The Pros & Cons of Self-Driving Cars

Technology is getting more advanced as time goes by, to the point that driverless cars are now becoming a thing these days. Inventors have made it possible to develop these type of cars to be used in real life that are only seen in movies before.

Don’t be confused with the words “autonomous” and “driverless”. Autonomous cars are just versions of our existing vehicles that has the ability to take over from the driver under various circumstances. Driverless cars however, are the next big thing when it comes to mobility, since these cars are developed with no steering wheels or pedals in mind. Google, one of the biggest and richest company in the world, is involved in developing the necessary software to be used by these futuristic vehicles.

How it Works

  • You may be wondering, how in the world will these vehicles work in our world today. Basically, driverless cars used various tech that aids them while roaming their surroundings. Tech such as GPS, radar, lidar, and computer vision are used by these vehicles that enables them to turn, run, and operate automatically without our help.
  • A constantly updated digital map is also installed in these cars which allows them to adapt to various situations, and gives them the ability to travel through unknown locations.

Classifying Automated Vehicles

Level 0: Driver has complete control of the vehicle.

Level 1: Some vehicle controls are automated.

Level 2: Two or more controls can be automated at the same time.

Level 3: The driver can let the car take over in certain situations.

Level 4: The driver has no role at all and the car will do all the part of the driving process.

Pros

  • Driverless cars can be used as a moving mini-leisure rooms. Everyone can enjoy their time doing anything inside the car without worrying about driving matters.
  • Passengers can enjoy their journey and sleep for the night especially during long trips.
  • Commute times will be reduced drastically since driverless cars will find the best route without heavy traffic.
  • No more arguing about directions, the driverless car will do everything for you.
  • These cars can perceive the environment better than human senses. Meaning it can see farther ahead, detect small and subtle objects, have better visibility compared to us.
  • Say goodbye to parking hassle, let the car do its job.
  • PWDs and people that doesn’t know how to drive will be able to experience what it feels like to have freedom of car travel.
  • Efficient travel means less fuel to be used which is essential if you’re on a budget.
  • A smoother riding experience.

 

Cons

  • They’ll be extremely expensive once available.
  • Taxi drivers, bus driver, and truck drivers alike will lose their jobs since people will be dependent on driverless cars.
  • Glitches and malfunctioning are more likely to occur and it can be a hassle to troubleshoot especially when you’re in the middle of the road.
  • These driverless cars will always collect your location and information and may lead to major privacy concerns.
  • Weather is probably the biggest challenge these self-driving cars will take. Heavy rain may damage the sensors, and snow can interfere with the vehicle’s cameras.
  • Hackers will get into the vehicle’s software and modify things that may affect the car’s performance and reliability.
  • Robots will be having a hard time reading road signs.
  • People who wants to learn how to drive will not be able to do anymore since everything will be ruled by driverless cars.
  • Road system and infrastructure may need major upgrades to make it compatible with driverless cars.
  • Terrorist are more likely to use these self-driving cars and put explosives in them for their evil plans.
  • Hand signals are still difficult for computers to understand.
  • Police will be having a difficult time to determine which fault is it whenever a crime or an accident happens with the driverless car involved.

The Dangers of Road Potholes

If you’re not familiar with potholes, they are holes on the road that’s a result of a variety of road damages. These potholes measure more than 7cm in diameter but not more than 5cm deep. Road damage that causes potholes to appear are as follows:

  • Alligator cracking
  • Longitudinal cracking
  • Edge cracks
  • Stripping
  • Scabbing
  • Bleeding
  • Block cracking
  • Settlement depressions

Potholes can create damage to your vehicle tires, and they form very quickly especially during rainy seasons or during frosts and thaws. Speaking of quick, potholes can form in just a matter of hours. What’s worse is that it gets deeper and wider especially when there’s heavy traffic where vehicles can crush the edges of the pothole, making its structure weaker time to time.

