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A Flying Taxi: The Bell Nexus

on Tuesday, 07 May 2019.

This is Bell Nexus, the “air taxi” concept from the company formerly known as Bell Helicopter. A hybrid-electric propulsion aircraft, the Nexus will use six tilting ducted fans to take off and land vertically from a rooftop or launchpad. And more importantly, you may be able to hail one for a crosstown trip using Uber’s new aerial service in the not-too-distant future.
 
Air taxis, or flying cars if you’re feeling saucy, are enjoying an upswing in popularity, and the Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell is hoping to seize the moment. The company rebranded itself last year as a technology company, after decades as one of the top manufacturers of commercial and military vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. (It produces both the V-22 Osprey and the forthcoming V-280 Valor.) It now wants to make electric VTOL (eVTOL) aircraft, with the Nexus as its first foray into that futuristic market.

Bell was one of the first aircraft manufacturers to team up with Uber in 2017, when the ride-hailing company first released its ambitious plan to create a network of city-based flying taxis as a way to alleviate street-level traffic. Since then, Bell has been hard at work on its own design, and at CES this week, it pulled back the curtain on its first concept.
 
Bell is aiming to have the Nexus in flight over a handful of major markets by the “mid-2020s,” said Scott Drennan, director of innovation at Bell. He argued that the key element about the aircraft was its “approachability,” which makes it the ideal vehicle for this proposed flying taxi service.
 
“This is not a toy,” Drennan told The Verge. “This is an aircraft you would feel safe and comfortable bringing your family into.” The large ducts hide the rotors, which should help ease any anxiety from customers about losing a limb from its fast-spinning blades. In other words, “for people who aren’t accustomed to VTOL type aircraft,” Drennan said — which, arguably, is everyone who doesn’t regularly commute via helicopter.
 
That’s not to say flying cars aren’t having a moment: at least 19 companies are developing flying-car plans. These include legacy manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus, and small startups like Kitty Hawk, owned by Google founder Larry Page. Meanwhile, Uber has made significant strides in partnering with a handful of aircraft manufacturers, real estate firms, and regulators to better its chances of developing a fully functional, on-demand flying taxi service.
 
Sources: The Verge and CNN 

We are an AAA Approved Auto Repair (AAR) Body Shop

on Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

At Anderson Behel, we're proud to be an AAA Approved Auto Repair (AAR) facility.

AAA Approved Auto Repair (AAR) program was created to address one of the most frequent consumer complaints in America — unsatisfactory automobile repairs. The AAR program does this by directing members and other consumers to AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities that meet and maintain high professional standards.

The AAA Approved Auto Repair Facility Locator is a powerful search tool that gives you easy access to information on over 7,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America. If your vehicle is covered by a warranty, you may have to pay little or nothing for certain repairs.

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop be certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center and most recently a Volvo certified shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche, Acura, Volvo, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on some of the world's finest vehicles.

 

10 More Fun Facts About Porsche

on Wednesday, 24 April 2019.

Porsche is amongst the most coveted cars, by people all over the world. But, there are a whole lot of lesser-known things that you might not know. So, here we present 30 amazing things that you didn't know about Porsche.
 
1. The founder of Porsche, Ferdinand Porsche, founder worked for a company, titled, Lohner, where he created electric cars, powered by electric motor.
2. Porsche founder made the first hybrid car in the world, way back in 1899. Named, "Semper Vivus" the car was an electric car and the generator was created using an internal combustion motor.
3. "Semper Vivus," the first electric car that was built by the founder had brakes on all of its four wheels. Another world's first!
4. Do you know where the first VW Beetle was built? It was in the private villa of Ferdinand Porsche.
5. Porsche founder built the "Sascha" on request for, Austro-Daimler, who was a rich filmmaker. The car was much smaller than other cars but was a lot more powerful.
6. Ferdinand Porsche proved the point with "Sascha" that smaller cars are more successful when it comes to winning a race. The car won 43 races, which includes the 1922's Targa Florio, the legendary automobile race.
7. Ferdinand Porsche was also the designer for the Auto Union cars. The collection also featured the Auto Union P, which had a mid-mounted 16 cylinder engine.
8. The year 1939 saw Ferdinand Porsche coming up with the fastest car on Earth of that time, the Mercedes-Benz type 80.
9. The Mercedes-Benz type 80 had a projected top speed of 470 mph. However, the record run was marked a quarter century later.
10. The horse on the Porsche Crest and the Ferrari Crest are similar. However, for Porsche, it makes a lot more sense as it is an integral part of Stuttgart, the home of Porsche.
 
About Anderson Behel 

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop be certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center and most recently a Volvo certified shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche, Acura, Volvo, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on some of the world's finest vehicles.

 

How to Give Your Car a Complete Spring Cleaning

on Wednesday, 10 April 2019.

The wonderful people at www.cars.com are kindly sharing this information with our blog readers. So, if you're thinking about giving your vehicle a nice spring cleaning, here you go.

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, we are offering a few suggestions to help you prioritize tasks - so take a deep breath, hold your nose and spring to action on spring car cleaning. 

Start with the outside:

Scrub your tires first using a tire-cleaning spray and firm brush.

Wash the body top to bottom with a carwash product and using the two-bucket method, one bucket containing clean soapy water and the other dirty rinse water.

Hose off the underbody.

Dry with a clean microfiber towel.

Now you're ready to move on to the interior:

Remove clutter accumulated over the winter months: all those gas-pump receipts, Starbucks cups and Larabar wrappers that never made their way to trashcan.

Use a mild cleaning spray and microfiber cloth on the dash, console and other surfaces.

Vacuum the seats, floormats, rugs and trunk.

