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Autonomous Driving Starts Deals in Silicon Valley

The bursting forth of self-driving technology has initiated the two largest consecutive years of automotive supplier takeovers to happen in a decade, and more seem to be coming as parts manufacturers lose ground in the race towards technological transformation.

Automotive supplier deals in 2015 and 2016 totaled $74.4 billion according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Each of those years blew the previous average, $17.7 billion, out of the water. Considering the number of transactions valued at $500 million or higher skyrocketed to 18 last year (the last decade saw only 6 a year on average) and has already hit 11 this year, a major change is clearly occurring in the global automotive industry.

baiduMany have attributed these soaring numbers to the pressure felt by all suppliers to keep up with the industry’s shift towards autonomous driving, a transition that began about five years ago. Suppliers are now existentially reliant on their ability to stay current with the race to make vehicles aware of their environment just like a human driver would be, if not better. That means sensors, cameras, radar, and computing power to comprehend all that information are now more important than ever.

At the same time, parts are becoming cheaper than ever due to economic uncertainty and Brexit concerns.

“Automotive bankers are definitely spending more time in places like Silicon Valley,” offered Citigroup Inc.’s head of investment banking for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Christian Kames. Kames also holds the position of global co-head of automotive.

“The focus areas are electronics, communications and software. In the past, most suppliers didn’t really have that kind of technology, but they now know they need to have it to set the industry standards for the future.”

Infotainment deals are expected to weigh in for the next wave of maker adjustments, making parts makers need access to the crucial interface between the driver and vehicle. The sector has become increasingly attractive due to its relatively small amount of major players and because new combinations aren’t likely to raise any concerns for competition regulators. There are a lot of companies that could be bought entirely or partially, like Harman International Industries Inc., Visteon Corp., and Delphi Automotive Plc.

“I think we’ll probably see a few more interesting deals over the next year or so,” offered Chris McNally, London-based analyst at Evercore IS.

bmwA whole mix of deals recently went through between tech and auto companies; ZF just took a 40 percent stake in radar supplier Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH. Samsung Electronics Co. has also apparently been in the final stations of $3 billion negotiations with auto parts maker Magneti Marelli, a major player in the production line for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

“If you don’t buy now, and boost your capabilities for autonomous driving and for connected cars, there’s no second chance,” warned director of the automotive practice at PWC Dietmar Ostermann. “Because the others will.”

Axel Hoefer, managing director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in Frankfurt, said that shifts towards EVs will also likely drive new deals.

“Put yourself in the shoes of a traditional supplier,” said Hoefer. “A gradual shift is fine. But if it’s a steep change, that will put lots of people under pressure.”

Predictions For Driver-less Car are Overly Ambitious

Everyone is gearing up for the future they see in clips and short videos on the internet that promise of driver less cars being seen everywhere by the end of the decade. People are hoping that we are going to be there in no time and that you need only hop in the car with the driver-less technology and that the ills of traffic and everything of the sort will be solved by mere relation to the technology itself. Everyone is planing for this inevitability, everyone that is except those who are in the industry and know that it is a pipe dream to say the least. When they get here we assume that they’ll make the commutes of our day more efficent and allow us to get everyone everywhere they need to go without disrupting the day to day of anyone who needs to get there. They are believed to be a means to conserve resources boost our mobility for seniors and others who can’t and make accidents in the car a thing of the past. The Google Driver-less car is far from here.

“We’re looking at the broader urban effects—and urban opportunities—of this technology,” says Illinois Tech architect Marshall Brown, one of the team members in the Chicago school’s Driverless Cities Project. “It’s in the news a lot, but nobody’s been discussing what it will actually do to cities.”

The fact is, is that less than 10 percent of long range transportation plans for major US city planning is even considering the implications of this shift in autonomous cars on the existing infrastructure. What we do not consider when we think about the smart car of the future is that we are putting a target on the back of utopia, But when we do so we are considering cars in model of every and any car being shifted to autonomous cars in a single instance. However, this is going to be a long arduous process. We are long from implementing this in a single move. The problem with this is that although everything will be hunky dory with the implantation of the new technology, what we don’t consider is that the car and traffic in general is only as strong as its weakest link, if someone is texting at a stop light and no doesn’t go right when sdfthe light shifts it means very little to the fact that the car which is autonomous can respond more effectively.

Although its a beautiful idea that we are all going to use the time once spent of driving to do our hobbies and expand our minds, the reality is that this is a reality well off into the future. We need to acknowledge this and plan our infrastructure, in general. We are likely going to see the ramifications if we keep staying stag net assuming that we are going to do this in the near future because we do not have the means to do so. Simple as that, we are not going to have autonomous cars anytime soon, and if you do it won’t be that much better.