Damage That Potholes Cause

  • Can flatten your tires – potholes can burst your tire’s sidewall since this is the weakest part.
  • Can damage your suspension – the impact from the tires causes the suspension to reach its maximum travel, thus bending components.
  • Can damage your wheels – the impact to the tire dents can create bents and cracks on the wheel.
  • Steering problems – the impact can result to steering geometry problems and can increase tire wear.
  • Swerving – drivers usually swerve to avoid potholes, and may cause road accidents if not noticed.
  • Can cause accidents to cyclists/motorcyclists – it can be a problem for both cyclists/motorcyclists to drive along potholes, causing them to wobble or have to use alternate lanes that are not made for their vehicles.

Tips to Avoid Pothole Damage for Your Vehicles

  • Inflate Your Tires – keeping them properly inflated helps them to absorb the impact which prevents them to bent or flatten.
  • Look ahead – if there’s an unavoidable pothole ahead, drive at a lesser speed. Less speed means less force that’s going to hit to your vehicle.
  • Never tailgate – tailgating other drivers gives you less time to react once a pothole is in sight.
  • Keep your steering wheel straight – don’t turn when you just drove through a pothole. Turning puts more stress on one side of the tire and causes damage.
  • Brake in time – when a pothole is nearby, release the brakes before you get into the pothole. Braking is a way to transfer the weight to the front of the car that compresses the front suspension. This will result to less suspension travel available once your vehicle hits the pothole.

What to Do Once You’ve Hit a Pothole

  • If you’ve hit a hard pothole, take time to check your wheels once you’re out of the pothole. A small dent can create greater damage if not taken care of as soon as possible.
  • If ever you felt a vibration through the steering wheel, it’s a sign that your wheel rim has been damaged.
  • If you feel that your vehicle now only pulls to one side, there’s a chance that the pothole just caused the wheel alignment to shift sides. Fix this as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
  • When you get into normal bumps or speed bumps and felt something different, this is a sign that the pothole has damaged the suspension too.

Educating Drivers About Potholes

Every driver should be educated about potholes and what these can do to their vehicles. They should be taught how to identify a pothole since there’s no warning sign that potholes are ahead since they can form anytime, anywhere. Drivers should learn these three key things about potholes:

  • Potholes can randomly form anywhere.
  • Potholes are almost invisible especially when it’s raining or during nighttime.
  • Look as far ahead as possible and check other drivers on the road if they have hit a pothole so you can avoid one if it’s your turn.

How Do They Form?

A road is made consisting of different materials, asphalt being at the top while others such as gravel are layered underneath it. These materials underneath are not totally compressed by road rollers while the roads are being made. When it rains, water enters through these cracks and gradually erodes it. Once this happens, the asphalt sinks in and forms cracks that can weaken the surface. Chunks starts to appear and becomes loose which will result into a pothole. However, self-healing asphalt are already in development which will be used by cities worldwide whenever there are road renovations in the near future.

The Importance of Muffler for Our Vehicles

If you haven’t heard of a muffler before, basically, it’s a part of the exhaust system that reduces noise that comes from your engine to an acceptable level. However, you can still drive a car or a motorbike without a muffler as long as they don’t emit such loud noises. What a muffler does is it dampens the noises coming from your vehicle’s engine. Once you take this off, prepare to be bombarded by complaints from other drivers because of your engine making loud noises.

Modifying Your Exhaust: Is It Really Important?

All vehicles had different sound levels. The purpose of modifying an exhaust are as follows:

  • To improve power and reduce power losses
  • To change the type of sound it emits
  • To make other types of modifications

Noise is measured in decibels (dB). Different vehicles have different noise levels as shown in this short list below:

  • Motorcycle/trike with 125cc or less engine capacity – 96 dB
  • Motorcycle/trike with 125cc or more engine capacity – 100 dB
  • Passenger vehicles/Light goods vehicles (Car, MPV, Minibus, UTE, Van) – 95 dB

For every 10 dB, the louder it gets. For example, a 600cc motorbike at max volume can be twice as loud just like a 5-litre V8 from 2007. However, vehicles these days are equipped with factory-modified exhausts that are louder than standard exhausts. With that being said, having a muffler is definitely important.

