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Overview of Mitsubishi Safety Technology!!!

The Mitsubishi car range are packed full of Active Safety Systems, which is technology that assists in the prevention of a crash. 

Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS)

ABS is an active safety system which can help a driver avoid obstacles and a collision during heavy braking or while braking on slippery road surfaces. It prevents the wheels from locking up under heavy braking or while braking on slippery road surfaces, thereby allowing the driver to maintain steering control and steer around potential obstructions and/or avoid collisions. 

Active Cornering Lights (ACL)

ACL provides support for night driving by additionally illuminating the direction in which the vehicle is moving in accordance with the steering angle. 35W halogen bulbs are used in the cornering lights. 

Active Stability and Traction Control (ASC)

Active Stability and Traction Control helps drivers maintain control in adverse driving conditions and during emergency maneuvers. It constantly monitors available traction and alerts the control unit, which works with the vehicle’s anti-lock braking system to counteract slipping or loss of control by applying the brakes on specific wheels to help keep the vehicle moving in the intended direction. 

e-Assist

e-Assist is a new active safety system that uses millimeter-wavelength radar as well as a camera to further increase driving safety and peace of mind. it comprises of three functions such as:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation System (FCM)

  • Lane Departure Warning System (LDW)

  • Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC)

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Mitsubishi adds more Innovation to the list

AS&G – Auto Stop and Go

AS&G idling stop automatically stops and starts the engine when the vehicle stops and starts.

As you can see in the above image, AS&G idling stop automatically stops and starts the engine when the vehicle stops and starts.

Idling Stop is a technology that automatically stops the engine when the vehicle stops. and automatically starts the engine when the vehicle starts moving again, for example when stopped and waiting at a traffic light. By turning off the engine when the car is in use but not moving, fuel economy is improved and CO2 is also reduced as exhaust gasses are eliminated when the engine is off. It works automatically and there is no difference between driving a car with AS&G and a car without it.

ACL – Active Cornering Lights

ACL provides support for night driving by additionally illuminating the direction in which the vehicle is moving in accordance with the steering angle.

35W halogen bulbs are used in the cornering lights. The system links with the turn signal light at speeds of 40km/h or less and also links with the angle of the steering wheel to additionally illuminating the direction in which the vehicle is moving. ACL makes driving at dark intersections, curves, etc. safer.

ACD  – Active Center Differential

The corporate philosophy of Mitsubishi Motors includes “Driving Pleasure” and “Toughness & Safety.” Our Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control System which controls both the driving force and braking force of the four wheels has made new-generation driving possible.

The ACD is a system that electronically controls the differential limit between the front and rear wheels to distribute an appropriate driving force to the four wheels. The system sets the base driving force distribution to 50:50 and controls the differential limit between the front and rear wheels from “Free” to “Locked 4WD.” It makes precise control a reality by using information about the wheel speed, the steering wheel angle, the engine torque, the brake pressure, and the yaw rate sensor, and combines a high level of traction performance and steering response adapted to the driving conditions.

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Useful Car Accessories – Technologies to follow

Amazing car gadgets and accessories to improve your driving and car experience all together.

 

  1. Roidmi 2s – Roidmi 2s is the ultimate Bluetooth music player and car charger that upgrades your vehicle to a whole new level.

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2. Bluejay The world’s first smart mount seamlessly connects your phone to your car via beacon technology and an integrated mobile app.

 

 

3. AUTO iThe world’s smartest vehicle security system with a 360 degree dash cam that sends footage to your mobile device upon impact or movement of your vehicle. 

The Auto i provides security for all of the situations you and your car encounter.

  • Break-ins
  • Theft
  • Hit-And-Runs
  • Accidents
  • Traffice Stops by Police
  • Towing
  • Tracking Teenage drivers
  • Road Rage

 

4. Fobo Tire – FOBO Tire is an advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) using latest Bluetooth 4.0 that works directly with your Android and iOS device.

It also comes with an intelligent In-Car monitoring unit that works simultaneously with your smart phone. So that you will still get an alert in the absence of the smart phone.

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Can your car battery handle the summer heat?

We all shiver when we hit the car key in those frosty winter mornings and it doesn’t charge due to a discharged, dead or frozen battery. But the thing is that the car battery fails more in the heat of summer than the deepest cold of winter. That’s the benefit of our famous varying climate that can send the temperatures under the hood of our vehicles from –30˚C to well over 50˚C.

