11 01 2018

Dale BertramI was finally sitting down after a long day, hoping to relax a little.  I turned on the news and heard that Nissan was researching technology where your car could read your mind!  Whaaaattttt?  I thought of road-rage drivers, under-the-influence drivers, and those who just aren’t the best drivers!  Scary.  I then started researching to learn more as I couldn’t believe this could ever be a good thing!  Here is what I discovered:

  • The driver would wear a skullcap that measures brainwaves and activity.
  • The autonomous car would analyze this activity in real time.
  • The system would then alter steering, acceleration and braking based on the driver’s brain analysis…basically knowing what you want before you do.
  • This supposedly improves reaction time and increases driving enjoyment.
  • This also enables the car to respond to the driver’s needs to improve the comfort of the drive such as heating/air conditioning. This keeps the driver relaxed.

Why is this important if a car can drive itself without human interference?  According to Nissan, we humans enjoy the driving experience and do not wish to give up that pleasure to “a machine.”

We will see…




Electric Vehicle Updates

31 08 2017

Dale Bertram– According to the ChargePoint report, 542,000 electric cars have been sold in the U.S. to date.

– Tesla Model S is by far the best-selling electric car in the U.S.

– Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a study recently forecasting that electric cars will be reducing oil demand significantly by 2040.

– Ride-hailing firm Lyft plans to deliver at least one billion rides in electric, autonomous vehicles by 2025.

– According to the most recent data compiled by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the 1997 Accord and 1998 Civic were the most stolen cars nationwide in 2016.

– Nissan will be showing the next-generation Leaf all-electric car during National Drive Electric Week, following right after the global reveal on September 5.

– Volkswagen’s Electrify America subsidiary is partnering with Texas-based EVgo to establish a network of electric vehicle charging stations across the United States.

– Bloomberg analysis piece points to natural gas vehicles having failed in a race won by cheap gasoline prices and growth in electric vehicle sales.

– Lyft is focusing on self-driving cars.

– Lyft says it got a boost from Uber’s woes!

– UK plans to stop sale of all diesel, petrol cars by 2040.  



Vehicle Updates

4 05 2017

Dale BertramThe state of autonomous vehicles and the cybersecurity of connected cars is constantly changing, so I sometimes hesitate to report on the latest and greatest for fear it will be “old news” by the time it is published…but since some of you have been asking…here goes!

  • A company called NuTonomy is testing these vehicles in Boston even though Uber had a crash of its autonomous vehicle in Arizona in March.
  • Legislation has been reintroduced recently dealing with improved cybersecurity for cars (and airplanes). Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal’s proposal hopes to create cybersecurity and privacy standards for today’s connected vehicles, as well as a rating system for cars. Rep. Ted Lieu hopes to prevent attacks on connected cars with his introduction of the Security and Privacy in Your Car Study Act.
  • Intel Corp., wants to dominate technology for self-driving cars with plans to purchase Mobileye NV.
  • Tony Aquila of Solera Holdings is deeply concerned about vehicle owners’ privacy. If not properly protected, the detailed data from technology (including brake sensors) could be used in ways that would not benefit vehicle owners.

Some states are moving ahead with their own rules and regulations hoping that the federal government will start moving forward on such quickly.  The biggest holdup may be the old “who is liable” if things go wrong.

The change is coming… we just don’t know how quickly…

In the News!

23 03 2017

Dale BertramHere are a few interesting news items I wanted to share with my readers!

  • Traffic jams are costly, in both time and money. In the United States the average driver wastes $1200 just by sitting in traffic.
  • Virtual reality experiences may help you buy a car! Forrester predicts that by 2022, the use of a VR headset will let consumers see what it would be like to own a certain vehicle without going through the traditional test drive.
  • An artificial leaf that turns CO2 into fuel could cause fossil fuel to become obsolete! The University of Illinois is researching how to reverse the process of fossil fuels to greenhouse gas by recycling atmospheric carbon into fuel with the use of sunlight. The good news is this sustainable fuel would cost the same as a gallon of gas.
  • Michigan is testing self-driving cars at the American Center for Mobility. This is a 335-acre site strictly used for research and development of these vehicles.  The University of Michigan has a 32-acre site at MCity for the same purpose and Ford has tested vehicles there.
  • Airbus is working on a flying car prototype and hopes to demonstrate it by year’s end. Airbus says this will be a “clean” technology and will make the need for bridge and road construction obsolete, saving billons. This will be a single passenger vehicle.  Makes me think of George Jetson!

