Driving in Circles

A good technology demonstration so wows you with what the product can do that you might forget to ask about what it can’t. Case in point: Google’s self-driving car. There is a surprisingly long list of the things the car can’t do, like avoid potholes or operate in heavy rain or snow. Yet a consensus has emerged among many technologists, policymakers, and journalists that Google has essentially solved—or is on the verge of solving—all of the major issues involved with robotic driving. The Economist believes that “the technology seems likely to be ready before all the questions of regulation and liability have been sorted out.” The New York Times declared that “autonomous vehicles like the one Google is building will be able to pack roads more efficiently”—up to eight times so. Google co-founder Sergey Brin forecast in 2012 that self-driving cars would be ready in five years, and in May, said he still hoped that his original prediction would come true.

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But what Google is working on may

Tesla Motors spawns an automotive ecosystem

Tesla’s decision to build its massive “gigafactory” for battery production in Reno is viewed as a big win for Nevada. But as Tesla races to make an affordable electric car for the masses, the company’s California footprint will continue to grow.

A worker steams wrinkles out of a leather-covered seat at Futuris Automotive in Newark, Calif., where the company assembles about 150 seat kits a day for use in the vehicles built by electric car maker Tesla, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Futuris is one of a number of suppliers for Tesla who are relocating to the Bay Area. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)
A worker steams wrinkles out of a leather-covered seat at Futuris Automotive in Newark, Calif., where the company assembles about 150 seat kits a day for use in the vehicles built by electric car maker Tesla, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Futuris is one of a number of suppliers for Tesla who are relocating to the Bay Area. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)
The electric automaker is on track to deliver more than 35,000

Car crash Huge hit to jobs and growth as automotive manufacturing ends in Australia, warns new study

The report from the National Institute for Economic and Industry Research says nationwide impacts will extend far beyond the core car-making regions of Victoria and South Australia.

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Victoria will be hardest hit by the closure of the car plants when first Ford, then General Motors Holden and Toyota stop manufacturing in Australia over the next three years.

The study estimates that up to 100,000 direct and indirect jobs will be lost in Victoria when the plants shut their doors.

Nearly 24,000 jobs will be lost in South Australia.

Projected loss of jobs

  • VIC: 98,480
  • NSW: 32,491
  • QLD: 30,090
  • SA: 23,903
  • WA: 11,275
  • TAS: 1,742
  • ACT: 421
  • NT: 421

Source: Closing the Motor Vehicle Industry – The impact in Australia

Surprisingly, Queensland and NSW will be even harder hit than South Australia, according to the modelling, with each of these states losing more than 30,000 jobs through flow-on effects from the end of car making.

“This is a national as well as a regional problem,” says John Spoehr, the executive director of Adelaide University’s Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research

International Courier DHL is Developing Its Own Electric Vehicles

When parcels going in and out of Germany, there are only a few couriers that you can actually think of that everybody trusts and one of them is Deutsche Post DHL. In the past, the company was a privately own by Germany’s post office. But since they have opened up their business to delivering parcels, they have grown to a wider extent.

Known as the biggest international courier services company today, the Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) already has 92,000 vehicles delivering products in the lanes, highways and streets of more than 220 countries around the world and with almost half a million employees worldwide. There largest market is in Europe and they are the largest parcel delivery to Germany service.

With their thousands to millions of delivery trucks going around the world, you’ll understand how important it is for their company to invest larger with their assets. That is why the DPDHL is manufacturing and developing their own set of electric delivery vans called the “Street Scooters”. You can expect to see around 2,000 e-vehicles created by DPDHL this 2016.

In the near future, DPDHL plans to create their whole fleet of delivery trucks to become electronic, and they believe that

Football Transfer Window Motoring Special

The Premier League FINALLY returns after the international break and fans will get to see their teams finalised squads in action, following the closure of the transfer window.
The team at London Car Repaird Start-up, WhoCanFixMyCar.com, is completely obsessed with cars but unfortunately, there is no such thing as a motoring transfer window!
So they had some fun and made their own version of silly season. Check out their Top Ten Transfers of Summer 2016 and the cars they think reflect each player!
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New Cars: Buying, Leasing, or Pre-Owned?

