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Speeding Tickets from Space?

April 22, 2010 1 comment

Another new technology is being tested to reduce speeding.  For those of us who have a heavy foot and tend to drive fast, this isn’t good news.  Radar detectors and other such devices may become obsolete if the “Speedspike” system takes off.   The good news is that it doesn’t seem to be able to handle short bursts of speed (at least not yet), but can measure accurate speeds over long distances.  So if you’re planning on driving that BMW Convertible or Maserati convertible on your next road trip, enjoy the speed while  you can.

From a post on Slashdot and an article on the UK news site The Telegraph, here are some more details:

Satellites being used to catch speeders as a test in the UK

Satellites being used to catch speeders as a test in the UK - image from Telegraph.co.uk

A new kind of speed camera that uses satellites to measure average speed over long distances is being tested in Britain. The “Speedspike” system combines plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver to calculate average speed between any two points in the area being monitored. From the article: “Details of the trials are contained in a House of Commons report. The company said in its evidence that the cameras enabled ‘number plate capture in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day.’ It also referred to the system’s ‘low cost’ and ease of installation.” I can’t wait to see the episode of MythBusters where they try to avoid getting a speeding ticket from a satellite.

At millions of dollars a pop, satellites aren’t exactly “affordable” but I suppose that the increased revenue from all the new speeding tickets, without the costs of adding more policemen, could make this pay for itself pretty quickly.

License number plate capture regardless of weather conditi0ns…wow. That’s pretty amazing.

Happy and safe driving!

Select Luxury Cars 985 Cobb Parkway Marietta, GA 30060 770-421-0070

Driverless Cars on the Silk Road from Rome to Shanghai

This looks like it will be a very interesting experiment – green-powered driverless cars.  This summer, Italian company VisLab is participating in the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China.   The project is partially funded by the European Research Council, or ERC, to demonstrate the possibility of transporting goods from one continent to another in new ways, specifically:

– with Green-powered, non-polluting vehicles

– with almost no human intervention

The trip will begin in Rome, and will collect some goods throughout the trip for eventual delivery to Shanghai.  This will be the first trip like this in history.   Here’s a map of the route:

route map for driverless car test Vislab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge

The Vislab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge

From VisLab’s web page about this project:

The idea

The aim is to demonstrate, through an extensive and impressive test, that the current technology is mature enough for the deployment of non-polluting and no-oil based autonomous vehicles in real conditions. Moreover the Municipality of Rome, an active player in  this project, is planning to exploit these vehicles downtown to deliver goods to shops, collect trash, and arrange sustainable mobility in the last mile.

The vehicles

Two electric vehicles will perform a 13,000 km trip mainly powered by solar energy, with no driver; two backup vehicles will be part of the trip as well. As a support, 4 Overland trucks will follow the expedition to provide a mechanic shop, storage, and accommodation; finally two additional trucks will be used for media coverage and will be equipped for live satellite broadcasting.

The cars are loaded with computing power and get continual real-time data about their surroundings through a series of onboard cameras and GPS data.  For this trip, the first car will require occasional human intervention, while the second is planned to be 100% driverless based on line-of-sight data, GPS data and more, some of which will be transmitted from the first car.

There are some videos available on the VisLab website and, though they’re in Italian, you can still get an idea about how it works.

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy driving, especially on long, winding stretches of road.  And that holds especially true for a sports car.  That said, moving towards having automated driving in cities could free us up to be more productive during our commute times.  Maybe this is the next step towards the “Johnny Cab” in the Arnold Schwartzenegger Sci-Fi classic, Total Recall? (Careful, there is some strong language in the video that might not be suitable for work).

Maybe one day we’ll have some of these available at our pre-owned luxury car dealership here at Select Luxury Cars?  For a Ferrari or Aston Martin, I like them more old-school – manual transmission, so as to feel more one with the road.  But for a Rolls-Royce or a Mercedes SUV?  Maybe.