Eco-Friendly is the New Status Symbol

Although of course luxury cars will always have a special place in our hearts, the tides are changing and the sign of status, elitism, and education isn’t just having money anymore.

Economists claim that ostentatious displays of wealth have actually fallen out of fashion, to the point that they’re seen as crass by most people.

Instead, conspicuous donations to charity, buying second-hand clothes, collecting ‘useless’ university degrees, using politically correct language and making a point of not watching television are all the newest signs of social status.

tesla3Some attribute this change to the increased affordability of cars, foreign holidays and the buys. Now to do these things isn’t such an amazing feat in the eyes of others.

According to a spokesman for London’s Adam Smith Institute, “Rather than trying to one-up one another by buying Bentleys, Rolexes and fur coats, the modern social climber is more likely to try and show off their ‘authenticity’ by having the correct opinions on music and politics and making sure their coffee is sourced ethically.”

According to the institute’s head of research Ben Southward, “More or less everyone can afford goods that were a show of status int he 1960s and so the competition has gone and we’ve had to move on to something else. It is much harder to learn which products are Fair-trade or which kind of cashmere you should buy, which makes it a much more fertile race to run in.”

Ryan Murphy is an economist that received research on the topic. He claims that fast cars, gaudy diamonds and grand parties have fallen way out of fashion, to the point that they’re actually being seen as somewhat distasteful.

“A wife adorning herself with a fistful of diamonds perhaps could once convince herself that she wears the diamonds because they look beautiful and she loves her husband but, broadly speaking, most of her dinner companions would see it as crass,” explained Professor Murphy, who teaches at the southern Methodist University in Texas.

“In other words, most elements of Western society have moved beyond associating ostentatious displays of wealth with high status.”

The unethical, petty nature of these relatively see-through demonstrations of wealth have been commented on by artists and thinkers for decades and perhaps even centuries, but it seems the elite classes are just catching up.

“If anything, it is simply considered rude; one could say you must signal you are not signaling,” concluded Murphy.

rich person in a teslaOne major demonstration of this; useless university degrees about trendy subjects. According to Sam Bowman, the Adam Smith’s Institute’s executive director, “We all know that people with money try to show it off but focusing on flashy cars and fancy clothes actually misses that, in an era of abundance, the  new ‘aristocrats’ prefer to show off their privilege with hard-to-get retro clothes and objects, studying obscure subjects at university of even taking loud outrage-driven political positions or making conspicuous donations to sometimes wasteful charities.”

Although this spells the beginning of another form of enraging elitism, it’s likely a cultural change for the best. At least there will be more eco-friendly cars on the road.

Safety Tips for Cautious Drivers

Driving is the leading cause of accidental death in America, and most people don’t realize how possible it is to get into an accident until it happens to them. Unfortunately, despite constant warnings and steep fines, people tend to drive dangerously, drive under the influence, and text while driving all the time, sometimes leading to expensive tickets, and sometimes leading to tragic bodily harm to themselves and others.

You can be one step ahead of vehicle-related disaster by being a defensive driver and always having driving caution be your number one priority (over answering that text, finishing up that phone call, getting there on time, and teaching that other driver a thing or two). But how can you practice safe driving on the road? What do you need to keep in mind? Here’s  a quick list of the 5 most important facts any safe driver will never forget:

driving5. If you’re skidding, turn into it.

Even the safest drivers can find themselves unexpectedly hydroplaning on a highway or skidding to a stop when another driver in front of them does something unexpected. If you find that you’ve lost control of your vehicle, remember to look and turn in the direction that you want to go.

Sounds simple, but it’s often difficult in panic-ridden situations to look away from the oncoming tree, car, or whatever you might be about to have a close-call with. Just point with all your might towards the safest path and hope that your traction will catch in time; it’s honestly the best you can do.

4. Leave enough space between you and the car in front of you.

Oldest trick in the book, and perhaps the most ignored as well. Tailgating is commonplace and extremely dangerous and is responsible for everything from fender benders to major accidents on heavily populated roads. Your reaction time is going to have a certain human limit, so be sure to leave some car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you  to make up for that.

3. Look ahead.

It’s easy to be short-sighted when driving and look only at the space a few hundred feet in front of you. If you pay attention to what’s really coming up ahead instead of only the merge, intersection, or block where you’re driving, you’re more likely to notice any possible issues and have more time to react accordingly. The key to reacting in time is noticing dangerous situations as early as possible.

2. Don’t multitask.

Texting, drinking, reading, eating and all kinds of other activities shouldn’t be done while one is behind the wheel… period. A huge proportion of accidents are caused by inattentive drivers who finally chose to pay attention to the wrong thing at the wrong time.

elderly driver1. Remember how stupid everyone else is.

