Trends in the Automotive Industry

What does the car of the future look like?

In addition to trendsetting technologies such as automated and autonomous driving, smart infotainment, and lightweight design, several very fundamental trends are influencing the sector: digitalization, sustainability, efficiency, and cost saving are as much a part of the automotive sector as safety on the roads and comfort and convenience while driving.

Automated driving

One of the major trends in the automotive sector is automated driving. In the future, the connectivity of intelligent technologies will ensure that, on an increasing number of routes, the task of driving will be taken over by the vehicle’s electronics. In keeping with our slogan “The Future in Motion,” we are passionately working on making this vision a reality for all vehicle classes. Will we see resource-efficient “driverless cars” and how much longer will development take? Find out more about the trend of automated driving.

Electric mobility

How can we design vehicles to be even more efficient through the increasing connectivity of electrification and existing power transmission technology as well as the use of software and an intelligent mix of materials? We are working on sustainable, customized mobility for everyone. One way to do this is with modular, energy-saving clean mobility solutions for all vehicle classes. Find out more about electric mobility and the associated ongoing electrification.

Safety

Accidents should be a thing of the past. Given the steadily increasing volume of traffic, the issue of safety in the automotive industry is becoming a key challenge for society, industry, and politicians. Discover how Continental is increasing vehicle safety with its products.

Digitalization

Entire industries are changing with and through digitalization, while car drivers are demanding even more from their vehicles. In addition to vehicle dynamics and consumption, the perceived intelligence, comfort, and convenience of the car also play a significant role. Cars are even becoming intelligent enough to understand what drivers want to do by tracking their eye movements. For over 100 years, Continental has been helping vehicle manufacturers around the world make driving enjoyable not only in premium and mid-size vehicles but also in small vehicle classes. Find out about Continental’s technologies and solutions that contribute to intelligent comfort and convenience systems in cars thanks to digitalization.

Inform and entertain

Drivers should receive as much information as necessary, but as little as possible. This also includes low-distraction integration of the latest smartphone functions in all vehicle classes. Continental is therefore always working on innovative technologies from the field of information and entertainment, with the aim of ensuring a holistic human-machine dialogue. Find out more about the possibilities of infotainment in cars, trucks, and two-wheelers.

Tips For Installation Of Roof Rack on Your Vehicle

While most people get their roof racks installed at the local auto-garage, it is not too difficult to do it yourself especially if you are used to doing things around the house and are handy with a spanner, wrench or screwdriver. Read on to see how easy it is to install a roof rack on your vehicle – even it is bare roofed.

Even if your vehicle is bare roofed and does not have a factory installed rack, all you need is the rack itself, a fit kit, a foot pack, and crossbars that’s it. While the installation process itself is easy, depending on the vehicle, there are only slight variations to the installation process.

Tip: If yours is a small 2-door vehicle, ask for the short-roof adapter. These will increase the roof rack’s carrying capacity and also increase the gap between crossbars so that they are adequately spaced and ensure better weight distribution.

A ‘Fit kit’ is a custom-designed kit that ensures the best fit for your particular vehicle brand and model. It usually consists of a 4 strong clamps that fasten to the edges of your vehicle along with pads that contour to your vehicle’s roof.

The foot packs have four ‘feet’ and the Podium-style foot packs are most popular. Once these feet are fitted to the of your vehicle, you connect the fit kit meant for your particular vehicle and attach the rack’s crossbars.

You vehicle might either have a factory-installed roof rack mount locations or, it might have raised roof rails. In either of these two cases, the rack installation process is slightly different.

Installation of a roof rack:

First-off, there are several different types of roof racks e.g. Bike roof racks, Kayak roof racks and so forth. Let us see how each of these is installed.

The Bike Roof Rack: A roof-mounted bike racks come in two pieces, the rack and the actual bike rack. The bike rack is fitted to the rack and it holds the bike in place. If you have two bikes to carry, you buy two bike racks.

Tip: Buy a lock along with each Custom Roof Rack.

The Kayak Roof Racks

You’re in luck if you have a vehicle that is shorter in height because lifting a Kayak over your head to place it on top of your vehicle requires quite a bit of physic and strength.

Tip: If you are short or your vehicle is over 5.5′ in height, you might want to buy a 1.5′ tall and sufficiently broad stool. You will need it when loading and offloading your kayaks.

