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March 2016

The Driverless Car It Drives Itself

The Driverless CarTechnology has taken us tremendously far over the years. However, this sounds like something right out of  a science fiction movie. Sebastian Thrun has worked remarkably hard to develop the first car that drives itself! That’s right, the car drives without you pushing any pedals or turning the wheel. You just sit down and relax.

His passion and determination to help build this car was due to the unfortunate fact that at the age of 18, he lost a close friend in a car accident.From that point on, he decided that he should dedicate his life to try and save the lives of one million people every year. Although he has not achieved that goal yet, he is well on the way.

He saw the concept first in the DARPA Grand Challenge, where the US government funded teams to create a driverless car that could navigate the desert. The hundred teams that showed up failed miserably.

Sebastian and his team made a different self driving car, using different hardware and software and set it free in the desert. It became the first car to ever return from the DARPA Grand Challenge. Their goal is now to develop a driverless car that can drive anywhere, by themselves. Any street in any city, no matter how busy the streets are.

The car is built with sensors, enabling them to see everything around them. They can make their own decisions, about stopping, accelerating, turning and changing lanes. They have driven in several cities including San Francisco through mountain roads, highways and winding streets. They have driven a total of 140,000 miles, without a driver; just the car driving itself. You sit in the driver’s seat, as the car navigates itself, accelerating, stopping and turning the wheel.

The leading cause of death for young people is car accidents; the majority of which are caused by human error, not machine error. Sebastian has a hope to leave these accident causing decisions up to robotic precision. This will  prevent the accidents that kill so many people every year.

The technology and precision of a driverless car would result in cars staying in their lanes perfectly. This would allow us to reduce the wifth of lanes, creating more room for other cars and reducing the amount of traffic on our streets.

Although the technology is almost fully developed, it is not yet ready to be put into the hands of consumers and used in our every day lives. The technology of a driverless car must be perfected, and undergo plenty of testing to verify that it will in fact be safe to use.

Imagine 10, 50 or 100 years down the road, looking back at humanity today and thinking, “Wow, I can’t believe humans actually drove cars themself back then”. The possibility and goal of reducing traffic jams, shortening our commute and most importantly saving the lives of thousands of people every year is truly remarkable.

My hat is off to you Sebastian. Good luck with your technological developments and I commend you for your work in saving the lives of others.

How To Recondition Rechargeable Batteries Bring Your Car Battery Back From The Dead

Rechargeable BatteriesLast time your car battery died you probably just replaced it with a new one. I bet it was expensive and happened at the most inconvenient time. However did you know many car batteries can be saved, and if you learn how to recondition rechargeable batteries, not only can you bring your car battery back from the dead, but you will be more aware of its condition, and it is less likely to let you down again.

Check the battery:

Most dead batteries can be reconditioned, however first you must check each cell, because if one is damaged it may not be possible, or worth your while to attempt to recondition it. If you check each cell individually it should read a voltage of approximately 2 volts. If any read zero or considerably below 2 volts the cell is faulty.

To complete this test you will need to make a probe. You can make this from a length of wire coat-hanger. Connect one terminal of your voltmeter to the battery terminal post, and the other to the probe. Then dip the probe tip into the electrolyte, to check each individual cell voltage.

Reduce sulfation:

One of the things that kills batteries is a build up of lead sulfide crystals on the plates. The first step is to remove this using a charger that has a circuit that provides a short high current pulse. This breaks down the crystals, and dissolves them back into sulfuric acid, leaving the lead plate clean again. Reducing this contamination will rejuvenate your battery, and improve its ability to store charge.

Check the electrolyte:

Visually check the level of fluid, top this up with deionized water until it is just covers the lead plates. You can also add a battery conditioner, these are available from car parts stores, but if you don’t have access to this a teaspoon full of Epsom salts will work well too.

Recharge:

Once you have completed these tasks you should then fully charge your battery using a good quality charger. Once fully charged re-test the voltage across each plate as before. Now your battery is reconditioned and should behave almost like new again.

Conclusion:

Learning How to recondition rechargeable batteries will not only save you money, by enabling you to bring your car battery back from the dead, but can also be a great business. You can perform this task for others, and charge them for your services. Making these batteries last as long as possible helps the environment too, as the longer they are in use, the longer they stay out of landfill.

Dirt Cheap Used Cars Three Places You Haven’t Thought Of

Cheap Used CarsThere is not one single best place to find dirt cheap used cars.  In fact, if you know the right information, there are actually several places that you can look to find used cars at huge discounts.  If you have not considered these resources, you should really check them out.

