In 2017, Smart displayed their newest invention at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the form of a musical. Smart is a small vehicle company owned by Daimler AG, the same parent company as Mercedes-Benz. The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept is a self-driving intelligent vehicle that will be the future of “urban luxury”. Powered by a 30 kilowatt lithium-ion battery, the ForTwo will be fully autonomous. The vehicle will not be personally owned but rather an alternative means of transportation.
The ForTwo Will Analyze Passenger Compatability
The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept car will pick up passengers on demand. Similar to Uber Pool and Lyft Line, the ForTwo will allow passengers to “split” expenses. The ForTwo will use advanced technology to analyze passengers Facebook pages for compatibility information. Examples of this include music preferences, Facebook likes, and profile information. The first rider can decline the matching option unlike the second rider. If privacy is a concern, the bench seat turns into a two-part barrier.
“…Cars Should Make Use of Themselves…”
The goal of the ForTwo is to have an autonomous, connected, electric, and shareable vehicle. The purpose of this is to reduce emissions, noise pollution, and traffic in the city. “The basic idea is that cars should make use of themselves in the city” said Dieter Zelsche, chairman of Daimler AG’s Board of Management. At level 5 of 5 on the self-driving scale, the ForTwo will pursue the highest automation specs possible. This car fits in the Mercedes-Benz concept to deliver 10 electric vehicles to market by 2020. Although, this vehicle will most likely never make it to the road.
The ForTwo Stores Passenger Preferences
To help passengers identify the vehicle, the headlights can be customized to a specific color for distinguishability. Once the passenger enters the ForTwo, the car will greet the passenger with their profile picture. The ForTwo will also store preferences such as in-car entertainment, places, and routes. When the ForTwo runs low on juice, it will automatically recharge at the closest recharging station. Another unexpected perk is that the ForTwo can connect and feed the grid as a “swarm battery”. Lastly, the side panels of the vehicle can display news, sports scores, time, and weather information while not in motion.
The Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept is the Future
Overall, the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo Concept car is a vision of the future. From its fully autonomous function to its customizability per passenger, it is a leap forward in the automotive realm. The ForTwo Concept is the type of the vehicle that will inevitably replace the jobs of many drivers worldwide. At this level of technology, the vehicle can provide the feeling that it is your own. In the end, the movement of autonomous vehicles will clearly alter the world from what it is today.
2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe – Rear Corner Overview – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
The 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe is a machine of prime sophistication. BMW states that the M850i is an “extrovert” meant to attract attention. The starting MSRP of this vehicle is $111,900. From there, price can increase drastically with options. For this price, the owner will have a piece of quality engineering. The engine to the interior overhaul makes this car quite unique. Who wouldn’t want to drive this high-quality automobile?
4.4-Liter TwinPower Turbo V8
2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Under the hood, the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe sports a 4.4-liter TwinPower turbo V8 engine. This motor boasts 523 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine works in combo with an 8-speed automatic transmission. For an optimal driving experience, there are steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and launch control. From 0 to 60 mph, the M850i will take only 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. These performance specs can give some thanks to the xDrive, smart AWD system. To no surprise, this car performs how an M car should on the street and track.
Overhauls in Technology
2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
The 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe withholds quite a few overhauls in technology. Beginning with the BMW iDrive 7.0 System, this car has customizable interactions. Furthermore, this includes touch, voice, and optional gesture control. With available glass controls, this car can push senses to the max. Next, the interior wears multi-functional heated front seats with extended or full Merino leather options. Lastly, there are stunning headlights on the front end. These BMW Icon Adaptive LED Headlights also contain Laserlight technology. These lights make driving at night a breeze.
The Newest BMW Model is a Beauty
Flat Out in the New BMW M850i! | EXPERIENCE – Shmee150 – YouTube
Overall, the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe is a beautiful vehicle. From it’s roaring V8 to it’s stunning interior, this car is built to impress. Beyond the information above, this car can be built via BMW Individual. This allows buyers to customize the car to a much further extent, for a much higher price. Another awesome option is the European Delivery package. This allows the car buyer or leaser to fly to Munich, Germany for a first drive in the car. This is quite an experience option that is a fantastic idea to get abroad. In conclusion, the M850i will be the next major competitor for the large coupes class, competing against the S-Class and more.
