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Researchers find that voice-controlled or menu-driven devices create a new type of distracted driving issue. If you haven’t heard of inattention blindness, don’t worry, it’s unlikely you have ever run across it before as you aren’t in the business of automotive safety. Inattention blindness is an example of a new and more deadly class of automotive safety issues that can be put under the heading of cognitive distractions. Inattention blindness is a phenomenon that can cause a person engaged in a mentally demanding task to fail to notice something happeningRead More
One of the things that follows the calendar change to November is earlier sunsets. Early dusk and dark require different driving techniques. In the United States, the first weekend of November this year means that you should have turned your clocks back an hour. This means that while morning sunrises are later, sunsets are now earlier by one hour. So, if, yesterday, the sun set at 5:07 pm, it will set at 4:07 pm. Earlier dark, says the American Automobile Assn brings with it a different quality of light. Now,Read More
A British woman has trouble

Posted On October 29, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

A British woman has trouble

This is another of these stories from the other side of the Atlantic which could not possibly happen in America. Meet Sharran Alexander who lives in London. She’s fifty-years-old and a mere 450 pounds in weight. The point of the story is that she’s always wanted to be able to drive, but every time she’s approached a driving school, the vehicle provided has been too small. As instructors have been quick to point out, it’s dangerous for anyone to drive if she cannot turn the wheel freely. She’s spent severalRead More
What price the right to drive?

Posted On October 29, 2014By adminIn Comment and fun

What price the right to drive?

When Henry Ford began to mass produce the Model T, this began the myth that every American citizen had a right to drive. The basis of the myth was that the state had paid for the roads and the retail price for a new vehicle grew so low almost everyone could afford one. The only real cost was forced on to drivers by the financial responsibility laws which required people choosing to drive to have enough money to pay medical expenses for those injured or repairs for property damaged. GivenRead More

Posted On October 21, 2014By adminIn Comment and fun

Is Here a real advance?

Back in the good old days when Nokia was a cool brand, it came up with a connected vehicle solution which it proudly called the Nokia Here. Now the brand has lost its appeal and smartphone sales are in decline, the product continues to develop but it’s just called Here. It was launched in 2013, and competes with Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay. However, after more than a year in the market, the motor manufacturers seem to be voting with their feet. The display of new vehicles at the ParisRead More
Led by Chevrolet, the first major automaker to have Wi-Fi in its models, the Internet is shaping up as the next big driving distraction. Chevrolet, the first major auto manufacturer to have Wi-Fi capability across its range of 2015 models, may be on the verge of offering the next big driving distraction, the Internet. Why would the automaker offer what may be the next big auto safety issue? Quite frankly, it represents an easy source of profit for Chevy. So, rather than recognizing that Wi-Fi may just be a featureRead More
Consumer Reports, the leading consumer magazine, looked at its 2014 tests and found five models that were hits and three that were misses in 2014. The editors of Consumer Reports recently sat down and went through their vehicle evaluations to determine their hits and misses for 2014. According to the magazine, the auto staff evaluated more than 50 vehicles in their test series. They testers were thoroughly impressed by five vehicles and weren’t nearly as happy with three. Here is the way Consumer Reports saw them: Acura MDX Restyled forRead More
Buoyed by a 300 percent increase in the small-vehicle market segment in four years, Chevy will expand its share further with the new Trax. When the Chevrolet Trax goes on sale in January, it will be the third time the General Motors division has used the Gamma II platform in its small-car lineup. So far, the Gamma II platform has been employed by Chevrolet as the basis of its Sonic and Spark (it is also the underpinning of the Buick Encore). Officially, the name of the platform is the GammaRead More
When parents are looking to get their babies mobile, the first step has tended to be a tricycle. These are highly stable and encourage the development of leg muscles while promoting the learning exercise that crashing into things is bad for health. So here come the Boomers and their second childhoods, except they are buying a very different form of tricycle. These modern machines allow the rider to recline in some comfort. No more hunching over the handlebars of a two-wheeler as that paunch-wobble threatens balance. The older riders findRead More
Someone wise once offered the opinion that the paranoid tend to have a better survival rate. They are always looking out for danger and taking steps to minimize the risks they foresee. Of course, carried to extreme, this leads to a very limited lifestyle. But there are times when paranoid is good. Take driving, for example. There are times when you feel you cannot leave your driveway without a police car flagging you down and writing you a ticket. You feel in danger. You drive more carefully and it stillRead More