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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Google Introduces New App “Android Auto” To Every Car.

American multinational technology company, Google, introduces the Android Auto App off the car infotainment system which is a standalone app that runs straight from your smartphone. No factory fitted car display screen needed. Android Auto is Google’s alternative to the Apple CarPlay, it’s a smartphone projection standard that is compatible with smartphones running on Android OS version 5.0 Lollipop or higher.

The app activates when connected in automobiles through the dashboard’s head unit. The application which is operated by touchscreen, button-control and voice commands offers a number of controls like GPS mapping/navigation, music, playback, sms, telephony and web search. Android Auto is compatible with Google Maps with real-time traffic, Google Play Music, MLB at Bat, Spotify, Songza, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, Tuneln, and other third party apps.

The Android Auto App has been launched and is compatible with the following vehicles; Acura, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Genesis, GMC, Holden, Honda, Hyundai, Kenwood, Kia, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, Panasonic, Pioneer, Seat, Skoda, Vauxhall, and Volkswagen. More compatible models are coming soon.

What are your thoughts? Please share with us in the comment section below.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Research Shows Breathing Problems in Newborn Babies Due to Use of Child Car Seats.

It’s a norm for nursing mothers to put the safety of their child before any other thing henceforth, the use of child seats but unknowingly you might be putting your child in a greater danger. A new study shows that newborn babies can develop breathing problems when travelling in child seats for long.
The study which was carried out by the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Bristol and the University of Southampton, studied 40 newborns of which 21 are premature infants and 19 are full term babies. The procedure used in the study involved a simulator which is designed to reproduce road vibrations through a child seat travelling at 30mph. During the experiment, the babies heart rates, carbon dioxide levels and blood oxygen levels breathing in and out were monitored while spending 30mins each in three different positions.
The outcome of the study showed that babies who are seated in an upright position in the child seat have increase in heart and breathing rates, it also showed that the Childs’ blood oxygen level is lower compared to when the child is lying flat in a cot. Babies seated at an angle of 40-degree were found to have a significant increase in their heart, breathing rates and blood oxygen levels were lower compared to those seated at an angle of 30-degrees. It has been confirmed that this difficulty in breathing is as a result of babies’ neck muscles not being fully developed as being seated in an upright position makes it harder for the child to support his/her head and this leads to difficulty in breathing.
In an interview with BBC, Pro. Peter Fleming, professor of infant health and developmental physiology at the University of Bristol, said: “If you can avoid a long journey, it’s better to do so. Try to avoid unnecessary car journeys for young babies.”

Should parents stop using child seat??? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

Friday, 4 November 2016

BMW 6 Series spied or is it the 8 Series?

Image courtesy of carscoops

So we've been waiting for BMW  to go after the Porsche 911 for ages, but Munich simply refused to do so. Now, they might finally (finally!) be onto it - but that's a definite maybe...

It's no secret that a new coupe is heading our way. The question is whether the test mule snapped here is actually the new 6-Series Coupe, as the source who provided the images claims, or 
the reborn 8-Series that almost all other reports claim the new model will be named. 

If it's the 6-Series replacement, then it follows that the 911 fighter is, once again, off the cards, for this is clearly a GT. Wider and lower and with a more slopping roofline than the current 6 Coupe, but most definitely still a grand tourer. 

If, on the other hand, it is in fact the all-new 
8-Series, which will go head to head with the Merc S-Class Coupe, then that leaves a gap in the line-up for a smaller, sportier coupe that would, logically, be labelled the 6-Series. 

Factor in 
theupcoming Z5 that's been co-developed with Toyota and will spawn the new Supra as well, and the waters get even murkier. Anyhow, if we had to guess, then we'd say that a.) this is more likely than not the 8-Series and, b.) the 6-Series moniker won't go away; not with a Grand Coupe also in the range. We'll just have to wait and see what the powers-that-be in BMW have in store for us now, won't we?

Source: carscoops

Thursday, 3 November 2016

FRSC Checks 96,458 Vehicles For Speed Limiter Compliance, Says No To ‎Enforcement On Private Vehicles For Now

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), said on Tuesday that 96,458 vehicles had been checked nationwide since Oct. 1 to ensure compliance with the implementation of speed limiting device.

Mr Bisi Kazeem, Head, Media Relations and Strategy, FRSC, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.

He said that Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Enugu states topped the compliance list of implementation of the speed limiting device after one month of its commencement and partial enforcement.

Kazeem said that 4,979 vehicles installed the device while 91,479 vehicles were yet to comply bringing the compliance level with five per cent.

He said that Cross Rivers was leading on the compliance list with 738 vehicles, Akwa Ibom second with 650, Enugu 403, Ebonyi 474 and Lagos 256.

He said that the commission was yet to record any vehicle with the device in Adamawa, Taraba,Niger, Kebbi and Yobe states .

“However, the states may not be responsible for the non-compliance level because the check cuts across states, so you can be moving from Lagos to Cross River and get checked at Cross River so it would be recorded there.

“The compliance level is increasing but there is room for improvement to guarantee safety; just like the Corps Marshall Boboye Oyeyemi has always advised Nigerians to imbibe the culture of safety.

“People need to embrace this scheme on their own without being forced because very soon come Feb. 2017 there will be no more subtle or advisory enforcement it would be total enforcement and strict implementation.

“The commission gave a period of grace to allow commercial vehicles some time to comply with the scheme but looking at how most Nigerians normally behave it seems they are waiting for the rush hour.

“Some are even waiting to see if it will work or not, but I tell you the scheme has come to stay and there is no going back on it,’’he said

Earlier, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi thanked the stakeholders and the various transport unions for supporting the FRSC on this project to curb road crashes.

Oyeyemi reiterated the corps’ plan to continue the implementation and enforcement of the device with commercial vehicles in the phase one.