2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe & BMW M8 GTE – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
At the RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction, the “Project Gold” sold for over $3.4 million USD. The prestigious auction was held at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Including the buyer’s premium, the overall price for the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold” equates to $3,415,000. That is quite a bit of bank for a 993 Turbo. But, with only 1 unit from production, this car is quite collectible. Fortunately for RM Sotheby’s, the bidder’s determination led to a high sales price.
The 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold” is a beautiful masterpiece. From interior to exterior, this car is the original, maybe even better. The original 993 Turbo was able to reach up to $200,000 in price, so $3.4 million is quite a bit more. Under the rear hood, this car sports a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine with 450 horsepower. This motor is straight from the 993 Turbo S, rather than the base Turbo. The original manual transmission and AWD make this car a beast on the street. Imagine cruising down the road in this golden yellow metallic 993 rebuild, ah… life goals.
Porsche Classic Strikes Gold!
Project Gold – One and only. – Porsche – YouTube
With the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold”, the Porsche Classic team hit the jackpot. Being from the past made this car stunningly unique as well as shows that older vehicles are still amazing. Thankfully, the Porsche parts were waiting to be built for quite some time. But, at $3.4 million USD, it may be smarter to simply buy a Turbo S and paint it gold. It may even be cheaper to include flakes of gold in the paint. But, it wouldn’t be as unique as this car. Overall, the “Project Gold” is an amazing automobile.
Drunk driving is a major problem in the United States today. Every day, 29 people die due to alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes. This equates to one person every 50 minutes… wow. Fortunately, these numbers have fallen by a third in the last 3 decades. Regardless, this issue still takes the lives from over 10,000 people a year in the U.S. alone.
Overall, 28% of driving fatalities relate to alcohol. Sadly, 1,233 children were killed in 2016 alone due to alcohol-impairment while driving. These unfortunate statistics provided by the NHTSA for 2016 are utterly terrible. On top of the loss of life, the dilemma cost $44 billion USD in 2010. Now, it is time to make a change, starting with education. The purpose of this article is to provide 5 ways to reduce the risk of drunk driving.
1. Always Manage Alcohol Intake
Pouring Shots of Alcohol – Pixabay – EuroDrift
Drunk driving is one of the worst decisions that one can make in life. It takes mere seconds for a driving accident to occur to anyone. This is why managing alcohol intake is very important. Alcohol can provide a fun experience to many, but it still needs to be used in moderation. Too much alcohol can lead to a hangover, and worse, even lead to disease or death.
Drinking responsibly is the best option for a happier, more fulfilling life. There are many views on how to accomplish this on the internet. Honestly, it seems the most reasonable option is one drink per hour with a bottle of water. This will help reduce hangover risk as well as help you manage intake. But, in reality, many people enjoy to down more than a few drinks a night. If this is the situation, be sure to thoroughly think about the 4 options below. The decision to drunk drive can cost you your life, or the rest of your life in expense and regret.
2. Choose a Designated Driver
Driving a Car – Designated Driver – Pixabay – EuroDrift
Whenever planning to go out for a drink, it is a great choice to have a designated driver. Rather than drunk driving, pick a family member or friend to hold back on drinking that night. These people can still provide great company for the night. Even if they aren’t keeping up on the margaritas. Anyone that agrees to be a designated driver should plan to skip drinking that night. Or, only have 1-2 drinks over the course of a few hours. This way, impairment won’t be a concern for the ride home. But, do keep in mind, the weight of an individual does relate to blood alcohol content (BAC).
3. Lyft, Uber, or Taxi
Taxis in City – Pixabay – EuroDrift
In the United States, Lyft and Uber services are available pretty much everywhere. Drunk driving can be easily avoided in cities and surrounding areas by simply using these services. Lyft and Uber are transportation services in which a vehicle will pick-up and drop-off to specific locations. Taking a Lyft or Uber to the bar and back home is easy and safe. Although, it is always best to travel with friends, especially if impairment is high. Be sure to plan ahead as Lyft/Uber can handle multiple stops to drop everyone at home safely. A great idea is for the least impaired person to get home last, this way they can ensure everyone else makes it in safely. Worst case, if a Lyft or Uber isn’t available, a taxi can still be found on the streets in most cities.
