Monthly Archives: January 2013

Humble ‘Virtual Chimney’ Fences Could Reduce Impact of Airport Pollution

Humble ‘Virtual Chimney’ Fences Could Reduce Impact of Airport Pollution

Photo: Some rights reserved by oisa Jan. 31, 2013 — Simple ‘blast’ fences called baffles could deliver improvements in air quality for people living near airports, new research has found. Placed behind a runway, the baffles could serve as a ‘virtual chimney’, funnelling emissions from aircraft engines upwards where they can disperse more effectively, thereby reducing the environmental impact on people living nearby. Prototype baffles have been tested by a team of researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University, Cranfield University, the University of Southampton and the University of Cambridge, with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). … Continue reading

Cars and the Environment

Cars and the Environment

Thinking green is the latest step in society’s love affair with the car. How does your driving fit in? Photo: Some rights reserved by NeilsPhotography And maybe it is. But cars are so incredibly useful, and technology promises so many ways of making them better that it’s hardly time to buy a horse. Numerous studies have attempted to measure the automobile’s ecological footprint, a process fraught with assumptions and sketchy data. Still, the eco evidence is overwhelmingly against the car and the vast systems that manufacture and support it. Estimates size the ecological footprint of the 134 million passenger … Continue reading

Carmakers seek relevance in new age

Carmakers seek relevance in new age

Photo: Some rights reserved by chrissatchwell DETROIT — Economic conditions and the automotive market are on the upswing, resulting in an upbeat air of manufacturer confidence at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. But as those manufacturers increasingly seek relevance out of their motorsports programs, racing’s presence at this year’s show was more subdued than usual. Sure, there were a couple of Formula One cars — naturally at Ferrari, where F1 and racing in general have been part of the legendary Italian company’s DNA since Day 1. An older Red Bull chassis graced the Nissan/Infiniti stand, publicizing the … Continue reading

The 10 Worst Things You Can Do To Your Car

The 10 Worst Things You Can Do To Your Car

Like the human body, ignoring even the smallest signs of trouble in your car’s performance can lead to trouble down the road. Photo: Some rights reserved by Mario Pleitez And some missed signals cost more than others. A new report by CarMD.com, which is based on survey of professional mechanics, details exactly which maintenance mistakes they say cause the most damage. Here are the top 10:  1. Putting off recommended / scheduled maintenance 2. Ignoring the “check engine” light 3. Not changing the oil, or not having it changed on time 4. Not checking tire pressure 5. Neglecting coolant, brake, transmission and other fluid services 6. Continuing to … Continue reading

Sacramento Autorama

Sacramento Autorama

Photo: Some rights reserved by aresauburn™ Makes:All Models:All 15 Feb to 17 Feb 2013 (10am to 8pm) Location: 1600 Exposition Blvd. Cal Expo Fairgrounds Sacramento, CA 95815 Contact: Laura Phone: (877) 763-7469 info@rodshows.com http://www.rodshows.com/sa/index.html Event Info: The Sacramento Autorama is now in its 63rd year. The Sacramento Autorama is ‘The Kustom Capital of the World’ and boasts being home to one of longest running indoor car shows in the world. The Autorama is recognized as the premiere custom car show on the West Coast. The Show will feature over 450 of the finest custom cars, hot rods, classics, motorcycles, … Continue reading

US on track to increase number of public charge stations by 40% in 2013

US on track to increase number of public charge stations by 40% in 2013

Photo: Some rights reserved by OregonDOT About 170 publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations were installed in the US last month. If this trend continues, the number of EV stations could grow at about 40 percent a year, according to US Department of Energy figures. As of January 17, US drivers of Nissan Leafs, Chevrolet Volts and other plug-in vehicles could “fill up” at 5,365 out-of-home stations, up from 5,199 stations on December 18. About a fifth of those stations are in California, where 20 stations were added last month. Additionally, the electric superhighway is alive and well on the … Continue reading

Indy/Charlotte double: not now but maybe later

Indy/Charlotte double: not now but maybe later

Photo: Some rights reserved by Paul J Everett Are the days of the Indy/Charlotte double over? Maybe, maybe not. And as in Indy/Charlotte double, of course I’m referring to drivers competing in both the Indianapolis 500 IZOD IndyCar event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the Sunday prior to Memorial Day. In years past, Tony Stewart was the main driver seeming to make a habit of the double. Eventually, with race time changes, it became pretty much impossible to race the 500 miles in Indianapolis and then … Continue reading

Computer scientist developing intersections of the future with fully autonomous vehicles

Computer scientist developing intersections of the future with fully autonomous vehicles

Photo: Some rights reserved by boegh Intersections of the future will not need stop lights or stop signs, but will look like a somewhat chaotic flow of driverless, autonomous cars slipping past one another as they are managed by a virtual traffic controller, says computer scientist Peter Stone. “A future where sitting in the backseat of the car reading our newspaper while it drives us effortlessly through city streets and intersections is not that far away,” says Stone, a professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Austin. Stone’s research focuses on creating artificially intelligent (AI) computing … Continue reading

Keep your cool about auto maintenance

Keep your cool about auto maintenance

Studying up before a visit to the oil change center can save money -and frustration Photo: Some rights reserved by stephenhanafin It’s a scene familiar to most drivers who have taken their car to be serviced at a chain oil change center: After waiting for 20 minutes or so, a service technician comes into the waiting area where you and other owners have been sipping stale coffee. You are led out to the service bay where a litany of problems – everything from faulty wiper blades to cracked serpentine belts – is discussed. “Those quickie oil change places have … Continue reading

ANALYSIS: Ferrari is right to be optimistic

ANALYSIS: Ferrari is right to be optimistic

Photo: Some rights reserved by exfordy It is all too easy in the days before the new cars hit the racetrack for the first time to talk up hopes of the forthcoming Formula 1 season. So while it was no surprise to hear Ferrari and Fernando Alonso declaring their optimism for 2013 at its annual “Wrooom” media event in Italy’s Madonna di Campiglio ski resort this week, behind the soundbites there are genuine reasons to believe that this trust is well placed. The frustration of last season is still running deep at Maranello. Having bounced back from an awful … Continue reading