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In the past, things like jet-powered cars zooming high above futuristic cities were a staple of science fiction. While people loved to imagine just what might be in store for the modern vehicle, most of the conjecture was considered to be for entertainment value only. One look at the advancements made by the cars of today proves that is not always the case. While flying vehicles might still be years away, unbelievable achievements are being made daily in the area of vehicle design and technology. Read up on the following technological advances for cars and see the infographic at the end of the post that visualizes the data.
While things like driving experience and reliability are important factors when deciding on what vehicle to buy, safety features are an equally important consideration. Things like vehicle alerts, cameras, and strategic airbag placement are becoming increasingly common in today's auto market, and it appears that these advances are just the beginning.
While interior airbags are mandatory these days, only recently have car makers begun to experiment with vehicles using external airbag systems. External airbags are intended to cushion the impact of vehicles involved in a crash, thereby increasing stopping power and lessening the chance of injury to passengers.
Another advancement in car safety comes in the form of biofibre. This material is far stronger and lighter than things like carbon or steel, which can have an effect on the outcome of a serious impact. Protecting passengers within the vehicle is crucial in case a crash occurs, and with a stronger body internal damage can be alleviated.
Vehicle communication is a new concept that would allow vehicles sharing the road to transport messages to each other. Vehicles may also be able to receive messages from things like traffic devices and signage, which would greatly improve a driver's ability to respond to unexpected road conditions. The idea is to create a smarter vehicle that can use things like traffic information, mapping, and even vehicle diagnostics to improve the overall driving experience.
Vehicle communication can have a drastic impact on everything from the number of accidents taking place to how much time is ultimately spent on the road. By allowing a vehicle to 'think' for itself, car manufacturers would take some of the guess work out of driving.
Mobile devices play such a large role in society that they are having an impact on what people expect from their vehicles. While all new vehicles offer the option of syncing up one's mobile device, future options may include things like saving driver preferences and receiving updates on diagnostic readings.
The way drivers interact with their dashboards may change as well. It's projected that cars in the future will utilize the windshield as sort of a virtual dashboard. In addition to the typical readings like miles per hour, information such as speed, temperature, and other diagnostic readings will also be available. Other information, such as directions or traffic reports, can be included as well, creating a virtual command center for drivers.
The future of today's vehicle looks bright. Many of these updated features are well under way, while others are rapidly progressing to become a reality. By improving the driving experience, auto manufacturers hope to lessen commutes, increase comfort, and even save lives through innovative safety measures.
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As all car enthusiasts know, Ford recently introduced their 2015 Mustang model to the world. With 3 engine options, and a lighter, sleeker design, the newest addition to the Mustang bloodline might be the best one yet. Ford Motor Company dealer, Sam Pack sure thought so. He purchased the first 2015 Mustang GT at auction for $300,000!
There is a ton of buzz surrounding this car and whether or not Ford will be able to deliver on their promises.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
A crash test is a form of destructive testing usually performed in order to ensure safe design standards for various types of vehicles. There are many different types of crash tests undertaken; frontal-impact tests are probably what most people initially think of when asked about a crash test. These are usually impacts upon a solid concrete wall at a specified speed, but can also be vehicle-vehicle tests. Side-impact tests, rear-impact tests and offset tests are also conducted regularly.
Importantly, a crash test requires the help of crash test dummies –full-scale anthropomorphic test devices (ATD) that simulate the dimensions, weight proportions and articulation of the human body, and are usually instrumented to record data about the dynamic behaviour of the ATD in simulated vehicle impacts. Crash test dummies carry out a major job and provide humans with the necessary data to help ensure better safety standards in vehicles. There are many different types of crash tests dummies that carryout different functions, for example, CRABI is a child dummy used to evaluate the effectiveness of child restraint devices including seat belts and air bags. Also, BioRID is a dummy designed to assess the effects of a rear impact. Its primary purpose is to research whiplash, and to aid designers in developing effective head and neck restraints. To find out more about the interesting world of crash testing, check out our insightful infographic below!
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The process of shopping around for a new or used car can be daunting, to say the least. Although ultimately you'll be driving away in a slick new ride, you may have to test drive a few lemons to find the right fit. One of the best ways to make sure you not only find a car that's a good fit for your lifestyle, but also avoid getting ripped off in the meantime, is to download the following car buying apps to your Android or iPhone. Their services range from helping you compare car reviews to learning more about local dealers. On the car lot, knowledge is power.
Long before you start even looking at used car ads, you can keep up with the latest car news and reviews on the CarBuzz app, downloadable for Android and iPhone. It provides rumours, spy shots of upcoming cars, and comprehensive statistics about all of the latest models. For those thinking about buying a new car, this can keep you in the loop.
Kelley Blue Book
Another useful tool is the Kelley Blue Book app, which shows you the specific value of new and used cars, even those that have been long discontinued. This is a great way to see what used cars should theoretically cost with a baseline value before you start looking at real ads. You can also see more video reviews, statistics, and other useful information as part of the app.
It's best to get your financing in order before you start shopping around for a car, particularly if you plan to take out an auto loan. You can monitor your credit score by signing up for the free Credit Karma app, which explains your current credit score and alerts you when there are any changes to your history.
Even if you don't plan on buying a car through eBay, the eBay Motors App is another useful tool that can help you get a leg up on the competition. You can use it to sell your current vehicle, look for spare parts, or research options before you jump into the market. Naturally, you can also use the app to purchase a car, with a user-friendly interface that lets you sift through a slick slideshow of various makes and models.
Similarly to Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds is an authority on fair auto pricing. If you have it in your mind that you want a used Renault, for example, you can bring up all used Renaults in your area within seconds, read reviews, or look up the fair price for a certain model and year. You can even find out what the estimated running price of each model will be in the long run. Although you can connect to local dealers through this app, you could also simply use the pricing information as a guide and use it to leverage a better deal on the original Renault at carsales.com.au that piqued your interest.
Look for cars already in stock at local dealers, searching by make and model. You can then compare three possible cars side by side on your iPhone, to see how their prices and stats measure up. Use the cars.com app to search for new or used cars and read reviews from a variety of sources.