Tip: Before you buy a Kayak carrier, measure the of your vehicle’s – length and width. You want to be sure the Kayaks are going to fit the roof with only a feet or so jutting out at the front and rear. The Kayak carrier too has to be sufficiently long so as to accommodate the Kayaks. Also remember to buy straps to hold the Kayaks in place. For one or two Kayaks, shorter straps should be okay but also consider the Kayak’s width, length and depth when selecting your straps and bar spread.

Mechanical Repairs Demand The Involvement Of Only Professional Experts

Alloy wheels can be mended without any problem at all. Alloy wheels can bring a huge difference in the overall appearance of a car. Moreover, it also influences the functions of the vehicle. Hence, the popularity of the alloy wheels in the present era. There is a misconception among people that once alloy wheels get damaged or impaired, it cannot be repaired. It is absolutely not true. You have to ensure that you get in touch with only the professional candidates with the knowledge of alloy wheel repair.

Whenever you wish to have your vehicle fixed and repaired of some breakdown or any other related issue, it is generally considered best to seek the services of a professionally qualified and technically sound mechanic who has the knowledge and the potential to carry out the tasks with absolute ease and convenience. The same is the case with the repairing of alloy wheel.

The market has so much to offer you

The market is flooded with tons of service providers ready to mete out all your demands and requirements at the best possible price rates. But then, are they all really effective and result oriented? Perhaps the answer is in the negative, right? Hence, you will have to be extremely careful before you choose any one of them. Because, the reality is just the opposite because there are very few who can actually match the high standards that you are looking for.

Also due to such huge market options, it becomes immensely important to get hold of the right service provider for the alloy wheel repair. Thus, you have to be extra careful and cautious while you choose the craftsman. Sometimes the abundance of choices can actually make you confused and perplexed. In case you are hunting for reliable and cost effective service providers offering alloy wheel repair, Birmingham won’t give you any scope of getting disappointed. There is a vast array of options available.

What should you look for in the service providers?

  • Is the repair service licensed or certified to carry out such functions?
  • Can you depend on it? Is it worth spending money?
  • How much does it cost? Is it expensive or budget friendly?
  • What about the technical know how and the qualification of the experts? Is he or she capable enough to mete out the demands?
  • Is the expert available even on weekends and holidays?

These are some of the highlighting aspects that must be taken into account before you come to the decision of spending money and repairing alloy wheel. You have to ensure that the mechanical repair works are carried out in the most precise and accurate manner. Thus, you have to get the appropriate specialist who can accomplish the task perfectly.

What happens when you pick the wrong technician?

The components of the four-wheelers are a very complicated and complex thing and fixing any problem is even more confusing. Only a professionally qualified person can handle it comfortably without any hassles. If it is under the supervision of any unprofessional and non-qualified mechanic the chances are that the problem with the alloy wheel becomes even more difficult and challenging. Thus, it is always suggested to hire only a competent individual who has the aptitude and the skill related to the automobiles and its parts. Solihull offers ample car mechanics and professionals with the potential to give their best.

Can you rely on their services?

Is spending capital on them is worth it? Is this the question that is popping up at the back of your mind? If you get hold of the correct candidate who can actually manage and control the situation and fix your car then you are definitely making good use of your money. In case you are trapped and pick the wrong person, your money is sure to get wasted. Thus, it becomes vital from your end to be cautious and careful while making the choice.

Car Seating Manufacturing

Every minute that a car owner spends inside the car is spent on the seats. That’s the reason car seats are a very important part of the driving experience, although car enthusiasts usually seem to attach less importance to it, and are more interested in things like the design of the grille or the shape of the headlamps etc.

These are some of the things that a car seat should have :

  • Good support to the lower back and spine so that long driving hours do not give you a sleepless night of back pains
  • Easy adjustment so that driving position is most comfortable
  • Correct installation so that safety is ensured, especially in case of a crash
  • If you are driving a car with a baby on board, then a baby safety seat is a must

The automobile industry is going through several disruptions today which will change forever the way we operate and navigate cars. The driverless cars are a case in point. When it comes to car seating manufacturing, are there any innovations taking place that we should take note of?

  • Some manufacturers have come up with car seats which act as your wellness coach while you are seated. Your heartbeats and breathing frequency will be monitored real time by sensors fitted in the seats, and suitable advice provided accordingly. As an example, after a long day driving on a road trip, you might be advised to get a shoulder massage. It is possible that the car seat of the future might have an inbuilt massage functionality added in as well. Or if the traffic is driving you crazy and your blood pressure is shooting up, you would get a message to take a pause and drink some juice.
  • One feature that will be added to driverless cars is the fully rotatable seat. Obviously, since you will not be required to actually drive. So all seats in the car can be rotated to face each other, while the car drives itself.
  • The Internet of Things is changing designs for every small and big device we use, with an attempt to connect multiple devices on the internet. Car seat manufacturers are also working towards IoT functionality for the car seats.
  • Most passengers now have a variety of activities while they are inside the car, like listening to music, sipping a drink, checking their social media pages etc, so seating manufacturers are devising ways to add on trays, mobile holders and even mobile chargers to individual car seats.

