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Voice of authority irritating

Her voice goes through me like fingernails on a chalkboard. She is bossy and demanding and my husband hangs on her every word. She is the robochick inside the GPS system in my husband’s truck. I had the pleasure of spending the weekend listening to her bark directions at us not long ago when we traveled to Northern California. Perhaps ... Read More »

V2V: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication

A driver suddenly encounters a patch of black ice and skids or runs into a dense fog and slows down. The vehicle automatically transmits a warning to other vehicles, avoiding an accident. Or perhaps, an emergency vehicle is about to enter an intersection. The emergency vehicle alerts all drivers in the area to avoid a collision. Read More »

Technology Overview: Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles

As with other hybrids, a plug-in hybrid vehicle has the ability to run on either electricity or an internal combustion engine. Plug-in hybrids have a larger battery than the batteries of conventional hybrids that can be recharged by plugging into an appropriate outlet. Read More »

The Transportation of the Future, Here Today

In an electric drive vehicle, the torque is supplied to the wheels by an electric motor that is powered either solely by a battery, or an internal combustion engine using hydrogen, gasoline or diesel, or, by a fuel cell. Read More »

ALPR Making a Cop’s Job a Bit Easier

As a police officer pulls behind a speeding, a camera mounted on the patrol car has already automatically read its license plate. This information is then processed by an on-board computer. Within seconds, the displays shows that the car is stolen and the occupants are wanted for a murder. Or an Amber Alert goes out for an abducted child. Read More »

Lane Departure Warning System

The automobile industry is constantly introducing innovative technology, usually first on luxury vehicles. Some technologies like anti-lock braking, all-wheel drive, on-board navigation, and electronic stability control are examples of those that catch on and soon are available throughout the industry. Read More »

2006 Vehicles With Electronic Stability Control (ESC) As Reported To NHTSA By The Vehicle Manufacturers

The following is a list of Model Year 2006 vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as available equipment – either Standard or Optional – as reported to NHTSA by the vehicle manufacturers. Vehicle manufacturers may elect to make ESC available on other models during the model year. Check with your manufacturer. Acura Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) Acura MDX Acura RL ... Read More »