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How Automotive Technology Lightens The Burden On Drivers' Budgets - Apr 22, 2012 - 11:29:06 PM
How automotive technology lightens the burden on drivers' budgets where gas and fuel costs are concerned. The focus in the auto world today is fuel efficiency and the automakers are trying to get more miles out of each gallon of gasoline.

Ford's New Lane Keeping System - Apr 10, 2012 - 12:00:01 AM
Ford's New Lane Keeping System will be made available on 2013 Ford Fusion and Explorer and on Lincoln MKS and MKZ. Lane departure systems can help keep drivers and passengers safer than ever by preventing cars from drifting to other lanes.

Truckin' Toward Economic Recovery - Mar 27, 2012 - 9:32:15 PM
Meet Rick Phillips and find out how trucks are truckin' toward economic recovery. Yokohama Tire Corporation and Bill are very interested in keeping those commercial trucks rolling. Find out more about how they are doing that.

Discover a Better Ride on Wet Roads - Mar 9, 2012 - 10:03:29 PM
Discover a better ride on wet roads with Firestone Tires and tips from the tire experts at Firestone. Make sure your tires aren't bald or poorly maintained before you drive on slick roads.

MyFord Touch Brings Drivers Into The Digital Age - Feb 27, 2012 - 10:30:26 PM
MyFord Touch Brings Drivers Into the Digital Age. MyFord Touch is a communications and entertainment inside the car system that was created by Ford Motor Company along with Microsoft.

I Call Backseat! Android Rear Seat Entertainment System - Feb 21, 2012 - 9:24:35 PM
I Call Backseat! Android Rear Seat Entertainment System. Audiovox is looking out for the people in the back with it's new RSE. Surf the web, access Android apps, play DVD, with an internet connection thanks to Audiovox RSE.

TomTom Motorcycle GPS Systems - Feb 18, 2012 - 2:39:57 PM
Can help you navigate the highways where ever you decide to travel. Find out about GPS systems like the TomTom Rider, made for motorcyles.

Tom Tom GPS Systems - Feb 18, 2012 - 2:23:59 PM
Tom Tom GPS Systems Because...find out how the Tom Tom GPS Systems are way ahead of the rest of the Global Positioning Systems available today.

Satellite Radio Keep Entertainment Quality High On The Road - Dec 12, 2011 - 12:01:07 AM
Satellite radio stations like Sirius or XM keep entertainment quality high on the road for all you drivers out there. Sirius and XM subscribers can access programming from their vehicles, homes, offices or mobile devices.

Sensitive Noses Sniff Out New Car Scent - Jul 31, 2011 - 10:34:03 PM
Sensitive Noses Sniff Out New Car Scent For You! Did you know that auto companies hire people to "smell" the components of cars from floor mats to fabrics to cupholders. The "Smell Jury" helps eliminate unpleasant odors in cars.

iPhone Comes Closer to Driving Your Car - Jan 19, 2010 - 11:40:56 PM
The iPhone comes closer to driving your car. Find out about the new iPhone app, the Viper SmartStart and how it can start your car, unlock your car doors and change the interior cabin temperature.

GPS and the Road to Greater Savings - Aug 5, 2009 - 1:47:19 PM
Did you know your GPS is the road to greater savings when your driving your car? Find out how your Magellan GPS can save you time and money.

Drivers Guide to Satellite Radio - Apr 12, 2009 - 10:54:44 PM
Here is a quick guide to Satellite Radio. Sirius gives you all the information you've been looking for regarding Satellite radio including where you can listen and how much it will cost.

Safety Connect, Toyota's Answer to OnStar - Jan 21, 2009 - 7:47:09 PM
OnStar may have some competition with the introduction of Toyota's Safety Connect. The telematics systems race might just be starting.

New Service Curbs Drunk Driving With a Mobile BAC - Dec 2, 2008 - 8:15:17 PM
Find out how a new service curbs Drunk Driving with a Mobile BAC Calculator. Call B4UDrink. Drunk driving is dangerous and against the law.

In-Car Systems Take A Turn For The Better - Sep 1, 2008 - 9:15:31 PM
In car systems that use voice commands for controlling navigation systems are safer than hand controlled systems. Drivers are not driven to distraction when they use their voices to select music or enter a destination.

