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Ford just invested $1 billion in self-driving cars

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The race to build a self-driving car keeps getting more intense — and expensive.

Ford (F) announced Friday afternoon it would invest $1 billion over five years in a previously unheard of startup. Argo AI, led by Google and Uber veterans, will combine with Ford’s existing team to develop a fully self-driving car.

It’s the latest high-priced investment that a major company has made in self-driving car engineers.

Almost a year ago, General Motors (GM) spent $1 billion to acquire Cruise Automation. And last August, Uber spent $680 million on Otto, a self-driving car startup led by former Google (GOOGL, Tech30) engineers that hadn’t even existed a year before.

Related: You car’s data may soon be more valuable than the car itself

Argo AI is a startup that hadn’t even been publicly announced. And Ford hasn’t acquired all of the startup, it’s only the majority stockholder. Argo AI engineers will have equity in the company, which should help it attract talent. Other companies have tried similar arrangements amid intense competition for qualified engineers.

When Google spun off its self-driving car project as Waymo in December, CEO John Krafcik said the arrangement would help it to better align incentives for employees.

Argo AI plans to have 200 employees by year’s end. They will be split between Silicon Valley, Michigan and Pittsburgh.

Argo AI CEO Bryan Salesky spent three years working at Google’s self-driving car program. He left in 2016. His cofounder, Peter Rander, spent nearly two years working on Uber’s autonomous vehicle team in Pittsburgh.

Experts have long warned that legacy automakers such as Ford risk being disrupted by tech companies like Google. Tech companies have the software expertise that is necessary to build a safe self-driving car.

The doomsday scenario for automakers is to turn into Nokia, which was a global leader in cell phones — until Apple unveiled the iPhone. Nokia wasn’t able to keep up during the smartphone revolution and watched as SiIlicon Valley titans Apple (AAPL, Tech30) and Google sucked up their profits.

Ford is clearly willing to spend a lot of money to avoid such a fate.

Credits: CNN news

Porsche will sell electric sports car

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Porsche plans to offer an all-electric performance car by the end of the decade. The four-door car, which looks like a futuristic version of today’s Porsche Panamera, will be able to go 310 miles on a single charge, Porsche has boasted.

The Mission E was originally unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show as a concept car, but the board of Volkswagen Group, Porsche’s parent company, has now approved development of the car for factory production. When the car was unveiled in September, a Porsche spokesperson only said that “production of the car would be feasible within the near future.”

The car is part of a bigger push by Volkswagen Group into electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. In all, the group plans to introduce 20 such vehicles by 2020, company executives have said.

Related: Tesla beats Ferrari, Bugatti

It’s not clear what the Volkswagen Group (VLKPY) diesel scandal will do to those overall plans, however. Volkswagen’s sales have plummeted in the U.S. and globally as a result. The company has had to set aside millions of dollars to deal with potential fines and the costs of refitting as many as 11 million diesel cars to meet emissions standards. It will need to recall 500,000 cars in the U.S. alone.

Porsche has said that the Mission E will be able to go from zero to 60 miles an hour in under 3.5 seconds. That figure has already been beaten by some versions of the Telsa Model S, though, which can leap from zero to 60 in under three seconds. The Porsche will also be able to charge wirelessly by parking over a coil embedded in a garage floor.

Related: Our favorite sports cars of 2015

The car will charge quickly, too, according to Porsche, reaching 80% of a full charge in only 15 minutes, enough to drive 250 miles. Porsche executives have said that more battery development is needed, however. Porsche has not announced anything about the price of the Mission E.

http://money.cnn.com

Drive Safe, Arrive Safe

In general, driving today is considered to be much safer than in the past. Today, we are driving safer vehicles on safer roads. While this has resulted in the lowest number of collisions in the US ever recorded in 2008 [source: NHTSA], the numbers unfortunately are still disturbing and preventable. In 2008, there were almost six million car accidents in the U.S.