Buying a brand new car is a major purchase that should be considered carefully. For many households, a brand new car is just not in their budget. It is therefore important to look at the options carefully, and among these options are buying and leasing a new car, or purchasing a good pre-owned car.

Buying

Owning a brand new car can feel like an accomplishment because you have bought and paid for an asset worth a substantial amount. Buying a new car also gives you the flexibility of choosing the options and accessories you want without compromising, so you have exactly the car you want.

If you enjoy driving a car for more than three years and if you enjoy doing some of the maintenance and repairs yourself, a new car may be the best option because you will be certain of its history and can keep it in good repair for longer.

Leasing

Leasing a car can be a good choice especially if you drive for business and can deduct auto expenses from your taxes. The payments and down payments are often low.

One important consideration is how much

Fab Fours Makes Bumpers for Jeeps and Trucks and Has Been Doing So for Ten Years Now

Fab Fours makes bumpers for Jeeps and trucks and has been doing so for ten years now. Their bumpers are tough, modern and good looking enough to make any truck or Jeep look about as commanding as an army sergeant. Yet at the same time, Fab Fours bumpers are very well designed to fit the curves of your vehicle so that they flow with the truck body’s shapes in a way that’s almost graceful. There is definitely some artistry going on here, along with the tough-as-nails look these bumpers give your vehicle. That’s because there’s an entire design team behind Fab Fours, making sure the products are aerodynamic, aesthetically pleasing and of course functional and super tough.

Fab Fours: Premium Plate Bumpers

Winch bumpers are a thing of beauty and function. You’ll love the Winch Bumper. Imagine: a winch built right into the bumper. If you pull things with a winch, this is one of the tightest packages you can buy: an integrated system: part winch, part bumper for strength and durability. Plus, it really looks impressive too!

Fab Fours: Black Steel Elite Bumpers

The Black Steel Elite bumpers are a variation on

Benefits Of Using 4×4 Vehicles When Travelling

Driving, to some people is somewhat relaxing since they can go to different places and enjoy the beauty of nature. Apart from that, when driving, individuals can enjoy seeing wonderful sceneries and landscapes. Thus, they can be recharged as they go to work. However, when travelling, it is ideal for individuals to choose the right vehicle to use. Of course, this is necessary especially if you are planning to travel in different terrains. So, if you wish to experience a wonderful travel, the ideal option is to choose 4×4 vehicles. Listed below are some of the benefits of using 4×4 vehicles.

4×4 vehicles are larger and higher than typical vehicles like sedans and cars. Thus, individuals can see the road better and clearly. With this said, individuals can reduce accidents on the road that may affect their travel.

Moreover, since 4×4 vehicles are large, passengers have bigger space for the whole family and other items they need to bring. In addition, this also provides comfort and relaxation for both driver and passenger. Not to mention, passengers are much safer since they can easily move in case of unexpected accidents on the road.

With regard

How Running on Low Fuel Affects the Electric Fuel Pump of Your Car

The electric fuel pump is one of the most critical components of your car. All modern cars are fitted with this. It is generally located inside the tank. To avoid burning and wearing, it is submerged in gasoline or diesel. It uses electric power to deliver fuel (at high pressure) to the engine from the tank.

Replacing or fixing it is laborious and expensive (especially in diesel cars). For these reasons, it is important to protect it from overheating, wear and tear. One of the major causes of its failure is, running on low level of gasoline or diesel for longer period.

