HONDA’S AUTONOMOUS ATV IS COMING FOR ALL YOUR JOBS

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Despite the promise the new year brings, there’s one thing we probably won’t see in 2019: fully autonomous cars, even though seemingly every major tech and auto company is getting into the race. This now includes Honda, who just three months ago pledged $2 billion to a self-driving car partnership with GM.

While that may seem like an all-in sort of wager, Honda isn’t putting all of its self-driving eggs in one basket. On January 8th at the Consumer Electronics Show, they will be presenting an autonomous ATV. We repeat, Honda’s got an autonomous ATV.

Officially christened the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle, it’s based on the company’s ATV chassis and “features GPS and sensor-based autonomy capable of guiding the unit in almost any environment; a rail accessory mount system for limitless accessories and attachments; and onboard power plug-ins.” While a concept technically debuted at last year’s CES trade showunder the name 3E-D18, this past year it was put through trial by fire — literally.

Honda beta tested the AWV in three different scenarios: mowing at a solar farm, spraying and carrying crops at an agricultural college, and hauling gear for a wildland firefighting division. But other potential applications include search and rescue, construction and snow removal.

The keyword there is “potential.” Since it’s the purview of Honda R&D Americas (that is, their research and development arm) this is still in the prototype phase. And as CES is still a trade show, though it’s become more of a social media launchpad, Honda is less concerned with consumer interest than business interest.

“Honda is looking for additional partners to evolve the technology and develop attachments or accessories that will expand the potential uses for the Autonomous Work Vehicle,” said Pete Wendt, senior planner in Advanced Product Planning at Honda R&D Americas.

So all you snow blowers and lawn mowers can rest easy tonight. Your jobs are safe, for another few months at least.

Original Article: https://www.insidehook.com/nation/honda-autonomous-work-vehicle-atv-ces

 

 

 

We’ve Been Carrying Car Seats All Wrong

We’ve Been Carrying Car Seats All Wrong

Carrying a car seat can be stressful on your back, shoulders, and arms. And during this time of year when you may also be toting around extra packages and items, the stress gets even worse.

Luckily, Emily Puente, DC, CACCP, of Bridge Family Chiropractic, created a viral video that easily shows you how to eliminate that ache and awkward stride that comes with lugging around a bulky car seat. Here’s a quick summary from the video above:

1. Turn the car seat, so your baby is facing you
2. Loop your arm that’s directly next to the car seat through the handle, so the handle rests on the inside of your elbow
3. Twist your hand, so it’s facing away from your body, and use it to support the car seat underneath the handle

Share this with someone you know that has an infant, and you’ll make their day a little less stressful.

Honda Wins 6 Best Buy Awards

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Honda Wins 6 Best Buy Awards

Six Honda models took top honors in their respective categories in the 2019 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards, making Honda the most awarded brand of 2019. The awards reflect the spectrum of Honda’s balanced lineup, with passenger cars, light trucks and electrified vehicles all represented.

Honda’s six category winners are as follows:

– Honda Civic-Compact Car
– Honda Insight-Compact Car
– Honda Accord-Midsize Car
– Honda HR-V-Subcompact Crossover
– Honda Pilot-Midsize Crossover
– Honda Ridgeline-Compact Pickup

Each year Consumer Guide Automotive editors select the best vehicles from 20 segments to receive Best Buy Awards, with vehicle price and value being major factors in their selection process. By prioritizing these key consideration points in the car-buying process, the Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards serve a practical purpose to everyday car shoppers. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, Consumer Guide Automotive is one of the most trusted names in the automobile industry.

For information on our year-end incentives, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

How Much Time Do You Really Save by Speeding?

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How Much Time Do You Really Save by Speeding?

Especially during the holidays, drivers seem to be in more of a hurry to get through a longer to-do list. But will speeding really shave that much time off of the clock?

AAA recently did a study and I thought the results were kind of surprising. They looked at the time it takes to make a 30-mile trip at different speeds and this is what they found:

55 miles per hour = 32.7 minutes
65 miles per hour = 27.7 minutes (5 minutes saved)
75 miles per hour = 24 minutes (8.7 minutes saved)

This math assumes you can maintain a constant speed without slowing down for traffic, signals or curves in roads. In reality, you’d probably save only 4 minutes, at best. And keep in mind, most trips are short. The average time saved on a 5-mile trip, driving 65 mph on a 45 mph posted road, is only 1.9 minutes.

Formula: Time/mph x 60 (minutes)
Example: 30/75 = .4 x 60 = 24 minutes

Speeding is involved in about 13 percent of all crashes – and 33 percent of all fatal crashes. Speeding increases the risk of a crash, because there is less time and distance available to respond. Our reaction times-about 1 second for most drivers-don’t speed up just because we are going faster.

Attention teens: Most states now have graduated driver licensing laws. That means if you have a traffic violation, you may lose your right to drive. Insurance costs could rise, and financial penalties could be steep. Is possibly saving a few minutes on the road really worth the risk?

Bottom line? Slow down and stay safe this holiday season

Three Odd Ways to Help Your Car Last Longer

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3 Odd Ways to Help Your Car Last Longer

Doing routine maintenance as directed by your owner’s manual is a great way to help your vehicle last longer, but here are three tactics you probably haven’t thought of.

