12 months ago

Driverless cars create a safety 'dilemma'

Just a few feet ahead, three pedestrians are hurrying across a crosswalk even though it's flashing a red signal. The driverless vehicle's wheels are faster than the pedestrians' feet, and a collision is inevitable.

What should happen next? Should the vehicle know to swerve into a wall and sacrifice its passengers to avoid the pedestrians, or should it protect its passengers at all costs?

The surveys revealed that the majority of respondents believed autonomous vehicles should be programmed to be "utilitarian," attempting to save the most lives (in this case, the pedestrians) while sacrificing as few as possible (the passengers), said Jean-Francois Bonnefon, a psychological sci

12 months ago

Go ahead and hop that curb: Liberty's got off-road cred

Be sure the four-wheel-drive transfer case is firmly in low range. Good. Now exploit that low gear ratio to get over the tree trunk blocking the short rock path leading down the hill.

Ease forward. Slowly, slowly. Drop the front wheels over gently, then the rears. Aim dead-center for the small tree. Play chicken until the last moment, when the trail guide signals to steer hard right to slip past the tree onto the trail proper.

A gully not far beyond makes the point that wet clay is nearly as challenging as ice. Still, with the proper throttle and momentum, the 2008 Jeep Liberty surmounts the slippery hillock.

Nor were there hitches fording streams running through Oak R

12 months ago

Tonka Trucks - National Toy Hall of Fame - Pictures

"Star Wars" action figures are joining centuries-old dominoes in the U.S. National Toy Hall of Fame's class of 2012. A national selection committee chose them from among 12 finalists, which included plastic green army men, the board game Clue, Lite-Brite, the Magic 8 Ball, Twister and the electronic game Simon.

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Credit: ToyHallofFame.org

Dominoes originated in China in the 1300s and appeared later in Europe in a slightly different form. A standard set of 28 tiles represents all possible results when rolling a pair of six-sided dice, with the addition of two blank sides. Although there's a variety of ways to play with them, the cascading toppling

12 months ago

What is the difference between 4x4, 4 wheel drive and AWD, all wheel drive?

4-wheel-drive locks the front and rear axles together. That's why it has to be part-time...if you don't disengage it on the street, it will wear out the tires and drivetrain every time you make a turn.

AWD allows some slip between the front and rear axles, and it is engaged all the time.

About 1 wheel driving, and 1 front/1 rear driving, that's a common misconception.

With an axle with a common, open differential, both wheels receive exactly the same power. If it's slippery and one of them starts spinning, both wheels are still getting exactly the same amount of power, 1 just has more traction than the other.

Same with on a 4x4 with open differentials front and rear. Each front wheel and each rear wheel receives the same amount of power as the one next to it. Whichever one has less traction (or is dangling in the air) will spin though, making it seem like it's the only one receiving power.


1 year ago

1948-1950: Willys-Overland Jeepster - Jeep through the years - Pictures

One of the most iconic brands in American automotive history, the Jeep has been on the roads for over 70 years. From the rugged army vehicles of the 1940's to the stylish Wranglers of today, take a tour of the history of the Jeep.

Willys MA jeep at the Desert Training Center, Indio, CA, June 1942.The original Jeep was designed for the military in 1941. To demonstrate the vehicle's rugged, off-road capabilities, one of the very first Jeep models was driven up the steps of the U.S. Capitol. When asked by a reporter what the name of the vehicle was, the test driver replied, "It's a jeep."

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The original Jeep was designed for the military in 1941

1 year ago

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Are Jeeps good cars? | Yahoo Answers

No, they are not good CARS!! They are good JEEPS!!! It's sacrilege to call a Jeep a car (try using vehicle next time)!!!


P.S. I love my Jeep.. it is the most reliable vehicle I have owned. It's a 99 TJ with 103,000 miles on it.

I can't believe you never see them. We live in a small subdivision with approximately 130 houses and there are about 7 Wranglers just in our subdivision! We have them all over the place here (SE Wisconsin).

Oh and for the guy who said you are better with a Ford. Not in this household. We spent $52,000 for a Ford truck (2006 Ford F-350 Diesel Dually). It has only 18,000 miles on it, has been in the shop 6 times and has left us stranded TWICE. It has 8 injectors and 12 have been replaced (yes, they had to replace some they had just replaced the week before!) It also has been in for some other minor small stuff.

Needless to say we are suing Ford, unfortunately we cannot get them to buy it back and owe more on it that it is worth so we are stuck with it. We can't even trade it in yet for something else!! Next time I will push my hubby harder for what I want. I told him to go for the GMC.