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Innovative Driverless Vehicles

In today’s world everything turning to be automated and this is considered to be the competitive edge for the product or the process. Most importantly systems are giving space to make them automated. Since the artificial intelligence has come up and doing miracles in different industry sectors at commercial and individual level, the expectations of the industry and market raised and the demand is been realized by the manufacturers. The artificial intelligence in the automotives has set the expectations more high for driverless cars.
In automotives the trend is bringing up many changes, innovations and autonomous driving cars are no more science fictions. The recent result is Google’s Driverless Car that stood as a revolution in the field. However, driverless or autonomous cars footage is since 1939, when GM’s sponsored Norman Bel Geddes’s Futurama was showcased at the 1939 World’s Fair. This was followed by Mercedes-Benz robotic van and DARPA-funded Autonomous Land Vehicle in the year 1980, twin robot vehicles VaMP and Vita-2 of Daimler-Benz and Ernst Dickmanns of UniBwM during 1994 and in the year 1995, Dickmanns re-engineered autonomous S-Class Mercedes-Benz. Meanwhile, Carnegie Mellon University Navlab and University of Parma also came up with the projects which achieved 98.2% and 94% of the time the car was in fully automatic mode.

US Government has funded for military efforts that are known as Demo I & Demo III for US Army and Demo II for DARPA. In the 2001, Demo III proved the ability of unmanned ground vehicles to navigate miles of difficult off-road terrain. An intercontinental trip, which was the longest autonomous vehicle trip of four driverless electric vans for 13,000 km from Italy to China took place and reached the Shanghai Expo on 28 October, 2010. All these milestones show the significance that autonomous or driverless cars have in the market, irrespective of commercial, security, defense or personal end purposes.

Motivation For These Trends

Current average vehicle is having more advanced computer work implanted compared to the Apollo 11 landed on moon in 1969. So, the average vehicles are employed with sensors to do automatic Parallel Park, warn drivers if another car is in the driver’s blind spot, distance control assist to automatically slowdown a vehicle when an object is close ahead, and lane departure technology that redirects a car if it begins to veer out of its lane and so on.

Recently released project, Google Driverless Car is equipped with an array of sensors on the car that monitors the surroundings, the road and traffic conditions at 20 times a second, rigid safety systems along with cameras, radar and laser sensors, enabling them to monitor the lead vehicle and other vehicles on the road. While the information is assessed by the computer intelligence to decide whether the car should speed up, slow down or change lanes. Another advantage of this car is that the computer doesn’t get distracted by incoming phone calls or roadside advertisements like humans. This vehicle is based on the Toyota Prius that can’t break the speed limit without their extra involvement, for instance. Mr. Bruce Breslow, Director – Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles, approved license for this car in May, 2012 and said that “I sat in the back seat first, looking at the laptop that shows what the vehicle is seeing. My apprehension disappeared after about five seconds. Once I felt confident that the car could see better than I could, they allowed me to get behind the wheel.”

The Core Advantages Of The Google Driverless Car Are

  • »Right configuration and sensors on this car makes it automatically calculate the optimal distance to begin slowing down before a stop sign or turn and also be able to carefully modulate speed and acceleration rates to optimize use of the engine in use and ultimately results less fuel consumption.
  • »360 degree cameras monitoring reduces the traffic jams because merging, stopping, and turning would become much more precise.
  • »Lower auto insurance rates for the statistics the self-driving car has proved as a safety feature during long trips.
  • »Optimized routing have access to databases of information on speed limits for each road, and potentially at some point on the timing of each traffic light and this gives options to the car to reach the passenger to a destination with a minimum of stops and slow-ups.
  • »Less maintenance is the result of driving the car respectably that last longer and require fewer repairs.

BMW’s Track Trainer With A Modified 3 Series Built On The Standard Production Of The 330i Model Was Also Tested. The Car Used

  • »a built-in GPS
  • »a signal booster.
  • »accompanying repeater for increasing bandwidth and accuracy down to the centimeter.
  • »a custom map of the track.