The best and most effective way to reduce collisions on our roads is to follow best driving practices and to obey the rules of the road.

With that in mind, here is a list of safe-driving tips that everyone can utilize, so that automotive accidents can be reduced in the future:

  • When behind the wheel, make sure that you are only focused on your driving and the road. Distractions include texting, talking on your hands free device, adjusting your radio or even eating while driving. It’s simple. Put all of your attention to the road and keep both eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel at all times.
  • Put your seatbelt on. This simple task can save your life if you were to get into a collision.
  • If you know you will be drinking, make sure that you have a designated driver. Or, ask for a cab to be ordered or ask someone for a ride. While this may be an inconvenience, the consequences of not doing so can be life changing for not only you but for someone else as well.
  • Take your time and obey the speed limits posted on the road and drive to road conditions. If you really need to get somewhere sooner, the safest option is to just leave earlier!

With more vehicles on the road than ever before, it’s imperative that drivers learn to respect not only the road, but one another as well. Think of the passengers of the car in front of you as your own family. Everyone is on the same mission on the road, to come home safely to our destination and loved ones.

 

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Credits: https://www.gerbercollision.com

How to Save Money on Gas for Your Car 20 Easy Ways

gas pumpIt’s no secret that the price of gas is continually rising. According to data from the Energy Information Administration, the national average for a gallon of regular gas in mid-January 2009 was $1.83. Three weeks later, the price was $3.44, and in 2012, the average price exceeds $4.00 in some areas.

With no estimated date in sight as to when prices will come down, consumers need to be smart about how to save on fuel costs before they reach the pump. Fortunately, there are many ways to save significantly – without requiring a great deal of effort on your part.

Driving Habits

1. Drive Less
Between the rising cost of gas and the slumping economy, there are a number of reasons why people are driving less today. It’s not so hard to do either. Combine your errands into one trip to avoid repeat drives into town. Consider walking instead of driving for nearby pick-ups, or drag out that bicycle that’s gathering dust in the garage or shed.

2. Warm Up Your Car for Shorter Lengths of Time
If you wake up to a cold morning, don’t warm up the car for longer than 30 seconds (up to one minute if you must). If you idle the engine for more than a minute, you waste fuel and pump nasty greenhouse gas emissions into the air. Engines of modern cars do not require the extensive length of time that older models needed to warm up.

3. Buy Gas Early or Late in the Day
Purchase gas early or late in the day, especially during warm months. Gas is cooler earlier in the day, and more dense. As temperatures rise, gas density falls and you get less of it when you pump.

Also, buy gas early in the week. Prices typically rise between Wednesday and Saturday, but stay lower during the early days of the week.

4. Slow Down and Drive Steady
Driving fast may be fun, but it also increases drag, which increases fuel consumption. Driving just below the speed limit and driving smoothly (not accelerating quickly) uses gas more efficiently, so you may have to fill up a lot less often.

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5. Monitor When and How You Brake
Braking excessively wastes gas and causes your brake pads to wear out quickly. Maintain a safe distance between yourself and the car in front of you when you’re in heavy traffic – that way, you won’t need to brake as often as if you were tailgating.

Also, by keeping a bit more distance between you and the car ahead, you can begin braking earlier, especially when approaching a traffic light. By not having to slam on the brakes at the last minute, you’ll improve the efficiency of your car and save gas.

6. Turn Off the Engine
If you’re waiting outside for your spouse to finish getting ready for your night out, or you’re waiting at a railroad crossing for the train to cross, turn off the engine. Idling is a major waste of gasoline, and contributes massive amounts of pollutants to the atmosphere.

7. Eliminate Wind Resistance
An open window increases drag and costs you fuel in the long run – so keep your windows closed whenever possible. Also, remember to remove unneeded car racks and carriers. If you normally drive around with a ski rack, bicycle rack, or luggage rack on your roof, take it off when it’s not in use to make your vehicle more aerodynamic.

