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New York State & Textalyzer Technology Bill

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The new “textalyzer” technology is modeled after the Breathalyzer, and would determine if you had been using your phone illegally on the road. Lawmakers in New York and a handful of other cities and states are considering allowing police to use the device to crack into phones because, they say, too many people get away with texting and driving and causing crashes.

“Phone records — as I found out the hard way — they’re tough to get [and]

In the next month, New York state lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill that allows police to check a driver’s cellphone with a “textalyzer,” which can tell whether a driver swiped or tapped the phone in the run-up to a crash.

Senate Bill S2306

Flying Car On Sale

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Dutch company PAL-V is now taking orders for the world’s first commercial flying car,called the Liberty. The company says that the Liberty models are fully compliant with safety regulations set by global governing bodies, and that deliveries will begin by the end of 2018.

The first 90 copies are designated as Pioneer Editions, boasting special exterior and interior details. For the personalized touch and additional standard features such as power heating, buyers will have to pay $599,000. After the Pioneer Edition sells out, PAL-V will start selling the standard model, known as the Liberty Sport, for $399,000.

Buyers should have a license for both driving and flying. On the road, the Liberty can lower its suspension and make use of its tilting cockpit for better maneuverability. PAL-V lists top speed on the road as 100 mph, while 0-62 mph is estimated to take less than 9 seconds. In the air, it can travel at up to 112 mph.

 

Cadillac Subscription Service: Book By Cadillac

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“Book by Cadillac” is a subscription service that gives users access to short-term rentals of different vehicles for a flat monthly fee via app. Similar to the Audi On Demand and Audi At Home services that is already available in certain markets, Book by Cadillac aims to give subscribers the flexibility to choose whatever vehicle they want at the moment, without the so-called hassles like lease or finance payments, insurance, fuel, and maintenance.

Three Largest US Auto Parts Industry Seeing Sales Surge

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Three of the largest U.S. sellers of replacement parts are seeing sales surge, sending their stock prices on a roll. AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts and O’Reilly Automotive have all gained at least about 20 percent this year.

The retailers are benefiting from the fact that Americans’ cars are aging, as well as a new wave of technologically advanced cars that’s boosting sales to professional mechanics. Auto-parts sellers also have so far proven immune to the e- commerce threat from Amazon that has plagued other merchants.

“The auto-repair industry is well-positioned because it’s not being disrupted by places like Amazon. The lingering effects of the most recent recession, has caused the average age of vehicles to climb to 11.4 years, the highest ever. While simultaneously, lower gas prices and higher employment have drivers putting more miles on their cars, creating a booming market for oil and replacement tires.

Kia Recalls 87,000 Of It’s 2014 Vehicles

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Kia has announced the recall of around 87,000 of its 2014 Forte cars, after discovering a defective part that could lead to vehicle fires. Confirmation from the automakers suggests that in those Forte models affected, a resistor within the cooling fan can dangerously overheat and in the worst instances melt, or perhaps even trigger a fire. 87,000 vehicles currently on US roads will have to be brought in for repairs. Depending on the exact manufacture date of each Kia Forte, the auto may have to be fitted with a new multi-fuse unit alone or undergo an engine software upgrade at the same time. All repairs and upgrades will be free of charge at licensed Kia service centers. Affected owners will be contacted by Kia ahead of the scheduled February 24 recall commencement.

Gaming In the back Seat:High Speed Internet Coming To Autos

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Chevrolet is rolling out 4G LTE technology this summer across its 2015 Corvette, Impala, Malibu and Volt followed by the Equinox crossover, Silverado and Silverado HD pickups and Spark and Spark EV electric. By the end of next year, every Chevy make and model will include 4G LTE technology. Gamers can enjoy  the same high speed Internet connectivity as they do at home.

 

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