If you've ever driven on a poorly lit road after twilight, you know how hard it can be to see either animals or pedestrians in the dark.
Collisions with pedestrians are a major cause of death, with more than 100,000 people killed each year worldwide. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Association says that the risk for fatal pedestrian accidents is almost four times greater at night than during the day, and each year more than 40,000 pedestrians are killed at night, just in the United States.
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Have you ever found yourself on the road craving some coffee? Have you found yourself either nowhere near your favorite coffee shop, or simply can’t convince yourself to pay for an overpriced cup?
Or even worse, it’s late at night and you've got the nods and there's no coffee shop for a hundred miles. Almost makes you wish you had brought your personal espresso machine, don’t you? Well, there is a solution.
Many of today’s vehicles now have power outlets that would allow using a personal espresso machine in the car for a great way to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee wherever you are.
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Automakers today are continuing to examine ways to improve vehicles for consumers and adapt to their everyday needs. Manufactures must adapt to the growing needs of consumers to integrate electronic functions into our vehicles. Experts suggest Ethernet usage in cars will be expanding in coming years, with more than 100 Ethernet nodes expected by 2020 for luxury vehicles while mass-market cars will have between 50-60 Ethernet nodes. Imagine the possibilities, especially for remote sales teams who work from their vehicles or work fleets that need Ethernet for business.
Ethernet was commercially introduced in the 1980s and has often been the chosen technology for computer networking and local area networks. Businesses continue to rely on business Ethernet services as they are incredibly reliable, so it’s no wonder car technologies integrate the same usage and that demand is expanding for the future.
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Did Dad get grease on the tie you gave him last year for Father's Day? If he'd rather spend time in the garage than at the Nordstrom haute couture department, check out AskPatty’s Gift Guide for Dads, full of unique gifts for the wrench-twisting car guys in your life. Whether he’s your father, hubby, boyfriend, son, or brother, if you’re looking for a thoughtful and unique gift for Father's Day, we’ve got something for every budget here.
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Many manufacturers are implementing hands-free technology to help you interact more safely with your devices while behind the wheel of their cars. Whether it's Bluetooth connectivity to allow you to place calls, operate your music player, or to send and receive texts, these automotive technologies are improving every day and are appearing as standard equipment in more and more new cars.
On top of offering hands-free connectivity for entertainment and cellphone use, most of these systems also integrate automatic notification to 911 in case of accidents.
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Need to get somewhere but don’t have a car? If you’ve got a smart phone, consider the ride sharing service from Uber as an alternative to a taxi or other forms of public transportation. The company, which has has labeled itself as “the most reliable ride in cities around the world,” brags about its inexpensive pricing and simple operation. Just “Push a button, and you know you're getting a ride.” And, here are two great reasons to give it a try.
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Christmas is just a few days away, and if you’re still looking for gift ideas, here are a few more. We’ve gathered up a collection of great ideas for the younger drivers in your family. No matter their age or driving level, we've got something here to please all your car-loving kids! Or, if you’re at a loss for what to pick up for that pet lover in your life, or looking for something to make your own pets' holiday a little brighter, we’ve also found a few fun things for your special pets!
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Christmas is just around the corner, so we've collected an assortment of gadgets and gizmos meant specifically for that Car Guy you love so much.
Regardless of whether he wants to drive them or work on them -- it doesn't matter if he's your dad, husband, brother, uncle, son or special friend -- if he loves cars, we know you'll find something here that's perfect for your favorite car guy.
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Dear Santa, I’ve been very good this year, and one of the elves working at the nearby dealership let it slip that you might be giving me a new sled for Christmas. If it’s true, I’d like to offer you a few hints to help make sure my new ride is appropriately decked out for safe, comfortable travels year-round.
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Most people don’t think that a truck can be tough and green.
However, the 2014 Ford F-150 is proving everyone wrong when it comes to
reducing the truck’s environmental impact.
Ford now uses several sustainable
materials -- including rice hulls, and many others -- inside the vehicle to
make it more ecofriendly.
“Fuel economy is a top priority when it comes to Ford’s
environmental impact,” says Carrie Majeske, Ford product sustainability manager.
“But we also recognize the tremendous impact that can be made by using
sustainable materials inside our cars, utilities, and trucks.”
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