Turn self-driving cars into offices?

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For as long as the possibility of self-driving cars has filled the imagination, there have been parallel dreams of what people might do inside their vehicles once freed from the monotony of driving.

When the idea of vehicles that drove themselves took hold in the 1950s — with electric infrastructure embedded in highways as a guiding principle — one particular sketch came to encapsulate notions of how passengers would spend their time: A family sits contentedly around a small table, playing a game of dominoes. If not for the steering wheel behind Dad’s left arm, it’d be easy to mistake the setting for this wholesome family activity for a living room instead of a vehicle hurtling down a highway…

http://www.autonews.com/article/20181126/SHIFT/181129998

 

 

 

Walmart, Ford partner to test grocery delivery with self-driving cars

Walmart Inc. WMT, -0.47% said Wednesday it was partnering with Ford Motor Co. F, +0.10% to test a grocery delivery service using self-driving vehicles. The pilot program is taking place in Miami-Dade County in Florida. Walmart said Postmates, which is already connected to Ford’s digital platform, serves as its delivery partner in Miami…

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/walmart-ford-partner-to-test-grocery-delivery-with-self-driving-cars-2018-11-14

USA TODAY – Used car payments hit record $400 per month as prices top $20,000

Americans are spending more than ever for used cars.

The average price of a used vehicle hit an all-time high for the third quarter of 2018, according to car-buying advice site Edmunds.

At $20,084, the average price was up 3.5 percent from the same period a year earlier and up nearly 19 percent from five years earlier.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2018/11/08/used-car-prices/1928840002/

Subaru slumps to quarterly loss amid spiraling quality costs, recalls

TOKYO – Subaru tumbled into the red in the latest quarter amid spiraling costs for a series of recalls in Japan and other issues stemming from an ongoing spate of faulty vehicle inspections…

http://www.autonews.com/article/20181105/COPY01/311059977/subaru-slumps-to-quarterly-loss-amid-spiraling-quality-costs-recalls

How 5G high-speed wireless technology will change tomorrow’s cars

Most of the hype about 5G wireless networks centers on faster data speeds for phones and laptops. But there’s a whole range of internet-connected things out there that stand to also benefit from this faster, more robust connection of the future, perhaps none more so than tomorrow’s cars…

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/how-5g-connectivity-will-affect-cars-and-transportation/

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All-wheel drive (AWD), or four-wheel drive (4WD), what’s the difference?

At one time, if you wanted a vehicle with four driven wheels, you were limited to just a handful of large trucks and full-size SUVs, most of which were used for work chores or off-road adventure. But times have changed. Now 45 percent of new vehicles sold in the U.S. are equipped with either all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD)…

https://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/awd-vs-4wd-whats-the-difference-and-which-to-choose.html

Tech to blame for ever-growing auto repair costs, AAA says

It’s hard to remove a part from a new car without coming across a wire attached to it. As tech grows to occupy every spare corner of the car, many buyers might not realize that all that whiz-bang stuff is going to make collision repair an absolute bear…

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/growing-repair-costs-car-tech-aaa-study/

Study: Massachusetts drivers can expect to see their auto insurance rates go up thanks to legalized pot

“…You’re looking at an increase of around 4 to 6 percent in overall coverage,” predicted James Lynch, chief actuary at the Insurance Information Institute.

The new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found car crashes are up by as much as 6 percent in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington…

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2018/10/study_auto_insurance_to_feel_contact_high

Nice customer comment about “to the point” style

I thought I  would share this nice comment sent to the owner of South Easton Motor Sales, an independent used car dealer in Easton Mass.,  where I work part-time.

Just want to tell you to that I really appreciate finding a dealership that delivers all they say and do not just try whatever it takes to lure you to the lot. Your ‘to the point’ style is exactly the type of business I like to give my money to. Something that is surprisingly hard to do most of the time.  Thanks again!!

 

Electric Car Day! Ames Free Library Queset House Parking Lot, tomorrow 11 to 2PM

51 Main St. Easton MA

11:00am – 2:00pm

October 20, 2018

Electric Car Day!

Join the New England Electric Auto Association (NEEAA) as they host a hands-on introduction to the latest hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles!
Owners of such vehicles will be present to share their experiences. If you own one, please come and participate.
This is a great opportunity to test drive a hybrid or electric vehicle for FUN! There will be none of the pressure to buy that is typical of dealership settings. Free and open to all.
For more information contact Jesse Rudavsky, 617-890-9605; www.neeaa.org. 
 
NEEAA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles as well as increasing the electric car charging infrastructure. It is one of over thirty electric car clubs across the country and is a chapter of the National Electric Auto Association.
Event Location:
Queset House, Parking Lot