OnStar: Worth the Money?

It is no coincidence that GM (General Motors) comes standard with OnStar. GM actually owns the company. That said, they are looking forward to your extending your membership. To be honest, their Protection plan doesn’t really impress me, and the Guidance plan is getting more creative if nothing else. But what I think might be worth the money is OnStar’s Security package. The Protection

OnStar Protecting Cars Before Being Bought

OnStar comes free with the purchase of any GM (General Motors) vehicle, if only for a few months. The GM subcontractor is constantly growing. When they first came out, I could not justify paying the extra money. The Security plan however is well worth it for peace of mind. At dealerships, OnStar is being touted as a godsend; cars are all but stolen before the Security plan kicks in and assures the

Samsung Semi-Trailer Truck Program Aims to Save Lives

From the perspective of semi-trailer truck drivers, it can be difficult to tell when a vehicle is attempting a passing maneuver. The size of most semis makes seeing vehicles driving behind or alongside them difficult even under the best of circumstances. That degree of difficulty is only increased in countries like Argentina and their numerous tight, one-lane roads. Unfortunately, for many Argent

Jaguar Land Rover Has a Sixth Sense for Driver Safety

A few days ago in this space, we reviewed Jaguar Land Rover’s plans to develop a remote-controlled SUV that operates via a smartphone app. Now it appears that Jaguar Land Rover is trying to outdo itself in the automated driving front with their latest announcement: a road safety research project known as the Sixth Sense program that monitors driver’s brainwaves and other vital signs in order to id

Recall Recourse: Takata Corporation

Takata Corporation is still in the headlines for a record breaking recall. The company that specializes in auto safety is in hot water, surrounding the fact that hot water is causing their airbags to turn into claymores. Their only recourse is the massive recall already in motion, but Takata Corporation is still scrambling to fix their underlying issues. Humidity is exploiting inflators that are

NTSB: Collision-Avoidance Systems a Must in All U.S. Cars

The National Transportation Safety Board is urging automakers to adopt collision-avoidance systems in their passenger and commercial vehicles. According to the NTSB, over 1.7 million rear-end crash accidents on U.S. roads resulted in more than 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries in 2012. The group claims that over 80 percent these accidents might have been prevented or limited had the vehicles been

Driving Is Safer Without a Driver

The race for an Autonomous Auto (Electric Chauffeur Showdown) is picking up steam as target dates get closer and closer. Everyone in the showdown, says that their unveiling will be no later than 2020. The scary part is, self driving-cars are extremely safe, so much so that a future without human drivers is not too far-fetched. Granted, people as a whole do not exactly have a sparkling safety reco

Chevrolet Cruze Offers Apple and Android Connectivity

Smartphones have many practical uses for drivers, from helping to orient them around unfamiliar terrain to easing the stress of their commutes. With their all-new smartphone compatibility initiative, Chevrolet’s aim is to create “the smartest, simplest connected driving experience possible” for Apple and Android phone users alike. With that in mind, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay users will have

Takata Corporation Recalls Keep Rolling in

A company that I had to google when when I first saw them on is now a company I will never forget. Takata Corporation, is a company that makes safety supplies for millions of cars including seatbelts, airbags and car seats for children. Sometimes they are very good at what they do, last year they won an an X award for making the best car seat for kids. But this year and for a while

San Francisco Toyota Prius Owners Targeted by Battery Thieves

If you own a Toyota Prius and reside in the San Francisco area, then you’ll want to be on the lookout for car thieves who’ve been boldly snatching Prius battery packs. KGO-TV in San Francisco reports that several customers have brought their Prii into Bay Area Toyota dealerships in order to replace their stolen batteries. It’s been enough of a problem that replacement batteries are currently in s