Some of us remember when we could tell you the year of just about every vehicle driving down the road. We also remember when the dealerships would hide the new models in the back of the dealership until the precise day when they were finally available for public viewing.
Things are not that simple today with the plethora of manufacturers, models, mid year introductions and even various power option sources in today’s vehicle market.
Not knowing the introduction dates of new models along with info such as what vehicles are carryovers in their final year, when rebates are going to be initiated or suspended, and dates for price increases can be an expensive lapse of information for fleet owners.
We have the information on all of this for the new vehicles with their Fall rollouts and the initiation of the new 2019 model year. So, don’t make an expensive mistake. Call and we can provide all the information you need in order to make an informed decision about your vehicle selection that can save you a bundle.
Our objective in these newsletters is to keep you informed on fleet issues and new products so that you can keep your transportation costs in line. We hope you enjoy the information below and will call us with any questions or needs that you might have regarding your next vehicle.
JUST HOW DOES ALL THAT SAFETY EQUIPMENT OPERATE?
New car safety technologies are being added to cars faster than any earlier generation. Even features that have been around for years are getting smarter and changing into new features entirely. Some can now even take over our cars to help us avoid crashes!
But how do safety features work? When should they be used? Do I have them in my car? And, how can I find answers to these questions?
MyCarDoesWhat.org is a great place to start.
MyCarDoesWhat.org is a national campaign to help educate drivers on new vehicle safety technologies designed to help prevent crashes. These technologies range from increasing the stability and control of cars to providing warnings about crash threats to automatically intervening to avoid or reduce the severity of a crash. MyCarDoesWhat ?Link
GM EXPANDING SUPER CRUISE BEYOND CADILLAC
GM’s Super CruiseTM, the world’s first true hands-free driver assistance feature for the freeway will be available on all Cadillac models, with the rollout beginning in 2020.
General Motors will eventually expand its Super Cruise semi autonomous highway driving system found in Cadillac models to all of GM’s vehicles in the U.S. The expansion, GM says, will occur after the company begins rolling out the hands-free driving system across Cadillac’s lineup in 2020.
GM also plans to offer vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications in a high-volume Cadillac crossover by 2023. That technology will also eventually expand across the brand’s portfolio. GM introduced vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication on the Cadillac CTS sedan in 2017. It allows the cars to communicate with other vehicles with the technology, including passing 1,000 messages per second to track each other’s positions, direction and speed to help avoid crashes.
AUTO NEWS SNIPPETS ….TESLA LAYOFFS …TARIFF IMPACTS
OUR STAFF AT TOYOTA FLEET MEETINGS SAW THIS IN DALLAS LAST WEEK
You don’t see this everyday. This is the ride of Akio Toyoda (Toyota’s Chairman) when he visits the Dallas Facility.
CYBER SECURITY CRITICAL IN AUTOMOTIVE WORLD
Your Android Smartphone utilizes software with approximately 10 million lines of code while the typical new vehicle uses 100 million lines of code. That is a lot of hackable data with a lot of places to hide. The exponentially more sophisticated vehicles are going to obviously be even more susceptible to hacking via their connectivity to the net.
What you must bear in mind with smart car security is the issue of entry points and whether or not you truly need them. Features such as built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other add-ons are nice to have, but are also a potential access point for more nefarious purposes than just the benevolent exchange of information. Disabling such additions is like bricking a gap in a wall, but if you intend to use them, make sure to pay close attention to what is being sent to your vehicle and any potential aberrations that need closer inspection.
With many millions of autonomous vehicles potentially coming to roads everywhere in the near future, it is vital that every vehicle has a robust defense to ward off attempts to take control of its systems. While it stands to reason that some variation of a firewall and antivirus software would be the first line of defense, there are additional technologies that could reduce risk.
One technology that could prove beneficial is two-factor authentication. This means that users not only have to provide a password to access a machine, they also must enter a second code that is often completely random and sent to a separate device they own. This would help stop hackers, as without the second device (such as a mobile phone), the password on its own would prove useless.
One issue is that it’s possible that every time a course amendment is set, multiple levels of authentication could be required for verification. Such a system could prove cumbersome and unwieldy; if a person couldn’t access their phone or other secondary-factor device, they couldn’t amend their route in the slightest, no matter the circumstances.
That’s why a biometric security system, which grants access via a scan of the user’s eyes or fingerprints, may be a better solution. While it is often costly to implement, this form of access control is utilized internationally
as an alternative to regular passwords that could be easy for hostile parties to acquire.
Ultimately, though, it is a virtual certainty that the technology used to both attack and defend self-driving vehicles will constantly adapt as each seeks to gain an advantage. With so many consumers likely to acquire a smart car or similar vehicle in the coming years, defenses must be easy to understand and use by people who don’t have an in-depth knowledge of (what’s essentially) online warfare. We can count on people making simple, easily exploitable errors, so education is likely to be the best defense against the coming threat.