In the next iteration BMW 5 Series was showcased with ConnectedDrive Connect (CDC) system that allows the driver to keep hands off the wheel of the 5 Series while speeding down on the Autobahn. So, with the CDC system, the car can brake, accelerate and pass other vehicles while analyzing the traffic conditions by using radar, cameras, laser scanners, and ultrasound distance sensors to get the information it needs.

Technology Company Intel, car manufacturers BMW, Ford, Toyota and General Motors are on the mission looking for ways to improve the driverless motor car they already developed and these efforts increasingly adding some more automation in their new R&D labs. These manufactures have already made huge advances in the past decade and much of achievements are already applied in commercial vehicles. While, a convoy of self driving cars for the first time in the world are experimented by Volvo Car Corporation on a public motorway in Spain at normal traffic. This Volvo project is named as SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) that has many other research partners.

The race to roll out autonomous or driverless cars took faster pace in the recent times with Google’s Diverless car that gained license from Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and the three Volvo saloons cruised the highways of Spain. Business plans are framed on the concept and manufacturers are looking for reliable suppliers. So, this driverless car has opened the horizon of business opportunities and technical challenges to other industry sectors too, like camera manufacturers, sensor manufacturers, safety systems manufacturers, custom computers, software’s and others.

6 Small Cars

Small cars that energize people who tend to embrace the qualities like easy to drive and fuel-efficient, outstrips many other categories with the power of being small in size and economical while offering almost all the necessary features of a larger car. Here is a list of best small cars.

Honda Fit

Stands to its name, Honda Fit cut downs the pressure of parking at ever busy areas in cities through its easy-to-fit size. Comes with four seating option, 13 feet length, 5 feet 5 inches width, Fit gives a merry filled journey experience to its consumers with its spacious interiors and easy-to-fold seating mechanism. It has a 1.5-liter, 117-horsepower engine, compartment for safe storage of valuables and a lot of cargo space.

Ford Focus

If a car is looking deep enough to stand tall in the first row with high-end features and extra efficiency, Ford Focus is the one. It sports 123-hp 1.0-liter turbo 3 cylinder, leather seats and self parking system – reverse your car, press a button and feel the magic of your car getting parked by its own. Not just its self parking system astonishes us but its voice-activated navigation and fuel efficiency truly refreshes the driving enthusiasts who got locked in driving traditional cars. Automatic six-speed dual-clutch, great interiors and advanced cabin are some other best features from Ford Focus.

Kia Soul

The stylish, dynamic and muscular body looks holding Kia Soul is one of the popular and best vehicles from the Kia family. The Soul gives a lot of space for passengers with its tall and upright back seats. Sophisticated interior, impeccable design, foldable back seats and best pricing in the market all made the Soul, a car that redefined small cars.

Mazda3

Mazda3 has stored quiet an extensive range of interesting and advanced features; quick acceleration, reliable engine, fuel efficiency, nimble handling, impressive interior, best quality material, decent cabin and best in the class seats alongside the optional features; Bluetooth, navigation, blind spot monitoring, cruise control, rear-view camera, automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, adaptive cruise control and a moonroof to spike up the joy of riding.

Volkswagen Jetta

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan is the ultimate winner though its previous models didn’t grabbed customers attention in the market due to some cons. With advanced interiors, 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine, this German engineered Jetta 2015 fits to a smooth driving option and allows you to feel a plenty of its upgraded features and add-ons like automatic transmission, remote entry, Bluetooth integration, larger alloy wheels, eight-speaker audio system, smart front seats, touchscreen command console, remote start, backup camera, fog lights, sunroof and many more.

2015 Subaru WRX

Great handling and responsive engine made the all new 2015 Subaru WRX, a car fun to drive. Its exceptional reliability, sharp steering, powered four cylinder engine and supportive front seats not just stick around significant features but invigorates the desire to drive. Also, the 2.0-liter boxer four engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger produces 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet torque.