Varying temperature has an effect on the vehicle performance. Extreme summer heat can take its toll on the vehicle battery chemistry that provides power to the accessories and starter, and the vehicle hoods that is made of a large expanse of metal which creates  a great amount of heat on a hot day in direct sunlight. Because of this heat issue, many automakers have taken to relocating vehicle batteries in under trunk or fender wells and passenger cabin floors.

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Unlike cold weather failures, a vehicle battery soon to suffer heat stroke seldom gives warnings. Like most things in life, with batteries an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. If your vehicle battery is four or more years older, then it is a good idea to test it before the summer travel season. For this service, most shops charge very little and some will include it at no extra charge when doing other routine maintenance.

Check your automobile owner’s manual to see if your radio system has an anti-theft security feature if you’re going to swap out the battery by yourself. With some of these systems, the radio can lock up if you do not install a secondary power source before disconnecting the battery. If this happens to you then you may require a trip to a repair centre or dealership to get it unlocked.

While the battery is being changed you can purchase an inexpensive plug-in unit  that provides 12 volts of uninterrupted power to the radio. An emergency cell phone power unit can also be used in a pinch with the proper adapter.

Before removing any cables make sure the area around the vehicle battery is ventilated well. When you are working with a battery there is always a chance of small spark at the battery post due to a continuous draw from the computer memories and radio. As hot batteries and under-hood temps are a great recipe for an explosive gas formulation, you can’t be too cautious.

If your car’s original battery was wrapped in an insulated cover, don’t throw it away; it can help protect the battery from heat as well as extreme cold. Below some tips you can follow in summer time,

  1. On a hot day, don’t park your vehicle in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
  2. Minimize the use of vehicle electrical accessories during the last few miles of a trek
  3. Make sure before shutting down the engine, you turn everything off.
  4. If possible, after parking the vehicle, pop the hood to reduce the engine bay temperatures, which will peak for a few minutes when the cooling system stops circulating.

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What are the Solutions for Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is a big problem. The number one way to avoid distracted driving accidents is to …. you guessed it – pay attention while driving. Not using a mobile device while behind the wheel can make all the difference. Using the mobile phone or such a device while driving can have deadly results. Even though, while driving, texting in all provinces and localities is against the law, it hasn’t seemed to make much of a difference.  In 2013, according to the National Safety Council, there were 1.1 million distracted driving accidents in the US alone. Over 3,000 fatalities and more than 400,000 injuries caused by some form of distracted driving cited the United States Department of Transportation.

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What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving can involve a variety of actions. From eating to using a cell phone to texting while driving, all of these things can be considered a distraction. While behind the driving wheel even just talking to dealing with noisy kids in the backseat can take your complete attention off of the road. In this case, some suggest to use the hands-free device but using a hands-free device does not offer much of a difference, although the perception is that it is a good solution. There were several studies on distracted driving and those studies show that when your attention is elsewhere, you look on the road but do not actually see. In a study conducted by an insurance firm, voice controlled systems also can take your attention away from the road. Just hearing the notification of an incoming email or text can divert attention at a critical time.

Is Driving Mode the Answer?

The ability of a phone to receive calls, texts and other functions such as Facebook and gaming is disabled by the driving mode, but the problem is that it also disables the ability to use a navigation system and emergency communications. Unfortunately, Driving Mode is not offered by the most phones. Some phones do have a driving mode, but it is simply a feature which reads aloud an email or text. This can be a distraction as well.

So how can we motivate a driver to use the Driving Mode feature? A simple idea to motivate drivers to use such a system would be if the insurance companies would offer a discount to a driver who purchases a Driving Mode feature for their phone. A financial incentive may help this simple life-saving solution to gain popularity and acceptance.

Here are some tips to prevent distracted driving.

  1. Fully focus on the road while driving. Actively scan the road and surroundings. Use your mirrors and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists. Do not let anything divert your attention.
  2. Store loose gear, possessions and other distractions that could roll around in the car, so you do not feel tempted to reach for them on the floor or the seat.
  3. Finish personal grooming and dressing at home – before you get on the road.
  4. If possible, eat snacks and meals before or after your trip, not while driving. Avoid messy foods that can be difficult to manage, on the road.
  5. Be smart about it! Not only are you responsible for your own safety and that of your passengers but also the saftey of other drivers and pedestrians.

