Ford explained that no one company or industry would be able to solve the mobility issue alone. And, the effectiveness of any plan would be contingent on customer acceptance of new technologies.
Ford predicted, “If we do nothing, we face the prospect of ‘global gridlock’, a never-ending traffic jam that wastes time, energy and resources and even compromises the flow of commerce and healthcare.” He continued, “The cooperation needed between the automotive and telecommunications industries will be greater than ever as we prepare for and manage the future. We will need to develop new technologies, as well as new ways of looking at the world.”
With the fast-paced increase in in-vehicle technologies, we can see that the telecommunications industry is critical in the creation of an inter-connected transportation system where cars are intelligent and can talk to one another as well as the infrastructure around them. Ford’s suggestion is that now is the time for us to be looking at vehicles on the road the same way we look at smartphones, laptops and tablets; as pieces of a much bigger, richer network.
The company’s “Blueprint for Mobility” will seek solutions for a problem that is already becoming a reality in expanding vehicle markets around the world. In Sao Paulo, traffic jams regularly exceed 100 miles long and the average commute lasts between 2 and 3 hours a day. Despite this, car buying is growing at a rate of 7.5 percent annually. In China, the world’s longest period of gridlock was registered at 11 days.
The problem is not restricted to emerging markets, either. For example, it is estimated that the cost of congestion to the economy in England through lost time will rise to around $35 billion annually by 2025. In Germany, sustaining a town of 300,000 people is estimated to require 1,000 truck deliveries daily.
Solving the issue of urban mobility is a huge challenge that will only be successful if government collaboration, infrastructure development and industry come together globally.
Ford said with the company’s blueprint will set near, mid- and long-term goals for significant reductions in the company’s global environmental footprint.
In the next 5 to 7 years, Ford plans to be at the forefront of developing increasingly intuitive in-car mobile communications options and driver interfaces that proactively alert drivers to traffic jams and accidents. They have already successfully experimented with this technology in England and in Germany.
Another near term plan is to deliver a better-connected, safer and more efficient driving experience with limited autonomous functions for parking and driving in slow-moving traffic – building on existing Ford features including Active Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Active City Stop. Many Ford vehicle’s already have the foundation of this technology and some can even be “upgraded” to offer ways to let a driver move through traffic jams in a more efficient and safe manner with the car essentially driving on auto pilot.
Within the next five to ten years, Ford will introduce semi-autonomous driving technology including driver-initiated “auto pilot” capabilities and vehicle platooning in limited situations – technologies that will provide improved safety and driver assistance features, but allow the driver to take control, if needed.
They also plan to increase interaction between individual cars on the road through utilization of ever-increasing computing power and numbers of sensors in vehicles, helping reduce the number of accidents at intersections and enabling limited semi-autonomous and autonomous highway lane changing and exiting.
And, the arrival of vehicle-to-cloud and vehicle-to infrastructure communication that contributes to greater time and energy efficiency by enabling vehicles to recommend alternative transport options when congestion is unavoidable and to pre-reserve parking at destinations.
Ford told the mobility conference, “Cars are becoming mobile communications platforms and as such, they are a great untapped opportunity for the telecommunications industry. Right now, there are a billion computing devices in the form of individual vehicles out on our roads. They’re largely unconnected from one another and the network.”
He continued, “We’ll increasingly take advantage of the car as a rolling collection of sensors to reduce congestion and help prevent accidents. I’m confident that we will see many of these advances on the road in this mid-term period because the early versions are already being designed, and in most cases, tested.”
Long term plans call for radically different transportation landscape where pedestrian, bicycle, private car, commercial and public transportation traffic will be woven into a single connected network to save time, conserve resources, lower emissions and improve safety.
This would include smart vehicles capable of fully autonomous navigation, with increased “auto pilot” operating duration, plus the arrival of autonomous valet functions, delivering effortless vehicle parking and storage. Obviously there may be many changes on the technology horizon. It’s good to see that one of America’s innovative automobile companies is at the forefront helping to set new world standards that can make driving safer, more efficient and more enjoyable for everyone.
The automobile is one of the greatest luxuries of life. After all, who really wants to use two feet when they can use four wheels and save the stress son their tender legs. With that said, a number of different car brands design fabulous cars that catch the eyes of numerous car enthusiasts. Among one of the better vehicle manufactures include Mazda. Mazda automobiles are known for their super classy style and cool little sports cars. The Mazda Miata is a one if the top little cars that Mazda makes and that people all over the world love. The ideal thing about Mazda is that they make great performance parts that can be used to make these already zippy cars even quicker.
Unlike many automobile brands that have parts that are hard to come by, Mazda performance parts can easily be found any regular automobile parts stores all across the nation and world. In an effort to provide consumers with more choices for high caliber backup parts for repairing, replacing, and customizing their Mazda’s; automobile stores are now offering an even more extensive line of Mazda parts. Some of the cool Mazda performance parts include high quality body and frame parts, car lamps, and other vehicle accessories that will dazzle the eye. They also offer intake systems, exhaust systems, breaking kits, body kits, suspension kits, and other kits and systems that are specifically designed to fit Mazda prototypes.
