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Bridgestone's new technology estimates tire wear
Modern Tire Dealer
Bridgestone Corp. has developed a technology for estimating tire wear and tread depth. The new technology uses sensors attached to the inside of tires to estimate tread wear conditions and provides the driver with real-time monitoring of tire conditions. Bridgestone says the technology will enable drivers to judge the most appropriate timing for tire replacement and the optimal timing for tire rotations. The technology is based on the company’s proprietary Contact Area Information Sensing 1 concept.
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Auto industry galvanized after record recall year
The New York Times
Spurred by a decade-old ignition-switch defect in millions of General Motors vehicles, the auto industry this year has issued more recalls involving old models — those made five or more years ago — than ever before, an analysis of federal recall records by The New York Times shows. More than 60 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States, double the previous annual record in 2004. In all, there have been about 700 recall announcements — an average of two a day — affecting the equivalent of one in five vehicles on the road.
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Collision avoidance technology will change repair industry
Autobody News
Recent research on collision avoidance technology found that an estimated 30 percent of collision repairs could be avoided when this type of equipment is fully adopted by car manufacturers, according to Carlisle & Company. This will not only affect drivers and save lives, but it will also influence the future of the auto repair industry.
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Wheel bearings and wheel-speed sensors
Tire Review
If you are replacing a wheel bearing on a late-model vehicle, you’ll be dealing with a wheel speed sensor. In the past decade, wheel speed sensors have been moving from differentials, axles and knuckles to inside or on the wheel bearing or hub unit. At this location, the sensors are more accurate and often more protected from the elements.
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Making the right hire: Everything you need to do
By Jared Kligerman
Even 10 years ago, having an excellent product or service at a good price was enough for you to be competitive and successful. Today, with the increasing use of blogs, online review sites and social media, that is not enough. Our employees define the brand, and we rely on them to deliver amazing customer service to ensure our product/service is sold to returning, loyal customers, who in turn recommend our product/service to their friends. The culture of an organization is also reliant on having like-minded employees who support each other.
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How General Motors wants to help lower auto insurance premiums
TheBlaze.com
One of the world’s largest automakers wants to help you lower your car insurance rate. With the help of OnStar technology already installed in many of its vehicles, General Motors will give customers the chance to opt in to its 90-day driver assessment program which will track their driving habits. GM Director of Business Development and Alliances Greg Ross said the new program is designed to help drivers better understand how they can be better and smarter drivers.
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Volkswagen recalls 38,000 cars due to fire risk
The Washington Times
The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 38,000 cars because a fuel leak in the engine may cause a fire. The automaker said no injuries or accidents have been reported. The recall covers 2014 to 2015 model years of the Volkswagen Beetle, Jetta, Passat and 2015 models of the Golf and GTI.
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Will you be taking part in these future small business trends?
Small Business Trends
This year will be an important one for every small business as powerful trends shape the direction of the economy. Here are the shifts that companies can expect.
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