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What Does ADAS Mean?

on Thursday, 30 January 2020.

Everyone is talking about ADAS Systems in cars today and it’s a buzz acronym, but what does it actually mean? At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, we’re happy to provide some basic information about this new technology that will make us safer and more connected on the road.

Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), are electronic systems that help the vehicle driver while driving or during parking. When designed with a safe human-machine interface, they are intended to increase car safety and more generally road safety. ADAS systems use electronic technology such as microcontroller units (MCU), electronic control units (ECU), and power semiconductor devices.

Most road accidents occur due to human error. Advanced driver-assistance systems are systems developed to automate, adapt and enhance vehicle systems for safety and better driving. The automated system which is provided by ADAS to the vehicle is proven to reduce road fatalities, by minimizing the human error. Safety features are designed to avoid collisions and accidents by offering technologies that alert the driver to potential problems, or to avoid collisions by implementing safeguards and taking over control of the vehicle. Adaptive features may automate lighting, provide adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance, pedestrian crash avoidance mitigation (PCAM), incorporate satnav/traffic warnings, alert driver to other cars or dangers, lane departure warning system, automatic lane centering, show what is in blind spots, or connect to smartphones for navigation instructions.

Modern vehicles today have advanced driver-assistance systems integrated to their electronics and manufacturers refresh their car models to add more of these features into their cars. Early advanced driver-assistance systems include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and traction control. These systems can be affected by mechanical alignment adjustments. This has led many manufacturers to require electronic resets for these systems, after a mechanical alignment is performed.

ADAS relies on inputs from multiple data sources, including automotive imaging, LiDAR, radar, image processing, computer vision, and in-car networking.[7] Additional inputs are possible from other sources separate from the primary vehicle platform, such as other vehicles, referred to as Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), or Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X), such as mobile telephony or WiFi data network systems.

Advanced driver-assistance systems are one of the fastest-growing segments in automotive electronics,[8] with steadily increasing rates of adoption of industry-wide quality standards, in vehicular safety systems (ISO 26262), developing technology specific standards, such as IEEE 2020 for Image Sensor quality[9] and communications protocols such as the Vehicle Information API.[10]

Next-generation ADAS will increasingly leverage wireless network connectivity to offer improved value by using car-to-car (also known as Vehicle to Vehicle, or V2V) and car-to-infrastructure (also known as Vehicle to Infrastructure, or V2X) data.

A Family Super Bowl Watch Party

on Friday, 24 January 2020.

Here is a Super Bowl Party in town that the entire family can enjoy. At Anderson Behel, we are happy to congratulate the San Francisco Forty-Niners as they compete against the Kansas City Chiefs. Please enjoy the game in a safe manner and please don’t drink and drive.

Sun., Feb. 2, 3:15 p.m

Santa Clara City Library

2635 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

Your San Francisco 49ers are NFC Champions and are headed to the Super Bowl. Come watch the biggest game of the season in a family-friendly environment. The matchup will be the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. Snacks will be served while supplies last.

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is 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.

 

A Pair of Fun Factoids About Cadillac

on Tuesday, 14 January 2020.

At Anderson Behel, we are delighted to be a Cadillac certified body shop and that’s why we’re happy to share this blog with you.

Al Capone’s Cadillac was the first presidential bulletproof limo: The infamous gangster had a 1928 Cadillac sedan just like the one you see here—though it was fully armored to protect against rival gangs’ threats on his life. It was impounded by the treasury department when he went to Alcatraz prison.

On the evening of December 7th, 1941 (Pearl Harbor), the Secret Service suddenly found itself in need of something bulletproof for President Franklin D. Roosevelt to deliver his “Day of Infamy” speech to Congress in DC. When asked where he got the car on such short notice, the president famously said, “I hope Mr. Capone doesn’t mind.”

Capone also owned one of the Cadillacs used in The Godfather and The Untouchables. His 1929 model was a favorite getaway car—it had a pair of bullet holes to prove it. Paramount Pictures bought the car and used it for a multitude of films, including some of the all-time gangland classics.

Cadillac is named after a Frenchman: Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French army officer, founded a town called Ville d’Etroit—known today as Detroit, Michigan. Apparently, they thought, 'Why not him?'

Cadillac founder Henry M. Leland apprenticed under gunmaker Samuel Colt: Leland worked in the legendary gunsmith’s revolver factory, learning the value of precision engineering—like using tools that could measure designs within a 1/100,000 of an inch—that he'd eventually take to Caddy.

Leland souped-up Oldsmobiles when he was younger. Why? Well, because he could. He reworked the single-cylinder engine from an Oldsmobile and nearly tripled its output—from 3.7 to 10.3 horsepower. Upon this, Ransom Olds (yup, that was his name) essentially told him to get lost, because the Oldsmobile chassis couldn’t handle such a powerful motor.

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is 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.

Sources: Reuters and Wikipedia

 

 

Porsche Baja 911 Can Be Yours for Only $650,000!!

on Tuesday, 07 January 2020.

Back in November, a builder named TJ Russell unveiled a gleaming white Porsche 911 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The car, known as the Baja 911 has wide, flared fenders; huge, knobby tires; a roll cage; and nine headlights. It’s surely a show stopper and everyone at SEMA went crazy about this vehicle, even when they heard the price-$650,000!

At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we are a Porsche-certified shop and that is why we are always happy to share Porsche news with you.