Lose the Weight
No, not those extra pounds from Krispy Kreme doughnuts, we’re talking about any extra, unnecessary weight in your vehicle’s trunk. The more weight a vehicle carries, the harder the engine has to work, the more strain on the transmission and the more force that the brakes have to deal with. Lightening your load will not only improve your gas mileage, but it will help your vehicle age better.

A Little Morning TLC
You know how you’re a little sluggish before your coffee kicks in? Your vehicle’s engine is the same way. After sitting overnight, the oil settles. If you give your vehicle a quick 30-60 seconds to warm up, you’ll give the oil pump a chance to get oil moving throughout the engine and reduce the friction between engine components which will extend the engine’s life.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Keeping your car clean isn’t just about having it look good, washing your vehicle removes contaminants that can cause rust to form. While surface rust can be removed by sanding and repainting (which is more costly than a car wash), if it’s left unattended, rust can penetrate into your car’s frame, damage its structural integrity, and even make it unsafe to drive.

If you have questions about your car’s maintenance or need to schedule a service appointment, please call us at (866) 822-9314.

To Swerve or Not to Swerve?

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To Swerve or Not to Swerve?

A collision with some form of wildlife occurs, on average, every 39 minutes:

1 out of every 17 car collisions involves wandering wildlife.
89% of all wildlife collisions occur on roads with two lanes.
84% of all wildlife collisions occur in good weather on dry roads.
The average repair cost of a car-deer collision is $2,800.
Approximately 200 motorists die in the United States each year from car-wildlife collisions.

To avoid adding to the above statistics, AAA recommends the following:

Pay attention to road signs. Yellow, diamond-shaped signs with an image of a deer indicate areas with high levels of deer activity.

Keep your eyes moving back and forth. Continuously sweep your eyes across the road in front of you for signs of animals and movement. Animals may also be alongside the road, so make sure to look to the right and left, as well. While the most likely accident is you hitting an animal, on occasion, they might also hit you by running into the side of your car.

Be especially attentive in early morning and evening hours. Many animals, especially deer, are most active from 5-8 a.m. and 5-8 p.m.-prime commuting times for many people.

Use high beams when there’s no oncoming traffic. You can spot animals sooner. Sometimes the light reflecting off their eyes will reveal their location.

Slow down, and watch for other deer to appear. Deer rarely travel alone, so if you see one, there are likely to be more nearby.

Slow down around curves. It’s harder to spot animals down the road when going around curves.

Should you swerve if an impact is imminent?

Experts advise that you shouldn’t swerve. Instead, stay in your lane. Swerving away from animals can confuse them, so they don’t know which way to run. It can also put you in the path of oncoming vehicles or cause you to crash into something like a lamppost or a tree. Unless that animal you are about to collide with is a 1600 pound moose, then swerving may be a better option if the situation allows for it.

Additionally, always wear a seatbelt. The chances of getting injured when hitting an animal are much higher if you don’t have your seatbelt on. Also never drive drunk, distracted or drowsy.

Consider purchasing comprehensive insurance, if you don’t already have it. Comprehensive insurance is the type of insurance that covers animal strikes.

Why Today’s Better Car Fluids Could Be Trouble

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Why Today’s Better Car Fluids Could Be Trouble

The good news: new fluid technologies and engine designs have combined to reduce the burden of properly maintaining today’s vehicles. The bad news: fewer trips to our dealership could put you at risk of missing clues that could head off safety issues or expensive repairs.

John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair, notes: “Less maintenance improves the cost of vehicle ownership, but fewer visits to the repair facility means the technician will have fewer opportunities to check your vehicle for signs of wear. It’s important for motorists to conduct monthly safety inspections to identify issues before they escalate.”

Examples of new fluid service intervals include:

Oil: Cars today are designed to travel at least 5,000 miles between oil changes, and many newer models can be driven up to 7,500 miles or more before an oil change is necessary. Some vehicles that use full-synthetic engine oils have service intervals approaching 15,000 miles. Be sure to check your oil level, either under the hood or through the vehicle’s onboard computer system.

Coolant: Requirements for flushing the coolant can vary from every two years to more than 100,000 miles, depending on the coolant type used. However, be sure coolant levels are correct as leaks in the system could cause major issues.

Brake fluid: Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that brake fluid be replaced periodically to flush moisture and contaminants from the system. Check your vehicle owner’s manual for specific recommendations. If not specified, AAA recommends flushing the brake system and replacing with new fluid every two years.

Transmission fluid: Modern automatic transmissions are increasingly being filled with “lifetime” fluids that do not need to be changed until the vehicle has traveled 100,000 miles or more. The owner’s manual or maintenance booklet is the definitive source for specific transmission fluid requirements.

A monthly, 10-minute vehicle inspection can highlight issues that need attention. Motorists should check the level of the engine oil, brake fluid, engine coolant, washer fluid and power steering fluid. In addition, a check of the tire pressure and tread depth will help ensure safety on the road.

Have questions about your vehicle or need to schedule a service appointment? Please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

Happy Honda Days and Year End Clearance!

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It’s that time of year! Black Friday Sales, Pre-Thanksgiving Sales and let’s not forget Honda’s Happy Honda Days and Year End Clearance.

You will truly find some of your best deals during this sale. We have a huge selection of over 300 new Honda’s available for test drive. Not looking for new? No worries there either, we have a nice selection of late model pre-owned vehicles that are also priced for our year end clearance.

If you’re in the market for a new or pre-owned vehicle, give one of our friendly Product Specialists a call at 510.420.9200 and schedule a time to come by or drop by and let us earn your business.