Where will the Future of cars bring us?

Toyota wants the Mirai to become the first mass produced Hydrogen Car.

What is a Hydrogen Car?
Hydrogen cars are very different as all other automobiles (gasoline, battery, hybrid).
Here’s the way they work..
A hydrogen car is a 100% electric car, but instead of a battery it uses hydrogen fuel cells. These are simple, feed them hydrogen gas and they will constantly generate electricity. These are similar to a battery that never need recharging. There is no combustion, hydrogen gas is merely fed to theSo, where do you get the hydrogen?
The cars carry high pressure tanks of hydrogen to deliver their fuel cells. The tanks get filled again at a hydrogen gas station, and the filling procedure is very similar to regular gas filling. The hydrogen gas station delivers its hydrogen on the spot. Exactly how? By electrolysis of water. Yes, the raw material to generate hydrogen gas is water! So, the hydrogen gas station makes hydrogen from water. Vehicles refill their hydrogen tanks. The hydrogen passes through the car’s fuel cells to produce the energy that drives the car. And the exhaust? The car’s exhaust is water vapor!
No Polluting.

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The entire thing is a water to water cycle! The range of a hydrogen car is the identical to a gasoline car, and the refueling time is the same. Also, hydrogen is the most abundant element in the world. So I doubt we’ll be depleted!
What are your thoughts on this topic?
Content written by Ken Abbott, Internet Marketing Consultant
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Distracted Driving and Voice Recognition Software

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Voice recognition software has been brought into cars to keep our hands on the wheel, but are these setups keeping our minds on the task at hand?

A new study undertaken by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that voice controls in our vehicles may be just as distracting as the buttons and knobs that they are meant to replace.

To get these results, researchers had test subjects send text messages, post social media updates and schedule appointments using hands-free technology while driving in a simulator to gauge mental strain. Those tested measured 4 points on a 5-point scale for mental strain while using Apple’s Siri hands-free system, which was deemed to be the most distracting systems according to the research.

The OEM systems evaluated in this research were: a Ford equipped with MyFord Touch, a Chevrolet equipped with MyLink, a Chrysler equipped with Uconnect, a Toyota equipped with Entune, a Mercedes equipped with COMMAND, and a Hyundai equipped with Blue Link.

Toyota in particular recieved high praise for having an easily navigable system while Chevy’s MyLink proved to be quite taxing, scoring a 3.7. “We believe that this high level of workload was elicited by system errors and the prolonged duration of the task,” said the report, referring to the MyLink system.

In summary of voice-based controls the study concludes, “that there are significant impairments to driving that stem from the diversion of attention from the task of operating a motor vehicle. The data suggest that voice-based interactions in the vehicle may have unintended consequences that adversely affect traffic safety.”

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Collision Industry News : Axalta Breaks Ground

Axalta Coating Systems breaks ground on waterborne facility expansion in Germany

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Construction begins on new Wuppertal production site

Wuppertal, Germany, 9 September 2014 – Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, today broke ground in Wuppertal, Germany, on construction to expand its capacity to produce waterborne coatings. The new facility will increase the footprint of what is already the largest of the company’s 35 manufacturing centers. Production is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.

At the ceremony to mark the event – attended by Wuppertal’s mayor, Peter Jung, media and Axalta employees – Axalta Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver underscored the company’s commitment to the production of environmentally responsible waterborne paint technologies.

“A growing demand for high-performance waterborne paint solutions prompted our decision to expand in Wuppertal,” Shaver told the assembled guests. “This facility will use a number of advanced technologies to decrease waste and reduce the environmental footprint of our operations. Waterborne coatings also meet our customers’ interest in coating systems that enable them to reduce their own impact on the environment and operate more productively.”

The new Wuppertal facility will manufacture coatings for some of the largest European light vehicle automotive original equipment manufacturers, as well as for Axalta’s three global refinish brands – Cromax®, Spies Hecker® and Standox®. It will also supply waterborne paints for manufacturers of commercial vehicles and industrial applications.

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“CROSSOVERS” Continue to be the Biggest Segment in Auto Sales

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Strong consumer demand for crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) continues, with crossovers representing more than a quarter of all autos sold in the U.S. CUVs have popular attributes of an SUV but are built on car platforms. In 2002, crossovers represented 7.7% of sales, rising to 25.5% in 2013. SUVs, by contrast, were about 18% of sales in 2002, falling to about 6.7% of sales today.

2013 VS. 2012 SALES TRENDS: SOME SEGMENTS GROW, WHILE OTHER CONTRACT

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Across the board, auto sales increased 7.5% in 2013. There are eight different segments of the passenger car and light truck auto sales market, and five of those segments were up year-to-year in 2013. In fact, the large car segment led all others with a nearly 31 percent increase over middle car sales the year before. While large cars represented the biggest percentage increase in sales, volume-wise, the change in CUV sales was the biggest, increasing by more than half a million over 2012 – reaching nearly 4 million units sold. Additionally, consumer demand for luxury cars and pickups had double-digit percentage increases from the year before. Consumer demand for middle size cars, SUV’s and vans fell slightly – but all by less than a half percent.

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