Unfortunately, all you can assume in this world is that the people around you are inattentive, careless, incompetent, distracted, and overly aggressive drivers. That means it’s up to you, and you alone, to not get hit by another car and suffer whatever traumatic injury comes with it. Defensive driving perspectives are especially important to remember when that jerk cuts you off…

7 Handy Tips for Drivers

Any vehicle owner can benefit from these easy tips for keeping their car running properly and looking great:

toilet plunger1. Use a toilet plunger to fix dents on your car

What? That’s right: If you plunge a car dent, you can create a vacuum that actually pulls small sections of dented metal out into their original shape. Just make sure to wash the plunger first.

2. Applying clear nail polish to windshield cracks can keep them from spreading.

It will only work as a temporary patch (the elements wear down nail polish pretty quickly), but it’s a lot better than nothing. If you need to get to work or are out on a road trip, it may just save you some time and money to patch up your cracks with nail polish until you get to a trusted mechanic.

3. Shoe organizers double as trunk organizers.

Makes sense, right? Set those bad boys up so that they hang from the back of the back seat; you’ll have a variety of see-through pouches that sort out all the supplies you need.

4. Make a cup-holder-suited tissue dispenser.

Easier than its sounds; all you have to do is remove the rolled up tissues out of a tissue box and put it inside a (clean) portable coffee cup; bust a hole in the lid and you’ve got yourself a nice little dispenser perfect for car use.

rubber band phone holder5. Hold your phone exactly where you need it (without your hands).

This one’s crazy awesome: just loop a rubber band through a couple grates in your air conditioning vent and you’ve got a rig that will mount your phone right up near the windshield. This can keep you from risking hands free tickets and is in general safer than looking down into your lap for directions.

6. Extend your car remote’s range by becoming a human antenna.

I’ve never tried this one, but apparently if you put a car remote against your head, it can then use your body as a larger, extended antennae which can then pick up and send frequencies a further range than before. If it’s true, this could definitely come in handy when you’re looking for your car in a huge parking lot.

6. Treat frozen cars with household products.

If your lock is frozen, you can effectively melt it with a generous dab of hand sanitizer. If you’re worried about your doors freezing shut, simply apply some pam cooking spray to the inner rubber before the snow sets in; those doors should open right up!

7. Reduce your blindspot.

Surprisingly, most drivers don’t understand how to adjust their mirrors to be safest and most effective. This is in part due to the fact that the mirrors are set at regulation standards by dealerships before they are sold. To minimize your blindspot, widen your side mirrors to the point that you just barely cannot see the side of your car. It would seem self-explanatory that seeing your car in the mirror does not help you remain more aware of the road, but most of us don’t even think about it.

Make Your Car Safer in Bad Weather Conditions

According to the American Journal of Public Health, bad weather is a factor in up to 30% of all car crashes in the United States each year. This can add to the general displeasure of driving in the rain, sleet, or snow: you’re way more likely than before to end up in an accident and become hurt or hurt someone else. Accordingly, it makes sense to do your best to lower these risks as much as possible. Now that we’ve worked through the Why, here’s an article that can walk you through how to do this:

bad driving conditionsIt all starts with basic maintenance; keep your brakes working at top capabilities, keep your oil changed, make sure you have enough brake fluid, all that stuff. In general, a tune-up before each winter is a good, if expensive idea. That extra money could go towards saving your life… you never know. What you do know is, you don’t want to be broken down at the side of the road when the weather is poor and visibility is bad for fellow drivers. As we already learned, their chances of colliding with you are tripled in these conditions. So yeah, check your oil, transmission, coolant/antifreeze and brake fluids. Get your windshield wipers replaced if they’re looking old or you’ve noticed that they’re not as effective as they used to be. Check your tires and be sure to rotate them and replace them if and when they need it. Balding tires can increase your chances of skidding and/or hydroplaning in bad weather or getting a flat tire and ending up on the side of the road in the same dangerous situation we already discussed earlier.

If you’re wondering how to inspect your vehicle’s car for road-readiness, you’ve got a good question brewing. Tire inspections allow drivers to diagnose problems like lodged sharp objects, worn treads and poor tire pressure before they become dangerous problems. To check the tread, find where it looks most worn and slip a penny into a groove with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of his head (because the treads are too worn down and short to extend any further), you may want to buy new tires.

If you’re living in the snow, you need to invest in snow chains. Make sure you understand how to fit them onto your tires and which ones are your drive tires so that you put them on the right pair. They’re not meant to be used on dry surfaces or to be used at high speeds, so make to use them appropriately and safely!

snow chainsKeep road salt, sand or kitty litter at hand. If your tires can’t get traction on an icy surface, a healthy dose of any of these three products ought to either melt the ice or provide enough traction to get you off and moving.

