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Self Driving cars-Doomsday Scenario- Here are the ways self-driving cars will change our world

 self driving cars

Garages will cease to exist, become reclaimable real estate…and other ways #autonomous Self Driving cars will change our lives: http://t.co/xey203y2re

Wow if like me you work in the auto industry then we had better be looking for another job?

This article portrays a nightmare scenario for the whole of the motor industry?

Why?

Driverless Cars.

You have to read it and keep nipping yourself every now and again. I still do not see a future for self driving cars and just think that it is huge companies with shed loads of money to burn.

I can not see how you could even start mixing the self driving cars on the same rods as cars with human drivers.

These self driving cars can not think like humans. it was proven when  self driving cars were stuck on a roundabout, during in testing. The car could not think how to join the roundabout, because all the human drivers were using their brains and speed of thought. They were nipping out, leaving the  self driving cars with no where to go.

Also the auto industry generates billions of dollars to the various exchequers  and employs billions of workers. How are these things going to replace the lost revenue from taxes.

Also what about the insurance problems and the emergency services, what are they going to use?

My blood is boiling at the moment, so i will cut short, but i don’t think it will ever happen, only perhaps on a new planet in three hundred years from now.

I have recently to be lucky enough to visit Rome the capitol of Italy. When i saw the the organised chaos of the Italian traffic system i had a little chuckle to myself, after the thought of the introduction of  Self Driving cars into their system.

No disrespect of any Italians who may be read my blogs, because their traffic system does work, albeit at high speed? we will have to see?

Eric Roberts

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BMW Hand brake problem-Why do my brakes need servicing?

 

Brakes are without doubt one of the most crucial part of your car and making sure they are working effectively is vital. Watch this video to see if you are …

BMW Hand brake problem-This is a good and simple video explaining about why your car brakes need servicing every once in a while.

As the owner of a garage we see drivers pulling in with many different types of problems. from rattling and banging brakes, to the “my brakes don’t work at all brigade”, like most garages we see them all.

Most problems would have been solved by the driver having the cars brakes serviced once in a while. The problem is that we all lead busy lives and time flies by, well you know what i mean.

BMW  hand brake problem
BMW With hand brake problem

Before you know it the brakes dont work very well and you start to panic.

BMW Hand brake problem

This is exactly what happened today(September 22nd 2015) A guy turned up out of the blue and told us the story about how he nearly lost his car. He parked the BMW on a hill, pulled on the handbrake and as he started to exit the car, it started to roll back down the hill.

BMW  hand brake problem
BMW Hand brake drum inside rear discs note all the rust

Lucky for him, the guy was  agile and shot back into he car and put on the foot brake. With a very fast beating heart he drove the car straight to my garage here in Halifax UK.

When we examined the BMW Hand brake problem, we found that it had discs all the way round. The hand brake on this model is connected to the disc by a small brake drum. This drum had

BMW With hand brake problem
BMW Hand brake showing the shoes assembly clearly

completely rusted up and was completely ineffective, it just did not work?

We explained that this BMW Hand brake problem could have been picked up at a brake service. After a good clean up and some new shoes, the BMW Hand brake problem was solved and the guy went on his way.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/checking-your-brakes-regularly-could-save-your-life/

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Discarded tyres to be used to battle against earthquakes –

Discarded tyres

A mixture of crushed pieces of discarded tyres and sand around foundations can protect buildings during earthquakes, civil engineers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) say.

The world is coming up with some great ideas fro waste and discarded tyres. They are now used in the making of tarmac for road surfaces, right down to the householder making garden planters from discarded tyres.

They can also be used in making barriers against land subsidence, by

Discarded tyres
Waste discarded tyres are now used for many things including these fine plant holders

weaving a wall and filling the old tyres with soil or concrete as the wall is been built.

Sea defenses are also made from discarded tyres. some are even used as a type of barrier reef and are fastened together under water. This idea has been very successful to attract breeding water life, who use the reef for shelter and also breeding purposes.

This new idea comes out of India.

The article explains discarded tyres are crushed and mixed with concretes. The mix forms a perimeter around the building and the foundations before the building starts to be built. The waste tyre and concrete mix  will take any of the vibrations caused by an earthquake. A similar idea has been used in some countries to make walls on eroded river beds and road sides. As you can see in the image, the tyre sidewalls have been removed and the centres are stacked on top of each other. The wall is sloped back and filled in with earth or concrete as the wall rises, making an effective barrier against erosion.

Discarded tyres
These old Discarded tyres have been converted into a re-enforcing wall to protect the land against soil erosion.

India is very prone to earthquakes and this new development will protect new buildings as well as using millions of old discarded tyres.

Eric Roberts

www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog/

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Michelin versus Pirelli-promises tyres will make drivers ‘happy’ if it replaces Pirelli – BBC Sport

Michelin versus Pirelli

Tyre company Michelin promises tyres that will let grand prix drivers race faster if it wins the tender to supply F1 from 2017.

Michelin versus Pirelli-drivers have mixed opinions?

F1 drivers are coming out with mixed feelings for the Pirelli race tyres and a Michelin versus Pirelli is beginning to happen.