We do hope that we also get to see these innovations in car seating manufacturing technology in India in the near future. But the Indian automobile industry has a unique problem. Just 6% of automobile component manufacturers are in the organized sector, while the remaining 94% is unorganized and consists of small players. These smaller car seating manufacturing companies would not be willing to or capable of putting in large amounts of money in research for innovation. So it is up to the bigger players to spend resources on innovation in the field of car seating.

Economize the Maintenance of Your Car by Using Recycled Parts

Auto recycling is one of the most widespread recycling industries globally. Auto parts are recycled from end-of-life cars. Damaged and old cars have usually have no takers. Hence, instead of just abandoning them, it makes sense to recycle their parts.

How are cars recycled?

• Damaged cars are bought by auto wreckers or recyclers. They are taken to auto recyclers which are large, open spaces for such cars.
• Over here, the car is inspected to check whether it can be repaired and reused or it is a write-off.
• In most cases, the car cannot be reused. Hence, the next step is to recycle it.
• Recycling entails removal of usable parts and their sale. This is followed by disposal of the parts that cannot be reused.
• Most of the parts such as the car stereo, windshield, wipers, mirrors, headlights, taillights, etc. if not damaged are sold in the market.
• Parts such as battery are removed and used to manufacture new batteries.
• Tires are used to make pavement bases for new roads.
• Wheels are removed and sold as metal scrap.
• If the glass is damaged, it is recycled to make porcelain, jewelry, beads, tiles, etc.
• After removal of all the parts and the various oils and fluids. The next step is the disposal of those fluids in a manner so that they do not affect the environment.
• Finally, the metallic portion of the car is left. This is crushed so as to reduce its size and then it is sold to a shredder.
• Most parts of the car are intact and can be reused. Many auto recyclers get the damaged parts restored so that they can be sold.

Every car needs spare parts for maintenance at some stage or the other.

Buying recycled parts is better than buying the original because:

1. These parts are available at nearly half the price of the original.
2. Since they have been removed from original cars, they provide a good fit.
3. These parts are genuine.
4. Many sellers of used parts provide a warranty for their products.
5. Recycling car parts helps in conserving the environment. This is because it reduces the need to manufacture new parts; since most parts are reused, the landfill is reduced; The pollutants are disposed of. By using these parts, you can also contribute towards conservation.

Hence, we see that using recycled car parts is not only beneficial to us but also works for the bigger cause of saving the planet.

Benefits of Recycling a Car

When a car is wrecked or damaged, what do you do with it?

Your options are repairing it and reusing it. Many a time this is not possible. In such cases, you can sell your car to an auto-dismantler. An auto-dismantler recycles the car for repairing other cars, selling used parts, etc.

An auto-dismantler removes all the functional and non-functional parts from a car. It also removes various fluids. The metallic portion that remains is crushed into a small piece and shred into pieces.

Recycling of wrecked cars has become a lucrative business option because the number of users of recycled car parts has increased.

Reasons for users of recycled car parts increasing:

• They are nearly half the price when compared to new parts.
• Manufacturers of car parts make these parts so that they are durable. This ensures that these parts last even after the car reaches its end-of-life.
• Used car parts have a good fit as they have been detached from original vehicles.
• Used car parts market caters to a wide range of cars.
• For cars whose models have been discontinued, the only option to look for spare parts is used car market.
• Vintage cars can find their spares in the used car market.

Besides these benefits, an auto-dismantler benefits the environment also. Imagine if cars were not dismantled and reduced in size, how much of waste we would generate? Cars also contain various hazardous and non-hazardous fluids which can impact the environment adversely.

Let us see what service an auto-dismantler provides to the environment:

1. Recycling of parts:

Various parts are removed from the car. Those that are intact are sold ‘as is’ in the market. Those that can be repaired are restored and sold. Others that cannot be reused as functional parts are used in other applications. This reduces wastage and saves landfill. It also conserves our natural resources by reducing the need to manufacture new parts.

