Self-Driving Vehicles Could be a Game-Changer for the Disabled

2017-12-26 15:09:48

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According to the CDC, one out of every 5 adults in the United States copes with a disability—that's 53 million people. Of the different conditions, difficulty with mobility is the most common.

Imagine how self-driving vehicles would make life so much easier for men and women with disabilities. In addition, if people with mobility or vision impairment were afforded the independence of car-ownership, the benefits wouldn't be limited to the disabled.

"While public transport provides a partial solution to travel for people with disabilities, driverless cars could represent a huge step forward for accessibility and independence — and in the process rectify the imbalance of opportunity, wage, and education that those with disabilities face. This would be beneficial not only to individuals, but to the US economy as a whole, because it would decrease the rate of unemployment and the market failure caused by immobility of labor." https://futurism.com/autonomous-vehicles-could-change-lives-people-most-need/  

Though automotive engineers are currently working on autonomous technology, most of the current prototypes are designed for non-disabled auto owners who could operate the auto if needed. Improved safety and a better driving experience seem to be the guiding principles. A report by The Rudman Foundation asserts:

"In order to benefit the disabled community to the maximum degree possible, solutions such as these will have to be designed and integrated 'as early as possible in the design and manufacturing process. If not, the disabled community may face clumsy, expensive, and inefficient solutions when fighting for back-end accessibility." https://futurism.com/autonomous-vehicles-could-change-lives-people-most-need/

Google, a company that has been a pioneer in self-driving technology, is one of the organizations working to build an automobile that could be used by men and women with disabilities and even blindness.

Steve Mahan, who is legally blind, has been a Google autonomous technology consultant for several years. “I’ve been in the Google cars quite a bit in urban traffic and highway. The technology is incredibly capable. They drive like good drivers." https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/automobiles/in-self-driving-cars-a-potential-lifeline-for-the-disabled.html h/

Many newer vehicles on the road today have elements of autonomous operation, but a completely self-driving auto is still a few years away. It remains to be seen whether the technology will be geared toward the disabled driver and how big of an an effect they will have for disabled individuals.

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https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/p0730-us-disability.html

Is Premium Fuel Better?

2017-12-19 15:27:53

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From the time we start driving, one of the first basics we learn is how to fill up our automobile with gasoline. It’s one of the simplest, most obvious requirements for keeping our car functioning. Most of us probably didn't get much instruction except for a warning not to put diesel in a car that runs on regular gasoline and vice versa.

What Are You Putting in Your Tank?

Most of us head to the gas station on autopilot a couple times a week, choose a pump, select unleaded, plus, or premium, fill the tank and we’re on our way. But have you ever wondered what fuel terminology means and how each type of gasoline is different? In this message, we'll give you a brief rundown, so you will be more educated about the juice your car is constantly drinking.

Let’s commence with some gasoline basics. The grade of gasoline is measured by its octane level. According to Exxon, “The octane rating is a measure of a fuel's ability to resist ‘knock’.” This is essential because the correct gasoline will keep your engine running right and it will optimize fuel economy. Every engine has different requirements that are specified in the owner's manual. Now let’s get into the different fuel types.

Unleaded

The most common type of gasoline is unleaded. The US Clean Air Act prohibits leaded gasoline. Unleaded gasoline has an octane level of about 87 and is typically the cheapest gasoline you’ll find. If you have a normal engine in your car, 87 unleaded fuel should be best but always be safe and check your owner’s manual (or call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair at 716-665-2501) for guidance.

Is Premium Fuel Better?

Next are the higher octane fuels that are typically called Plus Unleaded and Premium Unleaded. Plus Unleaded gasoline has an octane level around 89 and Premium Unleaded is even higher at 93. It seems like there will always be an ongoing debate on whether there are benefits to filling your car with plus or premium gasoline.

Simply put, premium will benefit your auto if your car requires it, but it won’t improve the performance of your car if it only requires 87 unleaded fuel. Don’t spend the extra money on these more pricey fuels if you think you’ll get better gas mileage or better engine performance. But if you’re driving a high performance or luxury car, it may require premium fuel for optimal performance.

If you do have a car that requires 89 or 93 premium gasoline, but you only put in 87 unleaded gasoline, serious engine troubles can result.

Of course, there are some other fuel types (diesel, biodiesel, ethanol, CNG) that we won’t get into now. Future posts will look at alternative fuels and hybrid engines that generate power from fuel and electricity. If you have an all-electric car, then you have successfully shaken the shackles of the gasoline-powered engine and now you get to worry about battery life!