Spending Less On Your GPS Device - Aug 17, 2008 - 4:43:04 PM
You can find basic GPS devices for a lot less than their more flashy counterparts. Magellan GPS systems now offers the affordable Magellan RoadMate.

Never Touch a Too-Hot Car Seat Again - Jul 13, 2008 - 3:30:00 PM
There is a remote start system for your vehicle that can tell you about a "too hot car seat".

Keeping Drivers Connected - Jul 13, 2008 - 3:22:00 PM
A new type of window film is designed to add fashion and function but will not interfere with GPS systems and other devices.

Cabin Air Filters Can Make Car Trips More Comfortable for Allergy Sufferers - May 12, 2008 - 11:56:00 AM
Fram cabin air filters for cars and vehicles of all types, helps reduce asthma and allergies symptoms for people riding in cars. FRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin Air Filter Reduces Pollen and Dust Entering Through the Vehicle’s Ventilation System.

Look Law, No Hands! - May 1, 2008 - 10:16:00 PM
More motorists will be using hands-free devices as communities across the nation prohibit them from using cell phones while driving.

Some Easy Ways to Expand Your Vehicle's Cargo Capabilities - May 1, 2008 - 7:48:00 PM
With gas prices going up people are choosing crossover vehicles instead of the full sized SUV's. You don't have to give up car space, you can get a cargo rack or cargo carrier to carry your extras!

Are Car Makers Going the Wrong Way? - Apr 26, 2008 - 10:16:00 PM
As gasoline prices soar, car manufacturers are pushing hard to make fuel efficient cars. Indian Car Blog gets into action and assess the situation to find out whether they are doing it the right way.

In-Car Internet a Thing of the….Present! - Apr 25, 2008 - 6:31:00 PM
In car internet? What will they think of next?

Safe and Smart - Apr 14, 2008 - 9:44:00 PM
Toyota haven’t gotten around to installing coffee-making machines in their cars yet, but this is definitely the next best thing.

The Missing LINC - Apr 12, 2008 - 8:00:00 PM
In-car entertainment will never be the same again.

Make Your Life Easier With Smart Environments - Mar 27, 2008 - 11:16:00 PM
In an increasingly technological world, the ability of our environments to be "smart" is becoming increasingly important. This includes hybrid technology for our vehicles to lessen our carbon footprint and improve our lives.

The High-tech Tool that Has Revolutionized the Road Trip - Mar 2, 2008 - 8:25:00 PM
Spring Break is just around the corner, and if you’re among the millions of Americans planning to travel to your vacation destination by car, you may have a high-tech navigation system along for the ride.

An Innovation That Is Music To Motorists' Ears - Jan 31, 2008 - 4:38:00 PM
The combination of iPod and Bluetooth capabilities is now available in one easy-to-use device.

SIRIUS Travel Link - Jan 14, 2008 - 11:30:00 PM
For the past several years, drivers have been able to profit from the healthy competition between XM and SIRIUS satellite radio. Satellite radio is a technology that allows hundreds of crystal clear digital audio channels to be broadcast to any location in North America via a network of orbiting satellites.

Microwave Beam Stops Cars Dead - Dec 26, 2007 - 12:02:00 AM
Law-enforcement agencies already depend on high-technology gadgets to help them preserve order out on our nation’s highways. Laser and photo radar are common tools for patrol units, along with sophisticated computer tracking devices used to locate stolen property.

The Automotive Wireless Video Parking Reverse Sensor System - Dec 3, 2007 - 12:44:00 PM
Parking is now made easier using the latest automotive technology, The Automotive Wireless Video Parking Reverse Sensor System. A camera mounted to the rear of your car relays a digital video signal to a screen on your dashboard.

SPD Smart Light Control Windows - Nov 30, 2007 - 12:42:00 AM
Most automotive window tinting consists of a thin film applied over standard glass. While this film is inexpensive, over time it can become scratch, fade, and start to change color. Another disadvantage is that once applied, the film blocks a specific percentage of light from passing through the glass.

Drive Alert Master - Nov 28, 2007 - 11:54:00 PM
Did you ever drive your car when you were very tired? Have you ever almost fallen asleep at the wheel of your car? The Drive Alert Master can prevent this from happening by emitting an electronic noise.

Ford Sync In Car Infotainment System - Nov 25, 2007 - 11:20:00 PM
The number of cell phones, MP3 players, personal digital assistants and laptops that people use in their cars has increased dramatically in the last few years.

