FRONT RUNNERS IN CAR NEWS THIS PAST WEEK
Is Faraday the Future of Electric Vehicles?
Announced by Motor Trend on July 15, there is a new Electric Vehicle (EV) company that has hit the automotive scene. Faraday Future (FF), a California based company, was founded in 2014 but is trying to makes its mark, challenging the Tesla-dominated niche of the auto industry. In his article, Jonny Lieberman explains that FF currently has only 200 employees and anticipates hiring 10 more per week until 2017. By 2017, FF expects to have a total of 300 staff.
The new EV company is leaving everything to the imagination by giving little-to-no information about what their car will look like and which US car company will be contracted to build the first FF electric car – since they do not have a factory yet.
Why Self-Driving Cars Will Raise your Taxes
When the Self-Driving Car becomes a part of your everyday life, you’ll get the luxury of not actually driving while driving. This means tickets for speeding, distracted driving (put your phone down!), running red lights, or any or any other moving violations will be no more.
Great news, right? But wait, where will all that extra money go? You can bet that it won’t be in your pocket!
Contributor for Forbes, Jim Gorzelany, discussed this very question. He explains that while Americans will be saving money on traffic-violation tickets, they’ll be paying more in government taxes. Gorzelany explains the reason why taxes will likely go up is because local governments in the United States receive around $6 billion per year from drivers for speeding (as per the stats from Statistic Brain Research Institute). That dollar figure is not including all the other moving violations that drivers can accrue over the year. Wow!
As a result, Gorzelany predicts that taxes will rise in order to compensate for a decline in motor vehicle violations.
Progress is being made in the mobile-payment industry.
In an article written by Brielle Jaekel on July 16, Visa announced during the 2015 Mobile World Congress Shanghai that they are developing a payment technology that will allow consumers to use their credit card while driving in connected cars.
This mobile payment method is said to be compatible with Android technology. Visa explains that, “If the payment token is provisioned into an Android system, then Google will control the consumer up to and including the payment. This introduces new choke points into the payment environment.”
Observers expect this new mobile payment method to be usable at gas stations, drive-thrus, and pay parking lots. What will they think of next?
Music to your Ears
In other news related to the future of EVs, there is talk of an innovative and creative technological development that will have EVs play music in lieu of having the usual engine noise. The law under the U.S. Federal Rule states that all EVs must make noise has been in place since 2013. It is only until recently that manufacturers started to get creative by having EVs play music instead of the standard start-up noise.
The law does not state that EVs are required to sound exactly like the typical car. City Lab explains how this new innovation could change the soundscape for drivers, transforming the urban street noises and “dull buzz” that everyone knows into a musical symphony.
Could this mean that your EV could WOOF instead of the old boring old HONK?
Over 30,000 Subaru Imprezas have been recalled as a result of sensitive passenger-side air bag sensors. A report by Clifford Atiyeh, writer for Car and Driver, explains that the recall is for the 2012 Subaru Impreza and the model’s super sensitive air bag sensor. This recall does not include the WRX model.
The sensor sensitivity is so high that if there is a cell phone sitting on the seat, the air bag can deploy. Yikes!
Luckily, all the recalled Imprezas only need the sensors replaced because the defect does not affect the airbags themselves.
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