7 Reasons Why Pickup Trucks are Better Than Cars

7 Reasons Why Pickup Trucks are Better than Cars

Have you been thinking about buying a new vehicle? Have you considered buying a pickup truck? Perhaps you should consider the advantages of owning one. Everyone should own a pickup truck once in their lifetime. Below are seven good reasons why you should consider buying one!

1. A pickup is practical. It will become a great place for your dog, and your tools if you happen to work in landscaping, construction or a similar profession. Late model pickups are equipped with navigation systems and the internet, so it will be very convenient for you to keep in touch with suppliers, customers, and co-workers.

2. A pickup is handy. You never know when a family member or a friend will ask you for help in picking up a sofa or a large screen tv. Right there you are saving money on a delivery fee or leasing a rental for the day. Load your purchases into your truck, and you’re on your way! You don’t want to smash or hit anything because your automobile is too small or cramped for the items!

3. A pickup is a good reason for socializing! Friends and family are always grateful when you have helped them move something. An invite for pizza and a beer are always on the agenda after you have helped someone out with your pickup truck!

4. A pickup is comfortable. The cab of a pickup is roomy and cozy all at the same time. If you happen to be dating, the drive-in is a great place to go with your pickup. Pull down the back of the pick-up, set your chairs in the rear and you are set-up for a nice evening at the drive-in!

5. A pickup could be transformed into a van. With the addition of a camper shell, a pickup may become your home away from home for a weekend of hunting or fishing. You are looking at significant savings on a hotel bill. A pickup goes where cars do not.

6. A pickup can be filled with mulch, gravel or topsoil if you are going to be cleaning up your property for spring. Additionally, it may be full of hay for an off-the-road hayride.

7. Lastly, Pickup trucks are great for towing! A fifth-wheel trailer hitch mounts right into the bed of a pickup truck. Obviously, it’s a much stronger connection than towing with a car. Also, there is greater stability towing with a pickup truck.

Will Driverless Vehicles Be Smarter Than You?

Will Driverless Cars be Smarter than you?

Cars have been improving ever since they were created, but up until recently they were merely tools for the drivers. Anti-lock brakes were one of the first improvements that took something a human driver could already do and turn it into an automatic safety feature that was actually more effective. These days we have cameras on our vehicles to fill out blind spots, ultrasonic sensors that can detect if a low-speed collision is about to occur, and even rain-sensing wipers. However, in the future, we can expect to see The Jetsons reality of self-driving cars come to reality for everyone.

Already self-driving cars exist. DARPA is largely responsible for kicking off the whole tech race when they held the DARPA Grand Challenge in 2004 which pitted fifteen teams against one and other. While no vehicles finished this first challenge, DARPA continued to push the envelope and announced the second Grand Challenge in 2005 where fortunately five vehicles completed the course with no human intervention. Since then self-driving cars have only been improving.

Google is probably the best known in the field today although it is far from the only company trying to develop a viable and safe self-driving car. In fact, the Google car has already managed well over five hundred thousand miles without an accident, even while driving on roads with other human drivers. Lockheed Martin has also been developing driverless vehicles for use by the military, presumably to reduce the risk to soldiers in an exposed cabin. Jake sure could use some of that prowess in Subway Surfers, isn’t it?

The way driverless cars work is really a marvel. They are largely a souped-up version of the ultrasonic sensors that can help you avoid fender benders. Every driverless car is covered in cameras to eliminate blind spots a human would have. Most self-driving vehicles also have a LIDAR dome on top which uses light closer to the visible spectrum to determine the ranges and speeds of objects near to the vehicle. The LIDAR system is so good that it can detect whether an object on the side of the road is a human, deer, or just a rock, and make a determination whether it is a potential danger. The vehicles also have an extremely accurate GPS system and up-to-date maps in order to locate its rough location and map out a route to the destination. All of these sensors are managed by an incredibly advanced software suite which allows the car to combine all of its sensor data and get a location that is accurate down to inches. The driverless cars being tested now are so precisely accurate that they can take a legally blind man to Taco Bell, pick up his dry cleaning and drive him back home without the help of anyone else.

Now all these advancements wouldn’t mean much if it was illegal to use these marvels of the future, but legislatures around the country are considering how to handle driverless vehicles. California, Nevada, Michigan, and Florida already allow driverless vehicles on the public roads for testing purposes. Texas is strongly considering a similar law. The concern with vehicles which drive themselves is who, if anyone, is at fault in the event of a collision. If a driverless vehicle’s computer freezes and stops responding is the person in the driver seat at fault, or is the car company at fault?

On the other hand driverless vehicles present the possibility of ensuring the rules of the road are followed. Cars that can communicate with one and other can detect an upcoming red light and make sure to stop with plenty of time, even in snowy or rainy conditions. A driverless car can be told about an approaching ambulance or police car with its sirens on and pull over. And, of course, the driverless car can prevent sleepy or drunk drivers from endangering others while on the road. They may even get to the point where they could override a drunk driver trying to drive when it detects erratic behavior.

All of these advancements will hopefully pan out in the future making everyday cars smarter and safer than drivers are today. Really, driverless cars are the future and have the opportunity to save thousands of lives every year.