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Greener Delivery

Monday, January 9, 2017  by Kolbe

Although the busiest package delivery days of the year are now behind us, that doesn’t stop UPS from moving forward. UPS is continuing to find innovative ways of going green. One of their newest projects is testing a new form of package delivery. A pilot program in Portland, OR utilizes solar powered tricycles, pedaled by the delivery driver, to deliver packages. If the program is a success they plan to implement it in other areas as well. With the large number of vehicles in UPS’s delivery fleet, the impact changes like this have on the environment go to show that UPS may have brown uniforms and trucks, but they continue the push to be more and more green. 

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The Future is Now

Tuesday, January 3, 2017  by Kolbe

The year is 2017. Saying it aloud sounds like we’re living in the future, and at the rate of technological advancements, it feels like we are too. A dash cam video surfaced of Tesla’s collision avoidance system predicting and successfully avoiding a collision. What makes the video so amazing is that the avoidance system is able to see under and around the vehicle in front of the car. Making it able to detect a collision, or identify a hazard, before you as the driver could ever see it. And, if that’s not future-y enough for you, this technology was updated via an over-the-air update to the vehicles’ systems. Now, autopilot and these safety systems are not a replacement for your own attentiveness, but I’d be happy to have it supplement my current driving awareness.

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Salt Lick

Monday, December 19, 2016  by Kolbe

If you live in a state where it snows, you know how difficult it is to keep your car clean this time of year. Between the wet roads and cars spraying dirty water everywhere, the salt that sticks to your car, it’s just a nightmare. That salt can even damage your car’s paint. It sounds terrible, but not everyone is so against it. In fact, the moose in Canada love the salt so much, they can be found licking it off of cars. Alberta parks even issued a warning about the vehicle-licking moose. Informing people not to try and push the moose away, but rather to sound the horn, or use the car’s remote to scare off the salt-licking quadrupeds. It may sound funny, but I’ll tell you what. If I found a moose licking my car, I would be pretty salty.

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Locked In

Monday, December 12, 2016  by Kolbe

Stealing a car is illegal, and apparently also tiring. A Seattle man was out one night looking to steal cars. He stumbled upon a BMW 550i that had the key fob left in the vehicle. No doubt excited over the seemingly easy target, the man sped off in his newly stolen car. A few hours later when the owner of the vehicle realized it was missing they called the police. The police contacted BMW who was able to locate the vehicle and remotely lock its doors. The police found the BMW and the thief, not only locked in the vehicle, but fast asleep! The moral of the story is if you are going to steal a car, make sure you get a good night’s rest. Wait, no, that’s not it… the moral is crime doesn’t pay and it’s exhausting, so don’t steal cars. 

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More Than Meets the Eye

Monday, December 5, 2016  by Kolbe

I can’t be the only person who used to (let’s be honest, still does) want a real transforming car. Turkish company Letvision has brought that dream to life. They have taken a BMW 3 Series and made it a true to life transformer! With all the mechanics to necessitate the transformation the car is unable to be operated from inside the vehicle. The 3 Series is outfitted with a remote that allows the operator to drive and steer the car from outside of the automobile. Then, with the push of a button the car transforms into a fifteen-foot tall, bipedal humanoid robot. It’s everything eleven-year-old me ever wanted. Letvision hopes to one day offer a fully functioning drivable version of the robot that is able to walk while in transformer mode. I’ll start saving my money now.

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