I'd like to think that, thanks to my efforts, Jalopnik provides more in-depth coverage of the rich and exciting world of automotive turn indication than anyone out there. Which is why I'm so excited to announce today I found an answer to a signal light question that's bothered me for years: what's the deal with that up arrow? I've noticed this detail on a number of pictures of (almost always) European cars from the mid-20s or so. The detail is what appears to be an add-on light, much like an accessory spot lamp. The light has on it a single arrow, pointing upwards. This has baffled me for years. What the hell would an upward pointing arrow indicate? My best guess was that the arrow would light up when a pressure switch in the seat was released, indicating that the driver had been raptured away. That could be pretty handy for all of us doomed to be left, you know, behind. That's not what it's for, though. It turns out, it's an early turn indicator. This struck me as odd, since I've only … [Read more...] about What Does A High End Camera Company Have To Do With Old Turn Signals?
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ABS (anti-lock braking system) saves lives, not just on motorcycles but even on cars. A Mahindra XUV500 put to test under various hard braking conditions including an emergency swerve on a wet surface demonstrates exactly why ABS is such a critical safety feature that every automobile needs to have as standard. The good news is that the Indian government has made ABS mandatory on all two wheelers sold in India with engine capacity over 125cc from April 2019. From October 2019, all cars sold in India will have to feature ABS as standard under the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNSAP). Meanwhile, watch the video. Please forward to 2:00 to directly start watching the XUV500 in action. As the video reveals, the Mahindra XUV500 is braked under 2 conditions, once with ABS on and once with ABS off. When ABS is off, the vehicle goes into a skid when braked hard even in dry conditions, and despite the wheels locking, the braking distance is high. With ABS on, braking … [Read more...] about This Mahindra XUV500 braking real HARD shows why ABS matters even on cars! [Video]
In the crowded metropolis of Hong Kong lives a man who knows more about off-road vehicles than possibly anyone else on earth. He has raced the Dakar Rally, torn apart priceless vehicles just to see how they work, written a book called The 4x4 Bible, and taught off-roading skills to locals. His name is Victor Ma, and while you may not have heard of him before, he is the King of Off-Roaders. Type his name into Google and you’ll find the mysterious collector mentioned dozens of times in 4x4-related articles and forum threads, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything more. Despite being widely renowned in China as the foremost authority on all things off-road, Ma has remained largely a mystery to the western world. Until now. Meeting The King Last year, as my brother Mike walked to the subway, he spotted some cool vehicles in the window of a shop in Fo Tan, an industrial area in Hong Kong. Curious, he popped in and met a man whose enthusiasm for four-wheel drives impressed … [Read more...] about This Man Is The Four-Wheel Drive King Of The World And His Collection Will Blow Your Mind
Driving To The Future In A 2002 Many of us have seen or heard of the Terminator movies where robots rule and no one is free. To some, this is what AI (artificial intelligence) means for the future, but to others, it opens up endless possibilities to make the world a better place – even for car enthusiasts. While many car enthusiasts might not be interested or in favour of not being able to drive their cars in the future, I’m actually looking forward to it. Now, before you pick up your torches and pitchforks, there’s more than one valid reason for my excitement for autonomous driving. What if I told you that traffic would be a thing of the past, as would people driving slowly in the fast lane, and that there would be far fewer fatalities on the roads? These are just some of the aspirations that Ali Javidan, engineer and head of prototyping at a secretive tech startup – and the owner of one of the best BMW 2002s I’ve ever seen … [Read more...] about Why Autonomous Cars Might Be A Good Thing For Real Driving Enthusiasts
4/5/2018 10:58 est Filed to: Apps By: Bradley Brownell Comment Your classic Porsche is important to you. Believe it or not, your classic Porsche is important to Porsche, too. They claim that 70% of all Porsches ever built are still on the road, and they want to keep it that way. Not only because it helps build brand loyalty, but because when people see you in your old Porsche on the road, it reflects well on the brand (obviously my Porsche doesn't, but yours might). So, we've established that they have a vested interest in not only keeping your car on the road, but perhaps giving you the sense of security you need to increase your probability of driving the car more frequently. That's why they've worked to release this app and tracker system to help give you peace of mind. As the values of vintage Porsches continue to rise, and new cars get more complex anti-theft systems, automobile thieves are starting to pay more attention to highly valuable vintage cars as a source of easy … [Read more...] about Porsche Classic Offering a New App To Help Keep Tabs On Your Baby