Bluetooth Handsfree Caller ID - Nov 22, 2007 - 12:14:00 AM
Operating a cell phone while driving in traffic is a risky proposition. With your attention split between the road and the call, the chances that you might get into an accident significantly increase.

Sync: Cutting Edge In-Vehicle Entertainment and Communication System - Sep 21, 2007 - 10:50:00 PM
We don’t often associate Ford with high-tech electronics, but this year’s introduction of Ford’s new Sync technology is set to change that perception.

Mobile-Net: Internet for your Vehicle! - Sep 6, 2007 - 11:30:00 PM
"This is an outstanding product! The advantages of the Mobile-Net Unit versus a simple WiFi Card far outweighs any other wireless system out on the market today!"

High-Tech Acoustic Auto Glass Offers A Quieter Ride - Jun 28, 2007 - 6:54:00 PM
Considering the average driver spends more than five hours per week behind the wheel, the driving experience should be as pleasant as possible. Few things, however, can ruin a drive faster than excessive traffic and road noise.

The Hybrid Hydrogen Oxygen System - Jun 26, 2007 - 12:24:00 AM
The Hybrid Hydrogen Oxygen System (HHOS) is a fuel-saving device which produces a water-generated gas that is processed by the engine as a fuel additive. It can theoretically work with any standard gasoline or diesel powered box, retrofitted when necessary. The water-generated petroleum additive is called Aquygen, a combustible gas

Device Brings Fuel Flexibility to Consumers - Mar 27, 2007 - 7:00:00 PM
Choice can be a wonderful thing, especially when it comes to fueling your car. With prices rising for traditional fossil fuels, alternative fuels such as E85 - a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline - are growing in popularity and prevalence. But because most car models are

Cell Phone Etiquette: How Do You Measure Up? - Mar 19, 2007 - 11:46:00 PM
Mobile technology has come a long way in a short time, but has cell phone etiquette kept pace? Cell phone etiquette refers to people's habits and manners while using a mobile phone: How loud are they talking and where are they talking? Check out these tips to be certain your

Navigation Device Lets Drivers Know As They Go - Mar 6, 2007 - 10:28:00 PM
If you spent a lot of time stuck in traffic this year, you have lots of company. U.S. drivers spend an average of 47 hours a year stuck in traffic, and in very large urban areas, more than 60 hours a year.

Fuel Additive Helps to Reduce Air Pollution - Mar 6, 2007 - 9:20:00 PM
When it comes to improving air quality, there is no single silver bullet. Cleaner fuels, alternative energy sources, energy-efficient appliances and "green" building all will help improve air quality over time. And something as simple as a fuel additive can play a role in reducing pollution, it turns out.

Camera Mount Helps Amateur Racers Stay in the Fast Lane - Feb 20, 2007 - 6:08:00 PM
Your car zooms down the lane of the indoor track, perhaps just inches away from your opponent, and then you move through a turn at breakneck speed. These days, you don't have to be a professional race car driver to experience this kind of thrill. Just ask the millions of

In-Auto Camera Installation Now Easy With New Device - Sep 21, 2006 - 8:53:00 PM
Most people are used to seeing security cameras in convenience stores and on public buses, but the notion of similar technology in your Ford or Honda is a relatively unique one. One company is doing its best to make the concept more mainstream by manufacturing a video camera mount specifically

In-Car Cell Signals Increased for Safety - Jul 21, 2006 - 7:03:00 PM
More than 200 million Americans have cell phones, according to the Telecommunications Industry Association, and people rely on them no matter where they are. Yet sometimes there is a noticeable drop in signal strength inside the car. There are two issues that affect in-car signal loss. Either you are driving

Ethanol Fuels Becoming More Accessible to Drivers - Jul 6, 2006 - 6:38:00 PM
We all want to help save the environment, but for some of us it's easier said than done. Hybrids are still pricey, public transportation isn't always reliable and giving up our cars isn't necessarily an option. Luckily there's an answer: ethanol.

Hundreds of Choices With Satellite Radio - Jun 11, 2006 - 12:54:00 AM
Satellite radio is the hottest new entertainment service to hit North America. Since being introduced to Canadians this past December, it has become a must-have addition in many homes, cars and cottages. Satellite radio provides premium, unique and diverse programs, commercial-free music and clear digital-quality sound coast-to-coast.