During its SEMA debut, the Baja 911 was swarmed for hours with the international automotive press, industry insiders, well-known builders, and fan boys taking photos, making videos, and generally drooling over the hand-craftsmanship that Russell completed, alone, over the course of more than a year. Since then, the car has appeared in dozens of dust-caked glamour shots, set with the sun illuminating its aggressive stance while it dances over boulders and through sand. It is plastered all over car blogs and Instagram feeds, and in YouTube videos and trade magazines.

But the Baja 911 is more than just a pretty face. It has more than a foot of ground clearance, a unique suspension system of cushy and nimble shocks, a reinforced chassis, and a purpose-built 3.8-liter, 365-horsepower engine paired with a specialized five-speed transmission engineered to perform for thousands of miles, day in and day out, in 100F-plus heat.

It has been sprayed with a layer of sound deadening and ceramic coating to insulate the cabin from noise and heat; the interior metal surfaces are welded and sealed from the front fuel supply and rear engine bay in order to guard against collision and water damage; and the carbon seats in the rear fold down to reveal a locking storage box for spare parts and tools.

The whole car weighs just 2,800 pounds—400 pounds less than a stock 911 fresh from the Porsche factory. It’s a featherweight suited for navigating the punishing sands, boulders, and heat of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula—the source of its name.

At $650,000, the Baja 911 represents the top 1% of a larger group of cars known as “Baja,” “safari,” or “rally” cars, so named to evoke the type of driving they do. They’re designed to race in glamorous and gritty off-road contests such as the East African Safari Classic Rally, the Carrera Panamerica in Mexico, the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, or the Rally Caminos del Inca in Peru. In simplest form, the terms—used interchangeably—refer to any vehicles modified to perform off paved roads.

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is 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.

Sources: Porsche News and Bloomberg News 

 

 

 

Celebrate 2020 in Santa Clara!

on Tuesday, 24 December 2019.

Annual Noon Year’s Eve Family Fun & Dance Party

Annual Noon Year’s Eve Family Fun & Dance Party

Tue, Dec 31, 11 AM – 12 PM

Northside Branch Library

695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara, CA

Perfect for the entire family! Say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 with the 5th Annual Noon Year’s Eve party. Parents who used to go out until midnight can dance the day away with their kids in a fun and safe family...

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is 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.

 

 

Safe Holiday Season Driving Tips

on Saturday, 14 December 2019.

Christmas and the December holidays are many people’s favorite time of the year. It’s an opportunity to take a break from another hectic year, spend time with friends and family, and even take that long-awaited holiday or trip. While many travelers fill up our airports by venturing overseas, there’s an extraordinary number staying on land, venturing to holiday destinations or friends and family across the state or country.
At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we want to wish you a Happy (and safe) Holiday Season and New Year! 
Safe holiday driving
In the US, the holiday season kicks off a little earlier than other countries like Australia. Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday of November) is often referred to as the beginning of their holiday period and is, in fact, one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive.
In countries where Christmas falls during winter, the combination of heavier traffic with unfavorable weather conditions like rain, sleet, and snow, and the decisions drivers make on the roads suddenly become riskier. This is why we are inundated with pleas from our emergency services every year to practice safe holiday driving. Further, these holiday periods are a fantastic opportunity for college students to travel long distances to return home.
Drink-driving is just one cause of accidents during these holiday periods; younger, inexperienced drivers become susceptible to distractions and drowsiness when they are driving long stretches of road to get home in time for the holidays.
Why are the holidays, such a dangerous time on our roads?
Drunk driving
Celebrations, parties, and festivities are all part of the holiday season. There’s no doubt it’s a valued time of the year… who doesn’t love spending time with friends and family and getting a well-deserved break from the office? But that extra eggnog might be enough to push you into an official drink-driving range, and you can bet your Christmas presents that the cops will be out in full force to fight against drink driving. If you know you’re going to be drinking or are easily tempted into a couple of celebratory drinks; there’s nothing wrong with that. But be smart: arrange transport or a designated driver, or plan in advance to stay the night nearby.
Rush hour
The holiday season sometimes makes us a little frantic. We feel there’s so much to do (buying presents, organising food, and packing for the family are just three of many things!) that it’s easy to feel like we’re rushing through the entire season.
As a result, people tend to rush to their destinations. They get easily agitated at traffic, weather, and other obstacles hindering their journey.
Weather
Now, depending on where you’re located, the weather during December will vary considerably.
In the northern hemisphere, drivers can come face to face with extreme winter conditions, including snow, heavy rains, sleet, and ice. These dangerous conditions can result in drivers facing dangerous driving decisions.
Down in the southern hemisphere, drivers are often battling with hot and humid weather and fairly frequent tropical storms. What’s more, long stretches of monotonous roads on desolate highways result in droopy eyelids, yawning, and head jerks.
Fatigue
Prepare yourself for your long-distance drive. Ensure the car is packed, and clothes are ready well in advance. Knowing you won’t have to get up earlier than necessary for last-minute packing means you can start your journey fully rested with a good night’s sleep. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before you leave, and keep a big bottle of water handy at all times. You should also plan ahead (especially if you’re driving in unfamiliar territory) by looking up suitable rest stops throughout your trip.
You should be stopping for a minimum of 15 minutes at least every two hours, and if possible, take advantage of driver swaps.
Young drivers
Research conducted in the US found that drivers under the age of 30 are a greater risk on the road than any other driver. Further, the research showed that the most dangerous group is males aged 16-29.
Inexperience and distracted driving are two factors affecting road safety and combined with holiday travel (long hours on the road, increased traffic, and perhaps difficult weather conditions) make driving during the holidays one of the riskiest times of the year for teens and young adults.
Sources: NHTSA, AARP and DMV.org 
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