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Entries in scrapping your car (2)

Monday
May282012

GM announces semi-autonomous self-driving cars to go on sale this decade

General Motors has announced it anticipates releasing a semi-autonomous self-driving car this decade. The American car manufacturers have reported that most of the requirements for semi-autonomous driving are already in place.

Modern safety features such as blind-spot recognition, lane-departure warnings and collision mitigation are already in place to equip a car with the potential to drive itself on motorways.

Nady Boules, director of electrical and controls integrated research at General Motors, said: "If you combine these elements and take each of them to an extreme, we could have a car that can’t crash and a car that can drive itself."

GM’s Cadillac division has a "Super Cruise" system on test, with its research vehicles built with automatic steering, braking and lane-centring on motorways under certain road conditions. It is claimed that this technology could be prepared for production vehicles in as few as three years’ time.

Mr Boules confirmed that full autonomy could well be possible with the ability to ease congestion on the roads, eliminate the need for traffic lights and reduce the number of accidents with these "crash-proof" vehicles. He revealed the adoption of a fully autonomous car is "further off" but that some progress would be made on that front throughout the decade.

How would you feel about scrapping your car for a model that could drive itself? While the idea sounds great in theory, many people struggle to adapt to change and the innovation of a self-driving car would certainly take a lot of getting used to. It would also require a lot of trust in the vehicles themselves as drivers put their safety in the hands of an autonomous system.

Monday
Mar262012

Welsh motorists forced into debt to stay on the roads

A recent survey of motorists in Wales suggests many are forced into debt in order to run their cars.

Over a million people that live in the principality are required to spend over 10 per cent of their disposable income on running and maintaining their vehicles.

The report from Access Denied believes "a lack of alternatives" leaves motorists with no choice but to go into debt in order to maintain jobs, social lives and access to shops and healthcare.

Transport group Sustrans Cymru is leading calls for politicians to pay more attention to the "growing problem" of "transport poverty".

Lee Waters, of Sustrans Cymru, said: "It is shameful that not having a car in many parts of Wales severely limits your chances in life.

"In assuming everyone has easy access to a car, we have forced thousands into ownership that they simply can’t afford.

"If Wales is serious about tackling poverty, we must make sure people can access the jobs and services they need, regardless of where they live. This means building a transport system that is available to all, not just those who can afford to drive."

In an effort to make driving a car as cost-effective as possible, an increasing number of motorists are choosing to purchase second hand cars with smaller engines that offer optimum fuel consumption for commuting and any other regular journeys.

With the cost of fuel rising at an alarming rate, any way of reducing repair and maintenance costs is warmly welcomed. Instead of scrapping your car and forking out on a brand new model had you considered restoring your second hand car to roadworthy condition using used car parts?

At ASM Auto Recycling we have an unrivalled selection of over 250,000 parts for all sorts of vehicles that have been cleaned, tested and covered by an initial 90-day guarantee. Buying a second hand car part can keep your vehicle on the road and avoid expensive outlays on new models.