TAG: Cars

Corruption Leads To Landfill

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It is trite to say that corruption is one of the most prevalent social ills that plague numerous governments internationally. This is especially true within African states where blatant corruption goes unpunished, thereby fostering a culture of impunity. Corruption by government officials has many dire consequences, and we will focus on the effect of such corruption on environmental obligations which a country must discharge or at least be seen to be discharging. All countries in the global community are encouraged to take part in saving the natural environment from avoidable harm, laws are passed and policies formulated to realise that end. However,… read more

Nissan Promises Driverless Cars By 2020

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When Google debuted their “driverless car” a few years ago, they caused quite a stir in the auto market. Were they considering launching their own line of automobiles? Was this just an experiment, or were they looking to share their technology? How long would it take for this to become mainstream? Google isn’t the only car company rocking the waves, however. Tesla, GMC, and Nissan currently build and sell some of the best electric vehicles on the market, with Tesla being the new startup in the industry. Just last year, Tesla was named the “Auto Trend Car of The Year”… read more

Smarter Driving App Maximizes Fuel Efficiency

Smarter Driving App Maximizes Fuel Efficiency

A little inexpensive piece of hardware for your vehicle, coupled with an app on your smartphone, could yield better fuel-efficiency, and take some of the mystery out of your car’s performance with real time diagnostics, right on your phone. The Dash system, which uses a small device that plugs right into the stock ODB port in a vehicle, allows drivers to gather data on their car’s performance and their own driving habits, as well as find the cheapest gas prices nearby and shop for deals on auto repairs. Dash also adds a social component to driving, by allowing users to… read more

Affordable Enclosed Three-Wheeler gets 84 MPG

Affordable Enclosed Three-Wheeler gets 84 MPG

If you’re looking for a fun and fuel-efficient transportation option this year, this three-wheeled car from Elio Motors might be just what you’re looking for. This fully-enclosed vehicle seats two people (plus a small trunk), is front-wheel drive, and has a top speed of over 100 mph, which is plenty fast for most driving situation. The gas tank holds 8 gallons, making for a total range of about 670 miles per fill-up (getting 84 mpg at highway speeds), which can save you a ton of money in fuel costs over the course of a year. Even with its city mileage… read more

Windshield Wipers May Get A Future Upgrade

Windshield Wipers May Get A Future Upgrade

Invented in 1903 by Mary Anderson, the windshield wiper is certainly an important invention in the world of transportation. The automotive company McLaren, known for their select and high-tech sports cars, are said to be reworking the way standard windshield wipers will operate. The design will use sound wave technology from high frequency ultrasound waves. The sound waves would make small vibrations on the windshield that would deflect rain, repel dirt and even bugs. This would improve visibility and keep the windshield clear and cleaner over time. Using this type of system would mean that there would be no need… read more

Compare Cars to See which is Greener

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By knowing more about the environmental impact of the next car you buy, you can get the greenest car for your money, and a new car comparison site aims to make that as easy as possible. RideNerd makes comparing two vehicles simple and quick, because users can either enter the two cars they want to compare, or they can pick from a series of rankings, such as “Plug-in cars with the best range” or “Hybrids with the best MPG” and get the info they need with a single click. “We have collected massive amounts of data, like environmental stats from… read more

Tiny Electric Car Folds In Half to Park

Tiny Electric Car Folds In Half to Park

What’s better than an electric car for city driving? An electric car that can fold itself in half and park just about anywhere. Inspired by the design of the armadillo, which can roll itself up into a ball when threatened, a team of researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a small foldable electric car for urban transportation. The Armadillo-T can shrink from its original length of 2.8 meters to just 1.65 meters when it’s folded up, allowing it to fit into just one-third of a normal parking spot. The two-seater vehicle is powered by… read more

Terrafugia Flying Car Gets Public Demo

Terrafugia Flying Car Gets Public Demo

The Terrafugia Transition flying car got its first big public demonstration at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show, where a crowd of people witnessed a 20 minute presentation that included the conversion from airplane to car, driving on the ground, and then aerial maneuvers above the show. The Transition is a two-seater street-legal airplane that can drive on the the highway, fly through the skies, and then fit inside of a single car garage (once the wings are folded). “The Transition® brings a new level of freedom, flexibility, and fun to personal aviation by combining driving and flying in one state-of-the-art… read more

Celebrate World Carfree Day

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In a world that’s rapidly being overrun by fossil-fueled motorized vehicles, it’s important to bring awareness to the fact that an auto-centric lifestyle is not the only option, and that our neighborhoods, our communities, and our cities have a lot to gain by supporting better cycling, walking, and public transportation opportunities. One way to do that is to organize or be a part of a car-free day celebration near you, especially on or around September 22, when you can join together with many other global communities in celebrating World Carfree Day. “As the climate heats up, World Carfree Day is… read more

BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sportscar Boasts 113 MPG

BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sportscar Boasts 113 MPG

Following the announcement of the BMW i3’s launch in 2014, the second in the company’s i series is a plug-in hybrid sportscar, boasting a dual drive system and a whopping 113 mpg fuel rating. The BMW i8, currently a prototype, but expected to be the second production car in the company’s alternative drive series, features a TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder gas engine powering the rear wheels, and the eDrive system, with a compact electric motor driving the front wheels. Both drive systems can be engaged for more aggressive cornering and handling, in essence becoming an all-wheel drive sportscar. “The BMW i8… read more