In my opinion it appears that the drivers are having to think more into their tyres, than they think necessary.

Some race pundits think this is a good thing because it brings other aspects into the races and makes winning more skillful.

The Michelin versus Pirelli confrontation came along when Michelin began to show interest in F1 racing a couple of years ago. The interest has grown as the deadline for the new F1 tyre tender becomes closer.

Michelin claim that their tyres would take the F1 racing scene back to its origins and could be up to three seconds a lap faster.

One of the recent tyre problems has been ,how many races or laps could be achieved on the same tyres.

The Michelin versus Pirelli arguments and claims will go on right up

Michelin versus Pirelli
Michelin tyres have a vast experience in the motorsport field. Supplying tyres to other prestigious race meetings such as Le-Mans in France.

to the tender time. Pirelli say that they have only produced the tyre that they were asked to produce. Michelin on the other hand are saying that their tyres could offer more calculated lap times per tyre.

In my opinion the race to supply the new F1 race season will hot up, with new claims and counter claims.

It will be interesting which of these tyre giants will win the Michelin versus Pirelli battle ahead to supply F1 with their tyres in the coming years.

Eric Roberts

www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog/

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CrossClimate tyres -Emergency services thumbs up for CrossClimate tyres – Transport Engineer

CrossClimate tyres

CrossClimate tyres
Scenes like this will soon be the norm as we head towards winter?winter tyres time coming up

Fleet managers from UK emergency services have given the thumbs up to Michelin’s new CrossClimate tyres – the first summer tyres with winter capabilities – following a day of testing at the MIRA proving ground.

As the year flies by, it will be time again to be thinking about winter driving and winter tyres.

The guys who run our emergency services are already thinking about the winter ahead and in this article have attended a tyre trial, looking at the Michelin CrossClimate tyres.

Michelin have put much time and research into this tyre and hope that it will bridge the gap between summer and winter tyres.

Unlike other tyre manufacturers products the CrossClimate tyres are said to be a summer tyre that is also suitable for spells of cold and snowy weather.

We have already sold some of these CrossClimate tyres here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. We are in a hilly district and have many customers who fit their winter tyres every October and November.

Michelin hope that with the new CrossClimate tyres, then drivers will not have to change from summer to winter tyres every year?but i am not sure?things do not seem to end up like that in the tyre trade and i do not think that the CrossClimate will make a clean sweep of it?

The new Michelin CrossClimate tyres are also attracting the attention of fleet car managers. The fleet car and van industry are always looking for other ideas that could save them money in the

crossclimate tyres
The Michelin CrossClimate tyre will be a winner and a tyre worth investing in

long run. The  CrossClimate tyres will stop the need of changing the summer tyres for winter tyres and at the end of winter, the other way round. The CrossClimate tyres will do the one job.

I also believe that this will also open up opportunities for other manufacturers with a similar product. I am thinking about the excellent Vredestein Quatrac tyres. These are also suitable for all weathers, and i think they would also be more cost effective.

Eric Roberts

https://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/?s=crossclimate

 

Insight-Winter Tyres- Best Places to Buy Snow Tyres

Insight-Winter Tyres

Winter is just getting started! And, for those who drive their cars during this snowy season, it’s time to get your remote car starter ready and change your tires out for snow tires. It doesn’t matter if the snowy road you’re driving down is dry or wet; having quality […]

Insight-Winter Tyres

Insight-Winter Tyres

I am writing this article, with the threat of an imminent snow storm, here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Hence, many of our customers are already well equipped with their winter tyres fitted to their vehicles.

This article lists some of the best winter tyres on the market today. Therefore, it will be well worth a click onto the web page below. We here at Pellon Tyres recommend a couple of makes. Thus, these are makes that we are very familiar with. Naturally, these are brands that our customers have fitted and are tried and tested.

Apollo-Vredestein are perhaps one of the best known. We have had good results from economy brands. These include Jinyu winter tyres and also General winter tyres.

Sportcontact 6-Continental tyres arrives in Middle East –

Sportcontact 6

Continental have just launched the new Sportcontact 6 sports tyres across the Middle East, which has been designed for high-end cars. It replaces the

This tyre should perform very well on the supercars of the oil sheikhs in the Middle East, with their superfast cars.

This new tyre from the great German tyre maker, Continental tyres, was specially designed to fit the top of the range supercars. Continental have come up trumps once again with a new technology that will allow the Sportcontact 6 tyres to reach a staggering 220 mph.

These speeds are just a dream to the everyday motorists, but 220 mph on the Sportcontact 6 is achievable on either private tracks or on some parts of the German motorway system. This new tyre has been developed to take extreme speed and the pressures that are put on tyres at such high speeds.

Super cars that can reach such speeds include the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959. These cars can easily reach speeds of over 200 mph and the German engineers had to come up with a tyre that would be safe when fitted to such supercars.

These cars are also coming onto the market with larger tyre and wheel sizes and so the sportscontact 6 will be coming out in tyre sizes from 19 to 23 inch. The new technology built into these sportscontact tyres is a cap ply made of a material known as Aralon 350 a strong material that has been developed from the aerospace industry; this gives the new tyre stability at very high speeds.