8. Avoid Gas Stations Near the Highway
The first gas station that you encounter after a long stretch of highway will usually be pricey. If possible, plan ahead or drive a little farther toward the nearest town to find a cheaper station.

9. Don’t Wait Until Your Tank Is Almost Empty to Fill Up
If you wait until your tank is almost empty, you may be stuck paying for whatever gas you find conveniently nearby, as you won’t be able to search for the best deal.

Car Maintenance

10. Monitor Your Tires
Under-inflation causes tires to wear out faster and wastes gas. Properly inflated tires reduce friction and offer better gas mileage.

However, temperature changes can cause tire pressure to fluctuate by as much as two to three pounds per square inch (psi), so be sure to check the psi regularly – especially during seasons when the weather shifts drastically. You may also want to contact your car dealer to see if they offer free tire pressure check-ups.

Also, if you utilize snow tires during the winter months, be sure to replace them in the spring. Snow tires cause excess friction on dry surfaces, wasting gas.

11. Tune the Engine
Car engines need to be regularly tuned. A properly tuned engine uses less gas, so if you can’t remember when you last had a tune-up, it may be time to schedule one.

12. Change Filters
Check your filters regularly – especially if you live in a dusty area. Clean filters help to keep cars running more fuel efficiently.

13. Use the Correct Motor Oil
Be sure to use the proper motor oil. If you’re not sure which type your car requires, check the owner’s manual or do a search online. Using the wrong motor oil can cause the engine to work harder and waste gas.

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14. Turn Off the A/C
As much as you may love air conditioning, it turns your car into a gas guzzler. Keep it turned off as much as possible. To keep your car cooler, park in the shade and roll the windows down a crack to circulate air.

Transmissions & Fuel Efficiency

15. Drive Manual
Manual transmission cars are more fuel-efficient than automatic transmission. If you drive one, shift up early and shift down late to save on fuel. Also, shift into neutral when the car is standing still to reduce the strain on your transmission.

16. Manage Your Speed
If you drive a car with automatic transmission, use cruise control to manage your speed and conserve fuel.

Planning Ahead

17. Choose the Best Route
Whenever possible, take the route with the fewest stop signs and traffic lights. The shortest route isn’t always the most fuel-efficient way to go.

18. Fill Your Gas Tank Near State Lines
When traveling, fill up near state lines if possible. Due to different tax rates, you may save a bundle just by crossing into another state. If you’re planning a road trip, do research ahead of time to see which states offer the best prices.

19. Consider Buying a Fuel-Efficient Car
Consider getting a more fuel-efficient car. Even several models of affordable non-hybrids can get 40 miles per gallon.

20. Download a Gas App
Using smartphone apps can really help you save at the gas pump – sometimes more than $0.20 per gallon. Several apps are not only available for the iPhone, but also for the Android, Blackberry, Windows phone,  and others as well.

Credits: http://www.moneycrashers.com

Faster electric-car charging, Faraday reservations, Tesla Model 3 cost speculation: Today’s Car News

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Today, we look at plans for faster electric-car charging, Faraday Future’s tally of reservations for the FF 91 electric car, and the results of our poll asking how much a fully loaded Tesla Model 3 will cost. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

See how automakers and charging-infrastructure companies are trying to fast track faster charging for electric cars.

Solar panels connected to home energy-storage battery packs proved less efficient than grid-connected solar panels in a recent study.

Faraday Future has around 64,000 reservations for its FF 91 electric car. Here’s why that figure isn’t directly comparable to Tesla’s Model 3 reservation tally.

Watch the Toyota Mirai Super Bowl ad that aired during last Sunday’s game, but only in California.

How much will a fully loaded Tesla Model 3 cost? We asked that question on Twitter, and the answers span a broad range.

Despite all of the recent doom and gloom about the future of manual transmissions, they way very well survive long term. Here’s how.

Finally, BMW’s i Ventures investment fund is backing a company developing a process to 3D print metal parts, which may help streamline manufacturing.

 

Credits: http://www.greencarreports.com

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