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Driverless Vehicles and Urban Travel

That’s right you read it correctly. Within 10 to 20 years we will all see the advent of autonomous vehicles and urban travel while the driver does a number of things other than operate that car. It may not be quite as slick as the fictional film versions of the 50’s depicting miles and miles of bubble topped cars transporting thousands of smiling families but they will exist. The assisted parking cars are available now for purchase. With cameras and 4 directional wheels they easily parallel park themselves with just a little assistance from the driver. Computers and GPS systems will pop our current thoughts of motoring off the charts soon.

City congestion present problems because there is just too much interference for everything to work properly. Traveling to the city for work and play is where you’ll find autonomous vehicles and urban travel commanding less of your attention. You’ll be able to set your coordinates, choose the route you wish to take perhaps for scenic pleasure, set back and relax. Sensors will know the speed limits, surrounding vehicles and path obstructions. Of course unlike those fun 50’s families playing board games in swivel seats you’ll still be belted in to safely arrive. Your car may still have to slam on the brakes for the animal or vehicle that strays into your lane. Unlike a human however, it is hoped the cameras and computers will be able to make faster snap decisions as to which ditch to gently fly into with as little damage as possible.

Henry Ford wanted to be able to help people down the road as a group in a covered motored coach. While he accomplished that the next few generations brought us windows, heaters and air conditioning, cushioning suspension systems and optional diesel motors. It is hoped the electric vehicle will one day go beyond 30 to 50 miles on a charge relinquishing our need of petrol. While the combination gas and electric hybrid vehicles spew far less emissions into the air we need to breathe, their foot print does still exist. It is hoped Quick Charge stations will start to appear where you can also “exchange” low cost electric vehicles people will share with many of a group. The car you climb into will be fully charged for the next 50 miles and cleaned by an attendant just for you.

Hyundai Reaches For Higher MPG

Never satisfied, Hyundai has announced that they will meet the 50 mpg mark as an average on their entire lineup of vehicles offered in the United States.  This commitment won’t come over night, but Hyudnai believes that the goal is reachable by 2025 and has thus pledged to hit 50 miles per gallon.  Keep in mind this is a model wide average, so we may see some ultra high efficiency models put out by Hyundai some time soon.

“Getting to 50 mpg and beyond seems like a huge leap, but by making this commitment and aligning our research and development initiatives now, we know we can get there,” John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president, said in a statement issued by Hyundai.

To achieve high mpg averages, Hyundai intends to capitalize on existing technologies and developing these efficient motors further.  In the press release, Hyundai felt that new technology was not required to hit the 50 mpg goal, rather just a refinement and improvement upon existing motors.  Even as far away as 2025, Hyundai feels that 75%-80% of transportation needs will be taken care of by a traditional internal combustion motor.

It should be noted that in 2008 Hyundai was the leader car maker in the US, in terms of mpg averages.  Although figures have yet to be released from 2009, Hyundai already reached 30.8 mpg.  This gap will easily be closed by a previous commitment to hit a 35 mpg average by 2015 and then on to the 50 mpg standard by 2025.

My favorite Hyundai vehicles:

2011 Hyundai Sonata

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS SUV

iPad Built For The Automotive Enthusiast

iPad Automotive AppsMany iPhone users will tell you that the iPhone was a huge development for automotive enthusiasts.  Applications from remote starting, unlocking, and apps that allowed users to find the best hot spots made for an enthralling tool.  It delivered confidence in traveling, knowing where you were going, and most importantly what to do when you get there.  Now, that same technology is being applied to the iPad and is being focused on automotive applications.

Hyundai was maybe the first to adopt the iPad as a tool for drivers and auto enthusiasts.  Earlier this year Hyundai announced that every new Equus would come with a free iPad, preloaded with the cars manual.  Now that the iPad has had some time to grow within the market and reach increased adoption, companies like BMW are leading the way with automotive apps for the iPad.

‘Das’, is the first BMW iPad App, that allows users to view some of their product line in 3D.  With touch technology provided by the Apple iPad users are then able to twist the images of BMW’s cars, peak into their technological advancements and learn all about their vehicles.  But BMW isn’t looking at just the typical consumer use for the iPad, they also plan to outfit some of their salesman with the new cool tech tool.

The iPad for the BMW sales people would come loaded with software that would allow them to access BMW’s personal software.  This tool would allow a salesperson to pull up information on a specific model, provide images, and even run credit applications while out on the car lot.

Although Hyundai and BMW are the largest car manufacturers to adopt the iPad as a tool, Coda Automotive isn’t far behind.  Supposedly Coda will be releasing an all electric car later this year, that will come equipped with an iPod, again preloaded with the cars manual.  Relatively inexpensive compared to the overall price of the car, the iPad will potentially create a new incentive for buyers and techno automotive geeks.

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ATV Rally Blamed For Forest Fire

I hate picking up news like this, where a group of ATV enthusiasts get blamed for a devastating fire. From what I can tell no one was hurt, but news like this lands a blow to ATV riders out looking for a safe fun place to ride. Talks are already happening that are planning to review current ATV laws and regulations in the Manitoba area.

The fire was started from dry grass or debris getting caught in a muffler and then falling to the ground. How they can tell this for certain I’ll never know, since a cigarette would leave a similar small fire and/or spark. No doubt there is a lobbyist in the midst somewhere down the line. Hopefully it won’t impact the ATV crowd too much, especially being this time of year when you need to get out and ride!

Source: Manitoba Fire Blames 600 ATV Riders