Increases temperature

The electric fuel pump is placed in the middle of the tank. It continuously delivers gasoline/diesel to engine when the car is running. During its functioning, the temperature raises. When the tank has adequate level of gasoline or diesel, it submerges the fuel pump and decreases its temperature and cools it down. When the car is running on low level of gasoline or diesel, it is not submerged. This increases the temperature further and results in overheating and burning. Continuously running on low level of fuel drastically increases its temparature

Tips to Clean Your Vehicle’s Fuel Tank on Your Own

Fuel tank is an important part of a vehicle’s fuel delivery system (FDS). It stores the fuel and provides the engine with the fuel when operating. Clean fuel tank is important for optimal performance of the fuel delivery system and the engine. So, it should be kept clean by removing contaminants and rust.

• Rust: The fuel tank is prone to rust because of the material it is made from. The moisture in the tank is responsible for rusting. The moisture might come with fuel while refueling at gas stations or due to running the car with low fuel level continuously for longer period. Moisture can also enter if you keep the vehicle at a place where water logging occurs. In such cases, water enters the tank and rusts it.

• Contamination: Contaminants are likely to enter fuel tank by diverse means. While refueling, it might get contaminated due to sediments in cheap fuel, dirt and other contaminants entering tank from outside. These contaminants may affect the parts throughout the FDS like fuel filters, fuel pump and so on.

Cleaning fuel tank

It is better to get the job of cleaning the fuel

The New Honda Jazz 2014

The Japanese Manufacturer, Honda, has come up with a blessing for its Pakistani consumers. The sky rocketing prices are a regular pain for the country’s citizens but Honda’s launch of the new City Jazz, 2014, (also called Honda Fit in the Japanese Market) may work as a relief. The new introduced Honda City Jazz of 2014 is not only going to be compatible as per its manufacturing but is also going to be a sight for sore eyes.

Honda has now introduced its low capacity petrol engine technology by recently showcasing the 1.5 Liter-4 cylinder Direct Injection petrol engine. Not only that, the new 2014 models will also have a VGT (Variable Geometry Turbocharger) version of 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel engine, a naming format that Honda uses for their newly manufactured engines, thus reaching out to a whole new set of consumers.

Having an edge in its appearance, the new model has shown significant changes in styling from the old generations of Honda Jazz. Its brand new engine gives out 100 PS, an increase of 17 PS as compared to the previous design, thus aiding the Honda to cover a benchmark of 0-100 km/h in

Are You Ready to Let a Performance Intake System Rock Your Car’s World

Airaid makes high performance air intake systems, premium high performance air filters and everything else you need to get the maximum horsepower out of your car’s engine. Their “No Hassle” warranty, excellent customer service reputation and solid craftsmanship make Airaid one of the leading brands among car enthusiasts who are looking to get more from their vehicles by modifying the air intake with high performance auto parts.

Airaid systems are all tested over and over again, for quality construction, maximum performance, and precision engineering.

How Does Airaid Help You Get the Most Out of Your Car?

Any car’s engine burns oxygen. Air is pulled into the engine through what’s called an “intake system”. This consists of..

  • an air intake box
  • air inlet to the box
  • air filter

Together, those parts make up the system under the hood that brings air to the engine. The more air, the better your car runs. When your air filter gets dirty, it’s clogged with sand, dust, dirt and who knows what else your intake system has pulled up from the road. When it’s clogged, it can’t pull enough air, which means your engine slowly suffocates. Talk about a horsepower killer…

DIY Tips to Clean Electric Fuel Pump Filter

Fuel pump filter is a small, yet one of the critical components of your car. The purpose of having a fuel pump filter in a vehicle is to stop impurities from reaching the car’s engine. If the fuel pump filter is dirty and clogged, the engine will have starting problems and the engine stops intermittently while running. So, it is important to keep it clean.

Now that you know what is fuel pump filter and importance of keeping it clean, you are all set to get started on cleaning it. But wait, do you know the process and order by which the filter has to be cleaned? If the answer is no, then the following section of the article gives you the step-by-step procedure on how to clean electric fuel pump filter by yourself.

DIY tips to clean

Locate fuel pump in the fuel tank

First, you need to figure out where exactly is the fuel pump filter is located in your vehicle. Usually electric filters are either located inside or close to the tank or at the back of the car – it depends on the manufacturer and model of the car.

