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Posted by admin on August 13th, 2015 in Category Affiliate News, Canada, Car News, Cool Cars, Our Affiliates, Recycling News, Site News, Uncategorized, USA, Used Car Parts, Used Cars (no responses)
Recently there have been multiple issues with connectivity when it comes to hackers and safety, so before it is available to the masses it must be protected as well.
Connected vehicles hold tremendous potential for improving road safety while simultaneously reducing energy consumption and road congestion through data sharing over the next 10–15 years.
Unfortunately, that potential may never be realized unless there is a dramatic change in the way automakers and suppliers handle cyber security. The recently revealed security vulnerability in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) products with Uconnect telematics systems demonstrates some of the flaws in the current landscape.
Wired.com recently ran a report highlighting a flaw in the Uconnect telematics system discovered by noted white hat security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek. The pair worked out how to remotely connect to the vehicle’s cellular modem, a key component of Uconnect and all other telematics systems. From there, they were able to access a port in the vehicle network that provided entry to vehicle control systems, including steering, braking, and other functions. The article noted that Miller and Valasek notified FCA and waited until a fix was developed before publicly disclosing the flaw. So far, so good.
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Posted by admin on July 15th, 2015 in Category Affiliate News, Auto Salvage, Canada, Car News, Cash for Clunkers, Charity News, Cool Cars, Cool Green Future, Fun and Humor, Green News, Green Tips, Interviews, Marketing and Promotion, Our Affiliates, Our Green World, Recycling News, Retire your Ride, Site News, Uncategorized, USA, Used Car Parts, Used Cars (no responses)
With technology advancing in the automotive industry and with the results skyrocketing new tech features are the most important piece of the puzzle. However, car makers have discovered this fact which may to them continuing to keep information close to home.
Carmakers are limiting the data they share with technology partners Apple and Google through new systems that link smartphones to vehicle infotainment systems, defending access to information about what drivers do in their cars.
Auto companies hope that the vehicle data will one day generate billions of dollars in e-commerce, though they are just beginning to form strategies for monetizing the information. Apple and Google already make money from smartphone owners by providing a variety of products and services, from digital music to targeted advertising, and connecting phones to car systems will almost certainly extend their reach.
But as infotainment systems such as Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto become more widespread, auto companies hope to keep tech providers from gaining access to a wealth of potentially profitable information collected by computer systems in cars.
Some auto companies have specifically said they will not provide Apple and Google with data from the vehicle’s functional systems — steering, brakes and throttle, for instance — as well as information about range, a measure of how far the car can travel before it runs out of gas.
“We need to control access to that data,” said Don Butler, Ford Motor Co.’s executive director of connected vehicle and services. “We need to protect our ability to create value” from new digital services built on vehicle data.
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Posted by admin on June 20th, 2015 in Category Affiliate News, Auto Salvage, Canada, Car News, Cash for Clunkers, Charity News, Cool Cars, Cool Green Future, Fun and Humor, Green News, Green Tips, Interviews, Marketing and Promotion, Our Affiliates, Our Green World, Recycling News, Retire your Ride, Site News, Uncategorized, USA, Used Car Parts, Used Cars (no responses)
The scheduled release of General Motor’s new hybrid cars will soon make them stand out in hope to compete with other companies in the electric field of automotives.
General Motors has mapped out a comprehensive electrification strategy that includes a reinvented 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid, a 2016 Malibu hybrid, the retail launch of the Spark EV in Canada and other markets, and the Bolt EV.
The Bolt, with a range of 321 kilometers, will be priced at $30,000, subsidies included.
All will be sold in global markets through GM dealerships, covered by factory warranties and backed by service procedures proven over the five years the current Volt has been on sale – with more than 70,000 Volts in the hands of customers.
Despite all this, Tesla remains the darling of the EV set. GM has made a demonstrable commitment to putting affordable electrified cars in the hands of the masses, but Tesla is considered a “buy” by a number of Wall Street analysts.
For instance, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas has a $320 per-share price target on Tesla (trading today at about $266), yet the company continues to lose money. The first-quarter loss at Telsa amounted to $154.2 million (U.S.). Nonetheless, the stock market puts a market cap on Tesla of more than $30 billion.
By contrast, GM today was trading at $35.43, for a market cap of about $57 billion. This begs the question: Does it gall Pam Fletcher, GM’s executive chief engineer for electrification, and her team to see such buzz about Tesla, but not so much for GM? She pauses and says, “We just showed you a video of a real car.”
She also points out that GM purposely puts key electrified vehicles into the Chevrolet brand. GM’s hybrids, plug-in and pure electric cars are not just for the elite, she says, taking a jab at Tesla. The base price of a Model S in Canada is $77,200, or more than twice the expected price of the coming Bolt – or the estimated $33,000 price tag of the Spark EV when it hits retailers in Canada this October.
GM is anxious to get out its electrification message, naming it one of the key elements of the Chevy brand moving forward.
