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January 20, 2016

Ford Joins With 'Girls Who Code' To Help Close STEM Gender Gap

Girls-who-code-logoAs part of Ford’s expanding community commitment in Northern California, the Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto is joining with Girls Who Code to help close the gender gap in technology and engineering fields.

As part of the collaboration, Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford, will support the education and professional growth of Girls Who Code club members in Northern California, serving more than 180 young women in grades six to 12 in the Bay Area.

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January 18, 2016

When You Can’t Find the Words, Talk Sportsball Trash with #FanMojis

 Toyota_Fan_mojisSome of the best sportsball games of the season are coming up in the next couple weeks as the final teams play to determine who's gonna make it to the SuperBowl in February.

You could talk trash to your friends using words. But this is the digital age, and to some, using real words is like a throwback to the days when Big Games were denoted using Roman Numerals and an arbitrary bowl system decided football's reigning team.

And Toyota isn’t about moving backward, even for fandom. No, Toyota is about going forward, and giving sports fans a new way to talk smack when their favorite team thrashes their opponents.

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January 14, 2016

Women in Automotive Conference Returns June 26-28, 2016

WIAlogoA success in its first year, the Women in Automotive Conference is gearing up for a bigger event in 2016 to assist the automotive community in recruiting, retaining, and developing female employees and leaders.

Founded to accelerate the role of women in the automotive industry, the Women in Automotive group has announced that its second annual conference is set for June 26-28 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida.

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Hyundai’s New Virtual Owners Manual Means No Glovebox Fumbling

1_hyundai_virtual_guideTo get car information into the hands of drivers faster and more easily, Hyundai has reinvented the owner's manual using Augmented Reality for the Hyundai Virtual Guide app.

Augmented Reality overlays a smartphone's or tablet's camera image with words and links to learn about what is shown on the screen.

Instead of fumbling through an owner's manual book, a car owner points a camera at the dash, instrument cluster, or engine to discover its functions and how it works.

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January 13, 2016

Winter Driving Tips For Survival

Snow_tires_for_winter-iStock_000015474918_SmallThroughout life there are things we can always rely upon; aging, politics, the fact the sun will rise in the east and set in the west…oh, and winter. Winter driving conditions can make traveling difficult for many drivers, so here are a few reminders to help keep you safe while driving in snowy and icy conditions.

The first thing to help keep you safe while driving on a snowy winter day is preparation. Preparing your vehicle before the snow flies is one of the best things you can do each winter season. Having a mechanical check, including brakes, suspension, and fluid levels will ensure your vehicle is in its best shape to tackle the road conditions. And don’t forget about the much-needed winter tires. They can grip the roads better during cold weather, not just snow- and ice-covered roads, so put those on before the temperature drops.

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January 09, 2016

General Motors Preps for 2016 North American International Auto Show

2017-Chevrolet-CruzeHatch-001The Detroit Auto Show opens on Monday to provide early peeks at more than 50 concept and production vehicles to more than 5000 journalists, showing off vehicles automakers plan to deliver to American consumers in the upcoming months.

The North American International Auto Show launches its media days on Monday, January 11, though many manufacturers are offering off-site reveals throughout the weekend ahead of the event. More than 800,000 consumers are expected to visit the show floor from January 16 to 24, 2016, and will even bring a most esteemed guest: the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

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January 07, 2016

Today's Technology: Making Cars Fun, Smart, Social

Ipad-technology-iStock_000075165377-ponsulakAutomakers spend years planning innovative technology for future car models. I frequently attend industry conferences to gain insight into what car buyers can expect down the road.

At the Telematics West Coast conference held in San Diego, automakers, analysts, suppliers, service providers and innovators discussed car tech issues of connectivity, infotainment, apps and innovation in future vehicles.

 

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January 04, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Group Gives Mittens To Cold Hands In Detroit Public Schools

Fiat_Chrysler_gives_mittens_to_Detroit_public_schools-ledeWith winter temperatures continuing to drop, exposure to the cold can cause serious or life-threatening health problems for young children -- many of whom must walk several blocks to school in snowy winter weather.

In an effort to help children stay warm this winter, Mittens for Detroit (MFD), a charity that’s known for warming hearts two hands at a time, and the Fiat Chrysler Group have kicked off a “mitten drop” campaign intended to provide a new pair of mittens or gloves to more than 26,000 Detroit Public School elementary students.

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January 01, 2016

Happy 2016 from AskPatty!

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On the road trip to happiness, the rule is to always to look ahead.

May you reach your destination, and may your journey be wonderful.

Happy New Year from all of us at AskPatty.

December 28, 2015

Owners Auto Know: Complexity of the Auto Recall

Automotive_recall-Drive_safely-iStock_000069343943-liorptRecalls are a fact of life. In 2014, there were 803 recalls for problems with more than 63.9 million vehicles. Yes, it is up to auto manufacturers to let you know about a recall, but it isn't that simple. Consumers have to be on the ball, too.

A recall is issued when a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a vehicle, car seat, tire, or any equipment creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases, repurchasing the vehicle.

If you were one of the people who didn't respond to a recall, then you may not have known about it. Or maybe you just didn't care. There are many reasons why vehicles don't get repaired.

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