Use an approved cleaner for leather upholstery.

Spray glass cleaner directly onto a cloth to clean windows.

Clean floormats, scrubbing rubber ones with soapy water and carpeted ones with carpet cleaner.

Or you can spring for a professional detailing if you feel like dropping a couple of C-notes — but, dudes, even if you leave it to the pros, at least take those dirty diapers out first.

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop be certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center and most recently a Volvo certified shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche, Acura, Volvo, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on some of the world's finest vehicles.

 

 

Greatest April Fools' Day Gags of All Time

on Monday, 01 April 2019.

April Fools' Day ain't what it used to be.

Companies will come up with gags. Everybody will have a good laugh, but nobody will be fooled.

Oh, for the days when April Fools' Day hoaxes and pranks could cause lines outside liquor stores or prompt people to smell their TVs or choke telephone lines with complaints to the National Park Service.

Well, to prepare you for this day of trickery, here are 5 of the best April Fools' pranks in history, brought to you from all of us at Anderson Behel, a company that will never fool around with your car.

  1. Pasta grows on trees

On April 1, 1957, the BBC TV show "Panorama" ran a segment about the Swiss spaghetti harvest enjoying a "bumper year" thanks to mild weather and the elimination of the spaghetti weevil. Many credulous Britons were taken in, and why not? The story was on television -- then a relatively new invention -- and Auntie Beeb would never lie, would it?

The story was ranked the No. 1 April Fools' hoax of all time by the Museum of Hoaxes website -- a fine source for all things foolish.

  1. The fastest pitcher of all time

George Plimpton, always a wry writer, invented the tale of Mets pitcher Siddhartha "Sidd" Finch for Sports Illustrated. The story about Finch, who could throw 168 miles per hour, ran in the magazine's April 1, 1985, issue, and eagle-eyed readers caught on immediately: The first letters in the words of the story's secondary headline spelled out "Happy April Fools' Day." But others wondered whether the Mets had added another fireballer to their top-notch staff.

Plimpton later turned the story into a novel.

  1. Left-handed toilet paper

Why should right-handers be closer to cleanliness? In 2015, Cottonelle tweeted that it was introducing left-handed toilet paper for all those southpaws out there.

The joke followed a 1998 stunt by Burger King about its new "Left-handed Whopper."

Few people may have been taken in by Cottonelle, but that wasn't the case in 1973, when Johnny Carson cracked a joke about a toilet paper shortage. Worried Americans immediately stocked up. Well, you can never be too sure.

  1. The Taco Liberty Bell

In this now-classic 1996 prank, Taco Bell took out newspaper ads saying it had bought the Liberty Bell "in an effort to help the national debt." Even some senators were taken in, and the National Park Service even held a press conference to deny the news. At noon, the fast-food chain admitted the joke and said it was donating $50,000 for the landmark bell's care. The value of the joke, of course, was priceless.

  1. Big Ben goes digital

The Brits are masters of April Fools' gags, and in 1980, the BBC's overseas service said the iconic clock tower was getting an update. The joke did not go over well, and the BBC apologized. That hasn't stopped it from popping up again in the digital era, however.

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop be certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center and most recently a Volvo certified shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche, Acura, Volvo, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on some of the world's finest vehicles.

Source: CNN

 

Volvo Suggest Speed Limits to Save Lives

on Thursday, 21 March 2019.

Volvo, a car company synonymous with safety, is taking it one step further by introducing speed limits on its cars.

In an announcement made in early March, the Swedish carmakers said future models will have a 112 MPH (180 kmh) limit to ensure the optimal use of the vehicles' built-in safety systems.
 
The move is part of the company’s Vision 2020, which has the goal of ensuring that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020. Volvo’s ambition makes it a safety leader in the industry.
 
Tech Doesn't Make Good Drivers
 
But Volvo understands that all the technology in the world doesn't make good drivers. To give them the best chance at achieving their vision, the company is opening up its policies to include driver behavior.
 
Volvo said speeding is one of its main concerns as it moves towards a fatality-free future.
 
“Volvo is a leader in safety: we always have been and we always will be,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. "Because of our research, we know where the problem areas are when it comes to ending serious injuries and fatalities in our cars. And while a speed limit is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life.”
 
Volvo Vows to Continue to Lead the Industry
 
The reduced maximum speed limit is just one idea to tackle the gap between driver and technology. In addition to limiting overall maximum speed, Volvo is investigating using geofencing technology that could possible automatically reduce car speeds when around schools and hospitals.
 
“We want to start a conversation about whether carmakers have the right or maybe even an obligation to install technology in cars that change their driver's behavior, to tackle things like speeding, intoxication or distraction,” said Samuelsson. “We don’t have a firm answer to this question, but believe we should take leadership in the discussion and be a pioneer.”

Even without these technologies, any car traveling above certain speeds has reduced handling and control, which may result in accidents. In fact, data from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration shows that 25 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. in 2017 were caused by speeding.
 
“As humans, we all understand the dangers with snakes, spiders and heights. With speeds, not so much,” said Ivarsson. “People often drive too fast in a given traffic situation and have poor speed adaptation in relation to that traffic situation and their own capabilities as a driver. We need to support better behavior and help people realize and understand that speeding is dangerous."
 
Distraction, Intoxication Next On the List
 
Volvo has identified intoxication and distraction as the other two leading causes of accidents. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a leader in causing traffic accidents despite it being illegal in most parts of the world. Distraction is a new, on-the-rise problem that is often associated with using devices while driving. Volvo vows to tackle these problems and will present its initial ideas in Gothenburg, Sweden later this year. 

Source: Jessica Miley, Interesting Engineering

 

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