Archive for February, 2011

Driver Alcohol Detection Systems for Safety

Most of the car accidents that happen in the streets are alcohol-related crashes, the driver is drunk. QinetiQ North America, a Waltham, Mass Based research and development facility are developing a system which can detect if the driver is drunk or not. The researchers conducted its first public demonstration of the alcohol-detection system that could measure if the driver has reached the blood alcohol limit of .08. If the system detected the alcohol content of the driver is above the limit, the vehicle will not start. The Driver Alcohol Detection Systems for Safety will measure the blood content of the driver in two possible ways, through a driver’s breath or through the skin. This is done by the use of sophisticated touched-based sensors that would possibly be placed in the door locks or steering wheel. The research program is funded jointly by NHTSA and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, an industry which represents the world’s car manufacturers. In the said demonstration, they have test a woman who drinks 1 1/2 ounce glasses of vodka and orange juice about 30 minutes apart, eating some cheese and crackers in between to imitate a typical social setting. After that, using the touched-based and breath-based prototypes they found out that a woman has an alcohol content of .06 thus she can start the car. Though the system is 99.9% reliable, some of the groups are questioning the .08 limit since the blood alcohol content rises during a trip, also to some factors such how recently the driver is drank and how much he/she ate. This system is still needs a long process though they predict that this is the option for future cars.

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The New Aston Martin Virage

The new Virage is revealed with its new feature, convertible design, though its style and dimension are the same to British marque’s DB9 and DBS. Virage is using a 6.0 liter V12 engine with a power and torque output of 365kW and 570Nm. The engine is equipped with six speed automatic transmission and a sport button that can help to add speed/sharpen throttle response and helps smooth gear shifts. Also, the car has a rev limiter; restrict its maximum rotational speed to prevent damage to the engine. The brakes is made of carbon ceramic that will insure to stop quickly, which is standard despite of the other competitors to charge it as an option.

Its chassis is made of light weight bounded aluminum same as to DB9, DBS and Rapide four-door. The driver can select two different modes, normal and sport; with 5 different stiffness settings in each mode – with the help of the adaptive suspension system. Its interior is fitted with hand stitched leather lined that uses 7 cowhides to cover the surface. In addition, it has also a sat-nav system with a 6.5 high resolution display, Bluetooth connectivity, and an audio system with iPod integration.

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Potential Car Controller – Blackberry Playbook

Most of the appliances today like television and other home automation systems can be controlled through tablets and smartphones. The next target to this mobile innovation would be controlling the car systems. QNX, a company behind many in-car systems, is well-known in developing a robust car system which is compatible to iPhones and iPod to play music, video and tunes through a connected hard drive. The company’s Operating System has been used in research on the new Blackberry Playbook for a higher technology innovation. Wired found out that Blackberry Playbook can adjust the cabin temperature of a corvette, both using the operating system of QNX. As more companies nowadays are competing in the upgrading a gadget, mobile races. Just like Sony, they are developing Bravia Engines onto smartphones and Samsung; they are finding ways to have a wireless connection – allowing wireless streaming of the content on its Smart TVs. ONX are trying to develop a system which has the ability to control a vehicle using a tablet. As the Blackberry Playbook is one of the gadgets that has the ability and potential in controlling a car though it needs more system analysis and experiments.

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A Mind Controlled Car

In this new generation, many cars are developed through a high technology design and concept. And this car includes the electric and hybrid cars. In the Free University of Berlin, computer scientists there have developed system that gives the driver the ability to steer a car through their thoughts. Using the available sensors and the technique to measure electrical brainwaves, electroencephalograms, scientist learned to determine one person’s brain patterns for commands such as “left”, “right”, “accelerate”, and “brake”. They are using computer interface to make this whole concept possible; they connect the device to the purely computer-controlled vehicle.

The scientist tested it on the Berlin airport that was closed down 2 years ago. At first they have set the sensors by collecting inputs/data from a person, reading his/her brainwaves to make it as the initial input to make an action such as “turn left” or “accelerate”. They are doing this because they want to “train” the computer to interpret bioelectrical wave patters emitted from a human brain. The device is connected to the steering, accelerator and brake system of a car that could be used later to control the car. As the head of the Autonomos laboratory of the university, Raúl Rojas said: “The driver was able to control the car with no problem though there was only a slight delay between the envisaged commands and the response of the car”. He added: “In the second test, the car drove largely automatically but the driver was able to set the direction at the crossing”.

