The ardent intentions to improve safety and efficiency of vehicles has become the drive and the concept behind recent productions as various automotive labels go full-out of designing structures that meet and exceed safety and efficiency margin. Road safety has been a major concern and with this in view the Subaru Company has taken safety from conventions to a whole new level. The Japanese label unveils a new safety feature which provides self driving options at a low speed, efficient for traffic jams and other purposes. Its camera based capabilities is programmed to detect curves, slopes, objects and other cars around it. It is also programmed to steer itself around obstacles. This feature will be installed in the S4 sedan and Lavorg wagon on production. There is no particular set date for release but a time rage of five years is in view as testing is still ongoing.
The mechanism of the safety feature is based on a fully functional and broad view camera which tracks lane marks and distance between the vehicle and surrounding vehicles or objects. The present status is mostly testing phase due to the variation in terrain and landscape. Some roads are more curved than others, not to mention elevations and slopes. These intricacies require meticulous testing before complete safety is assured.
The setbacks of this system maybe a poorly maintained road owing to the fact that its feature utilizes tracks and lane marks, this would make its features dependent on the quality of road maintenance. This of course is a criteria fully met by japans’ roads. This limited self navigation system is designed to function between a speed range of 60-100 km/h (37-62 mph) and extended camera view functions below 37 mph to 80 mph limit (120 km/h). This self-navigation system requires the driver to place hands on steering in order to stay active or auto-steer disengages after 10 seconds. This is a ride to look out for in the near future.
Ever heard of the saying, “what goes around comes around?”, well that would be the exact case of today’s electric cars. What could be more ironic than claiming that something is environment friendly but when in reality, some part of it ends up destroying the very same environment that it had claimed to be friends with? A double edged sword is what most people would prefer to call this kind of automobiles.
Due to the engine being powered by electricity, they are really quiet and give a really smooth start to the engine. People, who have headaches or motion sickness, would probably crave for another ride after taking one from an electric car. The electric vehicle is primarily viewed, as an alternate method to the diesel and petrol vehicles, as prices of these non-renewable resources increase.
These kind of vehicles are pretty low-maintenance compared to combustion vehicles as, they lack gearbox and the oils and cooling fluids used in the latter one. Due, to the less amount of running parts, electric vehicles have low running cost as well. However, battery life could be something that would create an issue. Many people might have agoraphobia, or they might just start panicking at the thought that perhaps, the vehicle might run out of battery before they reach their location. However, one could always recharge it during the night, or if they have a really sunny and humid environment in their country, they could always recharge it by using solar panels. Manufacturers are offering long term warranty for the battery to generate more interest. Many companies like Renault take monthly fees for keeping your electric car battery running.
The main part which attracts and makes people think about the ironic part about these vehicles is that, even though they emit zero CO2 from their tail pipes due to not using fossil fuels as its main source, the vehicle ends up killing this positive side by using fossil fuel as main part of the electricity production. It runs solely on electricity and that electricity comes from fossil fuel. Thus, making up for its zero tail emission of CO2 and in the end, the vehicle ends up balancing its balance sheet, totaling its debit and credit side as equals of each other.
The title itself may seem to be very absurd-it is! But this is the reality. A new study performed by the University of Tennessee concluded that the reason for the high rates of obesity in America is due to the fact that it has higher rates of car usage than its counterparts.
For centuries, transportation has existed as it was a basic human need- however- it was not until the 20th century that the automobile industry took a great turn. You see before this “automobile revolution’ all transportation involved a bit of effort to be given by the driver, but cars with engine minimized this to greater extent. Modern cars require no “real” effort to drive whatsoever, in fact, they are super comfortable.
It is estimated that majority of Americans own a car- and that they use it for their daily chores. This is not a bad thing until you consider the fact that these people are not paying attention to their exercise or to be clear their walking needs.
In European countries these statistics are not so horrifying given the fact that they walk five times more steps than an average American per year- and that their infrastructure greatly promotes cycling and walking.
The research is not blaming automobiles for being so good! No not at all- it is the people that are to blame. We humans have for so long have this tendency to get lost in comforts. Automobiles are of vast significant to our lives but we must not make it in to our enemies. Walk where it is possible and drive further distances- that are how it should be. Occasionally, walk or cycle great distances- for if you truly love your car you must know that it too deserves a comfortable day off like everyone.