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So Many Hybrid Vehicles. Is There Really Any Difference?

Auto Tech: Understanding Hybrid Technology 

By now you've most likely seen hundreds of hybrid vehicles - also referred to as hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) - on the road. They've been in the US market for over a decade and have continued to grow as a more popular and available option for consumers. Whether you're in the market for a hybrid or just want to learn more about this growing vehicle segment, there are a couple things you need to know to understand this auto technology.  

Though most people are aware of their fuel economy and environmental benefits, often that is the extent of their hybrid vehicle knowledge. Unless you've done research on various hybrid models or read Autoweek at the dentist's office, there's a good chance you may have generalized hybrid vehicles as using a universal technology. However, that is a big misconception among many drivers, including myself at one point. Before we establish how hybrid vehicles differ, I want to make sure everyone understands the basics.

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Topicssss: fuel economy, MPG, hybrid

Top 3 Alternative Fuel Sources on the Market

Auto Tech: Alternative Fuel

For many drivers, gasoline and diesel are the only forms of vehicle fuel they’re aware of. Every gas station they’ve filled up at offers multiple grades of gasoline and at least one grade of diesel. However, these are not the only options anymore. Ethanol, biodiesel and compressed natural gas are three popular alternative fuel sources we will discuss in this article.

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Topicssss: fuel economy, automotive technology, alternative fuel sources

A Greener Environment and Wallet With Increased Fuel Economy

Auto Tech: Gasoline and Diesel Advances

There are two primary benefits of fuel efficiency in the automotive world. As alluded in the title, better fuel economy will both minimize the amount of toxic air pollution and maximize money saved on fuel. Which of these green options is most important to you?

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Topicssss: fuel economy, MPG, fuel efficiency, EPA, Technology

Advanced Vehicle Lighting That Functions Like The Human Eye

Auto Tech: Intelligent Vehicle Lighting

Vehicle lighting technology has become increasingly more advanced to the point where, in some cases, it can make driving at night as safe and easy as driving during the day. With these new technologies on the market, drivers will no longer have to worry about blinding other drivers, guessing what's around the bend, whats walking (or crawling) out into the street, as well as mitigating bad visibility due to inclement weather conditions. Automakers have covered all aspects of vehicle lighting with new technology for high beams, headlights, fog lights and a number of complementary technologies.

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Topicssss: vehicle safety, intelligent lighting

5 Ways to Assure The Safety of Your Newly Licensed Teens

Auto Tech: For The Worried Parents

The day that your teen receives his or her license can be bittersweet. There's an element of excitement knowing that they will no longer rely on you for rides. If they're not borrowing your car, it's even more convenient. On the other hand, many teens - including myself at that age - love the freedom that comes with having a drivers license a little too much.

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Topicssss: safety equipment, Technology

Are You Ready To Let Your Car Do All The Driving?

AutoTech: Autonomous Driving

There are many emotions us humans bear, such as excitement, fear, confusion, amusement, pride, stress and so on. When I think about cars that one day will drive completely on there own, all of the above emotional chords are struck.

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Topicssss: vehicle safety, Technology, autonomous driving

Parallel Parking 101: Sit Back and Let Your Vehicle Do The Work

Auto Tech: Self-Parking Cars

Most drivers can relate to a time where they’ve passed up the last available parking spot within walking distance of their destination, because they weren’t quite sure if they could fit. No one wants to relive that time where they’ve attempted to parallel park, failed miserably, and totally embarrassed themselves in front of an audience. A handful of automotive manufacturers have sympathized with you and created technology to solve this problem… cars that park themselves!

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Topicssss: self-parking cars, automotive technology

Top Life Saving Vehicle Features - Part II

Auto Tech: Safety First

In part one of Top Life Saving Vehicle Features, I introduced the topic of safety as a primary targeted goal for automotive manufacturers. Pedestrian detection and night vision were the two vehicle safety equipment technologies discussed, which primarily concern the safety of pedestrians or other animate objects. In part two below, the safety features discussed are primarily geared towards collision avoidance with other vehicles.

One of the most common reasons for vehicle collisions is the lack of awareness for the driver's surroundings.

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Topicssss: automotive technology, vehicle safety equipment

Top Life Saving Vehicle Features - Part I

Auto Tech: Vehicle Safety Equipment

One of the primary areas automotive manufacturers channel their energy and resources is in developing technology to increase vehicle safety. Above all other means of transportation, by a significant margin, automotive has the leading number of fatalities for both drivers and pedestrians.

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Topicssss: vehicle safety, Technology

Advanced Automotive Technology Explained

Article series describing the most interesting and valuable vehicle features and advanced automotive technology.

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The auto industry has advanced so much in the last 10 years with readily available technology and prototypes for technology on the horizon. No longer are heated seats, power locks, multi disc changers, or cruise control impressive features. Automotive manufacturers are on to bigger and better things that will allow drivers more mental and physical comfort than ever before.

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Topicssss: fuel economy, vehicle safety features, automotive technology, vehicle luxury