3-in-1 Credit Report Is Car Buyer's New Best Friend - May 21, 2006 - 11:07:00 PM
You've researched the perfect car to buy and the perfect time to buy it. But have you checked your credit report and credit score? A quick review of your credit report online before you visit dealerships can save you both time and money when you are ready to make your

Ethanol Vehicles What Types of Vehicles Use Ethanol? - May 7, 2006 - 8:54:00 PM
All gasoline vehicles are capable of operating on gasoline/ethanol blends with up to 10% ethanol. In fact, some states require the seasonal or year-round use of up to 10% ethanol as an oxygenate additive to gasoline to mitigate ozone formation. These low percentage oxygenate blends are not classified as alternative

What is Biodiesel? - May 7, 2006 - 8:35:00 PM
Biodiesel (fatty acid alkyl esters) is a cleaner burning diesel replacement fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as new and used vegetable oils and animal fats. Just like petroleum diesel, biodiesel operates in compression-ignition engines. Blends of up to 20% biodiesel (mixed with petroleum diesel fuels) can be used

Hydrogen Economy and How It Should Work - Apr 26, 2006 - 11:29:00 PM
Since the industrial revolution started in the 18th century, most of the world is locked into fossil fuel economy. The world’s demand for energy is projected to double by 2050 in response to population growth and industrialization of developing countries. The supply of fossil fuels is limited, with restrictive shortages

Biomass Basics - Mar 26, 2006 - 11:06:00 PM
Biomass (organic matter) can be used to provide heat, make fuels, chemicals and other products, and generate electricity. Wood, the largest source of bioenergy, has been used to provide heat for thousands of years. But there are many other types of biomass—such as wood, plants, residue from agriculture or forestry,

Biomass Program - Mar 20, 2006 - 9:16:00 PM
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Biomass Program develops technology for conversion of biomass (plant-derived material) to valuable fuels, chemicals, materials and power, so as to reduce dependence on foreign oil and foster growth of biorefineries. Biomass is one of our most important energy resources. The largest U.S. renewable energy

How to Improve Your Vehicle’s Performance by Pushing a Button - Mar 19, 2006 - 10:07:00 PM
Have you ever wished that your car, truck or SUV had more horsepower? Every driver appreciates more power for climbing hills, accelerating onto highways and passing slow-moving traffic. How about better fuel economy? The rising price of gasoline has made motorists conscious of the cost of a fill-up.

E85 fuel - Feb 26, 2006 - 11:01:00 PM
Driven by environmental, economic, and energy security concerns, the availability and use of E85 is growing nationally. E85 is composed of 85 percent ethyl alcohol (ethanol) and just 15 percent petroleum. E85 is designed for use in flexible fuel vehicles, referred to as "FFVs." According to the Energy Information Administration,

Ethanol Made From Corn and Other Crops - Feb 26, 2006 - 10:48:00 PM
Ethanol is a clear, colorless alcohol fuel made from the sugars found in grains, such as corn, sorghum, and wheat, as well as potato skins, rice, and yard clippings. Ethanol is a renewable fuel because it is made from plants. There are several ways to make ethanol from biomass.

Ethanol - Feb 23, 2006 - 10:45:00 PM
Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol, can be used either as an alternative fuel or as an octane-boosting, pollution-reducing additive to gasoline. The U.S. ethanol industry produced more than 3.4 billion gallons in 2004, up from 2.8 billion gallons in 2003 and 2.1 billion gallons in 2002.

Bioenergy - Feb 23, 2006 - 10:38:00 PM
Biomass offers America tremendous opportunity to use domestic and sustainable resources to provide its fuel, power, and chemical needs from plants and plant-derived materials. The Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Biomass Program, run by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy includes major programs for developing and improving technology

Engines Run On Renewable Resources - Feb 22, 2006 - 6:38:00 PM
Reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil was a major aspect of President Bush’s State of the Union address this year. Car manufacturers are on their way to making that goal a reality – creating vehicles that can run on a variety of energy sources.