 

 

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Accident Aftermath: Towing and Recovery Safety

No one wishes for accidents to occur, they are inevitable really – a moment of carelessness, a bad bit of luck or any other number of unforeseen factors can lead to road accidents. And while most car accident involves a dented fender or some other part, some can be serious enough to warrant a towing of the vehicle. If an accident occurs and such a case arises then proper towing as well as recovery safety is pivotal; besides ambulatory services and law enforcement, towing companies are also an important part of the first response teams and upon arrival are expected to secure the accident area in addition to providing passenger and vehicle safety. This article will discuss some of the safety protocol which should be followed by the towing personnel.

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The Proper Gear

In any matter of emergency safety is the foremost concern, and the first step is the proper gear. The tow truck operator should arrive in the proper gear which is recommended for such situations. While they work to tow the vehicle away, they should be clearly visible to other drivers. Federal Law requires them to wear clothing which has high visibility. All roadway and emergency workers are required to wear a fluorescent safety vest (green, yellow or orange) by the Federal Highway Administration that meets a set of proper standards of the American National Standards Institute. It is also advisable that – besides the vest – they also wear a reflective helmet.

Arriving on Scene

The situation could be dire depending on the accident in question; especially if said accident occurred on an interstate busy highway so it is essential that the proper measures are taken to ensure further harm does not come to the rest of the traffic.

Through the emergency lights operator should announce his arrival, and for signs of other traffic, he will need to monitor the area around the accident. For obvious reasons, oncoming traffic on the road needs to be cautioned about the incident which has taken place and this can quickly be done through the deployment of cones, barricades, flares, flashing lights and warning signs – a reasonable stretch of road should be cut off and traffic diverted for the time being.

As part of the team cordons, the remaining members must quickly do a check of the area especially for any kind of fluid which might be spilling onto the road, or the soil near the road. Other details such as the overall damage to the immediate environment must be assessed and reported to the proper authority. Safe distance must be established if there is a fire around the source to protect workers as well as onlookers.

The Loading

Proper procedures must be followed by the towing team as the operator loads the car in the truck, attachment to the vehicle must be done properly to ensure it doesn’t present any sort of issues during the towing. And the fastening of the car also should be double checked.

 

 

 

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Can traffic deaths be eliminated?

Toyota’s James Kuffner, a safety expert proposing a radical goal-zero traffic deaths for the auto industry. Safety advocates concede that right now the target may be unattainable. But they say it is possible to virtually eliminate the 30,000-plus annual highway fatalities in the U.S.

Kuffne says that if the industry moves in a right way, within a decade “the probability of being killed in a traffic accident would be smaller than being killed by lightning.”

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But automakers must speed the usual decades-long pace of adoption of new technology into vehicles as quick as possible. “The longer it isn’t deployed,” Kuffner says, “the more people die.” To reduce traffic death profound changes needed to vehicles, the way they operate and the way they’re regulated.

Since 2000, safety technology like lane departure warning, traffic jam assist, forward collision warning, rear cameras, adaptive cruise control etc. are introduced by many automakers. The challenge is to get the new technology into vehicles quickly but safely, says Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . But the goal is sufficiently compelling to ensure that change will happen.

“Everyone’s got their own view of what the future is going to be,” Rosekind says. “We’re watching the future get created right in front of us.”

Vision Zero is a policy written into Swedish law in 1997, its core tenet is that there is no acceptable level of traffic fatalities; the goal is zero deaths. The policy fits Sweden’s only major automaker, Volvo, which has pledged that no one will die in an accident in a new Volvo car by 2020.

While other automakers are cautious about getting to zero — one executive marveled that Volvo’s lawyers would let the company make such a claim — isn’t backing off.

“By 2020, I think we have a good chance to be damn close to it,” says Volvo r&d chief Peter Mertens. Mertens also says it is possible to eliminate traffic deaths: “Once all vehicles are connected, then I think we can achieve zero fatalities in traffic.”

Volvo epitomizes one of two industry approaches to reducing fatalities — although they mostly differ in how quickly they propose to get to self-driving, connected vehicles.

Toyota’s Kuffner terms the two schools “guardian angel” and “chauffeur”:

  • The “guardian angel” approach uses vehicles which are driven by humans, but with computerized safety systems ready to intervene. Automakers following this path say it probably will lead to fully autonomous vehicles, but improving crash avoidance and protection is more realistic in the near term.
  • The chauffeur mode, championed by Google, uses self-driving vehicles. As Kuffner puts it, “the human doesn’t really have to participate. The car can drive itself.”

Chauffeur-mode backers question whether that is enough.

“Taking the driver out of the loop” is necessary, says Ron Medford, director of safety for Google’s self-driving car program. According to Medford, more than 90 percent of accidents are caused by human error and with impaired driving responsible for 25 percent.

