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Are modern wheels and tires able to deal with modern roads?
Carscoops
They're doing wonders for car design, but is the race for larger wheel and tire setups on modern cars getting out of hand? Especially since our roads aren't getting any better?
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How information technology is influencing the auto industry
Digital Journal
Information technology is taking over the auto industry, replacing our former obsession with alternative fuel vehicles and electric cars. And while alternative fuel vehicles and electric vehicles are still relevant and will continue to evolve and adapt to our lifestyles, information technology is pervading the auto industry as consumers become more accustomed to everything in our lives being connected and automated.
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Senator's report cites cars' data security holes
Automotive News
Connectivity technologies have made automobiles vulnerable to hackers who could gain control of vehicle functions or compromise the security of vehicle data, according to a report released recently by a leading congressional voice on auto safety.
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Progressive reveals top accident trends in 2014
Tire Review
Progressive Insurance recently released its 2014 Year in Claims Report, and it has come up with some surprising trends. Progressive analyzed all of its claims in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine where and when claims happened. It looked at multiple areas it insures — auto, motorcycle, boat and commercial lines — and created a report for each, with a granular breakdown of the top claims and highlighting the most interesting findings.
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Sales counter is tire store's 'prime real estate'
Modern Tire Dealer
Modern Tire Dealer columnist Wayne Williams says it's time to take a hard look at a prime piece of real estate: your sales counter. In too many dealerships, the counter seems to be designed for store personnel with customers being an afterthought.
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Longtime industry veteran Fino dies at 81
Modern Tire Dealer
Carl Fino, a longtime veteran of the tire industry, died in his sleep recently, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, Pennsylvania. He was 81. Fino held management positions with several tire manufacturers, most recently with Giti Tire Ltd., from where he retired in 2006. He also also worked for Semperit of America Inc. and the former General Tire & Rubber Co.
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Spare tire increasingly AWOL
GreCrain News Service via Tire Business
The spare tire has been squeezed out of many new vehicles, thanks to run-flat tires, inflator kits, efforts to reduce vehicle weight and a lack of storage space — especially in hybrids and electric vehicles.
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The goal must be 100 percent recall notification, repair
Automotive News
On Jan. 18, 2015, Carlos Solis IV died in a crash of his 2002 Honda Accord. Metal from the driver's side airbag struck him in the neck, according to a police report cited in a lawsuit filed by Solis' family. When Solis bought the vehicle in April 2014 at a used-car dealership near Houston, neither Honda nor the dealer notified him that it had been recalled in 2011 for suspect Takata airbag inflators. Solis' car was again recalled last June, but when he crashed last month, Honda still hadn't mailed him his recall notice.
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