Objective Noise Testing for Your Vehicles

Getting an objective noise test is a way to prove if your vehicle really emits the lowest noise as possible. Even though you’ve modified your vehicle’s exhaust, or if your vehicle already passed Warrant of Fitness’ quick noise test, all of these are just nothing when you don’t get an objective noise test.

There’s a probability that the police will pull you over if they find your vehicle is too loud enough. A pink or green sticker will be given to you, and this is a sign that an objective noise test is really needed. Once your vehicle passed the test, a certifier will attach a label to your vehicle and you will be given a certificate. It’s a simple test that doesn’t take hours to do, and it’s not necessary to repeat this test unless you will make some changes to your vehicle’s exhaust in the future.

 

5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Try Motocross 350

5 REASONS WHY YOUR CHILD SHOULD TRY MOTOCROSS 350

For some families, riding dirt bikes is in their genetics, while others catch on later as a new interest. Children from all walks of life and ages enjoy motocross. However, parents are not always as passionate about their kids joining such sports. While the sport can be dangerous when not properly prepared, there are many reasons to try motocross.

Here are five reasons why your child should try motocross.

Motocross provides exhilarating entertainment that’s not violent

Many children become naturally interested in exciting entertainment such as video games and movies. However, many of these contain violence. On the other hand, motocross is less dangerous here any direct contact on the track is highly avoided.

Motocross promotes good health

Riding a dirt bike requires physical exertion. As a physically demanding sport, motocross requires riders to stay at their best health. Children will quickly discover how demanding it can be. Once they realize how physical the game is, they will then understand how important their health is too.

Motocross builds positive relationships

As a favorite sport, motocross allows kids of all ages to enjoy. Enthusiasts tend to build friendships both on and off the track. This is because there aren’t as many children who share the same interests. When they do find someone who does, the friendship becomes stable.

Motocross promotes dedication and a strong work ethic

Riding motocross is allowed in specific locations for certain periods of time. Due to the restrictions, children develop a reason to improve their skills and work hard to get the most out of the time they have. Many, who join in motocross, develop skills faster due to dedication.

Motocross teaches essential driving skills

From front brakes to throttles and clutches, dirt bikes will give youngsters the skills they need to operate multiple controls. Children must learn how to manage these controls as they steer. While it isn’t easy, it is a skill they will benefit from for the rest of their life.

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Top 4 Benefits of Riding Dirt Bikes with Your Kids 350

TOP 4 BENEFITS OF RIDING DIRT BIKES WITH YOUR KIDS 350

Depending on where you live, off-road biking is a lifestyle that many families enjoy all year round. Many children are taught at the young age of four or five years old and continue until their older years. While parents are cautious about the dangers of dirt biking, there are many benefits dirt biking.

Here are the top four benefits of riding dirt bikes with your kids.

Enjoy Time Outdoors

Not only will riding dirt bikes get you to spend time outdoors they will also get you off the computer and the couch. Technology is becoming so advanced that we tend to forget to enjoy what’s going on outside. So grab the family, pack a lunch and load up the bikes.

Build Passion

Let’s face it – dirt biking isn’t as easy as it is fun. It takes a lot of practice to ride while staying upright and maneuvering the gas, brake, and clutch. Teaching your kids to ride is a great opportunity to figure out the controls together, correct mistakes, and build a great relationship. When motocross becomes a family hobby, the child is less likely to quit.

Become a Great Role Model

While the professionals of motocross might get their attention, your involvement will stay in their minds and make much more impact than what they see on TV. Kids often follow their parents and riding isn’t any different. You wear the riding gear; your child will too. The difference you make in their lives and how you enjoy hobbies together will become an invaluable lesson.

Teach Kids a Lifetime of Skills

Riding with your children will give you an excellent opportunity to teach them good sportsmanship, build confidence, how to compete, and become part of the dirty biking family. Learning doesn’t just stop when the engine is off. Children can learn the basic engine maintenance and other skills they need for automobiles. These lessons will last a lifetime and pass from generation to generation.

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