How Could Such a Simple Part Make Such a Huge Difference in the Performance of Your Car

  • aFe Power’s high performance products are the only filters in the auto parts world that use what’s called progressively finer mesh. The holes in the mesh, which is what filters the air before it goes to your engine, get smaller and smaller, as you work through the layers of mesh. Each layer of mesh will filter out the smaller particles that slipped through the previous outer layers. That means your filter doesn’t easily get clogged and lots of air reaches your engine, no matter how much dust, dirt and sand particles are left on the filter. And you know that means more horsepower for you!
  • How Your Car’s Air Filter Works
  • Perhaps you can compare your car’s filter to the air filter on an Air Conditioning unit. You’ve opened your AC closet and seen the dirty mess that accumulates on the filter. It happens in no time, especially in sandy areas like beach side homes. Don’t own any oceanfront property? The same principal applies to your vacuum cleaner. There’s a filter there, too. After just one swipe over your carpets, take a look and you’ll want to clean it out immediately. Imagine your vacuum attempting to

5 Myths Uncovered About Car Recycling

Every vehicle has a useful life. Although people say that after one point of time, the value of a vehicle depreciates, but some of their spare parts still hold value. Furthermore, based on this value, people created a car recycling industry. This industry is gradually gaining popularity and has different names like dismantling yard, wrecking yard, supplier of car spares and many more. In vehicle recycling, the workers use a car crusher. This crusher helps to compress the car, so that they can send it to the steel mill. The process that follows is somewhat like this:

  1. The manufacturers shred the vehicle and extract the metal
  2. They then recycle the metal and put the remaining parts into some landfill
  3. There are other residual matters like polymers. This also has a number of uses
  4. Steel is one product that you can get after recycling a car

Process

Car recycling is a very complicated process. Many hazardous and toxic materials come out during the extraction process. Some of them include:

  1. Mercury
  2. Car Battery
  3. Chemical in air bags

Benefits

A new concept has hit the market, which is known as go green with vehicle disposal. This is to create

Borla Exhausts Are the Industry Leader in Performance Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

What can a Borla performance exhaust system do for your vehicle? It can increase the horsepower of your engine, for starters. A Borla exhaust creates a situation where the engine is suddenly able to pump more air, so air flow is increased. The only thing you have to worry about is whether or not your car’s fuel management system can get enough fuel to the engine to keep up with your Borla exhaust!

What Borla Exhaust Systems Can Do For You

You will also improve your car’s gas mileage when you install a Borla performance exhaust. That’s because what a superior-quality exhaust system does is to increase airflow <em>from</em> your engine, which means your cylinders empty out faster and more completely. This paves the way for increased airflow <em>into</em> your engine/cylinders. The more airflow into your engine, the more oxygen is rushing in to fuel your engine. That means more horsepower when you are trying to power up, or if you’re just cruising, it means better efficiency. So yes, you will be using less fuel and you’ll be using it more efficiently.

An exhaust manufactured by Borla sounds different than your car’s factory exhaust. It’s

Banks Power Makes Powerful Truck Products

Banks Power makes truck products that will cause your vehicle to be more powerful than when it came off the factory assembly line. If a normal, factory-issued truck is not enough muscle for you, then you can introduce it to Banks Power air intakes and other performance products they make. Once you satisfy your power-hungry truck-drivin’ self, you’ll wonder how you ever drove your truck its former condition, without feeling shame for such weakness!

What Does Banks Power Produce? Easy: POWER!!!

Banks Power designs and manufactures cold air intakes for gas and diesel trucks, plus other performance enhancers like:

  • power systems
  • turbo upgrades
  • transmission management systems
  • exhaust systems
  • exhaust brakes
  • electronice

Their products are for gas and diesel trucks and motorhomes. Vehicles they work on are:

  • Chevy/GMC (trucks)
  • Ford (trucks)
  • Dodge (trucks)
  • Lincoln (trucks)
  • Nissan (trucks)
  • Toyota (trucks)
  • Volkswagon (diesel cars)
  • Cummins (diesel motorhomes)
  • GM (gas motorhomes
  • Ford (gas motorhomes)

We’ll give you a few of Banks Power’s most impressive products, then see for yourself why this company is known for innovation!