One of the secret ingredients to help Continental achieve a greener footprint is the use of Black Chilli in the tyre compound. This helps to give this high performance tyre a better grip offering a better driving experience at high speed.

The new sportscontact 6 will be available with a speed index of (ZR)Y with aspect ratios of 25 to 40, probably making them a tyre fitters nightmare?

The Sportcontact 6 has has been developed with the help of Honda during extensive test drives at the famous Nuburgring race track. The new tyres helped to break the lap record for a front wheel drive hatchback.

More reading…http://blog.conti-online.co.uk/new-continental-sportcontact-6/#sthash.ve9r65Ou.dpuf  

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SEALANT TYRES From Kumho Tyres at Frankfurt Motor Show Exhibition

Kumho Tyres will be revealing some future tyre technology including SEALANT TYRES at this weeks Iaa Frankfurt International Motor Show… http://t.co/hvzQUXeZRm

There is no saying what the large tyre companies will be coming out with next? SEALANT TYRES

Another exciting thing to come out of the tyre scene recently is the research and development pact that Kumho and Yokohama tyres have just announced.

These are exciting days in the tyre trade, with all sorts of

 sealant tyres
Sealant tyres will not prevent tyre damage like this?

announcements coming out on a daily basis.

Sealant tyres are nothing new? several of Kumho tyres competitors have marketed a similar product, in the past two years.

This works, when an object penetrates the tyre (such as a nail or screw) then the sealant tyre will plug the hole with a semi-liquid substance. This will seal the hole and the sealant tyres would have done the job. This is just another one of the ways that tyre companies are getting round the “no spare wheel” problem.

In my opinion it is a great idea and we have first hand experience of a similar product being successful in our tyre shop in Halifax Yorkshire UK.

SEALANT TYRES are nothing new?

Self sealing tyres are also manufactured by two of the big tyre companies. I covered this in the post that i have linked below. The other tyre companies are Michelin and Continental. Both these tyre companies produce similar products. I believe that Kumho will be the first of the mid-range tyre companies to make such a safety product.

More and more cars will be produced without a spare wheel. These products will be developed to help the motorist get out of trouble should they be unfortunate enough to have a puncture due to a nail or a screw. The downside of sealant tyres, in my opinion ,is that most tyres that are deflated at speed are damaged by the weight of the car and the speed of the car. No amount of sealant will help in this situation. The tyre will be damaged beyond repair.

We see this very week, customers with damaged tyres that were unable to stop their car, when a sudden deflation occurred.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/self-sealing-tyre/

Sourced through Scoop.it from: kumhotyre.co.uk

SHOCK WEATHER WARNING: Coldest winter for 50 YEARS set to bring MONTHS of heavy snow to UK

SHOCK WEATHER

BRITAIN is facing the most savage winter in more than 50 years with months of shock weather will bring heavy snowfall and bitter Arctic winds set to bring the country to a total standstill.

The Express, a UK daily newspaper started to put out these shock weather warnings a couple of years ago,

I though they were scare mongering for some unknown reason. The thing that surprised me was that they began to get accurate with their forecasts. Here in the Yorkshire area of the UK we began to have shock weather conditions with very heavy snow and low temperatures.

I was ecstatic, because we sell winter tyres and car batteries, we could not have wished for nicer weather.

It was just right, drivers could just about get about in their cars, and

shock weather
This snow fell in November a couple of years ago catching many drivers off their guard.

they soon found that with winter tyres fitted, then the job got much easier to get about our very hilly countryside.

Now as the winter of 2015 approaches we will be watching out for another bad winter that the Express paper has already predicted in this article.

We also know that the weather people are predicting an El-Nino weather effect which brings rally cold weather to the UK, so hold on to your hats we could be in for a rough ride this winter.Oh and don’t forget your winter tyres?

This time of year is also very busy with our wise customers having their cars serviced. After the schools summer holiday break, then some drivers look to prepare their cars for the winter. We are already selling tyres for winter use . One tyre that is already looking popular is the Michelin CrossClimate tyres. We fitted a set of CrossClimate on a customers Renault last Saturday.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/winter-tyres-can-help-you-get-a-grip-in-the-cold-evening-telegraph/

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.express.co.uk

 

Kumho Tyres – Yokohama Tyres Expand Partnership –

Kumho Tyres

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Kumho Tyres, Yokohama Expand Partnership
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Business Korea reports Kumho Tire and YRC have started discussing the supply of OEM parts.

This is a story that in my opinion will keep on growing?

Kumho Tyres and Yokohama are both great mid-range tyre brands. They are operating in a vastly over supplied tyre market and in my opinion something will have to give.

In all my 40 years experience in the tyre industry, i have never seen so much choice. Tyre manufacturers are falling over themselves to supply us and something has to give.

We have seen the recent acquisition of the mod-range tyre maker from Holland, Vredestein tyres by Apollo tyres and i am sure that other such deals will be taking place in the near future.

it looks like Kumho Tyres and Yokohama are taking the slow road to joining forces, and are dripping small snippets of news out to the tyre trade press.

In my opinion this will become a complete tyre manufacturing partnership in the future and one of the names will disappear.

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