1.  Craigslist.com – many people do not consider Craig’s List to be a viable option when they are searching for a vehicle.  Just because a car is sold on a classified ads website does not mean that it will be low quality.  But, you should keep in mind that purchasing online is not always the safest option.  It is always recommended that you deal locally when you buy online, especially when you are purchasing something as expensive as a vehicle.

2.  Facebook marketplace – did you know that Facebook has an area that allows you to buy and sell items?  A lot of people will list their old used cars in the Facebook marketplace.  Take just 15 or 20 minutes to look through the items that are currently up for sale.  There’s a great chance that you’ll run across a few people trying to sell used cars.  The best part is that sometimes you are able to find absolutely dirt cheap used cars through this resource.

3.  Auctions – it doesn’t matter if you want to buy a car, a house, or collectibles.  Auctions are a good way to purchase items at huge discounts.  Find out where some local auctions are happening and then take some time to find information about what items are being offered.  If you can find an auction where a car will be sold, then you should jump at this great opportunity to buy a very inexpensive used vehicle.

Visit http://buysecondhandcar.net/ for more information on where to buy cheap cars.

Where can you find the best used cars?  Many people have already discovered that they can purchase their cars directly from the government.  Both state and local governments use hundreds, or even thousands of vehicles at any given time.  Have you ever wondered what happens to these vehicles when they are no longer in top performing condition?  They are usually sold at an auction.

Since the government purchases vehicles using money provided by taxpayers, government agencies cannot simply do whatever they please with the vehicle once it is time to purchase a new one.  These used cars and trucks are usually sold at huge discounts in an auction.  The idea behind this is that every taxpayer has a chance to purchase a vehicle at a good price and benefit from taxpayer dollars.  After all, since government cars are purchased with tax dollars, they can’t simply throw them away when they are done with them.

Had you ever thought about what happens to old police cars when a department purchases new ones?  These vehicles are usually decommissioned and sold.  To an everyday private citizen, just like you and me, this may be the way to buy the best used cars on the market.  Public agencies take great care of their vehicles and each one is a basically guaranteed to have a clean and clear title.

Just how much can you save by shopping at an auction?  Well, it is almost impossible to say, but it is not uncommon for vehicles that are only a few years old to be sold for under $1000.  How would you like to be cruising around in a three year old decommissioned police car for around 500 bucks?  If you know where vehicle auctions happen, that could become a reality.

Run Your Car On Bio diesel 5 Reasons To Switch Today

Car On Bio dieselWith the cost of oil climbing ever higher and not likely to ever come down, you may be looking for a way to reduce your dependence on oil, and reduce our motoring costs. One of the options open to you is to run your car on bio-diesel, most modern vehicles require no modifications before you can start. In case you are debating whether this fuel is for you, read on for my top 5 reasons to switch today.

1. Lower emissions:

Compered to the regular fossil fuel produced version, bio-diesel produces 80% less carbon dioxide when burned. So it is a lot kinder to the environment, producing less greenhouse gasses.

2. Cheaper:

Because it is produced from plant oils and organic matter, it is cheaper to produce, and therefore cheaper to buy at the pump. Your car will get similar mileage, and performance, so overall it will give you cheaper motoring from the outset.

3. Non toxic:

Pure bio-diesel unlike the regular version of the fuel is completely non toxic. You could drink it and suffer no ill effects, although I wouldn’t recommend it. Plus if there is an accident and a spill occurs, as it is organic, it will create no environmental problems whatsoever.

4. Cleaner:

It is cleaner in every way. Have you ever got regular diesel on your hands when filling up? The smell can linger for hours, plus it can cause irritation and skin rashes. This is not a problem with its bio cousin, being basically vegetable oil it has a pleasant smell, and is unlikely to cause skin problems if you should spill some on yourself.

When burning in your engine as there is no sulfur in bio-diesel, not only will you not get clouds of black smoke associated with badly maintained engines, the exhaust has a pleasant smell not unlike french fries or donuts frying.

5. You can make your own:

The other great thing is that you can make your own bio fuel at home from used vegetable oil. There is no reason to be worried that you don’t possess the technical knowledge, or need to be an organic chemist. It is a very simple process, and you can get many good instruction manuals or even kits to help you.

Once you have your used vegetable oil you simply heat it to remove any water, filter it to remove impurities, and add two easily available chemicals, and you have bio-diesel. There is no need to produce all your fuel as it can be added to regular diesel, so you can build up to 100% home made over time.

You can save money, and run your car on bio-diesel. I hope the 5 reasons to switch today above have helped to make up your mind.