2. Recycling fluids:

A car contains many fluids such as coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc. Some of these fluids are recycled and can be reused. While some other fluids can be converted into fuels, etc. and reused. This is beneficial to the environment because some of these fluids contain harmful chemicals. If they are released into the earth, they can be detrimental to the health of animals, aquatic creatures, and humans. Some fluids are inflammable and so cannot be released into the environment.

3. Recycling Steel:

Steel is required for a variety of applications. But its manufacture uses up valuable natural resources. Therefore, recycling steel reduces the need to manufacture fresh steel positively impacting the environment.

Hence, we see that dismantling and recycling a car is beneficial in numerous ways.

Why Recycle an End of Life Car?

The green movement has gathered momentum in the recent years. This has brought automotive recycling ‘industry’ in the limelight. What was once looked on as a salvage yard where cars were dumped has now evolved into a full-blown industry for reusing most auto parts. Car parts are recycled extensively with the help of auto wreckers who salvage each and every part of the car.

Reasons for the growth of auto recycling:

1. Technological Advancements:

Technology has introduced ways to recycle most auto parts that were earlier discarded. There are processes that convert parts that cannot be reused ‘as is’ into other useful products. For instance, tires are now processed for making pavements, etc, glass from cars is recycled to produce products such as tiles, counter-tops, etc.

2. Environmental Pollution:

A car is a large structure and if abandoned it will occupy our precious landfill. Besides a car has parts such as tires, windshields, and others made of non-biodegradable material. These also cannot be allowed to lie as waste material on the land. Cars contain various chemicals and fluids. If cars are not disposed of, these toxic chemicals will seep into the surrounding environment. This will contaminate the water bodies affecting our drinking water and the aquatic life. If cars are not recycled, they will have an overall negative impact on human and plant life.

3. Huge market for recycled auto parts:

Functional parts of cars are carefully removed and are sold in the market. There is a huge market for recycled car parts because these parts serve as spare parts at low prices. Many a time they are the only option for spares (as in the case of vintage cars). Car manufacturers design parts with long life. So, even when the car is discarded, these parts can be reused. Since these parts are extracted from original cars, they provide a good fit.

4. Saves Natural Resources:

Auto recycling drastically cuts down the number of new parts to be manufactured. This has a positive impact on our natural resources. By recycling steel, plastics, etc, we reduce the energy and water consumption to a large extent. Additionally reusing different materials from cars reduces the need to manufacture them from scratch. This reduces the environmental pollution that results due to the fabrication of products from scratch.

Thus we see that by recycling an end of life car, an auto wrecker does a service not only to the owner of the discarded car but also to the environment.

10 Signs That a Towing Company Is Reliable

When it comes to choosing a towing company, for whatever reason it is that you require wrecker services, it is important to first review a list of model qualifications to separate the reliable companies from the “here today gone tomorrow” towing companies. If you want to make sure the wrecker company of your choice is a reliable one, then it is best to begin by learning the ten signs that measure a company’s level of professionalism and dependability. These signs can help you to better gauge whether or not a wrecker company is right for your towing needs. Continue reading to learn these ten signs, and be prepared for the next time you need a tow.

Customer Reviews

One of the best places to start is by looking for past and current customer reviews. If a company has nothing but terrible reviews from actual customers, there probably isn’t a reason to continue gauging their credentials. Customer reviews are powerful, and can best identify a company’s business ethics and workmanship. But keep in mind that sometimes, customer reviews are very one-sided. If there are only a few poor reviews, do not let this thwart you from learning more about the company, or using their services.

Full Fee Disclosure

It is important that a towing service is willing and open to disclosing all towing prices and fees before providing their services. This shows that you can trust them and that they are honest. It also ensures that you will not be billed extra charges after receiving their services.

Licenses and Insurance

Always make sure a towing company retains all the proper licensing and insurance needed to be in compliance with your state’s regulations. This is for liability purposes in the case of an accident or damage to the tow truck. This also indicates they are a professional and lawfully-operating business.

Employee Drug Testing

If a towing company employs drivers that are drug-free, you can rest assure that they are qualified, responsible, and capable of providing safe towing services.

Employee Background Checks

It is also important for a towing company to perform state and federal background checks on all drivers before employing them. This ensures that their tow truck operators are reliable and upstanding citizens.

Employee Driving Record Checks

A towing service should be serious about employing drivers with valid drivers’ licenses and good driving records. This is a sign of professionalism and increases customer confidence.

Certifications for Drivers

Certified tow truck drivers indicates a company’s professionalism and driver’s qualifications. Examples of such certifications include Wreck Master, Towing and Recovery Association of America, and State certifications.

