) In fact, this is the fastest car in the world, and it managed to leave Bugatti Veyron in the dust! The speed reaches 411.85 km/h!!! That is something incredible for a car that uses wheels!
This is the car that designer Mark Trenne and Warren Mosler managed to build in 20 years. This is a dream car with 5.7 liter engine from Corvette and a 6-speed transmission. The body is made of carbon-aluminum. The car can go at the speed on 320 km/h and some modifications have engines even with 1800 hp.
The car looks like Darth Vader. Zenvo comes from Denmark and has everything a modern super car needs to have - 7L turbo and super chraged engine and 6-speed manual transmission. The price is unavailable and you are unlikely to find any information on the price on the net. The car’s top speed is limited electronically but you can lift up limitation by signing a few papers with the company.
Bristol Fighter “T”
This is the most exclusive English car ever, even though English kings and queens never drove it. By the way, what differs it from other similar cars is that is has room for luggage and it’s generally considered a comfortable touring vehicle.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0