Autonomous Vehicle Didn't Understand Human Error

If you look in your AAA Las Vegas travel guide, you will find multiple shuttle routes leading to many of the city's top attractions, such as the Neon Museum, Stratosphere Tower or Hoover Dam. Now, AAA has partnered with a couple of French companies that manufacture and run public bus systems in the city to launch the first "driverless shuttle" bus. The bright blue, bubble shaped autonomous vehicles can't be missed as the decorative body panels read, "The Future Is Here" and "Hop On with AAA". Sponsors of the downtown transportation project are providing free rides for residents and tourists to raise money for the Las Vegas Victims Fund that was established after the October 1 mass shooting at the site of a country music festival adjacent to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. ...

November 2, 2017
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E3 Introduces the E3.112 DiamondFIRE Racing Spark Plug Designed for Chrysler Hemi and Ford Coyote Engines

  Ponte Vedra, FL (October 31, 2017)…E3 Spark Plugs, manufacturer of the new line of DiamondFIRE ignition products, introduces the E3.112 DiamondFIRE racing spark plug.  Designed specifically for late model Ford Coyote and Chrysler Hemi engines, the new race plug has been under development by E3 for two years. Tailored for high hp boosted (turbo, nitrous or supercharged) applications, the plug features E3’s patented diamond-shaped ground electrode for maximum combustion and edge-to-edge spark, as well as a resistor to keep stock electronics functional.  The E3.112 improves power for the 5.0L Ford Coyote and Chrysler Hemi muscle and race cars while reducing both fuel consumption and emissions.   The E3.112 is the 13th SKU in the E3 racing spark plug...

October 31, 2017
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E3 Spark Plugs Announces Title Sponsorship of NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series and NHRA Sportsman Contingency Awards

Ponte Vedra, FL (October 31, 2017)…E3 Spark Plugs, manufacturer of DiamondFIRE spark plugs and performance ignition products, announces a four year series title sponsorship of NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing and Sportsman Contingency.   The contingency sponsorship applies to racers using E3 spark plugs and wire sets.  Finalists in the Pro Mod class that display the E3 decal and use both E3 products will qualify for $1,000 for the winner and $500 for the runner-up.   The E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service will feature 12 races for the season beginning with Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL on March 15 and concluding in October in Las Vegas at the NHRA Toyota Nationals.   “Pro Mod racing is the...

October 31, 2017
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No One Loves a Good Burn Like E3 Spark Plugs

According to Wikipedia, fuel efficiency is a form of thermal efficiency, meaning the efficiency of a process that converts chemical potential energy contained in a carrier fuel into kinetic energy by putting it to work. Form the very beginning, E3 Spark Plugs has been about the energy, efficiency and ecology represented by our complete line of ignition products for your car, truck, motorcycle, powersports and lawn & garden needs. The open-end design of our spark plugs allows the flame kernel to travel more directly toward the air/fuel mixture in your engine's compression chamber. After years of research and development, we determined that our edge-to-edge spark could significantly improve the efficiency of that burn. Worst Polluter in Your Garage Is Not Your Car When we learned...

October 30, 2017
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Terry McMillen Hits the Jackpot at Las Vegas

You may or may not believe in the classic literary verse of 19th-century British poet Violet Fane, "Good things come to those who wait." But, Terry McMillen does. After 195 career starts in Top Fuel dragster, McMillen hoisted a Wally Sunday at the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals. With only two rounds remaining in the 2017 Countdown to the Championship, McMillen defeated Richie Crampton, Clay Millican and Shawn Langdon on his way to the final round at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's "The Strip." It was a long time coming but was meant to be as he literally coasted to win in his AMALIE Motor Oil XTERMINGATOR after Brittany Force left the line staring at a red light. In Top Fuel Funny Car, Matt Hagan piloted his Pennzoil Dodge Charger R/T to first career win at the The Strip. After...

October 30, 2017
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Do You Know How to Drive Green?

Whether you're driving an electric vehicle or filling up with E85 ethanol, there is always more of an environmental impact than you might think. For example, the electricity that powers some of today's vehicles has to be produced somewhere. In the United States, most of our electricity is generated from fossil fuels and about one third comes from coal-fired power plants (which are our nation's leading source of carbon emissions). Moreover, corn-based ethanol competes with our food crops, doesn't get as good of gas mileage and has to be distributed via road or rail transport. Reduce the Junk in the Trunk There is so much talk today about making a smaller environmental footprint that it is easy to lose sight of what each of us can do to limit air pollution. Being a conscientious driver...

October 25, 2017
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Engine Surging Can Be an Early Warning Sign of Ignition Problems

Engine surging is usually a warning sign that your car or truck is having combustion problems. Since a vehicle's ignition wires and spark plugs play a major role in proper engine performance, it is likely time to check your engine's electrical components. Each spark plug delivers current from the ignition coil via your vehicles spark plug wires to an individual cylinder's combustion chamber. The electrical impulse transmitted through the plug jumps the gap at the plug's firing end to ignite a compressed air/fuel mixture. Bad Plugs Can Cause a Misfire Each cylinder has a spark plug and a piston. The electrical voltage needed for combustion varies with different spark plugs. Intense heat causes the electrons following through the ignition system to jump the plug's gap and ignite the...

October 23, 2017
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Martin Truex Jr. Advances to the Round of Eight with a Heavy Heart

Coming into final NASCAR Cup cutoff race for the "Round of Twelve", Martin Truex, Jr. didn't feel a lot of pressure to win at Kansas. Having claimed a victory at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Trenton NJ-native had ensured the No. 78 Toyota Camry for Furniture Row Racing would advance to the next round. However, that was not the case for a handful of contenders, who along with Truex Jr. had suffered major damage and lost valuable playoff points at the crashed-plagued Alabama 500 the previous weekend. Roger Penske's lead driver, Brad Keselowski, eventually survived the 15 caution flags at Talladega to win his way into the "Round of Eight." Based on the 2017 NASCAR rules, all a driver has to do is "Win and You're In." Without a win during any given round, drivers have to rely on...

October 23, 2017
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Circuit of the Americas Hosts Decisive Round of F1 Championship

The Circuit of the Americas in Austin TX hosted the seventeenth of twenty rounds for 2017 Formula One Championship this past weekend. Opened in 2012, the spectacular racing facility is the first venue in the United States built specifically for F1 racing. In previous years, racing's elite world sanctioning body held F1 championship events at Watkins Glen, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the street circuit at Long Beach CA. The 3.4 mile Austin track has been praised for its natural topography and dramatic elevation changes with a steep, uphill run into Turn One. Track builders also used signature corners from other Formula One venues as inspiration for the 20-turn course that runs counter-clockwise. After early rounds of practice saw annoying bursts of rain that made the slippery...

October 23, 2017
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Canadian Firm May Have Early Lead on Driverless Technology

The development of laser radar technology that will allow vehicles to understand the obstacles around them is one of the hottest products in global research and development. This autonomous technology is known as "lidar", which maybe short for light detection and ranging or light/radar or laser interferometry detection and ranging, and will allow vehicles to travel safely from point A to point B. Similar to the laser speed detector used by law enforcement, a lidar device emits an infrared light. Using a specialized GPS receiver with optical remote sensing, the device can measure variable distances in real time. Quebec City-based LeddarTech evolved from a Canadian government-funded research facility called the National Optics Institute. The company has since become a global player in...

October 23, 2017
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