We will see where all this goes!  I’ll keep you posted as I hear more.



Self-Driving Car Updates

2 03 2017

Dale BertramHere is some news on self-driving vehicles:

  • The need to regulate what constitutes a self-driving car is moving forward as states are working to establish regulations for the testing, use and sale of these vehicles. Michigan became the first state to sign legislation. Not surprising, Ford, General Motors, Google, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Uber and Lyft helped.  This legislation allows for a car without a steering wheel or a brake pedal,  and a person does not have to be in the front seat.  Automakers are glad for a start but they prefer, of course, federal legislation rather than a state-by-state approach.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA asked manufacturers to submit a 15-point safety assessment to share what they were doing to ensure the physical safety of consumers as well as their privacy.
  • NHTSA will interpret the “self-driving system” Google has created as “the driver” rather than human occupants of the vehicle. Naturally there are a lot of legal questions when it comes to self-driving vehicles because if anything goes wrong…who is responsible?  It is difficult to “sue” a car or decide whose insurance must pay.
  • Google’s concern when it comes to safety of self-driving vehicles is the human element. They informed NHTSA that if humans try to interfere with steering, acceleration, or braking it could be a hazard to safety.  They prefer the human element be omitted completely from the equation.

We will continue to wait as the legislation is written and rewritten and meanwhile more and more advances into self-driving cars will come into play.  Will this take months or years?


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What Will You Do With Your In-Car Time?

10 03 2016

Dale BertramWith self-driving cars on the horizon promising a great experience for the passenger (yes, you are no longer a driver but a passenger!) what will that look like?  Imagine yourself going down the road and you decide to spend your time surfing the Internet.  You and your family are going on vacation.  Since you have more than likely set this up via the Internet and your car is connected it will know this.  It can then send you information on things you might like to do while there and even coupons on special events.

Some say that the self-driving car may become your delivery service.  What if you want to pick up an order from a restaurant or another place of business!  You might be able to arrange for your car to go all by itself! I am just imagining this…it is time for your car to come to Fairway Auto Repair for service.  You arrange an appointment and your car drives itself to our shop, we do the service and send it back home to you!  How about that?

Self-driving vehicles are supposed to cut way back on accidents.  They say that 90 percent of accidents are due to human error and the self-driving car will eliminate this. I do wonder about the other 10 percent…hmmm.

Now the potentially bad news…getting slammed with advertising.  Yes…that has been brought up and of course all involved claim that it will not be a spamming experience but an enhancing experience.  It is supposed to help us plan our day and be a user-friendly tool rather than an annoyance.  We will have to wait and see.

Currently, the average driver in Phoenix spends two hours in their car a day.  It would be nice to use those hours to relax or to be productive.  A self-driving vehicle will certainly make that possible.  Fairway Auto Repair is here as always to make sure your vehicle is ready to go when you need it.  We don’t see that changing with newer technology driven cars.  You can count on us!  To learn about today’s cars and cars of the future, visit our website at www.fairwayautorepair.com!


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Auto Insurance And Driverless Cars

18 02 2016

Dale BertramWe all have to pay our auto insurance premiums and we see the humorous commercials on television, online and hear them on the radio.  What will become of auto insurance when self-driving cars become the normal?  Consider these facts:

  • Self-driving cars should mean accidents would drop to about 1%.
  • The liability should move from the drivers’ to the cars’ software system or automaker.
  • Consumers would still need insurance but more to cover theft and damage from mother nature.

Mercedes, Volvo and Tesla are already working towards crash-avoidance systems.  Advisory and research firms are predicting that in twenty to thirty years, personal auto insurance firms will shrink considerably…maybe to half the size they are now.

Some insurance companies are thinking about how they would survive should autonomous vehicles become the new normal.  One firm says it has collected an amazing amount of data on consumers and would hope to become a “life management” company and offer advice.  Hmmm…

Research firms predict that insurance companies will have to learn to make a huge adjustment and make plans to become a lot smaller.  Their current cost structures include large buildings, huge marketing/advertisement budgets and massive work force (agents, adjusters, and many more jobs related to insurance), not to mention all those that collect the data they use to target consumers.

It will be interesting to see where all of this is headed.  Stay tuned…


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