Keep an Emergency Car Kit on hand. You can buy these complete in stores or online, or assemble them yourselves. Just make sure to have bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment, tape, an instant cell phone battery recharger, reflective triangles, road flares, a distress sign, a small tool kit with basic tools like a crescent wrench and adjustable screwdriver, jumper cables, a battery recharger, an ice scraper, a small shovel, a tow rope, an emergency radio, a blanket or sleeping bag, winter clothing, high-energy foods, etc.

Are Secondary Batteries Right for You?

Today’s RVs are more decked out with charge-hungry appliances than ever before; people are hauling around refrigerators, TVs, blenders, washer/dryers, and all kinds of other technological tools that never knew the nomadic lifestyle until very recently. How do they supply the necessary power for all this stuff? Originally people would sap the precious energy from their car’s starting battery, but now the needed power is so substantial that people would quickly drain the starting battery completely.

The solution? Purchase an auxiliary battery that can be charged using your car’s alternator.  Although you may have never heard of it, the alternator is the your car battery’s right hand man, and they are a package deal.

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The alternator is named in reference to the term alternating current (AC). They are generally installed near the front of the engine and are driven by the crankshaft, and create AC power through electromagnetism, which is then channeled into the battery so it can provide voltage to run your car’s electrical components.

An automotive charging system is actually made up of three major parts consisting of the battery, the alternator, and the voltage regulator. The alternator helps the battery to generate power for services like the lights in your dashboard and the power that comes from your cigarette lighter when you plug in a phone-charging adaptor.

Back to alternating currents: your car battery emits direct current (DC) power, which isn’t as powerful or far-reaching as alternating current power. The alternator uses diodes to convert AC power to DC power so that your car battery can use it.

Ok great, so how do you use it to charge your auxiliary battery? First off, you have to find the right sized auxiliary battery; generally it’s recommended to find the largest one that can fit in your engine so that it can provide the most possible power while also lasting for the longest possible time.

So you get one of those, and then you buy a battery isolator, which is a device that allows your car’s alternator to recharge the auxiliary battery while protecting your car’s starting battery from discharging. Without this, you’re likely to discharge energy from both batteries at once which can eventually leave you in a situation in which your car won’t start and you have no way to power your cell phone or any other appliance to be used in that emergency situation.

battery isolatorBattery isolators are generally made of solenoid, which is a coil wound into a tightly packed helix so that it can create a nearly uniform magnetic field. There are many ways to operate the battery isolators, and the most highly recommended tends to be the VSR (Voltage Sensitive Relay). VSR battery isolators can sense what level of voltage implies that your car is on and what level implies its off and automatically links the batteries for charging purposes when your car is on and isolates your auxiliary battery when the car is off, keeping you from accidentally draining your starting battery.

With the proper equipment, you can charge your auxiliary battery just as you drive along, and with no risk to your car’s function.

How to Order Car parts Online?

It is really a question as to what you should do when your car gets a breakdown. The first thing you should do is check what the real problem is. If the problem is with the parts then you can take the same to the mechanic and see if the part is repairable or not. If no, then just don’t rely on the parts that he would give. You can check out the car automotive parts online and this will really get you the answer that what are the costs of the parts that the mechanic is telling you. It would really be an affordable to buy such car parts online.

There are many online stores

The best thing is that there are many online stores and this really helps you in knowing as to what is the real cost of the thing that you need. Often we get into wrong transactions and end up getting into loss of money.

When it comes to trying the best things online you can even shop by using the coupon codes. This is what always helps you save your money. You can even read the reviews as to which online store sells the genuine and good parts.

Whether you are a business owner or you are just a job based person

The cost of the parts that is levied on you can be put into your business expenses if you are the business owner. If you use car or any vehicle for personal use then you cannot claim it into business expenses. Based on that, you can take the bill. It would be better to always take the bill so that when you need to again call up the shop keeper if the part is not working properly. Ask about the warranties and all.

Online reviews will really guide you very well. This is because if you don’t do that things will be quite different. Reviews will give you the confidence that the things that you are buying are really genuine. In the times when people really have to get the best products so that they last long, you should make sure that you have access to a good store that provides you with genuine and good products.

In the times when people really wish to get products at their door steps ordering car automotive parts at your home online would really serve you with the best option. It will save your time, money and energy. You just have to take up ordering online and see the magic. Within a specific period of time say 48-hours or so you will get quick home delivery. This really creates an important mode of work for people.

People who have lots of work should try online options and this would solve their purpose. In fact, everyone around is quite busy these days and thus online shopping would be considered as the best means. Of course, the products would be cheaper too. This should be considered by you.