One of the brands that offer sport utility vehicles in the auto market is the luxury brand Land Rover. And aside from being known as the manufacturer of SUVs, this vehicle brand is also much known for the type of SUVs that it offers the market. Sure, the products under the Land Rover brand are not just any kind of SUV. They are actually remarkable and very luxurious SUVs that their products become the first choice of people who are out to purchase such a type of vehicle. And for those who would like to journey to locations far and distant, most would rather use their Land Rover SUVs for these offer them great comfort – during on road travels or even through off road adventures.
And for this season of fall, the brand would soon be bestowing its range of exemplary SUVs with more power. And the power would be coming from the two new engine options for their customers. One of the new engines is a supercharged V8 engine that has the capacity to produce a high of 400 units of horsepower. In fact, it would also be even quite surprising if the whole vehicle does get new Land Rover electrical parts, mechanical parts, or even Land Rover mechanical engine parts at that. Sure, such would actually give the vehicle a further boost in power, performance, and handling.
Aside from this, the SUVs would also be receiving a complete interior change. Take a look and you would most certainly see that the dashboard has been changed with a combination of wood and metal trims. There are also new twin glove boxes and some cup holders. The center console has also been simplified so much so that you can use it without ever having to check the car owner’s manual.
Plus, the vehicles would also be having the Land Rover Terrain Response System as a standard feature which would surely make more faces smile. You see, this marvelous system would simply let the driver turn on a knob and then choose which of the five settings would be best so as to keep the vehicle’s power train, suspension, and electric systems at top. The system would also check which should be the best type of setting during the present driving condition.
These vehicles are usually SUV’s that have been repossessed by banks because the previous owners may have defaulted on their car payments. And as these repossessed vehicles pile up in storage facilities, the only way to get rid of them and possibly for the banks to get some return on such investments is by holding public repossessed SUV auctions.
If ever you hear of some repossessed SUV auctions being held in your area, it would be a good idea for you to go there. But as with most auctions, you will need to look hard for good quality deals even in repossessed SUV auctions.
To give you an idea, an auction is usually a public sale where items are being sold to the highest bidder. That’s right. Auction deals go to the highest bidder. That means that you always have to face stiff competition with other interested bidders present in order to get the best deals.
If you want to be a serious bidder in repossessed SUV auctions always looking for the serious deal, then you need to let some of these tips work for you.
- The first practical tip when you try repossessed SUV auctions is make sure that you have enough money in the bank to back up your bid. This is also important because many auctions may require a bank draft as payment for a successful bid.
You can prepare yourself by having enough resources in your bank account if you are really looking to get a good deal that you don’t intend to get away from your grasp.
- Another good tip is to try going to the auction early. This will allow you time to check out probable deals and look for quality vehicles before any of the crowds in the auction ever develop. This will provide you with the time to list some of the vehicles that you think will be worth your bid.
- When you arrive at the auction site, be sure to bring with you a NADA Guide, a Kelley Blue Book or an Edmunds book. These books will be a very valuable resource for you at public auctions since you can get the fair market value price of used vehicles from them that will be able to guide you on your bidding strategy.
Advances in Pneumatic Tyres
Pneumatic tyres are the industry standard for all consumer vehicles. Early rubber tyres were solid, however, ever since John Dunlop designed the first pneumatic tyre in 1888, the world embraced this form of tyre, in spite of the durability of solid rubber, they were downright uncomfortable.
In approximately 455 factories around the world over 1 billion tyres are produced every year containing the same basic ingredients; rubber, carbon black and various chemicals.
Tyres are constructed on a drum and cured in a press under heat and pressure. The heat creates a polymerization reaction that links the rubber monomers and creates long elastic molecules. This allows the tyres to compress where the rubber meets the road and then reform to their original shape.
Different manufacturers uses their own compounds to deliver a combination of durability and performance. However, most tyres all start out the same way.
Tyre manufacturer Pirelli has been testing “digital tyres” on the Ferrari FXX K supercar to collect data about coefficient of friction, footprint and pavement grade. This information is then transferred to the car’s ECU and the traction control systems to optimize power delivery based on grip.
Michelin has made some very impressive developments in the longevity of tyre wear. The tire manufacturer has invented a tyre that will evolve as it wears out, preserving its road-gripping performance until the bitter end.
This new technology uses main tread grooves that get wider as they wear down, leaving plenty of space for water to still escape. The new tyres have tiny slices that expand into teardrop shapes and compensate for having shallower grooves, making the tyres safer as they age.
Self-inflating tyres for the consumer market are also being currently explored. This technology is already being used for heavy machinery and military vehicles, and uses sensors that measure the tyre pressure. If the pressure drops too low, an air compressor inflates the tyre, if the air is too high, a pressure relief valve deflates it.
Hankook has been experimenting with a tyre design that doesn’t require air. One of, if not the biggest drawbacks to pneumatic tyres has always been punctures and leaks. The new “iFlex” tyres are being made from completely eco-friendly materials.
The tyre manufacturer has been working with geometric shapes, in place of air, to offer pliable, bouncy qualities of a typical tyre. When tested for durability, hardness, stability, slalom and speed the Hankook NPT (non-pneumatic tyres) performed comparable to traditional air-filled tyres.