“The idea of preventing a crash, not building a structure around you, should be the vision someday,” he says. In the short term, Medford adds, “it’s going to take both. You can’t really design crash protection sufficiently so that you won’t have any deaths.”

 

 

 

 

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Top 4 expert tips for long distance driving

Naturally, you’ll want to love driving,  if you’re going to do a road trip alone. Driving for long hours can be physically taxing especially when you’re the only driver but the compensation is that you can listen to any radio station or audio book, take any detour you want, change your schedule on a whim… the list goes on. If long-distance driving is something you enjoy, or you’re just a victim of an unfrtunate long distance situation this list is for you.

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series travels to 36 events annually and one person arrives safely to each of those events is Hendrick Motorsports employee, Dave Radney. Radney is no stranger to long trips across the country. He drives thousands of miles a year, from city to city, all across the country with Hendrick Motorsports.

Here are top 4 expert tips for driving long distances from Radney.

1.Take Breaks

According to Radney, while in a long drive you should take the proper break to re-energize yourself. He says, “The biggest thing on the road is staying alert.” He also says, “Fatigue can be a big problem on long hauls, so we frequently take breaks. We can drive 11 hours on a 14-hour day, so taking a lot of breaks is an important way in helping us stay alert during those long drives.”

Frequent breaks from the car allow a driver to stretch and move, which can also help to avoid fatigue on the road.

As a driver, you never want to get into a zone where you’re experiencing aches from sitting in the same seat for 500 miles. It’s very important to take breaks, walk around, and do your exercises outside to help stay alert.”

2. Stay Focused

Repetitive scenery is very tiresome on the eyes. Depending on where you’re driving, you may encounter repetitive scenery like endless fields or long stretches of flat roads. In those instances, it’s important for your mind to stay focused and not wander.

I listen to a lot of country music and have a lot of bad karaoke sessions in the truck,” says Radney. “We see a lot of this beautiful country on the roads we travel, so it’s pretty easy to be entertained.

3. Share the Road and Drive around Big Vehicles

You share the road with many different types of vehicles when driving across the country.  For a commercial vehicle, the maximum gross vehicle weight is 80,000 pounds, so when you’re driving around one of these in your passenger vehicle, there are some behaviors you should consider integrating to safely share the road with them.

“The front right of the truck or the passenger side are definitely really bad blind spots,” according to Radney. “If you’re driving by a truck on the road and can’t look up into the truck’s driver side mirror and see the driver themselves, they can’t see you.”

 

4. Plan Ahead

It is very smart to plan ahead and be prepared for the unexpected. The last thing you want is to find yourself stranded on the side of the highway, unprepared.

“Depending on the places you’re driving and the weather conditions you may encounter, there are a lot of different safety kits that you can buy to keep in your car,” says Radney. “You should always have those kits plus a first aid kit, flashlights, blankets, candles, water and food.”

 

 

 

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Bosch’s Smart Gas Pedal

Bosch’s has created a new kind of accelerator pedal which gives feedback through the driver’s foot if he or she is being too heavy on the gas.

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One of the main reasons that a car’s quoted fuel consumption figures, and the actual number of miles it manages to a gallon, can be so disparate has nothing to do with software cheat devices. It is because nobody drives exactly in the same way. According to Bosch, the difference between having a foot made of lead and one made of feather is responsible for up to 25% of a vehicle’s fuel use.
For this reason Bosch’s has made smart gas pedal and it makes drivers understand when to press the gas pedal and when to lift off.
“The Bosch active gas pedal helps drivers save fuel — and alerts them to potentially dangerous situations as well,” said Stefan Seiberth, president of the Gasoline Systems division of Robert Bosch GmbH.
Gentle feedback like that used on touch screens of navigation so that the drivers know that they’ve made contact without taking their eyes off the road makes it clear when the line between irresponsibility and rapidity is being crossed. “The pedal tells the driver when the economy and acceleration curves intersect,” explains Seiberth.
If the latest-generation of sensors and assistance systems is installed in the car then smart gas pedal also can serve as an early warning system. It can give warning if a bend is approaching or if you are going in the wrong direction, all through vibration. Bosch claims that this smart gas pedal can cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by seven percent.
If the smart gas pedal is fitted to a hybrid vehicle, it can prompt the driver as to the best time to coast — i.e., roll without power from the combustion engine — and also can give an alert when the vehicle combustion engine is needed again so that accelerator pressure can be increased accordingly for a smooth transition from electric to gasoline power.

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