Driverless Vehicles Will Expand The Entertainment Industry

It seems like everyday we are seeing major automakers, as well as major companies, reveal their prototypes and models of new electric and self-driving vehicles. Companies such as Tesla, Nissan, Google, Uber and Amazon are said to be leading the charge but the hunt is on for everyone.

Companies are pouring more and more into trying to get ahead and a jump-start on the changing auto industry. An industry which many believe to be changing from the motor oil engines we have today to completely driverless and electrically driven. This is happening overseas as well, China seems to be the overall leader of the industry.

China buys and produces more cars than anyone else in the world. And they have already doubled the amount of sales for electric vehicles compared to the United States, largely due to government promotion and the benefits you receive from buying and using these vehicles.

The rise of driverless vehicles is made possible because of how much money and time these giant companies are now pouring into the industry. Trying to create the perfect model all while battling each other for the top spot.

Driverless vehicles are believed to be nearly 100% safer than those with drivers behind the wheel. Humans are easily distracted, often speed and make costly mistakes on the road. Major companies are now trying to build the perfect mix of autonomous safety features, better technology and a more leisure experience.

An unknown winner in all of this will be the entertainment industry. The goal of driverless cars is to keep more people safe on the roads. So during your next road trip when you no longer have to worry about driving or directions, what will you be doing?

Some of us may sleep, some of us may read or grade papers, but the truth is the majority will now be watching TV or a movie or even playing a gaming system. Technology has gotten so advanced over the past few years and it will continue to expand. New technology will keep us connected to our cars so we can enjoy a long road trip with some dim lights, comfy chairs and movies playing, all while riding in your own car.

General Motors has just reveled their newest service called the Marketplace. This new service will allow you to use your touchscreen in the car to have access to various services such as food, entertainment, gas and even hotels. GM is continuing the trend toward more connected cars, something we have already seen with the addition of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth throughout many new vehicles.

The Marketplace service offers featured brands and deals, allowing you to easily access your morning meal while you’re on the road. The system is set up so you get in your car, begin driving and select your order or reserve a hotel and then go to your destination. The service will automatically route you to where ever you choose, such as the nearest BP gas station.

This service will also serve as an advertising platform as well as a rush for companies to get their product and logo on your touch screen. Various companies such as Wing Stop, Dunkin Donuts and TGI Fridays are reportedly all in so far.

The push for driverless cars will open up the door for the entertainment industry and allow it to mix in with the auto industry. The two would presumably team up so they would be able to offer TV, movies, sports, gaming, etc. to any and all driverless vehicles on the road.

The possibilities and profits are endless for the reach of these new features to make the automobile more connected with the ride

Four Auto Trends To Watch In 2018

2017 was a very interesting year for the automobile industry and everything that went on both in the public light and behind the scenes. From seeing rideshare companies continue to grow, car sales decline and self-driving vehicles hit the road, it was surely historical.

2018 is lined up to be no different. Here are four automobile trends to keep an eye on during the coming months and 2018 as a whole.

1. Electric Vehicles – 2018 is going to be a very exciting year for electric vehicles as they finally have gained ground in the industry. New options will be available along with models which offer longer driving ranges and will be cheaper in price. Charging times will continue to decrease and charging stations will begin to pop up more and more around major highways and cities. As the world continues to push more toward a healthier environment, the rise of electric vehicles will continue to grow. Outside of the United States, other countries have already begun to implement this change and are making electric vehicles their number one priority and number one transportation option.

2. Car Sales – For the first time in seven years, car sales in the United States have gone down. While this shouldn’t come as a huge red flag, it does have some people questioning what will the future hold. As rideshare services become more readily available and cars are still expensive, more and more people are deciding not to own a vehicle. Experts predict that sales will do fine in 2018, yet it will be interesting to see how major automakers do in the new year.

3. Rideshare Companies – Rideshare companies have taken the transportation industry by storm and have really made an impact on how people get around. They offer such an easy way to request a ride and an easy way to pay, making trips quicker and cheaper overall. The two rideshare giants, Uber and Lyft, have also introduced extended programs such as how to deal with those with visual impairments and even taking patients to their medical appointments. If these efforts continue, rideshare companies will be around for a long time. It will be interesting to see what they have in store for 2018.

4. Driverless Vehicles – Along with electric vehicles, driverless vehicles are poised to become the next big thing. Once thought of as only a dream, they are now becoming a reality. 2017 saw driverless vehicles getting physical miles covered on the roads and newer and better technologies. Major companies all over have been pouring money into these new autonomous safety features, hoping to perfect it. So far, we have seen driverless vehicles on the roads in California and Michigan and they don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. It is believed that driverless vehicles will make the roads nearly 95% safer than what they currently are.

When Is a Good Time to Buy A Used Car?

Buying a car can be a tough and emotional decision. There are so many factors to consider when it comes to making such a big buying decision. When is the right time to buy a used car?

There isn’t really a particularly good or bad time to buy a used car, but there are a few factors to consider when it comes to the timing of making a big purchase.

Disposable income. Your budget is a very important factor when it comes to buying a car. Consider how much disposable income you have available. In other words, how much money do you have left after all your expenses are paid? And how much money will you have left after you buy a car? If you have a set amount available for the monthly repayments of the car, then find out how much the total value of the car will be that you can afford. Stick to that total value. Rather buy a car that is below that value than one that is above it because you could find yourself in a tight position when it comes to your monthly finances.

Current car problems. Is your current car giving you more problems than usual? Are you spending a lot of money on repairs? Could you rather allocate those funds towards a reliable car? If you find yourself having to fix engine issues every month or your car is getting old and giving you a lot of problems, then you might want to consider trading it in for another one.

Family is expanding. If you currently have a small car and you are going to have another baby, then you will need to consider looking for a car that is more spacious and suitable for a family of three or four, depending on your situation. A baby may be very small but they come with so much luggage. Consider the size of the pram and the bags that you will have with you. Will everything fit in the boot?