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Morality of Self-Driving Cars

Posted On November 5, 2015By adminIn People and what they drive

Morality of Self-Driving Cars

The self-driving car could revolutionize transportation beyond any other invention in the past few hundred years. In fact, it could be more groundbreaking than the steam engine. Human capacity to create pivotal technology has exploded, but our moral questions are just as great. Google is one of the largest proponents of the self-driving cars, but there is a problem when programming the units. How does a self-driving car deal with other motorists? How about pedestrians? Is it possible to calculate moral questions via analytics and programming? It is. And thatRead More
Top Safety Picks
Here is a quick list of all the vehicles the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested in 2015, both those that deserved the Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus and the vehicles that were tested but did not make the grade as a coveted Top Safety Pick. The IIHS Rating System The IIHS is one of the world’s premier crash test rating systems, that conducts 5 crash related tests on hundreds of vehicles every year. The IIHS conducts two frontal crash tests including Moderate and SmallRead More
Car Crash Test
Buying a new or used vehicle has become a research intensive proposition. Not only do you need to know if the vehicle fits your lifestyle, if you like it’s design and other personal choices, but many consumers also want to know a vehicle’s mileage efficiency and now more than ever a car’s crash test safety ratings. However, with two different agencies conducting different tests, it seems confusing. Yet as one of the most important aspect to buying a new car, learning to research and understand these different rating systems isRead More
The IIH’S Top Safety Picks for 2015
Are you looking for a new vehicle? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is one of two organizations responsible for testing current model vehicles in relation to crash testing and providing safety benchmarks for the auto industry. Their ratings have become more relevant as consumers are looking for vehicles with their well-branded “Top Safety Pick” (TSP) and “Top Safety Pick+” (TSP+) more than ever before. Provided below is a full list of the 71 models so far listed as TSP and TSP+s, the overall best vehicle rating in theRead More
Green Car
For the longest time Green vehicles referred simply to their ability to outperform standard combustion engines on fuel efficiency. Yet all the categories of green vehicles are seeing marked improvements in safety as well, making them some of the safest vehicles on the road. From standard hybrids to full electric cars to the future of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and self-driving/driverless vehicles, safety has become a hallmark of these vehicles today and the future. Follow along as we describe some of the most amazing safety features in green transportation. HybridsRead More
New Car Deal
Sooner or later, just about everyone gets into the market for a new car. It’s a time that can be exciting, confusing, fun, a little frightening and frustrating, all at the same time. Why, it is because buying a car is so out of the ordinary for most people. Let’s face it, according to leading the leading consumer publication, Consumer Reports, buying a car is now a five- to eight-year phenomenon. Because of their expense, many buyers opt for 60- to 84-month loans. That means instead of getting into theRead More
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Two attorneys believe materials provided by General Motors show the ignition fiasco was intentional. Lawyers working with a couple who received a large settlement and a major payout from the General Motors ignition fault victims fund told Automotive News and other outlets yesterday they believe they can prove the decade that the automaker spent ignoring and denying ignition related problems was not the result of incompetence as an investigation has been suggested but was, instead, the result of a cover-up. Lance Cooper of Georgia, who, with Jere Beasley of Alabama,Read More
Cycling safety

Posted On March 18, 2015By adminIn People and what they drive

Cycling Toward Safety

While riding a bicycle might seem a healthy alternative to constantly driving about in one’s car, there are still very serious safety concerns to consider. How serious? Well, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 there were 726 fatal accidents involving a bicycle in the United States. This might not seem too surprising given the amount of recreational cycling, plus the increase in people who commute by bicycle to their jobs (between 1990 and 2009, commuting in this manner increased by 64%), but still, there are questionsRead More
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Salt loves to eat cars, especially when it is used to fight snow. You can fight back, though, by using common sense and frequent car washes. If there is one thing that road salt loves to eat, it is cars. That’s right, the life-saving chemical that helps to keep roads open throughout the Snowbelt (Northeast and Upper Midwest, primarily), is also addicted to cars. Salt just loves to get into all the nooks and crannies that you cannot see and begin its feast on your vehicle. Salt, if left onRead More
Winter-Tires
Although most motorists never think about it, sometimes tires can actually be the cause of winter safety issues. Imagine that your car is traveling on a neighborhood road, a road you have driven so many times that you can describe it in your sleep, when suddenly the car’s front right wheel catches a sandy patch covering a bit of ice and your car pivots, out of control, into a skid. Careening to the left, your car continues to skid, out of control, as you fight the wheel to control theRead More