Category Archives: Automotive

Would You Trust a ‘Robot’ to Drive You Around…Uber is Counting on It!

Uber's first self-driving car
Uber’s first self-driving car

*While many people are just now beginning to even trust riding in a car driven by a stranger, and are now getting pulled in by the convenience of rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft, something new and different is now being thrown in the mix.

The rideshare service with NO ONE in the driver’s seat!

You heard it right, our dear friends at Uber have decided to kick it up a notch and introduce its first self-driving automobile to pick you up and take you on your way.

Hey, Uber is a business. And what do businesses do? Businesses focus on the bottom line and try to eliminate expenses and make profits.

So although Uber has more than a gaZILLION drivers on the road, bringing their 2016 cash revenue — as in “how much do you have in the bank, homie?” to a staggering $4.1 BILLION according to Business Insider, it appears the company is now working towards eliminating the expense called human drivers.

First stop to test this innovative move: Pittsburgh! Continue reading

Houston Child Dies After Being Discovered in Back Seat of Hot Car (Video)

 

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*Police in Houston report that a 3-year-old boy went out of the front door of his home, opened the front door of the blue VW Passat that sat in the front yard, and climbed into the back seat.

No one knew he was there until it was too late.

Children getting accidentally left behind in hot cars are a growing danger. We’ve read the horrible stories about busy parents rushing around and forgetting the child in the car. A hospital CEO was rushing around to meetings and forgot her 7-month old child in the car. A Ridgefield, CT mother is living with guilt after her 15-month-old daughter was found dead in a hot car.

But this story is a bit different, though just as fatal.

Little Evan Trapolino was trapped in the car because the childproof lock was on and he couldn’t get out. After the child was discovered, family members called 911 and tried CPR.

Neighbor Marlene Gonzales told the media, “I just seen when they were bringing the baby outside in the bed of the ambulance.”

Evan was taken to LBJ Hospital, but pronounced dead soon after. Houston police say his family believes he may have gone into the car to get a toy. The family noticed he was missing after about 30 to 45 minutes.

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Its hard to believe this sad story could get any sadder. But it doesn’t stop there.

Robenia Brooks, who has known the child’s mother since she was a toddler, told Eyewitness News his mom recently found out she had stage four breast cancer.

“You’re fighting death, and then your child dies too? Man that’s hard,” she says.

Brooks says she hopes the people who see what happened to little Evan take a step back before they judge: “This is a whole lot for the family, and no one should judge them until they know them. They’re some good people.”

Justin Harris and his son Cooper, who was found dead in the backseat of the VW Passat
Justin Harris and his son Cooper, who was also found dead in the backseat of a hot car

Parking Lot Crowded, Can’t Locate Your Car? Meet ‘Zus’

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*It was only a matter of time for some genius to come up with a brilliant way to make a buck, based on something we can really use. I just don’t like the fact that it wasn’t me. But, oh well. Back to the lab again. ‘Zus’ is that something. We often forget where we parked our car, and no matter how many times we push the key button, if we’re nowhere near it…

It ain’t gonna work!

But then again, that same “genius” has no doubt experienced the same thing and one day woke up and said, wait! I’m going to create something so this won’t happen to me or anyone else again!

Git ‘er done. And he did.

The “Zus Smart Car Finder and USB Car Charger” mainly works to locate your car.

Here’s how it works! You know that big hole in your car’s dash, formerly known as the cigarette lighter, they had to do something with it for those of us who don’t smoke. So Zus plugs into this 12-volt power point which automatically tells its associated app to save the location of the car when it is parked.

Brilliant, right?

Zus is also rather inconspicuous too. Nothing flashy that sparks attention. Instead, its made of black plastic and has a flanged head with two USB ports. The app measures 3.25 inches long, and an inch at its widest point. The USB ports sit on slightly angled surfaces for better access. ZUS also integrates white LED lights to let you know when it’s on, and makes it easier to find and plug in USB cables at night. Continue reading

He Used to Walk 21-Miles to Work, Now He Drives & Wants to Lose Weight

Man walks 21 miles to work, James Robertson

*You’ve heard of James Robertson, right? He’s the dude who lucked up on a brand new, donated car after the story got out about his 21-mile daily trek, in all kinds of weather, to get to (and from) his job at Schain Mold & Engineering in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He operates an injection-molding machine there.

