Autonomous Car Systems Signed Into Law

September 28, 2012 by  
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According to the news, a new law that just passed in California allows driverless cars to be used on the road.

The new car system is already in use by Google and some of its employees. The new autonomous cars drive independently from human control, and are considered to be safe by most standards. Google helped develop the vehicle system and its engineers are excited to have these new devices approved.

It is estimated that by 2040, 75 percent of all cars will be equipped with some sort of driverless technology.

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Driverless Cars More Accident Prone When Humans Are Involved

Suzuki Recalls 2012 Equator Vehicles

September 28, 2012 by  
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According to recent reports issued by several news agencies, Suzuki decided to issue a recall of several units of two-wheel drive vehicles hat have been manufactured between July 19, 2012 and July 12, 2012.

The recall was issued for all 2012 Equator vehicles because it has been discovered that the wheel hub that this vehicle is equipped with has been manufactured below the standards that require a certain specified hardness, which could lead the component to suffer a premature wear.

If the component cracks as a result of the crack, the driver may lose control of the vehicle and a crash could occur.

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SUZUKI RECALL

Honda Recalls Motorcycles Over Loss In Propulsion

September 28, 2012 by  
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Honda has recently issued a recall statement regarding its 2012 models of NC700XDC and NC700XC motorcycles. According to the official recall announcement, these vehicles were manufactured with drive chains that may have been equipped with improperly heat-treated outer drive plates.

If these plates are not properly heat-treated, these components may fracture unexpectedly, which could lead to a loss in propulsion, which would then increase the risk of an accident.

To stay safe and keep others safe, the company along the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has requested consumers who have been affected by this recall to contact the manufacturer as soon as possible.

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Vehicles Recalled, Door Closure Warning System Could Fail

September 28, 2012 by  
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported in a recent announcement that all units of the 2009 through 2011 Aeromaster work trucks have been recalled.

These vehicles along the 2011 Reach work trucks have failed to comply with federal standards concerning door locks. According to the news, Utilitimaster decided to recall these vehicles because they were equipped without a primary door closure warning system, which could make the driver unaware that the door is actually fully closed. Without a warning system, the firm claims, the door could become open unexpectedly and the driver may become injured.

To prevent injuries in the event of an accident, the company decided to issue this recall.

For more details on this recall announcement, click here for the full article.

Motorcycles With Faulty Throttle Cables Are Recalled

September 28, 2012 by  
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Several news agencies have reported that all units of 2012 and 2013 Victory motorcycles are being recalled over a possible issue with the throttle cable retention nuts in these models.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the pull or push throttle cable in these vehicles were nor properly torqued during the assembly of the vehicle, which could lead the nuts to become loose, increasing the risk of an accident. If the nuts are dislodged while the vehicle is in use, the components could interfere with the throttle function and the vehicle could crash.

To prevent this from happening, the company decided to issue this recall right away.

Victory is now contacting owners of the affected vehicles and, according to the federal agency, all repairs and replacements should be performed for free.

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Altec Recalls Vehicles Over Defective Rods

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Several models of aerial device vehicles are being recalled over a possible issue with the vehicles’ outrigger cylinder piston retention system.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2002 thought 2009 AH75/85/100 and HL125 models manufactured by Altec were equipped with rods that may protrude beyond the enclose of the chassis, which could lead to the loosening of the rod while the vehicle is in use. If this happens, the outrigger could strike a nearby object or person, which could lead to injuries or property damage.

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Saturn Aura & Chevy Malibu Recalled

September 28, 2012 by  
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Reports have demonstrated that GM has recently issued yet another recall for all units of the 2007 through 2010 Saturn Aura and 2008 through 2010 models of Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6.

These vehicles, which were equipped with 4-speed automatic transmissions, may have been furnished with transmission shift cables that could experience a fracture.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that if this fracture occurs and drivers place the shifter in the Park position, the moment the key comes off the ignition, the vehicle could roll away. Since the transmission gear may be defective as a result of the cable’s fracture, the vehicle could pose  crash risk to drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

If you have been affected by this recall, read the full article here:

GM RECALL

Study Shows That Car Dashboards Can Be Quite Distractive

September 27, 2012 by  
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Several safety advocates have become concerned with a factor that has often been associated with auto incidents.

According to the news, a study has demonstrated that, most of the time, drivers can be easily distracted while trying to read the typeface of the onboard navigation systems of their vehicles. Because of that, researchers decided to look into navigation systems, their interface and how their fonts interfere with driver’s attention.

MIT AgeLab combined forces with Monotype to perform this study and look into this issue. According to the researches, two different types of typefaces on dashboards have been studied. The two navigation systems require visual menus and both are equipped with touch screen technology, read maps, GPS etc. According to this study, if the font is simply too hard to read, the driver will be distracted more often.

Also according to the study, if a dashboard is too hard to read, the driver will be more likely to be involved in an accident. It’s been reported that one of the most common typefaces on car dashboards is what some researchers called ‘square grotesque’, which is more demanding when it comes to having drivers reading the words on the car’s navigation system. The second most popular font is a more ‘humanist’ typeface, which resulted in a lower visual demand, according to the study.

Since the humanist font is 10.6% more likely to offer the driver a much easier read, drivers would be much safer by having this type of typeface on their dashboards as opposed to the ‘square grotesque’ option. According to the study, the time the driver uses to read the dashboard that uses the squared typeface corresponds to about 50 feet in distance while traveling at highway speed.

Yet another interesting discovery researchers found is that, although the different types of fonts affected how men drove, the two different types of fonts did not alter mush of the focus of women drivers. According to the researchers, cars with dashboard typeface that are closer to the ‘humanist’ format are easier for men to read because the letters are much more recognizable since there’s more space inside and between each letter.

Since squared letters have a much tighter letter spacing, the letters and subsequent words tend to blur together, which may increase ambiguity and make drivers less aware of what the dashboard is saying without actually focusing on each word.

Researchers believe that by optimizing the typeface design on new car dashboards, some distractions could be reduced and drivers would, in return, drive more safely.

For more on this research, click here for the full article.

Nissan Launches The 2013 Model Of The Rogue Vehicle

September 27, 2012 by  
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Several media outlets reported that Nissan has just released its 2013 Rogue model.

According to some of the reviews, this new model may be a great choice for drivers who are looking for a solid and competent crossover vehicle. The new model was designed to have a high-quality cabin, comfortable seating arrangements and a strong, efficient handling.

The new model is not very roomy when it comes to cargo capacity, some experts say, however, this new vehicle’s engine offers drivers a smooth ride.

Drivers who are interested in this new Nissan vehicle should read the full review here:

2013 Nissan Rogue

The New Range Rover Sport Gets Its First Reviews

September 27, 2012 by  
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Multiple news reports have indicated that experts have been looking into the new model of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport vehicle and, according to some of the reviews, this new model has been redesigned to satisfy urban drivers who are looking into purchasing a more sophisticated car.

The reports also showed that the vehicle is fully equipped with a powerful V8 engine that has been supercharged and refined equipment that offer drivers a smooth ride. The vehicle is capable to be used in any situation since it’s manufactured with all-terrain, all-weather capability.

The new model may be a great and competent vehicle, however, it’s not necessarily a fuel-efficient car.

If you’re still interested in this new model, follow the link here:

2013 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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