No barrier is 100% impenetrable, but the quantity of successful hacks will undeniably be reduced if would-be victims are alert and know the warning signs that should seek help from a cybersecurity expert
TIPS FOR PARENTS TO TEACH SAFE DRIVING TO TEENS
Parents play a critical role in helping their teens learn the nuances and complexities of driving. Although graduated licensing requirements vary by state, most mandate a certain number of practice driving hours with a parent or an instructor in the car as part of the process.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, and teenage boys are twice as likely to die as teenage girls, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
. New teen drivers are especially dangerous: Research by AAA
’s Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that 16- and 17-year-olds are nearly three times more likely than adults 30 to 59 to be involved in a fatal crash. The leading cause is driver inexperience; teens simply haven’t been at it long enough to know what to do in all of the myriad scenarios they may encounter.
ARE SQUIRRELS EYEING YOUR VEHICLE FOR DINNER?
One imagines that the early cars with their wooden construction had termite problems. Animals eating your car issues disappeared with wooden car bodies and the introduction of all metal and petroleum based manufacturing products, but now the critters are at it again.
Many recent car models have engine wiring that contains soy — and as a result, the wires are being eaten by squirrels and other rodents, making it so the car doesn’t start. But why is this happening? The switch to plant-based soy was developed and implemented to reduce dependency on petroleum. Referred to as bioplastics and most manufacturers have been steadily increasing their use in vehicles since 2008.
At first glance rabbits eating cars may seem a bit humorous, however this unintended consequence of environmentalist’s fear of petroleum is coming up quite frequently and it typically tops a couple thousand dollars in damages. The potential for damage to a vehicle’s wiring harness has always been an issue as the warmth from a recently parked vehicle will attract rodents. But since soy-based wiring insulation has become more commonplace, the average car is now not only warm, but tasty as well.
The minute your wiring harness’s protective coatings are gnawed through, the metal wiring will be exposed and the possibility of electrical problems rises dramatically.
All major manufacturers are utilizing soy products in electrical insulation, but it appears the Japanese based companies are the most effected based on the various sizes of the class action suits. Here is a link to see what manufacturers are involved and what some of the solution might be.
If the issue does arise for you, check with your insurance company before authorizing repairs. Most carriers do cover the damages, but the deductible is on you.
Here is some additional information on the current suits and protection of your vehicles such as moth balls or rodent deterrent tape ($20 at Walmart) to minimize the odds that Rocky the squirrel and his pals will visit your Camry. BioPlastics – Preventing Rodents From Eating Your Car
2019 GMC SIERRA MULTIPRO TAILGATE
The new 2019 Sierra has plenty of new features on the menu, from a carbon-fiber bed box to a new diesel engine option. But the most intriguing new item when it comes to versatility is the new MultiPro tailgate.
Now, tailgate technology has not evolved that much over the past few decades, with the biggest advance arguably being the soft-opening feature that prevents the gate from slamming down hard when opened. But in today’s hyper-optimized world of pickups, tailgate engineering has not kept up with the demands of the workplace or truck life as a whole.
Rather than trying to describe the various functions, just watch the video.
TOP DOG TRUCK BATTLE ROYALE – SILVERADO F150 RAM
There is a great battle brewing in Detroit with huge implications for the Big 3. Over the next six months, you are going to see a collection of trucks that showcase some of the most sophisticated technologies each manufacturer has in its arsenal.
So just take your pickup buying strategy you have depended upon in the past and chunk it out the window. These changes are going to make the selection process for buyers a whole lot more complex. Standard Equipment, Available Options, Base Prices are going to swing wildly over the next 12 months.2019 Silverado Preview.
Ford has long set the pace by continually introducing new technologies, increasing towing and hauling capability, adding luxury features and carving out new segments – a playbook that has kept the F series on top of the sales charts for 41 years. The 2018 model F150 was a giant leap even for the segment leader.
Now RAM and GM enter the fray with the redesigns of the Chevrolet Silverado and RAM pickups taking center stage at the Detroit auto show this week. They are impressive and both tear not just a page or two out of that pickup playbook of most buyers, but whole chapters.
The Silverado debuts an industry-first fuel-saving technology and perhaps the most advanced construction process used on a pickup. Ram introduces a giant, Tesla-like touch screen to a luxury-style interior, along with a long list of technical upgrades.
All this comes at a price. There’s no doubt that these new trucks will cost more than the outgoing models and that is where the commercial fleet buyers will need all their focus on obtaining what you need and taking advantage of some new touches for the best use of your dollars. We can provide all the information with the task and save you a lot of time, money and maybe some costly mistakes.