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Thu, 4/28/2016 - 6:29 am by Jordan Perch

buying new carBuying a new car is a serious investment and one of the most important purchases that a person can make. This is a purchase that needs to be well-thought-out, with numerous factors that have to be taken into consideration, and several dilemmas that car shoppers inevitably face both before and after entering a dealership.

To make an informed car-buying decision, consumers first have to determine what type of vehicle fits their needs and their budget, and they also need to have good negotiating skills, on top of deciding what financing option is best for them. Here are a few tips that can come in handy to those interested in buying a new car, that will help them avoid the most

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Wed, 4/27/2016 - 4:40 am by Jordan Perch

EV charging stationsElectric cars are still being held back by a series of hindrances that the industry has to overcome in order to make them more appealing to the masses. Limited access to public charging stations is one of those obstacles, exacerbating the range anxiety issue, which prevents owners from making long-range electric car trips.

Serious Obstacle for Mass Adoption

But, even though the number of EV charging stations has increased substantially in recent years, charging an electric car is still a major challenge for many people. This is because different charging station networks are operated by different companies, which each of

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Mon, 5/9/2016 - 5:22 pm by Jordan Perch

wirless chargingWith its autonomous driving technology, Google is trying to make cars safer and eliminate traffic fatalities. Google's self-driving cars are expected to have a great contribution to improving traffic safety, but the tech giant is not stopping there.

Now, Google wants to make cars more convenient to own, as well. The Silicon Valley company is reportedly working on a technology that would allow its driverless vehicles to be charged wirelessly, which is much more practical and effective charging method than traditional wired charging.

Two Wireless Charging Systems Tested

According

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Mon, 5/9/2016 - 4:45 pm by Jordan Perch

car navigationThe advancements in in-vehicle technology in recent years have been amazing. Modern cars are equipped with all sorts of high-tech features that are designed to improve occupant safety and provide a more comfortable and convenient ride, but the fact that there are so many options to choose from, oftentimes confuses consumers and makes it difficult for them to decide which of those features are truly necessary, and which could be skipped without compromising safety or convenience.

Being able to determine what features can actually come in handy, and which wouldn't make an impact on the overall riding experience, is difficult because most of those features are very expensive and many consumers can not afford to buy every available option. Also, not every car

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Mon, 5/9/2016 - 4:57 pm by Jordan Perch

fuel efficiencyAlthough it is clear that high politics is key to successfully tackling global warming, with the general public having little or no say when it comes to the creation of policies aimed at fighting climate change, scientists insist that there are a lot of things that consumers can do to contribute to the efforts for resolving this pressing issue.

According to a new study, some daily habits of American consumers have a significant impact on the environment, and most of them have to do with transportation. Michael Sivak and Brandon Shoettle, researchers with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, have prepared a report titled

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Fri, 4/22/2016 - 5:48 am by Jordan Perch

bmw hybridLately, BMW has been ramping up its efforts for developing efficient plug-in hybrid models, as it tries to rival its German counterparts Audi and Mercedes-Benz, and establish a more meaningful presence in the luxury plug-in vehicle market.

At the moment, BMW offers a couple of hybrid models, with the i8 being the most notable example. A couple of months ago, the company announced that it will add three new models to its hybrid lineup, and now it says that one of those models will be sold under a new sub-brand.

Creating a New Sub-Division

The automaker has announced that it is creating a new sub-division, called

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Mon, 5/9/2016 - 4:49 pm by Jordan Perch

drivingIn-vehicle technology popularity rises with each passing day, with most consumers considering it a very important factor when buying a new vehicle. But, it's the same high-tech features that are constantly added to car dashboards that drivers often have difficulties understanding and using properly, which in many cases leads to creation of various safety risks.

It's tough for drivers to stay up to speed with every new piece of technology that automakers roll out on a regular basis, with many advanced safety and entertainment features being too complicated to use without prior knowledge of a given technology. In a bid to raise awareness of advanced vehicle safety technologies among drivers, the National Safety Council (

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Mon, 4/18/2016 - 9:07 am by Jordan Perch

FBI logoDrivers have been increasingly worried about the possibility of their cars being

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Fri, 4/15/2016 - 10:14 am by Jordan Perch

ToyotaSurprisingly enough, Toyota Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, hasn't been trying too hard to get at the forefront of the driverless car race, while almost all global car manufacturers, along with some of the world's leading tech companies, have been putting a lot of effort into developing a vehicle that can drive itself. But, that's about to change soon, with the Japanese automaker planning to spend a lot of money in the following years to boost its autonomous car research.

Major Step to Get Ahead of the Competition

Toyota has announced that it will invest $50 million in driverless car technology over the next five years, hoping to catch up with the competition in the race to launch the first fully-autonomous car. The automaker has announced that it has partnered

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Fri, 4/15/2016 - 7:30 am by Jordan Perch

ToyotaAt this year's Tokyo Motor Show, it seems that it's all about hydrogen fuel cell technology and self-driving cars. Among the myriad of futuristic and pretty weird concepts, there is one vehicle that stands out from the crowd, and really seems to have a chance of going into production down the road in a slightly different form.

Generating and Sharing Energy

It's the Toyota FCV Plus, a concept that incorporates fuel cell powertrains with autonomous driving technology, reflecting

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