Banks iQ

Banks iQ is perhaps the coolest product made by Banks Power. It’s an electronics product and looks like a GPS system for your car… you know, the kind that contains maps and can

Anzo USA Makes Products That Light Up Your Truck and Make It Look Amazing

Anzo USA makes products that light up your truck and make it look amazing. With the most incredible array of special lights for your truck, jeep or SUV, this company is at the top of their game with innovative products that will rock your truck’s world!

We love this company because it’s been in the business for over 30 years, so they know what they’re doing not only in the design phase but at each and every phase of production, from idea to application. All their vehicle light products are tested rigorously so quality is guaranteed. Here’s a short list of all the different types of element tests they run on their products…

  • A Salt Spray test
  • A Temperature and Humidity test
  • A Rain test
  • A Vibration test
  • A Humidity Dissipation test
  • A Dust test
  • An Abrasion test
  • An LED Static Electricity test

they even test the packaging to make sure it arrives safely! Last but not least they test for compliance with luminance & saturation standards

Whew, that’s a lot of testing, and that doesn’t even cover all the safety checks that are done on Anzo USA products. The last test on the list is called a Photometric Test and it’s

Considerations For A Successful DVLA Theory Test

Consumers considering a driving license have to take the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Test. It is mandatory if you want legal permission to drive within the state boundaries. DVLA is theoretical and comprises two sections. The first is a multiple choice format while the second is a perception test on hazards. Both the sections have to be answered together by the candidate, on the same day.

Study Material and Preparation

It is easy to pass the DVLA theory exam especially the multiple choice section with frequent practices. There are plenty of sample questions to use as practise and preparation material. These test samples can be obtained from online car theory test booking facilities. It is important to pass the theory component because without it you will not be allowed to take the practical.

A well-established online testing center generally offers candidates a variety of multiple choice tests to familiarize them with the format, style of questions and answers featuring in the DVLA exam. Candidates can take their time to review sample DVLA theory questions to prepare themselves sufficiently for a good pass. Two or three practices on the multiple choice test section

How To Prepare Well For The Theory Test For A Driving License

Most countries insist on a two-prong testing of candidates eyeing a valid driving license on any type of vehicle. The test comprises a theory and practical. The theory test is a mandatory component for a valid driving license in most countries. It is deemed as a challenge by many driving candidates and must be passed first before the practical is attempted.

Test Components

Every candidate must be well prepared for the driving test instituted by the relevant authorities in order to acquire the coveted driving license and hit the road. However, the candidates must be familiar with the components of the driving test which covers more than what it seems to.

The theory component includes the DVLA theory test, road signs and hazard perception tests. The candidate must be familiar with these aspects of driving prior to sitting for the exam. The best way to prepare for the theory portion is to attempt mock tests offered by credible test web centers on the Internet.

The theory test for securing a valid driver’s license comprises a multiple choice section and a hazard perception test that must be passed by the candidate. These components test

Considerations For A Successful DVLA Theory Test

Consumers considering a driving license have to take the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Test. It is mandatory if you want legal permission to drive within the state boundaries. DVLA is theoretical and comprises two sections. The first is a multiple choice format while the second is a perception test on hazards. Both the sections have to be answered together by the candidate, on the same day.

Study Material and Preparation

It is easy to pass the DVLA theory exam especially the multiple choice section with frequent practices. There are plenty of sample questions to use as practise and preparation material. These test samples can be obtained from online car theory test booking facilities. It is important to pass the theory component because without it you will not be allowed to take the practical.

A well-established online testing center generally offers candidates a variety of multiple choice tests to familiarize them with the format, style of questions and answers featuring in the DVLA exam. Candidates can take their time to review sample DVLA theory questions to prepare themselves sufficiently for a good pass. Two or three practices on the multiple choice test section

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