4. Portable Breathalyzers
BACtrack Mobile Pro – Product to Scale with iPhone – BACtrack Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
In modern years, portable breathalyzers have flooded the market. These devices, if used properly, can help avoid drunk driving. Although, it is best to be aware as the cheaper the product, the higher the chance that it will show incorrect data. If purchasing a portable breathalyzer is a though, be sure to do proper research to find the best options. For example, one well-known provider is BACtrack. Furthermore, be sure that the device is properly calibrated. This can be done by having a drink, waiting the specified time by the produce, and blowing into the mouthpiece. Sometimes, it may be hard to tell if the number is off, so be sure to check with the manufacturer.
5. Public Transportation
Metro Subway in Europe – Train Moving on Tracks – Pixabay – EuroDrift
In 2018, public transportation on drinking night may not sound optimal. But, public transportation is safer than drunk driving. Public transportation includes buses, regional rail, and subway trains. These modes of transportation can offer safe means of travel. Firstly, buses run stops around designated pathways via the streets. Secondly, regional rail allows people to transport between long distance areas such as the far suburbs. Lastly, subway trains offer transport around the areas of the city. The best option is to plan ahead to understand where you’re going and how to accommodate it via the public transportation in your area.
Drunk Driving is Completely Avoidable
People Try A Drunk Driving Simulator – BuzzFeedBlue – YouTube
In conclusion, drunk driving is a completely avoidable scenario. Rather than drunk drive, consider drinking moderately, using transportation services, or designating a driver. Any of these options is a better choice than driving drunk. Be smart, it will reward you with life and less expenses and regret. This article absolutely doesn’t stand for giving up a good night out. Going out for a great time drinking can still be fun, just do it responsibly. Thanks for taking the time to read this article. Hopefully, it provides some insight into safer ways to handle nights on town.
Disclaimer: This article is written to provide ideas to the reader to avoid drunk driving. Any accident, incident, issue with ways above, or misunderstanding is at the risk of the reader. The company and website do not offer any guarantees on this content. This is written to bring awareness as these options are better than drunk driving.
In 2018, Ford decided to stop manufacturing sedans such as the Focus and Fusion. Some may believe this is for a grander plan. Others may think it is a publicity stunt. The truth is, Ford’s passenger vehicle sales have dropped for the most part in 2018. A major reason for this is lack of competition with the European saloon market. With competition from Europe and Asia, Ford was unable to increase sales, declining instead. For now, the U.S. manufacturer will focus on selling the F150 and Mustang.
European Manufacturer Sales in June 2018
BMW M5 F10 – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift
In June alone, European auto makers have sold over 100,000 vehicles. BMW is at the top of the list while Smart barely gains any traction. Surprisingly, Audi falls drastically behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz sales. As per Alfa Romeo and Mini, their sales figures are in the expected realm. For June 2018, these are the sale figures by manufacturer:
VW Division: 28,941
Alfa Romeo: 2,249
Smart USA: 126
As can be seen, the sales start to dwindle after VW and hit a rock bottom at Smart. Alfa Romeo and Fiat, both subsidiaries of Chrysler, need more sales. Sadly, Alfa Romeo is no longer producing the 4C for the U.S. market.
Will Ford Ever Compete with Europe Again?
RIP Cars: Ford Kills These Five Cars – Is This The End of Ford Cars in America? – The Fast Lane Car – YouTube
Whether a possibility, or lost forever, will Ford ever manufacturer sedans again? The truth is, nobody knows for sure, except maybe the administration of the company. With falling U.S. sales, the manufacturer made a tough decision to exit its own country’s saloon sales market. This couldn’t have been an easy step for the decision makers of the company. But, in the end, the European manufacturers are still there with their modern, top notch automobiles. Unless, President Trump decides to start a tariff war with European auto manufacturers. Then, it won’t only damage Europe’s sales, but also strike back at U.S. manufacturers.
