How Cybersecurity Effects Your Car

Computers have become more integrated with our driving experience, especially over the past few years. Today's new vehicles use integrated technology as a primary selling point. From Bluetooth syncing to your smartphone to the entire car being a WiFi hotspot, it seems that today's consumer wants as much tech as possible inside their vehicle. With this trend, however, comes the very real threat of cyber security. The online community was shocked earlier this year when videos began to surface of hackers commandeering the driving controls of cars and trucks. While these tests were performed to show the real threat of computer / vehicle integration, they definitely raised more than a few eyebrows among new car buyers. While broad-scale attacks have yet to happen, most experts agree it is...

October 31, 2016
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Self Driving Cars to Change the Municipal Landscape

With self-driving cars expected in the near future, some city officials are already searching for answers to issues regarding the management of their municipal infrastructures. The question that seems to be on the tip of many city officials tongue is whether autonomous vehicles will be the perfect complement to their city's existing public transportation systems or a serious threat to their municipal investments. Will driverless cars reduce commuter the use of bus and rail systems? Will these autonomous means of transportation wipe out or increase the growth of suburban carpools? According to a recent article published by Car and Driver, Bloomberg's philanthropic arm and the nonprofit Aspen Institute have joined forces in an effort to bring automakers, technology leaders and city...

October 31, 2016
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New Nissan Rogue Gets an Out of This World Launch

Japanese automaker Nissan created the Rogue to be a fuel-friendly sibling of the company's Murano SUV crossover. Since the vehicle's debut in October of 2007, the entry-level SUV has caught the attention of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for excellence in safety by consistently garnering 4 to 5-star reviews and vehicle safety awards in numerous categories. With a facelift for 2017, Nissan marketing executives are preparing for an out-of-this world ad campaign linking the vehicle to the latest Stars Wars movie, Rogue One: A Stars Wars Story, which debuts in December of this year. So, how did the automotive giant create the segue from being a greener version of Nissan's most popular family vehicle to doing battle with elephant walkers and U-wing...

October 31, 2016
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Object Detection Bugs Falcon Wing Door Design

When Elon Musk debuted the crossover Tesla Model X the most prominent feature was the signature Falcon Wing doors. The doors were designed similarly to gull wing doors with the exception of an added hinge in the middle, making the doors move up more than out. While this looked impressive during the demonstration, owners of the Model X haven't been as thrilled with the feature. Tesla recently made an update to the software controlling the doors to address a problem of "false positives" in identifying if an object was blocking the door. This "fix" has caused an additional problem, which could lead to serious injury. A YouTube video recently posted by MEtv Product Reviews showed the newly updated doors slicing a cucumber in half. When a larger vegetable was used the door took several...

October 17, 2016
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The Dangers of Vaping Behind the Wheel

The use of e-cigarettes has become extremely popular in 2016. Many former smokers have used the product as a tool to quick cigarettes while others are enthusiasts who have taken up vaping as their first introduction to nicotine. While there is still plenty of debate about the health implications when compared to smoking, it appears that vaping will only continue to grow in popularity. When you're on the road, however, it may not be the best time to take a puff. Many novices to the practice reduce their visibility by vaping with the windows closed or blowing their vapor directly in front of them, blocking their view for a few moments. This can be very hazardous, especially when on the freeway. Also, the mix of e-juice (the liquid found in e-cigarettes) also plays a part. Juice with a...

October 13, 2016
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Top 5 Ways To Geek Out Your Ride

With sci-fi and video games becoming mainstream, the days of geeks being pushed around are over and this group of nerdy enthusiasts have become a huge target market for car accessory makers. We've reviewed our favorites and present "The Top 5 Ways To Geek Out Your Ride" countdown. 5. Sci-Fi USB Chargers - Between our smart phones, tablets, and loads of other gadgets we plug in on a daily basis, it was about time the car USB charger got a fun upgrade. Today there are several options available for sci-fi lovers of both movies and television. Some of our favorites include the Knight Rider K.I.T.T. charger, Flux Capacitor charger, and new Star Wars BB-8 charger. Each features either flashing lights and sounds or fun automatic movements. 4. LED Rear Window Emoji - Have you ever wanted to...

October 11, 2016
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Carpool Karaoke Has Everyone Singing

We all listen to music and often sing in our cars. James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, realized that driving is a way of life and something that most of us do on a daily basis. James moved to Los Angeles from the UK to host the show and decided to make his commute a segment on his show. The bit was an instant hit and will soon become its own separate TV show as well as its own series via Apple Music. Many of the world's most famous singers are eagerly lining up to be part of the segment which features Corden singing along with them, often to their hit songs. This is in-between chatting about interests, hobbies, and life. Sometimes they'll make random shopping stops, like when Corden and Carrie Underwood dropped by a Western apparel store for a cowboy hat and boots. Some of the...

October 11, 2016
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Experience the Historic Isle of Man TT Races

The Isle of Man TT Races may be the most famous motorcycle event you've never heard of. Held on The Isle of Man (in the Irish Sea between Ireland and England) this single event draws racers and spectators from around the world. It is truly unique in that the 37-plus mile Mountain Course is considered one of the most challenging tracks in the world. From the start, the track seems to be a never-ending series of stone walls, telegraph poles, jumps, bends, bumps, and manhole covers. Extreme concentration and endurance is an absolute necessity for any racer wanting to compete, let alone win, this one-of-a-kind race. The race has a unique and colorful history dating back to 1903 when road racing was made illegal by an Act of parliament which set a 20mph speed limit on all roads. With Isle...

October 11, 2016
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Snowmobile Racing Resumes at NHSA Grass Drags

October... the time for leaves to change, kids to collect candy and snowmobile racing to resume. "Wait, what? There's no snow on the ground yet" you're asking. In New Hampshire, that isn't important as the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association hosts their annual "Race Into Winter," more affectionately known as "The Grass Drags." This three-day power sports event is held every Columbus day weekend and is considered the start of New England's snowmobile season. More than 40,000 racing fans turn out each year to witness the high-speed action of grass drag racers. The action is simply incredible as these snow sleds reach speeds topping 115 mph. It's a great chance for fans to get a sneak peek of what to expect from the winter racing events just a few weeks away. However, the grass isn't...

October 6, 2016
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Soldier Fortune Black Ops Monster Truck Dominates Monster Jam

New the Monster Jam arena this year, the Soldier Fortune Black Ops truck team has already made quite a name for itself. An instant hit among kids and adults alike, this truck looks like a supped up version of a tactical vehicle seen in popular military video games such as Call of Duty and Halo. The rookie driver, Tony Ochs, was a fitting addition to the team. A 10-year Army veteran who served in Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan is well known among vets based out of Fort hood and Fort Bliss. Tony worked as an Apache helicopter technician and has friends in the Army who are techs for the Black Hawk helicopters out of East Mesa's Boeing plant. “I have some really, really good friends who work right there,” Tony said. “I’m looking forward to putting on a show for them,...

October 6, 2016
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