Watch Satellite TV in the Lap of Limo Luxury - Feb 14, 2006 - 9:45:00 PM
The bigger and flashier, the better. That's the trend in limousines today. And as the limos' exteriors have become more elaborate, the interiors have gotten a series of sophisticated upgrades as well. From mirrored ceilings and extended moon roofs to mini bars and even hot tubs, today's limos ensure that

Automakers Reach Technology Milestone - Feb 14, 2006 - 9:35:00 PM
Automakers have more than 60 cutting-edge, advanced technology autos either on sale now or in development. These include hybrids, clean diesels and biodiesels, alternative fuel vehicles, hydrogen-powered cars, fuel cells and electric vehicles.

Helping Reduce Diesel Engine Emissions - Feb 14, 2006 - 9:30:00 PM
Because of their efficiency and durability, diesel engines are the workhorse of the U.S. economy and play an indispensable role in transportation, agriculture, construction, mining and other key sectors. Reducing diesel emissions is pivotal in the effort to clean the nation's air.

Stay On the Road To Safety In All Conditions - Jan 30, 2006 - 11:28:00 PM
Sometimes, whether or not you're a good driver is less important than the weather you're driving in. Of the nearly 6.2 million traffic accidents that occur a year, approximately one million are weather-related, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Fortunately, newer vehicles are now equipped with sophisticated

Q & A's About Mobile Electronics - Jan 30, 2006 - 11:21:00 PM
We've had radios in cars for 80 years, but mobile electronics now include devices for entertainment-including audio and video, navigation and security. This year, we'll buy $1 billion in electronics for our vehicles. Jim Barry, the Consumer Electronics Association Digital Answer Man, brings us up to speed.

By Plane or By Car; On-Screen Entertainment Travels With You - Jan 17, 2006 - 9:20:00 PM
Entertainment and travel are more integrated today than ever before. In fact, two airlines, JetBlue and Song, are using in-flight entertainment as a top selling point with consumers. JetBlue was the first carrier to debut up to 24 channels of live DirecTV programming in-flight in 2000 and remains the only

Rural Transportation Professionals Share Information - Dec 20, 2005 - 7:35:00 PM
Keeping travelers safe and secure, the ability to track the location of goods being shipped cross-country and the effect of extreme weather on transportation systems. These are a few of the issues of interest to professionals who use advanced communication, information and electronics technology to solve existing transportation problems. The

Hydrogen Filling Station Approved for Mazda - Nov 2, 2005 - 9:32:00 PM
Mazda Motor Corporation has received authorization from the Japanese government to operate a hydrogen-gas filling station near its Hiroshima headquarters. The station stores and supplies fuel to Mazda vehicles powered by hydrogen rotary engines; the vehicles are currently under development. The station should be able to fill up to 10

General Motors, US Government joins forces to Boost Hydrogen Storage - Nov 2, 2005 - 9:27:00 PM
General Motors (GM) and the Department of Energy (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories have joined forces to create, design and test a new and advanced method for storing hydrogen based on metal hydrides. The success of this project is important in making the fuel cell vehicle competitive with gasoline-powered automobiles when

Satellite Radio - Waves of the Future? - Nov 2, 2005 - 9:24:00 PM
Satellite Radio – Its here! Satellite radio is a new service being offered by two companies, XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. Both companies are offering over 100 channels of streaming music and entertainment. High quality sound is achieved through the use of satellites orbiting high above. Satellite radio

New Electric Car Helps Cut Fuel Bills - Nov 2, 2005 - 8:59:00 PM
Electric cars have huge potential to change the auto industry, particularly with rising gas prices, but a new design out of California targets the niche of busy urban drivers. The Zap Xebra all-electric car is a 40-mph, three-wheeled automobile designed for people who do a lot of in-town driving. Unlike

New Technology: An Evolution In Battery Size, Weight And Storage Capacity - Oct 27, 2005 - 11:17:00 PM
Bigger isn't necessarily better, especially when it comes to automotive batteries. In fact, the newest batteries are not only significantly smaller than their predecessors, they're also lighter, more environmentally friendly and nearly twice as efficient. An estimated 650 million vehicles occupy the world's roads, and each year more than 110

Now Hear This - Oct 3, 2005 - 8:15:00 PM
The aftermarket mobile electronics industry has a record of bringing leading-edge technology and new consumer-driven products to market. For example, technology innovations like CD, navigation, video and audiophile-grade sound were in vehicles long before the car companies offered them as an upgrade or standard equipment. Recently, however, changes in the

