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Will The Younger Generation Support Autonomous Driving

Posted by admin on April 20th, 2016 in Category Auto Industry, Blog News, Scrap Cars in the USA, Scrap Yard News, Uncategorized, World - Scrap News (no responses)

How important is your car driving itself to you? For some they really don’t care.

It’s largely considered a given that the latest as well as future generations of drivers don’t really care about driving. And it’s also believed that kids prefer to Snapchat rather than steer a car and as a result will embrace autonomous technology more than their elders.

But according to Nielsen’s recent Youth Viewpoint on Self-Driving Cars study, like most generalities, this generation-gap view of self-driving isn’t completely accurate. Conducted by Harris Poll among just over 1,000 respondents between the ages of 8 and 18, the survey revealed that although knowledge of self-driving vehicles is highest among older kids in grades 9 through 12, more than 60% of those surveyed said they would rather drive than let technology take the wheel.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, since they’re closer to having the freedom that comes with a set of car keys, the survey’s older respondents expressed the strongest desire to drive themselves. Almost three in four high-school students said they want to be in control, compared to just over half of elementary-age kids who feel the same way.

The survey also sheds light on one potential issue for established automakers regarding self-driving and brand loyalty: Whether nameplate will matter to future generations. And whether they would rather riding in one of Google’s egg-shaped autonomous podsor prefer a premium experience from a name-brand automaker, such as Mercedes-Benz’s exotic autonomous vision via its F 015 Luxury in Motion concept.

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Electric Cars Are Increasing Sales, Soon Will Be Able To Buy A Used One, For What Price?

Posted by admin on March 15th, 2016 in Category Auto Industry, Blog News, Scrap Cars in the USA, Scrap Yard News, Uncategorized, World - Scrap News (no responses)

When buying a car, you consider many features and values from price to mileage and electric cars have become one of the more popular options. One of the challenges of increasing sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) has been their lack of affordability for the majority of car buyers. However, the new generation of PEVs is becoming more economical, and the increasing inventory of used PEVs for sale is opening the technology to a broader spectrum of car buyers.

PEVs originally sold in 2012 are coming to the used market after their leases have completed or their owners have upgraded to newer electric models with longer driving ranges. Used PEVs, which generally have reduced maintenance costs due to fewer mechanical parts to wear out while relying on a much cheaper fuel source, can be an affordable first or replacement car for cost-conscious buyers who closely monitor their monthly expenses.

For example, many used 2012 model year Nissan LEAF ($10,000-$12,000), Mitsubishi I-MiEV ($8,500-$10,000), and Chevrolet Volt ($15,000-$18,000) cars can be found on Carmax.com that fit within a much greater percentage of budgets than a new PEV. While only in Colorado can used PEV buyers get a state tax credit, pre-owned PEVs are around half the cost of a new model—even after all incentives are factored in.

Results from Navigant Research’s 2015 survey of American consumers found that 77 % expect to spend $30,000 or less for their next car. This expectation excludes them for considering nearly all of the PEVs on the market—even after factory, dealer, or government incentives are included.

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How Can Speed Cameras Help You As A Driver

Posted by admin on September 4th, 2015 in Category Auto Industry, Fun and Humor, Scrap Cars in the USA, Scrap Yard News, Uncategorized, World - Scrap News (no responses)

If a drivers late for work, meeting friends or family function they will usually tend to speed up a bit, even if you do not have a time to arrive somewhere, sometimes we tend to be speed along anyways hoping to get there faster. However sometimes being faster will end up taking you longer since you were pulled over by the police or even worse if you get in a car accident. For that very reason cities have started putting up speed cameras to show how fast you’re really going to yourself and everyone else around you.

Speed cameras can substantially reduce the likelihood of deadly collisions and result in long-term changes in driver behavior. If all U.S. communities had speed-camera programs like the one recently studied, some 21,000 deaths or serious injuries would have been prevented in 2013.

Those are the main findings of a report released earlier this week by the Insurance, a nonprofit financed by the insurance industry.

“We hope this research will help energize the discussion around speed,” Adrian Lund, president of the institute, said in a statement. “We’re all accustomed to seeing posted limits ignored, but it’s a mistake to think nothing can be done about it. Automated enforcement is one of the tools we have at our disposal.”

The study was based in Montgomery County, Md., a large community near Washington, D.C., where speed cameras were introduced in 2007 and used on residential streets with speed limits of 35 mph or less and in school zones. After seven years, cameras reduced the likelihood of a driver exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 mph by 59 percent, compared with similar roads in two nearby Virginia counties that did not have speed cameras, according to the study.

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Honda Accord the only car to last more than 200,000 miles

Posted by admin on May 22nd, 2015 in Category Auto Industry (no responses)

When you’re in the market for a new vehicle and need one that you can trust will go the distance for you, your best bet is a truck or SUV.

iSeeCars.com, a website that aggregates 30 million used car listings from all around the country, recently looked for all of the vehicles housed on its website from 1981-2010 that have more than 200,000 miles on the odometer in order to see which models are really going the distance for their owners.

The findings, which list the 12 models with the highest percentage of 200,000-mile travelers, are quite interesting. Only one car made the list, the Honda Accord. All the rest are either trucks or SUVs.

Here are three that make the list:

  • Honda Accord
  • GMC Yukon
  • GMC Sierra

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Car features that aren’t useful (yet)

Posted by admin on February 27th, 2015 in Category Auto Industry, Blog News (no responses)

Cars are expensive. And these days, there are about a million trendy features and add-ons you could pay for in your new car, but probably don’t need to. Many of these features aren’t really that useful (yet). Find out what they are and why.

1.Self-Parking:

What is it:

Self-parking is when a vehicle autonomously maneuvers from a traffic lane into a parking spot to perform perpendicular, angle or parallel parking. Self-parking systems are designed to enhance the parking experience while making drivers feel safer in constrained environments where attention is everything.

Why it’s not useful (yet):

We are all for cars doing things so we don’t have to. But current automatic systems are essentially useless unless you’re trying to park in a very large parking spot. Currently the average driver would be able to park any of the cars with self-parking systems better than their vehicle can, though that could change in the future.

What vehicles feature it:

Auto self-parking was introduced in the U.S. on the 2007 Lexus LS Sedan. Now auto-parking is mainly found on luxury vehicles like the Toyota Prius V option and the Ford Focus Titanium.

Bosch has plans to release a fully automated parking system later this year. We’ll see how that goes.

2.Adaptive Cruise Control

What is it:

Installed behind the grille of a car, adaptive cruise control uses forward-looking radar to find the speed and distance of a vehicle ahead. Like cruise control, ACC maintains the vehicle’s pre-set speed but the system is designed to adjust speed in order to maintain a proper distance away from vehicles driving in the same lane.

Why it’s not useful (yet):

Adaptive cruise control is really only useful in stop-and-go traffic like rush hour commutes that can go from 60 mph to a standstill. If this isn’t something you deal with on a daily bases, or mind, you don’t really need it yet. ACC is being enhanced to include collision warning capabilities that will alert drivers through visual or audio signals that a collision is about to take place and braking or steering is needed.

Also, to get full-range adaptive cruise control, expect to pay on average $2,000 to $2,500 extra.

What vehicles feature it:

Some vehicles to feature ACC include the 2014 Acura RLX, 2014 Chevy Impala and 2015 Chrysler 200c.

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