Archive for the ‘Auto Technology’ Category
  • Pull a fast one on thieves, Store your valuables in your trailer hitch with the “Hitch Safe”.
    by Mike
    Posted September 8th, 2009 at 6:30 am
    Let me start by saying that when I am in need of a safe place to store a particular valuable, usually the inner sanctums of some sort of building or secure compartment in a car is my first choice. The makers of the "Hitch Safe" would like you to rethink your old perceptions of safety by including your trailer hitch in the short list of places you consider top secret and safe enough for your most precious items. Instead of keeping your dear dead grandmothers priceless wedding ring or thousand...
  • Solar Road Panels: the roadway of tomorrow…tomorrow.
    by Mike
    Posted September 8th, 2009 at 5:42 am
    Imagine driving down the road and looking out in front of your car and seeing the roadway light up with markings or directions. Such a sight might make you think of some science fiction movie or some futuristic technology that is still decades from becoming reality. However, the technology and deployment may not be that far off. Instead of the typical asphalt based roadway that does nothing but cause us to use more petroleum based products, the solar roadway could actually make us more inde...
  • Chevy volt nabs 230 MPG rating…but how straightforward is that estimate?
    by Mike
    Posted August 11th, 2009 at 9:38 am
    Now, I'll just get straight to the chase and say it; Chevy was given a rating of 230 MPG for their electric car, the Volt. Now, at first you my think holy cow, cross country trips on a single tank of gas. But hold it there boys and girls, the marketing that GM is going to push and has already shown to be taking the spotlight, the 230 figure, is kind of misleading. While the car can technically go 230 on one tank of gas, the test for that number assumes the driver drives roughly 50-60 miles ...
  • Let other drivers know how you really feel without lifing a finger…kinda…
    by Mike
    Posted July 17th, 2009 at 6:31 am
    If you've ever driven a car, chances are you've encountered those people which shouldn't be driving...let alone have a license. Their displays of stupidity and utter lack of any road manners makes you so angry you could beat them with a crow bar. Violent? Maybe. Needed? Most likely. Usually we humans rely on our ancestors' language when communicating across lanes to signal to other drivers how we really feel. But why take out hands off the wheel and our texting? Why not let another gad...
  • Discontinued part? Be like Jay Leno and print your own.
    by Mike
    Posted July 10th, 2009 at 6:39 am
    Perhaps the hottest frontier that is just emerging in the tech world, especially in regards to printers is that of 3D printers. While such crazy things many years ago were nothing more than a dream by the geeky few, printing 3D objects has finally become a reality. Jay Leno, renowned car geek and apparently geeky geek had a certain part on one of his collectible cars break. Unfortunately for him, the part was no longer made in any form anywhere on the planet. Determined to drive that work ...
  • Never fumble with jumper cables again: Quick Jumper
    by Mike
    Posted July 8th, 2009 at 8:03 am
    If you drive a car, chances are sometime in your existence on the little blue marble called earth, you will run into the situation of having to get somewhere and having nothing but a dead car. It is a part of life that we sadly can't escape. Whether the cause be from a bad battery, bad alternator, or simply leaving the little light inside on, having a dead battery in a time sensitive day and age is a major bummer. Sure you can fumble around with jumper cables, but that is so yesteryear. In...
  • CarMD takes the guess work out of car troubles
    by Mike
    Posted June 1st, 2009 at 6:32 am
    If you have an older car, chances are at some point or another you have seen that ever dreadful "Check Enging" light liluminate your dashboard causing grief and worry to pour over you at the most inoportune moments. Perhaps even worse than the grief is the feeling of helplessness as that little check engine light could mean your gas cap is loose. Or, it could mean the next nuclear blast is about to commense right underneath your own hood. Either way, the cryptic and pain in the a** check en...
  • Ford reinventing the airbag: More accurate and safer.
    by Mike
    Posted May 14th, 2009 at 4:41 am
    Since the dawn of airbag time, the life saving devices have been used to keep people safer in accidents so that we may live to see another day when two physical objects vie for the same physical space.  Since their introduciton, airbags have been calibrated using acceleration meaning the actual force of the impact had no real influence on the airbags.  The bags were calibrated for certain speeds and only when abruptly stopping would their airbags deploy, though again tied to a particular s...
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