Though this car needs more improvements, the scientists persist that this vehicle could be a car in the future.

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New Italian Supercar – Juliani Veela

A car manufacturer from Milan, Juliani Automobili has developed their new supercar called the Juliani Veela. This is a rear powered car which is created through a space frame chassis and fiberglass bodywork. It has a dimension of 4550mm in length, 1920mm in width, 1240mm in height, and the wheelbase is 2620mm. It is equipped with independent front and rear suspension with anti-roll bars for axles, adjustable dampers and a trunk capacity520 liters that best fit for long trips. Juliani Veela is also filled with a six-speed manual transmission. It uses a 6.2 liters V8 engine that produces a 520hp which is placed in the front of the driver with a weight of 1160kg with a power to weight ratio of 448hp/ton.

The Juliani Veela is equipped with Brembo braking system with 355mm discs on the front and 330mm on the rear. It can accelerate from 0 to 100km/hr in 3.4 seconds; 160km/hr will be reached in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 310km/hr. It has a good looking interior deign that adds comfort to the passengers, it consist of Recaro seats with bespoke leather trim, an integrated iPad system for controlling the radio, multimedia system, internet, navigation and phone, and an optional onboard video recording system.

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2011 Canadian Auto Show

Canadian Auto Show showcases the different types and most advanced cars in this generation. It includes the electric and green cars/zero emission cars in the auto show. The Canadian Auto Show will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, 255 St. W. that started last February 18, 2011 until February 27, 2011 with a theme ‘Discover Connect Experience’.

In the said event, many car fanatics filled the convention showrooms to see the different models of cars. There are many participants in the auto show; several of them are major names in the car industry. One of them is Nissan which they feature their 100% electric car, Nissan Leaf. This car zero tailpipe emissions, a range of 100 miles, and can travel to 90 miles/hour. There are 20,000 people already reserved a LEAF, according to Nissan USA Website. The Subaru Hybrid Tourer and the Hyundai Blue-Will are also shown in the event, which features the performance without high emissions. Competitive car manufacturers like Ford, GM, Fiat, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Kia, Mazda and others are also joining this Auto Show. As most car aficionado takes the new models of cars in the said event, they can also heck out classic cars as well as the super cars of Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini. As the president of the Canadian International Auto Show, Ron Loveys said: “The journey begins with discovery, the opportunity for automobile enthusiasts like you to witness innovations never before seen”. “The streamlining and advancements that manufacturers began in 2008 are beginning to bear fruit in the form of exciting vehicles that boast the latest in drive train technology.”

Aside from more than 1,000 cars being shown of, there are also interactive displays and contests to enter. The cost to get into the show is $20 for adults, and $7 for children aged seven to 12.

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Super Max® 6120SCW – Steam Car Washer

Super Max® 6120SCW by Daimer® is a steam pressure car washer that is intended for auto detailing and mobile car wash applications. It is created to minimize water waste for car wash business operations. As a low flow machine, it only offers 0.5 GPM flow rates and exerts an outstanding pressure level of 1000 psi. It is a vehicle friendly low-flow cleaning machine that will not cause harm to the surface of the vehicle. This propane heated car wash machine can generate steam at a temperature of 300ºF. This gives and helps the user to have a quick and easy removal of different types of dirt that is found in the car’s surface; like mud, grease, bugs, oil, salt, tar, brake dust, and more. It has also a number of auto detailing apps like cleaning engines, cleaning vehicle exteriors and even melting snow or ice.

Each car wash systems has a 30-pound tank (empty) and a stainless steel coil to convert cold water to hot in about 30 seconds. It uses 25′ high pressure steam hose, 8″ & 3′ Durable Trigger Wands with Quick Disconnect, steam nozzles, the housing is steel – powder-coated, high gloss, chip/chemical resistant and has a dimension of 23″ w x 30″ d x 34″ h.

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