Challenges of a Car Dealership

The Car manufacturing industries, just like any other, have got business challenges of its own, which need to be taken care off on a regular basis. Maintaining the current market position while fulfilling the customer’s demand is a tough task when factors like low manufacturing cost, production timing, proper planning, and execution can easily decide your fate in the target market if overlooked. The material and component suppliers make the competition even more severe with constant innovation and delivering better quality parts at the lowest possible level.

Dealers are one of the most prominent partners in the car manufacturing industry who are facing the real challenges to persuade a buyer. They need to interact, convince, and show extraordinary skills to influence a customer to buy the vehicle. Moreover, nowadays customers have the choice of online stores where they can compare prices, know the technical specifications in detail, etc. Therefore convincing a customer is becoming more challenging for the dealership as customers are aware of every detail of vehicles.

Research carried out by a third party shows that 60% of the Auto industry business is done by the existing customers, 11% through the internet and the rest 29% through walk-in.

Limitations of Dealership

  • Mostly rely on Emails, SMS, cold-calling, walk-ins, etc
  • Organising promo drives (which adds extra costs)
  • Lack of genuine data (from conferences and walk-ins)

The dealership challenges get even worse when a vehicle manufacturer asks the Dealers to do the following things that are needed to maintain a company’s competency in the market.

  • Maintaining a high cost of inventory (vehicles displays, stock, spare parts, )
  • Manpower cost (technical, admin and sales)
  • Cost of setting infrastructure facility
  • Real Estate

So, here comes a big challenge for the dealers to find a solution to reduce the operational costs while maximizing the profit.

Today’s market is demanding dealerships to move from a regular, outdated, and low result oriented methods to something new and trendy along with goal oriented. Therefore, to overcome all the above dealership challenges, proposed a customized mobile application solution to stay at customer’s fingertips.

  • Enhance dealership brand value
  • All the details at fingertips (vehicle cost, technical specs, customer queries, )
  • Creating better recall of brands in a long run
  • Book a service appointment anytime
  • Reach out to sales & technical team through the app
  • Create promos for special offers and deals

A dealer can connect with customers sending info of latest model/technical advantages upon its competitors and promote the brand without incurring additional cost through mobile apps.

Best Tips For Extending The Life Of Your Car

If you have a car, you have to do a lot of things to keep it running smoothly and effectively. Investing in buying a car is a great thing; if you know how to keep you know the basics of keeping it in a good condition.Experts always provide you tips in order to keep your car in a proper working condition. There are few tips listed below.

Be patient-
First, be extra patient during the break in period, specially first thousand miles or sixteen hundred kilometers. Keep your car speed under 55 mph and avoid using heavy loads on the drive train.

Go to a reputable gas station-
Second, fill the gas tank of your car from reputable gas stations. Avoid filling it up from the gas stations where underground tankers are getting filled because the turbulence can cause sediments which may result in clogging the fuel injectors and filters. This is also become the reason of your cars poor performance.

Check and change oil-
Third, on a regular basis, change the oil of the car. This can save your car’s engine and will give it a longer life. By changing the oil and filtering it you can save many bugs later on. If you are not checking and changing the oils regularly it can affect your engine and may result in failure.

Use a light weighted key chain-
Get rid of that heavy key ring dangling with your car keys. Light up the weight because it can wear out the system inside the ignition. This will result in the failure of your car’s ignition switch. So in order to avoid damaging your ignition switch, buy a light and beautiful key ring. In case your switch is giving you problems, like your keys stuck in while you try to start your car, get it checked. It means your switch is about to fail.

Change the coolant often-
Do change the coolant after every year. Mix distilled water with coolant and put it in your car, it will keep the cooling system of your car in a good working condition.

Park in shade-
It is advisable to park your car in shade. In order to save it from sun and UV rays. The UV rays can affect the interior of your car, so UV protection should be applied.

Drive with care-
Last but not least, drive your vehicle with love and care on the roads. If you will take care of your car today by driving slowly and nicely it will not bother you much later on in the future. It will also save you from running to the mechanic and back.