Citroën, a French automobile manufacturer, has a C4 model that it designates the Picasso edition. Whether this is a masterpiece, or not, this article will review the different aspects of the vehicle. Although Citroën does not currently offer sales in the U.S., it is still a popular vehicle brand in Europe. In recent auto news, there are hints that Citroën or Peugeot will attempt to re-enter the U.S. market in the years to come. Regardless, the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso may not seem to be a special car, it truly offers a unique set of advanced features.
Six Total Engine Options for the Picasso Edition
The 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso is a fully customizable vehicle that begins with the three available trims and nine available engine options. Yes, nine total engine options are available for this vehicle. The available engine and transmission combos include the following:
PureTech 130 S&S EAT6 Auto (Petrol) [129 Horsepower/55.4 MPG]
THP 165 S&S EAT6 Auto (Petrol) [162 Horsepower/48.7 MPG]
So, basically, there are petrol and turbo diesel engine options with differing power ratios. The most powerful engine is the THP 165 S&S EAT6 Auto petrol version with 162 horsepower. On the other hand, the best MPG is with the BlueHDi 100 or 120 S&S versions which both get 74.3 MPG. We will take a deeper look at the most expensive option, the BlueHDi 150 S&S Eat6 Auto. Furthermore, the the three available trims for this car are Touch Edition, Feel, and Flair in order by lowest to highest price. For this article, we will focus on the Flair edition.
BlueHDi 150 S&S EAT6 Auto: Most Expensive Engine Option
The most expensive engine option for the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso is the BlueHDi 150 S&S EAT6 Auto option. This motor is a inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows this car to hit 62 mph in 10.1 seconds. The top speed for this engine is 129 mph, which is faster than you should want to go in this car. Surprisingly, this is 100 lb.-ft. more torque than the THP edition. So, in the end, you will accept 14 less horsepower for 100 lb.-ft. more torque… sounds like a deal to me.
Citroën C4 Picasso Exterior Overview
On the exterior, the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso has a new design. The front contains Citroën’s 3-stage signature lights. For the rear, the vehicle features 3D effect rear lights. On the other hand, for paint jobs, there is an option for bi-tone which allows for a different color roof than body. The Picasso edition looks great in the Lazuli Blue color which is complemented by 17” black alloy wheels. Overall, the exterior may not look the most amazing but it has a ton of features to make up for it.
Picasso Edition Interior
The interior of the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso has a ton of special features that may surprise anyone. First, there is the RELAX function. This means the front seats have an electric massager and adjustable-lumbar support. To take this to the next level, the front passenger seat has an electrically adjusted footrest. On top of this, the seats offer extra support headrests. This setup focuses on comfort and quality, just don’t expect Mercedes level leather.
The 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso offers a Connect Navigation system with a smart phone inspired 7” design. This system offers a Touch Drive interface as well as a 3D interactive navigation map. The navigation system also offers voice control as seen in most modern vehicles. From here, the vehicle also has an option for Park Assist 360 which covers every angle of the vehicle. This allows for maximum safety while parking anywhere.
Safety Features of the C4 Picasso Edition
On the safety side, the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso has an insane amount of protection. Beginning with driver assists, this vehicle has an adaptive cruise control with stop function. Next, there is a driver attention alert system that checks driver responsiveness. Furthermore, this vehicle has active lane departure warnings as well as active blind-spot monitoring. On top of this, the C4 Picasso has active safety brakes and a speed limit recognition system. Lastly, the Picasso edition has an emergency collision alert system. All of these safety features combine to create a one-of-a-kind vehicle.
The 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso is a Masterpiece of Technology
Overall, the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso is a vehicle with a ton of available options. Although the vehicle may not be an exteriorly beautiful masterpiece, it is a masterpiece technology-wise. From it’s advanced seats to it’s abundant safety features, this car is an example of what all basic vehicles should be. Fully loaded, with every option and the most expensive features, the C4 Picasso can be yours for slightly over $42,000. Unfortunately, this is only within the EU… for now. In conclusion, the 2018 Citroën C4 Picasso is a unique masterpiece that should hit U.S. markets.