It was inevitable that someone, somewhere would eventually crash their Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. And this is the first incident that has come to our attention. So far, we’ve seen three Demons that caught fire) in the United States, but no one was hurt as this occurred while they were loaded on a truck. On the other hand, things might be much more serious in this crash, as the image shared on Instagram by MoparAddicts calls for a “moment of silence”… Now, this would be the part where you’d read about the incident and what exactly happened. However, we only have this picture and a comment claiming that it happened last week in La Jolla, California, with the person behind the wheel hitting three parked cars. Since it’s pretty much impossible to confirm the facts, we just hope that the call for silence was referring to the car and that nobody was injured. Also Watch: Dodge Demon Gets Exorcised By McLaren 720S From A Roll Looking at the image shows … [Read more...] about Dodge Demon Hits Three Parked Cars, Gets Beaten Up Quite Badly
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FORD has recalled 350,000 cars over fears they could roll off while parked. Two separate issues were revealed by the car giant with one driver already injured in an accident. The first recall affects nearly 350,000 pickups and SUVs built in the US in 2018. Vehicles could move with no warning on the dashboard even when park was selected on the gearstick if the handbrake wasn't on. The recall affects 2018 F-150, F-650 and F-750 trucks and 2018 Expeditions equipped with six- and 10-speed automatic transmissions. Dealers will inspect the vehicles to ensure that the shift cable locking clip was properly installed. If not, mechanics will secure the locking clip free of charge. Cars were made at Ford's factories in Dearborn, Kansas City, Kentucky and Ohio. Ford have been asked to comment on how many cars have made it to Europe and the UK but numbers will be small, if any. The second related recall targets just 161 F-150s and Expeditions, Lincoln Navigators and Ford Mustangs equipped with … [Read more...] about Ford recalls 350,000 SUVs, pick-up trucks and Mustangs over fears cars could roll off while parked
As anyone who spent the holidays circling mall parking lots can attest, accidents happen. But put yourself in the shoes of someone who’s just bumped a parked car. What would you do? A survey from European automotive Web site Whatcar.com has the bell curve laid out. Of those polled, the survey found that only 37% of drivers would confess to damaging a parked car, while 18% of drivers would flee the scene. The remaining 45% would ponder the damage before deciding whether to stay, leave a note, or just leave. Tell us what you would do in the comments section below. Source: Whatcar.com … [Read more...] about Thread of the Day: Would You Confess To Hitting A Parked Car?
Mercedes-Benz has developed a system that can send a notification to your mobile phone if someone hits your car or attempts to steal it while it’s parked. The new feature has been developed as part of the firm’s Mercedes me connected services. Controlled via an app, it will be available on all of the firm’s cars with the necessary sensors. When selected, the system will be automatically activated when the car is locked and then detects if someone attempts to break into it, hits it or tries to tow it away. It also uses the in-car screen to show that it has recognised it has been hit. Mercedes-Benz showcases new A-Class's 'luxury' interior That new system is one of a number of upgrades Mercedes is rolling out to its connected services in the coming year. The firm will also introduce Amazon Alexa voice recognition compatibility, which will be available for models built after September 2014 with a communication module. Another new system being developed … [Read more...] about Mercedes cars will text you if they get hit when parked
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a bevy of auto manufacturers will give consumers a glimpse of what's to come in 2015 and beyond when it comes to in-car technology features.With demand for new cars hitting near-record levels, manufacturers like Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota will provide more emphasis on how information is delivered to drivers in a safe and seamless way. Research: Manufacturer Guide to In-Car Technology » Shopping While You Drive? Headlining these new features, General Motors will announce some of their own at the show.The headliner? They want to make it easier for you to shop in your car. An expanded version of OnStar will launch a concierge service dubbed AtYourService in the U.S.Companies like Dunkin' Donuts, Audiobooks.com and Priceline will offer coupons through RetailMeNot and Entertainment Book--all while you drive.If you happen to be driving in your 2015 Chevrolet Impala near or around a Dunkin' Donuts, you'll get a coupon or … [Read more...] about In-Car Technology Will Be Big At 2015 CES Show