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Posted by admin on April 22nd, 2015 in Category Affiliate News, Auto Salvage, Canada, Car News, Cash for Clunkers, Charity News, Cool Cars, Cool Green Future, Fun and Humor, Green News, Green Tips, Interviews, Marketing and Promotion, Our Affiliates, Our Green World, Recycling News, Retire your Ride, Site News, Uncategorized, USA, Used Car Parts, Used Cars (no responses)
Is your car ticking, squealing, or knocking? Each sound means a different problem with your car. Read the following sounds to find the problem and solution required for each noise your car makes.
You hear a high-pitched squeal that stops when you shut off your engine: Readjust or replace the belt. These belts should have about half an inch of play and shouldn’t be frayed, cracked, or glazed on the underside.
You hear a continuous high-pitched sound that may continue after the engines shut off: Check the radiator pressure cap. The rubber gasket may be worn.
Something ticks rhythmically while your engine idles: Shut off the engine, wait ten minutes for the engine to cool and the oil to settle, and then check the oil level. If you have enough oil, have a mechanic check the valve adjustment.
If you hear a loud tapping or knocking sound in your engine, pull to the side of the road and call for road service. The source may be a loose rocker arm or carbon buildup inside the engine, but if it’s a loose bearing or a faulty piston, it can destroy the engine.
Mild knocking or “pinging” may be the result of using fuel with the wrong octane rating.
You hear the engine running after you turn off the ignition: Your engine is dieseling. This condition only happens to cars with carburetors. It is usually caused by an idle speed that’s set too high or excessive carbon in the combustion chamber.
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Posted by admin on March 18th, 2015 in Category Affiliate News, Canada, Car News, Cool Cars, Cool Green Future, Fun and Humor, Marketing and Promotion, Our Affiliates, Site News, Uncategorized, USA (no responses)
There are 4 million car crashes in North America each year. Hopefully self-driving cars will one day lower that statistic.
Self-driving cars could generate billions of dollars a year in revenue from mobile Internet services and products, even if occupants spend only a fraction of their free time on the web, according to a new study by McKinsey & Company.
The study, released Thursday, also projects that widespread adoption of self-driving cars could lead to a 90 percent reduction in U.S. vehicle crashes, with a potential savings of nearly $200 billion a year from significantly fewer injuries and deaths.
In addition, the McKinsey study warns of several risks to established companies, including vehicle manufacturers, dealers and even insurance companies.
McKinsey projects that future owners of self-driving cars could save up to 50 minutes a day, some of which is likely to be spent surfing the web.
The consulting firm estimates the additional free time in the car could generate about $5.6 billion a year in digital revenue for each additional minute that vehicle occupants spend on the internet – as much as $140 billion if half their free time in the car, or roughly 25 minutes, is devoted to daily web surfing and shopping.
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Posted by admin on November 16th, 2010 in Category Canada, Car News, Cool Green Future, Green News, Recycling News, Used Car Parts, Used Cars (no responses)
I was visiting Standard Auto Wreckers down here in Toronto, Ontario and the place was buzzing with activity! I saw a film production crew grabbing some coffee near a wrecked Mercedes and tried to squeeze some information out of them, but to no avail. Later on I caught up with them at the junk car crusher and I did recognize one of my favorite (educational) TV hosts, Ziya Tong!
I could not get the whole scoop, but I do know I will be looking out for the Daily Planet over the next few months to see this very cool episode!!
Posted by admin on February 1st, 2010 in Category Auto Salvage, Canada, Cool Green Future, Green News, Our Affiliates, Our Green World, Recycling News, Site News, USA (no responses)
“Aggressive, top-notch facilities that understand the power of networking and education”. That is how the Locator Executive V.P Charis Lloyd describes what it takes to be listed in the top 25 most influential recyclers list for 2009. And our friend David Gold was voted number one, as the most influential auto recycler of 2009!
We caught up with David for a brief chat on Monday morning and when asked how it felt to be voted number one as the most influential auto recycler of 2009 he replied, “I was in shock! I love the business and love all the great people involved in it.” “It is a huge honor and over at Standard Auto Wreckers we are committed to helping our fellow recyclers across North America and the world.”
Posted by admin on November 13th, 2009 in Category Affiliate News, Canada, Charity News, Green News, Green Tips, Our Green World, Retire your Ride (no responses)
There was an exciting event today at Standard Auto Wreckers where a check for $10,000 was donated to a fantastic local ‘green’ charity, 10,000 trees! The funds came from OARA where members of the association have agreed to pay an extra $20 per vehicle they acquire though the Retire your Ride car recycling program.
In the picture below you see (from left to right) Ken Gold, Raymond Cho, Colin Creasey and David Gold.
Posted by admin on October 23rd, 2009 in Category Auto Salvage, Canada, Charity News, Fun and Humor, Green News, Green Tips, Our Green World, Recycling News, USA (no responses)
The ARA conference this year was a great success and a lot of fun for all those that attended. With a tag line like “Experience the Horsepower Driving the Industry” most of us took the challenge quite seriously.
It seems the entries for Standard Auto Wreckers and Car-Part exchanged a few words before the big race. Rumor is Green-Gold Thunder started talking smack first, whispering things like, “you look like you were born in a junkyard” and “get ready to eat my radioactive dust” – Car-Part High Octane replied with, “hey sissy, at least I don’t glow in the dark”.
In the end every horse that participated was a winner because all racing proceeds went to benefit charity!