That’s him pictured above.

The Detroit Press did an article on him last year after one reporter learned of his story from a bank employee. A man who watched Robertson walking and decided to stop and offer him a ride one day. The reporter was moved to set up a donation page and $360,000 smackeroos later, his walking days were over.

He didn’t even have to spend any of that money on a car. When Ford learned about the story, they GAVE him a car! Continue reading

Ford First to Test Driverless Cars at Fake Michigan City

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*When I was a kid, I’d sit and watch my grandmother while she sat and watched the microwave, marveling at its ability to heat a cold cup of coffee in one minute — WHILE THE INSIDE OF THE OVEN REMAINED COOL TO THE TOUCH, she’d say.  “Ma” would tell stories of being a kid in rural Illinois and heating things up over a fire while I thought “What kinda prehistoric world was THAT?” and I’d watch movies like Back To The Future II depict what “the future” would look like.

While we fell short of seeing Marty McFly’s flying car, we’re looking at a world where driverless cars aren’t a “how” or an “if”, they’re a “when”.  Ford is leading the way, testing driverless car technology in the faux Mcity, near Ann Arbor, Michigan.

While the Detroit manufacturer has been testing related technologies for about 10 years, their new testing program reflects their interest in moving self-driving cars from research to advanced engineering. Continue reading

Would You Buy Your Next Car From (Wait for It!)…A Vending Machine?

Vending machine cars
THIS is the automobile vending machine, folks!

*And the innovations just keep on coming. And here you thought vending machines were only for those tasty snacks. Betcha’ never, eva…eva…thought you’d have an opportunity to buy a vehicle from one.

Well this, my dears, is now a reality.

A company called Carvana, based in Atlanta, has only been around for two-and-a-half years, but they are making a lot of noise because of their interesting business practice. For example: their car delivery service allows customers to purchase a vehicle online, and then its delivered to their doorstep for a seven-day, no questions asked, test drive.

I’m going to just give y’all a moment to digest that, K?

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Parents Release ‘Horrific Video’ of Son & His Friend Speeding to Their Death (Watch)

Teen speeds towards death
Wonder what he was thinking at this very moment?

*Many of us may wonder what it is exactly that makes us do some of the things we do. I mean, we know there are mind altering drugs, so we know that when people delve into that world, their mind is going to be … well, altered. And they are probably going to do things they wouldn’t otherwise do.

Then there are the actions of the parents of adults in this story. The parents who decided to release a video (scroll down) showing their adult son and his friend, both high on a cocktail of drugs, accelerated the car they were driving up to speeds of 90 miles per hour, before crashing it into a concrete wall that killed them both instantly.

Nevertheless, the parents did.

Their son was Michael Owen, the young father of a five-year-old girl named Lily Rose Iris Owen. You hear him in the video (scroll down) saying, “you’re doing 90 boy, slow down.”

Those were his last words. They were spoken to the unlicensed driver and pal who lost control of the car.  Continue reading

Lyft Co-Founder: ‘Most Millennials Won’t Own a Car in Five Years’…And Data Supports This!

Lyft Co-founder, John Zimmer
Lyft Co-founder, John Zimmer

 

*If you’ve never heard of ride-sharing, app-based taxi services like Uber and Lyft, you probably don’t get out much.

They are pretty much taking over the world.

And John Zimmer, who co-founded Lyft, even goes as far as saying that in five years, most millennials won’t own a car. They will see no need for it.

“You could actually start seeing the majority of millennials in the next five years or so saying there’s no reason I should get a car,” Zimmer told Mashable recently. “The car used to be the symbol of American freedom. Now it’s like …owning a $9,000 ball and chain, because you have $9,000 in expenses on your car every year.”

Sounds like something someone with a ride-sharing business would say.

But apparently there’s data to support his theory. Continue reading