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Road Tales: December 2018

By: Vet-Advantage
December, 2018

Goodyear’s new tire store will come to you
Replacing your car’s tires may become easier if Goodyear’s new Roll stores are successful. The stores will pop up in “vibrant lifestyle centers,” allowing customers to drop their cars off after picking out their tires online, according to an article in Auto Week. Technicians will pick up the car from the store, install the tires and return the car, providing text or email updates during the process. And if customers don’t want to visit the store at all, they can schedule an appointment with a mobile installation van, which will visit the car at a scheduled location while the owner is at work. At press time, the first stores are scheduled to open in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

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Road Tales: October 2018

By: Vet-Advantage
November, 2018

Uber and Lyft take on the world
Uber and Lyft came to prominence with their ride-hailing services. But increasingly they’re betting on other modes of transportation – with the aim of becoming the only service people need to get around cities, reports the New York Times. Lyft recently struck a deal to acquire parts of Motivate, the parent company of CitiBike in New York and seven other bike-sharing programs around the United States. Previously, Uber had acquired Jump, a company that rents dockless electric bikes in six U.S. cities. Both companies are experimenting with scooter-sharing programs, but they have bigger plans: They want people to use their apps for navigating around cities. “Whether it’s taking a car, whether it’s taking a pooled car, whether it’s taking a bike, whether you should walk or even … take a bus or subway,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was quoted as saying earlier this year. “We want to be the A-to-B platform for transportation.”

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Road Tales: August 2018

By: Vet-Advantage
August, 2018

Replace your own car key
No more trips to the dealer to replace a lost key. The product development division of Louisville, Kentucky-based Car Keys Express released a consumer-programmable, universal aftermarket key for Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. The key, with integrated remote, is said to have the same functionality as standard OEM versions and was scheduled to be available for purchase in August. This key is the second device to be released in the company’s new product line, Simple™ Key. Each key in the product line allows retailers to offer consumers a simple, “do-it-yourself” solution for replacing modern car keys. These products include a universal key and, if required, an EZ Installer™, allowing customers to pair the key to their vehicle. Once cut, consumers follow instructions to pair the key in just a few minutes.

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Road Tales: June 2018

By: Vet-Advantage
June, 2018

Dunkin’ Donuts mobile ordering
Your family physician may tell you not to overdo the donuts, but when you have no options for a quick breakfast before a call, there’s always Dunkin’ Donuts. Dunkin’s On-the-Go Mobile Ordering is now available through the Google Assistant, on iPhones and Android phones. DD Perks® Rewards members can use the Google Assistant, Google’s voice assistant technology, on their iPhones and Android phones to place a mobile order for coffee, beverages, baked goods and breakfast sandwiches, and then speed past the line in store for pick-up. Guests who have a DD Perks account and a Google account can link both, with all ordering and payments happening within Dunkin’ Donuts’ mobile platform. Guests can order from saved Favorites and items previously ordered via the Dunkin’ Mobile® App. To get started, guests need simply say, “Hey Google, talk to Dunkin’ Donuts.”

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Road Tales: February 2018

By: Vet-Advantage
February, 2018

Best family cars
Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com editors named their recommendations for the Best Family Cars of 2018, based on safety ratings, overall value, versatility, amenities, comfort, drivability and technology. Most of the SUVs and minivans on the list offer smart cruise control and automatic braking. A smaller number offer teen-driver monitoring, wireless phone charging and lane-keeping assist. Two models – the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica minivans – offer built-in vacuum cleaners. In addition, more and more are protecting families with crash-avoidance and collision-mitigation intervention. Among the best cars: Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and Subaru Outback (best two-row SUVs); Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Atlas (best three-row mid-size SUVs); Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition (best three-row full-size SUVs); and Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna (best minivans).

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Road Tales: December 2017

By: Vet-Advantage
December, 2017

Top 5 most expensive states for auto insurance
CarData reports those states are:

1. Florida, a non-fault state with mandatory $10,000 personal injury protection, and whose hurricanes and tropical storms necessitate increased comprehensive coverage.

2. Louisiana, whose natural disasters, generous claim settlements, poorly maintained roads and the ability to directly sue insurance companies jack up premiums.

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Road Tales: October 2017

By: Vet-Advantage
October, 2017

It’s fall. Drive safe.

Weather conditions can be unpredictable in the fall. A bright, beautiful afternoon can turn rainy and cold in minutes. And with days getting shorter, you can find yourself on the road in darkness. Some hazards to watch for, per esurance.


Back-to-school traffic

Fall means back-to-school for kids, which means more cars and buses on the roads. Drivers also need to watch out for increased pedestrian traffic in the morning and afternoon, as children walk to and from school and their neighborhood bus stops.

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Road Tales: August 2017

By: Vet-Advantage
August, 2017

Connected cars
The connected car devices market is expected to reach USD 57.15 billion by 2021. The major factors responsible for the growth of this market include the introduction of advance technologies, such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems in premium and mid-segment cars, and rising awareness about vehicle, driver and pedestrian safety. The global connected car devices market is dominated by the globally established players such as Continental AG (Germany), Denso Corporation (Japan), Delphi Automotive, PLC (U.K.), Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany), and Autoliv Inc. (Sweden). The key growth strategies adopted by these players include expansion and new product development.

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Road Tales

By: Vet-Advantage
June, 2017

Self-driving cars not for everyone
In spite of estimates that more than 600,000 motorists drive distracted by their cellphone, a recent AAA study suggests that about 75 percent of Americans are not comfortable riding in self-driving vehicles. Many fear they still aren’t safe enough. Nevertheless, connected and automated technologies hold the potential to prevent as much as 80 percent of today’s crashes and, in turn, save over 28,000 U.S. lives, according to AAA. Among key findings from the AAA survey:

  • 85 percent of women say they are afraid of riding in a self-driving vehicle compared with 69 percent of men.
  • Fears rise among older motorists. Eight-five percent of baby boomers hold those fears, compared to 75 percent of Generation X drivers and 73 percent of millennials.

Additionally, about 54 percent of all motorists report feeling less safe sharing the road with a self-driving car while they drive a traditional car. For more information visit http://blog.caranddriver.com/fear-of-the-future-most-americans-are-afraid-to-ride-in-self-driving-cars/#more-375891.

When cars fly
Although it’s not likely to be available to consumers any time soon, the Pop.Up – a concept car engineered by aircraft manufacturer Airbus and the design firm Italsesign – reportedly can fly up to 62 miles. The two-seat city car consists of a four-wheeled rolling platform, a passenger compartment and a 14.4-foot-long by 16.4-foot-wide rooftop drone. A 15-kWh battery enables the Pop.Up to travel on the ground approximately 80 miles on a full charge. Its top speed on the ground is limited to 62 mph; however, when the eight-rotor drone is attached to the rooftop, it can fly up to 62 miles. Eight individual electric motors produce a combined 182 horsepower. For more information visit http://blog.caranddriver.com/minus-the-bus-airbus-and-italdesign-make-a-flying-car/#more-375970.

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Road Tales: April 2017

By: Vet-Advantage
April, 2017
Smartphone Apps for Drivers
 

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