Geek alert! Tomorrow (Saturday November 3) at 7:30 am PST, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will be webcasting their 2007 "Grand Challenge." This year, the 11 robotic cars leave the old Mojave Desert course for 60-miles of simulated streets– complete with 50 human-driven vehicles– to compete for AI bragging rights and a $2m top prize. While the resulting crashes won't be NASCAR-grade, and anyone who's seen Lexus' self-parking LS do its thing won't find the parking portion of the challenge particularly entertaining, and not even an America's Cup race lasts six hours, it's yet another landmark in the move towards automated automobiles. As former Car & Driver editor and TTAC contributor Stephan Wilkinson pointed-out on these e-pages many moons ago, the effort to remove driver control from the safety equation is beginning to assume the mantle of inevitability. Of course, that's not the driving force behind the DARPA deal. Their challenge is … [Read more...] about Robot Cars Hit Sim City
Munich-based Sono Motors is moving ahead to develop what it bills as a solar car, the Sion (above), after a highly successful $650,000 crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo last year. While that’s small beans compared to the number of Tesla Model 3 reservations—and very small beans for developing an all-new vehicle that is compliant with regulations—the Sion teases some compelling numbers.Its maker touts a price of about $18,000 for a little hatchback sized about like the Kia Soul. Features include a 107-hp electric motor capable of taking the 3080-pound Sion up to 87 mph, a 1650-pound towing capacity, a 155-mile driving range, and a solar array built into the car’s exterior that can recover up to 19 miles of range per day.Scrutinize the Sion’s specifics a bit more, and it’s clear why that price is so low. “Batteries sold separately” used to be the norm for toys and small electronics in the days before rechargeable everything, but … [Read more...] about Hype Aside, Real Solar Cars Are Far Off—But Don’t Tell Sono Motors That
When Chevrolet unveiled the Z/28 last spring, Mark Stielow, its program engineering manager, assured us that the car could burn through a full tank of fuel on a track without overheating any critical fluids. He knew this because his team had done it, repeatedly. But the Z/28’s true test is yet to come: While all cars undergo countless months of abuse and a mind-bending battery of tests over millions of miles of development before hitting showrooms, GM treats its high-performance models to something extra. If it’s a car that owners might take to the track, engineers subject it to what they call the “24-hour test.” That’s something of a misnomer, as the 24 hours aren’t contiguous. According to Aaron Link, the Camaro’s lead development engineer, the testing typically happens in sessions lasting up to four hours per day. A team of about 10 drivers, including Corvette Racing Team veterans Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell, as well as … [Read more...] about How the “24 Hours of GM” Chases the Bugs Out of GM’s Performance Cars
I’ve lived in urban areas for most of my life. When you do that, your street-parked vehicles will get hit. You walk up to the car and the fender is mashed in or the bumper is bent… and there’s no note left by the perpetrator. In my experience — and I’d say that in my 34 years of driving, I’ve had parked cars hit and damaged enough to notice (some of my cars hid damage very well) at least 25 times. Not once has anyone ever left a note taking responsibility for the damage. I hear that this note-leaving phenomenon has been known to happen, but such a thing falls into the urban-legend category for me. How about you?Most of my experiences with parked cars getting bent up took place in that car-killing city, San Francisco, where I lived off and on for a few years in the 1990s. Still, the streets of Denver (where I live now) are rough on parked cars; in a six-month period, my wife’s Outback got sideswiped, my ’92 Civic got its left front fender … [Read more...] about QOTD: Does Anyone Ever Leave a Note After Hitting a Parked Car?
To be completely honest, I’ve never really understood all the adulation showered upon Buckminster Fuller. Yes, I know he was a visionary who popularized (but did not invent) the geodesic dome, which has some practical applications, but a lot of his innovations seem to me to be just a bit crackpotish. With the exception of the aforementioned domes, few of his other projects were fully practical. Take his Dymaxion car for example.Fuller, in fact, didn’t like to call it a car since he saw it as the first stage in developing a vehicle that could both fly like an airplane and taxi on the ground like an automobile. He originally envisioned it to have inflatable wings. However, like many other of Fuller’s concepts, those wings were strictly conceptual and required improvements in materials science and manufacturing before they could be effected. The same was true of the “jet stilts” Fuller proposed as propulsion units; the development of real jet engines … [Read more...] about Bucky Fuller’s Dymaxion Car – Invention Ahead of Its Time or Death Trap?