Detoxing Engines Can Save Lives and Money at the Fuel Pump - Sep 18, 2005 - 12:43:00 AM
Does the word “pollution” evoke a passive response from you? I am embarrassed to say that before this article, “pollution” was an impotent word further weakened by its necessity – we depend on engines of all shapes and sizes to function in modern society. After completion of research, “pollution” now

Why You Can't Do Without A Car Audio Crossover - Sep 18, 2005 - 12:27:00 AM
I've heard the question asked many times before, 'Do I really need a crossover?' Without wasting any time I quickly answer, 'Yes you do'. Whether it's a passive crossover or an active crossover, your car audio system will never sound good without a crossover. I want to make myself very

Why You Can't Do Without A Car Audio Capacitor - Sep 18, 2005 - 12:26:00 AM
I've heard the question asked many times before, 'Do I really need a capacitor?' Before answering that question I ask, 'Do you have a high powered system?' 'Does it require sudden power bursts?' 'Is your amplifier being robbed of power?' If the answers to my questions are yes, make every

Is there Kentucky Fried Fuel in your Future? - Sep 12, 2005 - 11:21:00 PM
Thanks to a weird marriage between the National Renderers Association, the people who turn animal fat into useful products, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards , there is a possibility that your car could be burning chicken or other animal fat in the next

By Plane or By Car, On-screen Entertainment Travels With You - Sep 12, 2005 - 11:03:00 PM
Entertainment and travel are more integrated today than ever before. In fact, two airlines, JetBlue and Song, are using in-flight entertainment as a top selling point with consumers. JetBlue was the first carrier to debut up to 24 channels of live DirecTV programming in-flight in 2000 and remains the only

Stay Connected To What Matters When You Travel - Aug 31, 2005 - 3:27:00 PM
Being away from home doesn't have to mean being out of touch from your loved ones or your office. In fact, travelers can browse the Internet, send and receive e-mails, sit in on conference calls and make edits to documents-all from mobile devices that are small and sleek enough to

The Power Of Biofuels - Jul 28, 2005 - 9:07:00 AM
Good news about reducing our dependence on foreign oil may be found in our own backyard. An alternative to high priced gas and reliance on foreign oil-that doesn't require new kinds of car engines-can be found in home-grown biofuels. Biofuels are liquid transportation fuels made from plants instead of petroleum.

Tornado Chaser Uses New Technology to Stay Connected - Jul 27, 2005 - 1:03:00 PM
For anyone who has lived in the Midwest along that band of states known as "Tornado Alley," hearing news reports of a tornado and the ominous wail of warning sirens means that you head for the basement and safety until the storm passes. For Tim Samaras, on the other hand,

Spark Plugs Offer 'Xtreme' Benefits - Jul 27, 2005 - 12:40:00 PM
The average motorist often underestimates the power and importance of a spark plug. Spark plugs must deliver a high voltage spark within milli-seconds in order to ignite the air and fuel mixture inside a vehicle's engine. This process provides the power a vehicle needs to operate. Old or worn spark

Fuel-Efficient Jetta TDI Saves Money at the Pump - Jul 27, 2005 - 12:34:00 PM
In a time when anything under $2.20 gallon for gas is a bargain, those shopping for a new car are definitely comparing notes. In fact, with gas prices at an all-time high and no sign of them taking a turn for the better anytime soon, more and more buyers are

What’s New in On-the-Go Entertainment - Jul 20, 2005 - 11:58:00 PM
It wasn’t so long ago that the new “in” thing in mobile entertainment was the portable CD player. Now nearly all the car manufacturers offer the option of adding advanced entertainment systems to their vehicles. From built in game systems and DVD players to digital and XM radios, you can

Dress Up Your Truck or SUV with Function - Jul 20, 2005 - 11:56:00 PM
When they first came out, light-duty trucks and sports utility vehicles (SUVs) were purchased primarily by farmers, ranchers, builders and tradesmen who had jobs to get done. Today, they are so popular they’ve actually surpassed passenger cars as the vehicle of choice for most Americans. Among the biggest selling point,

New Innovation Helps Commuters Avoid Traffic - Jul 20, 2005 - 11:53:00 PM
It’s a fact. More vehicles are on the road. People are driving farther. Traffic continues to get worse and spending time bumper-to-bumper is an increasingly common occurrence. And traffic is not simply a stress-generating annoyance -- it’s costly. According to research by the Texas Transportation Institute, drivers lose $11.71 in

