Mercedes-Benz to Integrate Google Glasses with its In-Car Infotainment Systems

Mercedes-Benz goes futuristic with Google Glass integration. The era of the Heads-Up Display (HUD) is upon us. That is, the display of information directly in front of the driver – on the car’s windshield. A number of cars already have this function and it is due to become a far more important feature in the very near future. Mercedes-Benz North America is pushing hard to develop a working relationship with Google, to incorporate the concept of Google Glass into its cars’ information and entertainment features. Google Glass is the trade name for Google’s wearable projection eyeglass technology currently under the later stages of development. The glasses give the wearer the ability to view read-outs of information projected onto the eyeglass lenses so that the...

February 6, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs’ August Flick Pick – “Getaway???

Hitting the big screen for Labor Day, “Getaway” stars Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez. But it’s the Shelby Cobra Super Snake that steals every scene. Getaway is one of the must see car flicks for muscle car enthusiasts. It is an epiphany of many car-chase movies of the past. Though missing some the pure cool of a cult classic like Bullet, this movie is loaded with some serious action. The plot revolves around Brent Magna, a stock car driver who is trying to locate his kidnapped wife. In the process, Magna steals the star of the show, a Shelby Mustang GT 500 Super Snake, to give chase to the kidnapper. Ironically, and you knew there would be “irony”, the car belongs to a seasoned carjacker played by Selena Gomez.  Funny how Karma always comes back to...

February 6, 2015
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Why Fuel Choices Today Can Make a Big Difference

Gasoline, diesel or hybrid – Which is the best way to go? E3 Spark Plugs spells out your options. Trying to figure out the difference between fuels can seem like an exercise in math and chemistry for many, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, understanding why fuels work differently can actually help in buying a new car, depending on what one wants from a vehicle. Clearly, standard vehicles are served just fine with regular gasoline, but when it comes to hauling and towing, diesel might be the better choice. Here’s how the different fuel options can work for you. Gasoline There’s a reason why gasoline is the fuel of choice in sports cars and vehicles designed for speed — it produces reliable horsepower. That said, gasoline isn’t the best producer of...

February 6, 2015
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Teen Driving to School This Year? Tips for Choosing the Safest Rides

Teen getting behind the wheel this school year? E3 Spark Plugs helps you choose a safe ride that (hopefully) won’t embarrass your ultra-cool brood. Buying a car for a teenager always starts with good intentions. Safety, reliability, and ease of use make the initial list. Unfortunately in today’s marketplace cost rears its ugly head, and a teen’s first car frequently ends up being a used compact that could fold up like a tin can on the first real impact with another car. It’s not what any loving parent wants for his or her child. That said, trying to find the right balance when choosing a safe first ride can be a challenge. So what really makes a safe car but still allows the sticker price to come in at an affordable level? While the idea of having your teen...

February 6, 2015
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The Lyft Car – A Different, Fun Kind of Taxi

Why take a boring ol’ taxi ride when you can take a mustachioed, Disco-themed sing-along experience to your destination instead? At first mention, “Lyft car” might give a person an impression of some sort of cargo hauler. In reality, it’s a growing type of big city taxi service minus the yellow, impersonal cab feel and plus the kooky and weird ride. Lyft car rides for short destinations are available today in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Boston and are scheduled through Facebook from user to driver. What the passenger/customer gets when the car arrives depends on what sort of theme the driver has decided to go with in his Lyft car. For example, one Lyft car could incorporate an entire disco theme, including fog machine and disco lights in the back...

February 6, 2015
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Preview of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

A scene from the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The 2013 event happens in August. For over 60 years, the Concours d’Elegance has been thrilling automotive enthusiasts with beauty, power and technology. And one of the most anticipated Concours events is happening next month. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance celebration starts its engines August 14, 2013 for both a memorable experience and a great cause. With more than $16 million already raised for charity, attending the event allows you to help worthwhile causes while you enjoy the ultimate vintage car lover’s experience. This one is definitely worthy of a road trip. Festivities begin on Wednesday, August 14 with participant arrivals and exhibits. The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, sponsored by...

February 6, 2015
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Could Hackers Take Over Your Car?

Could terrorists take over your car? Government-hired hackers show it’s possible. Imagine driving down the highway when suddenly, your speedometer surges, your brakes fail and your steering wheel seemingly takes on a mind of its own. While it sounds like the stuff of a sci-fi thriller, government officials say it’s all too real a possibility. With funding from the Pentagon and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, two noted hackers are showing the feds just how easy it might be for terrorists, organized crime figures or super savvy pranksters to take control of your automobile. Experimenting on a 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Ford Escape, the hackers showed that while they cannot fully control the vehicles...

February 6, 2015
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Ferris Bueller’s Ferrari, 007’s Submersible Lotus, Bungling Fargo Henchmen’s Oldsmobile Up for Grabs

Ferris Bueller’s replica 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder hit the auction block next month. Here at E3 Spark Plugs, we love a great movie car auction or contest. If you’d like to get behind the wheel of a cinematic ride, we’ve got three chances coming up. Perhaps the most iconic of the three s the replica 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder trashed in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In the John Hughes-directed blockbuster, Matthew Broderick’s beloved character “borrows” his buddy’s dad’s vintage car to skip school and cruise around Chicago, taking his ever-suspicious Dean of Students Ed Rooney and frustrated sister, Jeannie for a ride of another kind. A “Save Ferris” donation campaign kicks off at...

February 6, 2015
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July, August Top Month for Car Thefts – E3 Spark Plugs Offers Eight Great Tips for Rebounding

Empty parking spot where you’re sure you left your ride? E3 Spark Plugs offers tips on what to do if your car is stolen. July and August are top months for taking the fam on a summer vacation, lounging at the beach and getting your car jacked. That’s right – According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau more cars are stolen in July and August than any other month of the year. Common sense moves can help protect your car from thieves in the first place – Park in a well-lit area, hide your valuables, keep your spare key with you, avoid leaving your car running and immobilize it if it will be parked for an extended period of time. But what happens when your car does disappear? E3 Spark Plugs offers a few tips: Make sure your car really is gone. Multi-level...

February 6, 2015
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How a Shyster Mechanic Can Sell Your Car – Spark Plugs and All – Right Out from Under You

Shady mechanics are using fraudulent liens to sell unwitting customers’ cars. There’s a new racket in operation among some less-than-ethical auto mechanics, and it could cost you your ride, right down to the spark plugs. A recent report on Sacramento, CA’s CBS13 exposed the increasingly common, highly illegal practice of mechanics faking liens or actually filing bogus liens against customers’ vehicles and selling them right out from under them. The story featured Daniel James, who says Sacramento’s MK Auto held his 1986 Ford Mustang for three years, calling every few months to explain that they were struggling to find a new engine for the classic car. Finally fed up, James with the ridiculous delay, James demanded his car back. That’s when a...

February 6, 2015
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