Category Archive: Articles & Commentaries

Discussions on topics of interest to drivers concerning things they may not understand about their vehicles as well as articles on the future of the auto industry.

Sub-prime Loans and Shady Dealings Exposed

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If we didn’t all already believe that used car sales was a dubious business to work for or to shop at, along comes John Oliver to do an epic, as well as entertaining, take down. His first concern and the central focus of the episode of his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, is sub-prime loans, …

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To Autopilot or Not to Autopilot, that Is the Question

A recent accident involving a Tesla Model S with its Autopilot function engaged cost the life of the car’s driver. Since then, there have been calls to disable the function or as least rename it. We have cautioned many times in these posts about the advance of technology in automobiles. The advances are racing ahead …

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Did a Poor Shifter Design Cause the Death of Anton Yechin?

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A year ago nearly to the day, I wrote about the need for the auto industry to build to intuition. A man in Texas had died of heat stroke because he couldn’t figure out how to get out of his short-circuited Chevrolet Corvette. Now another man is dead, at the hands of another model. It …

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A Tale of Three Fobs, or, How Tech Don’t Travel

We had a very interesting week in late May, where three different drivers and cars came before us with little clue as to how their respective push button start models worked. A better argument for standardization has never been made. First, we met a young woman who had recently bought a pre-owned push-button start Hyundai. …

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Who’s Ready for a Self-driving Car?

Evidently, according to reports, only a very few drivers are ready for a self driving car. In a recent newscast from Automotive News, Bloomberg was cited as a source saying that ½ to ¾ of all drivers do not want a self-driving car. Parts supplier Robert Bosch stated that drivers will need to be persuaded. …

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