Author: Arthur Odell

New Law Means Backup Cameras Now Required In Every New Car

Thanks to recently passsed federal legislation, every single new car sold in America is now required to have a backup camera with video display installed as a standard feature. The move is aimed to prevent deaths when people (often kids) are rolled over because a driver backing up can’t see them. This move isn’t exactly catching automakers by surprise though, as the law comes after 2008 legislation that required regulators to adapt new technology to improve rearview visibility. In 2014, the Department of Transportation announced the camera requirement, giving auto makers a few years to get ready. While almost...

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Raven Smart Car Monitoring System Now Available on Amazon

Touted as “the first comprehensive aftermarket connected car product,” a new device is on the market that will help you keep tabs on those you love. Raven, a small device that sits on the dashboard, essentially turns any vehicle into a connected one, and combines the features of a GPS, a dashcam, and a on-board diagnostic tool. A companion app lets users see the car’s current fuel level, speed and location, and tells the owner about any problems (including how bad they are and what might have caused them). Historical trips and historical driver reports are also available in...

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Turo, New Car Sharing Service, Lets Drivers Rent High End Vehicles By The Day

If you dream about slipping behind the wheel of an exotic car but know you’ll never be able to afford one, a new car sharing service is here to help.¬†Turo, which has been called “AirBnB for cars” lets users put their cars up for rent to other site users just like AirBnB lets users rent out their homes. And just like AirBnB has began interrupting the hotel industry and Uber the taxi industry, experts say Turo will almost certainly cut in to the traditional car rental industry. The biggest selling point for drivers is that they can rent nearly...

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Anheuser-Busch Buys 800 Hydrogen Powered Nikol Semi Trucks

Anheuser-Busch is no stranger to innovation when it comes to transporting their beer. In 1878, they were the first company to use a refrigerated rail car, and they made waves recently by shipping beer over 100 miles with a self-driving semi. They’re continuing that inovation today, announcing their order of 800 hydrogen powered semis. The order of trucks, produced by Tesla rival Nikola, is a part of a longer plan to make the company’s entire fleet of long haul vehicles run on clean energy. This isn’t entirely new territory for Anheuser-Busch, as they placed an order last year for...

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New Georgia Law Bans Drivers From Holding Cell Phones, Even While Stopped

Joining 15 other states, Georgia has passed new legislation that makes holding a cell phone while sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle illegal – even if the vehicle is stopped at a traffic light or stop sign. The new law takes effect July 1. The ban also prohibits watching videos from a cell phone, laptop, or tablet while driving, and from having a cell phone “supported by any part of the body” (so no cell phones on your lap). Drivers can still talk on the phone, but only through hands free technology. Texts can be sent, but only...

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