In addition to fueling your automobile with the most appropriate gas type, regular maintenance is crucial for ensuring hundreds of miles of smooth performance. I-86 Truck & Auto Repair has trained automotive experts that deliver the highest quality service in a timely manner.

https://www.exxon.com/en/our-fuels

Shared Mobility And Urban Transit

2017-12-12 15:55:15

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When cities expand quickly, existing transportation troubles intensify. In 2008, roughly half of the world's populace lived in urban areas. In 2050, experts estimate that 70 percent will live in metropolitan areas. (http://www.prb.org/Publications/Lesson-Plans/HumanPopulation/Urbanization.aspx) Widespread adoption of shared mobility networks can mitigate these growing pains, raise quality of life, and stimulate economic expansion.

Pascal's Bold Experiment

Blaise Pascal, French philosopher and apotheosis of a true Renaissance man, is generally credited with developing the first public transportation enterprise in Paris in 1662. The innovation in personal urban travel, which launched with seven horse-drawn carriages, was discontinued in 1675 due to many factors including the fact that the majority of the population couldn't afford the five-cent fare. In the 19th century, however, his brilliant concept was revived and has flourished around the world in a myriad of forms in cities of all sizes.

In the last few years, shared mobility has expanded so far beyond traditional city buses, subways, carpools, commuter trains, and private taxi services that it is considered by many to be a contemporary phenomenon.

Shared mobility is a broad term that identifies any program, network, service, or agreement (public or private) where a group of users jointly owns or uses the vehicles of conveyance—cars, bikes, scooters, shuttles, etc. There are numerous programs around the world including ride sourcing, bike sharing, car sharing, and scooter sharing. Currently, these entities are concentrated in urban population centers but are adapting for the needs of individuals in rural areas.

If You Build It, The Apps Will Come

Forward-thinking start-ups and established tech firms are introducing aggregator apps so users can conveniently see their transportation options in any given location, request a ride, and pay with the app right from their phone.

The Benefits of Shared Mobility


The National League of Cities studied the potential effects of what some would consider a modest rate of adoption and made some estimations.

If all of the following occurred in the 15 cities analyzed:

  • 8 percent of the adult population joined car sharing
  • 4 percent joined bikesharing
  • 4 percent took one trip per week using ride sharing or ride sourcing instead of driving alone
  • Transit ridership increased by 3 percent

It would deliver the following environmental and financial benefits:

  • 134 fewer gallons of gas would be burned
  • $8.6 billion in total household transportation savings
  • 1.6 million fewer metric tons of CO2 created, the equivalent of planting 40 million trees! (https://citiesspeak.org/2015/10/23/how-cities-can-harness-the-benefits-of-shared-mobility/)

Regardless of the changing transportation landscape, private car ownership is the preference for many Falconer dwellers and I-86 Truck & Auto Repair is here to serve all of their automotive service needs. In addition, many local Uber and Lyft drivers trust us to keep their most important business asset maintained and repaired when necessary. To make an appointment, call us at 716-665-2501.

Car Talk: GR8PLTS

2017-12-05 15:13:58

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By law, every vehicle out on the road is required to have a license plate that is up-to-date and registered. Most drivers buy a car, go through the standard process of getting a license plate, and are fine with the random numbers and letters assigned to the car. But then there are individuals who like to make their car extra special and unique, so they order a customized license plate, sometimes called a "vanity plate."

Since US license plates typically have space for just seven letters, American auto owners have to get creative when it comes to expressing a phrase, message, or name. We’ve found some witty plates for you to test your license plate deciphering prowess.

  1. A plate on a California car reads, “9 3QTRS”
  2. Next, “HIOFCER”
  3. Third is a Lamborghini proudly proclaiming, “2L8IWUN”
  4. Number 4 is, “NVRLKBK”
  5. Lastly, we found a plate on the back of Aston Martin that read, “BKRPTCY”

If you haven't already figured these out, we’ll help you with the answers below.

The first plate belongs to someone who took Harry Potter fandom to the next level. If you remember the train station platform that leads to Hogwarts, it is labeled 9 3/4. Hopefully, this muggle won't try driving into any solid brick archways in search of a secret portal.

The second plate says “Hi Officer." We wonder if the is more likely to get out of a ticket because of the cheerful greeting on the license plate.

The Lamborghini plate says, rather arrogantly, “Too late, I won." We have to acknowledge, however, that the message is on target since few automobiles are speedier than a Lambo. Good luck racing this guy or gal.

Number 4 declares “Never look back." Maybe this adage expresses a life philosophy or perhaps is just a warning to trailing drivers to keep their eyes on the road ahead instead of in their rear view mirror.

The last plate is a rather ironic, “Bankruptcy." We’re guessing that if this Aston Martin is paid for, the owner won’t have to file bankruptcy any time soon. But if the driver does end up filing bankruptcy, that expensive car could be to blame!

Here is an important message for drivers looking for the most trusted auto repair center in Falconer: "Call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for GR8SRVC!"

Note: The car pictured is a ZAZ Zaporozhets 965 built from 1960-1963 (with Ukraine plates).

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