Do You Need It? – Door Scuff Plates

Door scuff plates or maybe call them door sill plates or call them the only thing between the delicate painted, trimmed, or carpeted areas of the entry way to your vehicle and muddy shoes.

First thing you or your passengers will see when getting into your vehicle is the door sill area. It will make a first impression. Will it be a good one or will it be a scuffed, rusted looking one? With constant wear from shuffling feet getting in and out this area can take a beating. To keep the paint from chipping and the trim and carpet from fraying it may be best to add some additional protection with some genuine Mitsubishi door scuff plates.

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Who Knew? – Eyes in Back of Your Head Exists

Remember how Mom and some teachers had the ability to know what was going on all around them even when it didn’t seem like they were looking? Nissan has developed a group of monitoring technologies that together has Mom-like abilities to monitor, respond, and protect occupants of some of their new vehicles.

They call it Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield Technologies suite, and it offers far more than just a color picture on an in-dash screen.

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Who Knew? – Volvo Cars Committed to Cleaner Future

Volvo Cars plans to sell one million electrified cars by 2025. It has announced that every Volvo model from 2019 will have an electric motor. It has been over a century since the invention of the internal combustion engine and now electrification is entering as the new player.

The technology to make it possible and the customer demand for electrified cars is driving Volvo’s commitment to introducing three levels of electrification in its model range. Mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric versions will be offered.

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Who Knew? – Hyper-Connected Intelligent Cars

Hyundai is going to be working with Cisco (worldwide leader in networks and security technology) to create a platform optimized for connected cars. The program will help enable two-way communication internally between the car’s system and externally with road infrastructure, other vehicles, internet devices and the cloud.

Hyundai’s goal is to have the safest and most advanced self-driving vehicles on the market and a big step to that is having extraordinary networking and security. Areas that Cisco will assist in include:

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Do You Need It? – Auto-Dimming Mirror

If you’ve driven at night in a vehicle with a standard inside mirror you have probably experienced the distracting glare of bright lights from a vehicle behind you. If you have a manual anti-glare feature, fumbling for the lever on the mirror to divert the sometimes blinding light can be awkward.

Great way to remove that unsafe distraction is to install an auto-dimming mirror. It will allow you to concentrate on the road while it automatically dims the light you see in the mirror. When the bright light is gone it returns to normal so you can still see detail in the view behind you. The brighter the light behind you the more the mirror dims.

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Do You Need It? – Child Booster Cushion/Backrest

What can you get a child that is four to ten years old and weighs between 33 and 80 pounds? A pony? No silly, a super safe car seat from Volvo.

Volvo Cars was the first car maker to actively test car seats since the 1960s. They continue to be a leader in the development, testing, and correct usage of infant, child, and booster seats. While the infant and child seats are designed to be used as rearward facing, the booster seat is for forward facing children.

Teaching adults to install and operate a child seat is one thing, but getting a child to stay in the seat can be a whole different story. That is why this new generation of booster cushion and backrest are more breathable and comfortable. Besides at four years old it is important to be in style and a good looking booster is way cooler than a traditional child seat.

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Who Knew? – Super Cruise, Cadillac’s Hands-Free Highway Driving

Cruise control technology has come a long way. Cadillac’s new Super Cruise is the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology for the highway. Early cruise controls introduced decades ago were sort of neat. Set the speed and just cruise. If you ran into traffic you had to fuss with coasting or brake and resume. With today’s traffic in many places it could be more fuss than cruise.

Super Cruise uses LiDAR-based mapping, cameras, and real-time sensors to remove the fuss and it will even give you a nudge if it thinks you are not paying attention. This real-time data and precision mapping allows control of steering, braking and acceleration.

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