Vehicle Security

A towing company should have an effective 24 hour monitoring system for all towed vehicles. Proficient vehicle security thwarts theft and vandalism. You can rest assure your car or truck will still be there when it’s time to pick it up.

Diverse Fleet and Sufficient Equipment

You want to make sure a towing company has a diverse selection of tow trucks, recovery vehicles, and other specialized towing equipment. Not only does this indicate a higher level of professionalism, it ensures they are fully-equipped to handle any towing need or situation.

GPS Systems

If an Indianapolis towing company does not have modern navigational systems in their tow trucks, they are probably a small time company or a fly-by-the-night towing service. A small company is not a bad thing, especially for quick or light-duty towing needs, but if you have an expensive vehicle or a towing need that is complex and difficult, you might want a company with modernized practices, like GPS systems. This also ensures a faster respond time, meaning less waiting times.

Modern Family Cars for the Modern Family

As we progress through life we go through different types of cars. It starts out with a fun sporty car for your younger years until, eventually, you require a family car for your whole family. These are the best family cars for the modern family who still wants to be trendy.

Kia Soul

The Kia Soul is a large car that has sufficient space for a family. Not only is it large but it also isn’t difficult to drive because of its practical size. It has been engineered to be regular sized on the outside but spacious on the inside.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is the typical SUV that works for any family. Road trips and travels become easy with this fantastic design. The Honda CR-V is compact, easy to drive and manoeuvre yet it has lots of space for your family.

Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback is one of the latest SUV models that Subaru has released recently. The car is a cross between a wagon and an SUV. With extra space in the back your family will be comfortable. The rear seats are designed to support child seats too so that your little infant will experience comfort as well.

Toyota Highlander

Some families prefer to go on adventures in the mountains or camping by the rivers. It is important to have an off-road car that has sufficient space for your children in the back. The Toyota Highlander has been manufactured to have enough trunk space for luggage as well as leg room in the back seats.

Safety is an important factor when traveling with your children. Children might not understand the concept of safety and that’s why it is important to have a safe traveling car that does not have faults. You should also make sure that you teach your children that wearing seatbelts are important when traveling to any destination.

Before considering any car you should always test drive it to make sure that you can handle its power. Checking the reputation of the vehicle manufacturer is also necessary when considering it for you and your family’s travels and adventures.

It is also important that you always check the mechanisms of the car before you travel to any far destination. Make sure that you check that all the lights are working and that the brakes are functioning regularly without stickiness or pulsations. Also ensure that the wheel supplier has properly fitted, aligned and balanced the wheels on the car.

 

Need to Recycle Automotive Fluids

Over the years automotive recycling has developed into a big industry. This is because technological developments have given rise to processes which have made it possible to recycle most parts of a car. These days every part such as plastics, glass, different parts, fluids used in a car is recycled.

Most of the fluids used in cars need proper disposal. This is because if they leak into the environment, they can cause serious damage. The reason is that they contain toxic chemicals.

Let us see various fluids that are used in a car and their impact on the environment:

Engine Oil:

Internal combustion engines of automobiles need frequent changes of oil and oil filter. If we consider the number of cars on road, you can imagine the quantity of waste engine oil that is generated. But fortunately, engine oil can be recycled. You can remove used oil from your car and give it away to a recycling center. You can replace used oil with fresh oil.

Antifreeze:

Antifreeze should not be allowed to escape into the environment. This is because it is toxic and it could mix with underground water. The antifreeze water is sweet to taste and can be consumed by children and animals. This is hazardous for health. The good news is that there are processes to recycle antifreeze.

Anti-transmission fluid (ATF):

If this fluid is released into the environment, it causes severe damage. It seeps into the soil contaminating it. Animals and insects consume it and die. This affects the food cycle and negatively impacts the ecosystem. These pollutants make their way into the water supply also. This adversely affects the life of aquatic creatures. Recyclers collect used ATF so that it does not get leaked into the environment.

Brake Fluid:

Brake fluid contains glycols, solvents, and heavy metals. It is also flammable. Hence, it should be carefully disposed of.

Windshield washer fluid:

This fluid is toxic in nature since it contains methanol, detergent, and water. It should not be mixed with other automotive fluids.

Fluids can easily leak into the environment causing irreparable damage. Hence, we should all make a conscious effort to ensure that this leakage is avoided. Since there are recycling centers to recycle most of these toxic fluids, we should do our bit for disposing of them.

We can collect used fluids in containers and give them away at recycling centers. However, we need to ensure that we collect the different fluids separately. Safe disposal of automotive fluids is a great service to mankind.