Make Your Cell Phone Hands Free in the Car - Jul 20, 2005 - 11:50:00 PM
Cell phones have really revolutionized our lives. They allow us to communicate any time from anywhere, and as would be expected, are used a lot on the road. Some people use them for personal reasons, like talking to friends and family; making lunch or dinner reservations; or letting the babysitter

Cost Of Getting Lost Is Getting Higher - Jun 28, 2005 - 9:05:00 PM
When it comes to driving and directions, gender stereotypes may be true. Men don't like to stop and ask for directions-and that may be one reason more men are checking into in-vehicle navigation systems. Nearly 60 percent of drivers in the U.S. get lost a few times a year, according

Make Road Trips More Enjoyable This Summer - Jun 28, 2005 - 8:18:00 PM
Remember the song “No more pencils, no more books?” It’s that time of year again. The kids are home for the summer. At first, they’ll enjoy their new found freedom, sleeping in late, watching television and hanging out at home; but before long, boredom will set in. You know what

Industry Faces Driver Shortage - May 10, 2005 - 9:45:00 PM
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, trucking carriers will need at least 600,000 additional drivers nationally by 2010. This increasing demand for truck transportation and the limited supply of experienced drivers make driving a lucrative career option for the right kind of person. "We're looking for people who want

The Driving Tool That Helps Move Today’s Commuters - May 10, 2005 - 3:27:00 PM
It’s a fact. More vehicles are on the road. People are driving farther. Traffic continues to get worse and spending time bumper-to-bumper is an increasingly common occurrence. And traffic is not simply a stress-generating annoyance -- it’s costly. According to research by the Texas Transportation Institute, drivers lose $11.71 in

Communications Company Takes Live TV to the Streets - May 6, 2005 - 12:18:00 AM
For decades, many companies tried to bring static-free, live television to vehicles on the road. All of their attempts failed, however. The antennae they developed couldn't properly capture satellite TV signals, resulting in distorted or rolling pictures. Further, the bulky, tall satellite dishes were impractical for cars. Finally, KVH Industries

Soon Every Passenger in Your Car Will Be Able to Personalize Their Entertainment Experience - May 4, 2005 - 8:25:00 PM
Are we there yet?” For years, those have been the most popular words uttered during a long car trip; but soon people will instead be saying, “Can I stay in the car a little longer, please!” Starting in Spring 2005, people who buy one of General Motors’ new crossover sport

Toyota Announces Partner Robots - May 2, 2005 - 10:20:00 PM
An overview of the project to develop partner robots designed to function as personal assistants for humans is being carried out by Toyota for its corporate activities based on the spirit of “contributing to society through making things and making automobiles.” Toyota is promoting the development of human-assisting partner robots

Cabin Air Filters Help Drivers Breathe Easier - Apr 28, 2005 - 11:55:00 PM
Drivers and passengers may now breathe a little easier when sitting in heavy traffic. Automobile manufacturers have begun installing cabin air filters-which work much like the furnace or air-conditioning filters found in most homes-to significantly reduce the amount of carbon monoxide, mold spores and other dangerous contaminants found in many

In-Vehicle Communications Systems Valuable To Consumers, Law Enforcement - Apr 28, 2005 - 11:47:00 PM
An estimated 1.3 million Americans had their vehicles stolen last year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Uniform Crime Report. After years of steady decline in the '90s, victims of motor vehicle thefts lost an estimated $8.6 billion in 2003. As police agencies across the country look for

The Latest 'Must Have' Automotive Accessories - Mar 14, 2005 - 11:22:00 PM
Whether commuting to and from work, or traveling to far away places to see friends and family, people are spending more and more time on the road these days. Our vehicles have become a home away from home, and people are responding to the trend by decking their cars and

Cars of the Future Will Be Highly Intelligent - Feb 17, 2005 - 9:38:00 PM
Even the Batmobile was not equipped with this: an airbag that receives sensory data from the car's on-board electronic system, prompting it to inflate over the hood and windshield in the split seconds before a collision with a pedestrian. The external airbag is one in a range of new and

Cruise the Country 'Madden Style' - Feb 17, 2005 - 7:43:00 PM
It has happened to everyone: You're watching a game on television and it's almost over, but then you have to be somewhere and you can't finish watching the game. You get in the car and try to find the game on the radio. But by the time you find the

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