Featured Vehicle: Used Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG G-Class

Featured Vehicle of the day:  A beautiful used Mercedes-Benz G-class SUV.  This one is a 2009 Mercedes G55 AMG.  Black on charcoal, rugged with an uncommon style.  This one really stands out from the pack of less distinctive but popular sports utility vehicles (or, as some say, “Soccer Utility Vehicles‘). It’s boxy yet luxurious, has less than 7,000 miles, is loaded with features and shines like a black pearl. See for yourself here in this video slide show:  

2009 Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz G-Class G55 AMG in Atlanta, GA
at the Select Luxury Cars dealership
985 Cobb Parkway South
Marietta, GA 30060

770-421-0070
info@selectluxury.com

* Exterior: Black
* Interior: Charcoal
* Stock #: 10623
* Engine: 5.5L SOHC 24-valve AMG supercharged V8 engine
* Transmission: Automatic
* Mileage: 6,333

2009 Used Mercedes-Benz G-Class G55 AMG Front View

2009 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G55 AMG Front View

*CARFAX CERTIFIED!
*PREMIUM ALCANTARA LEATHER ROOF LINER!
*REAR SEAT ENTERTAINMENT!
*NAVIGATION SYSTEM!
*REAR VIEW CAMERA!
*BRUSH GUARD!
*RUNNING BOARDS!
*XENON HEADLAMPS!
*VENTILATED FRONT SEATS!
*HEATED SEATS FRONT AND REAR!
*HEATED WOOD/LEATHER STEERING WHEEL!
*PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM!
*6-DISC CD CHANGER!
*SATELLITE RADIO!
*REAR PARK ASSIST!

Mercedes-Benz G-Class G55 AMG Standard Equipment
EXTERIOR
* Pwr tilt/slide sunroof
* Stainless-steel running boards
* Bi-xenon light-sensing headlamps w/heated high pressure washers
* Corner-illuminating halogen foglamps
* Single red rear foglamp
* Power heated windshield
* Privacy glass -inc: rear doors & quarters & liftgate
* Pwr heated signal mirrors -inc: auto-dimming driver side, mirror memory, reverse tilt-down
* Rain-sensing intermittent front wipers w/heated washer system
* Intermittent rear wiper w/washer
* Privacy glass-inc: rear doors & quarters & liftgate

INTERIOR
* 10-way pwr heated multi-contour front bucket seats -inc: pwr lumbar 3-position seat memory, adjustable head restraints, pneumatic side bolsters, thigh support
* Heated 60/40-split-folding rear seats w/(3) adjustable head restraints
* Front/rear carpeted floor mats
* Stainless-steel door sill trim
* Multi-function display controls
* Steering wheel audio controls
* 4-way pwr tilt/telescopic steering column -inc: memory, easy-entry & exit feature
* Electronic analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge & coolant temp
* Multi-function displays in speedometer face -inc: trip computer, engine oil level check, digital speedometer, message indicator, driver-programmable settings, navigation system route guidance, exterior temp gauge, audio status, engine coolant temp, phone menu
* Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System display -inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders
* SmartKey system -inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, driver-programmable user-recognition features, drive away automatic locking
* SmartKey infrared remote -inc: windows open/close, sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock
* Integrated 3-button HomeLink compatible garage door control
* Cruise control
* Anti-theft alarm system
* Rear view camera
* Automatic dual-zone climate control -inc: electrostatic dust filter, adjustable rear cabin vents at rear of center console
* Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff
* Auxiliary pwr outlet
* Auto-dimming rearview mirror
* Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
* Night security illumination
* Locator lighting w/path illumination
* Leather-trimmed parking brake lever/boot

MECHANICAL
* 2-speed transfer case
* (3) locking differentials
* Permanent 4-wheel drive
* Front/rear tow hooks
* Rigid front/rear axles -inc: longitudinal & transverse links, coil springs, gas shocks
* Front stabilizer bar
* Recirculating ball steering w/power assist, hydraulic damper

SAFETY
* 4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) w/brake assist
* Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
* 4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS+)
* Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
* Programmable daytime running lamps
* Driver & front passenger airbags -inc: dual-stage driver airbag, BabySmart deactivation system
* Front/rear window curtain side airbags
* 3-point front seat belts w/Emergency Tensioning Device (ETD), belt force limiter
* 3-point rear seat belts w/outboard Emergency Tensioning Device (ETD)
* Universal LATCH system (Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children) at rear outboard seating positions
* Child safety rear door locks
* Advanced tire pressure monitoring system

ENTERTAINMENT
* COMMAND cockpit management & data system -inc: 40-GB hard-drive-based navigation system, Bluetooth interface, enhanced voice control, harman/kardon sound system, AM/FM stereo, integrated 6-disc CD/DVD changer, Sirius satellite radio, HD radio, iPod/MP3 media interface, auxiliary audio input, Mercedes-Benz Tele Aid system

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New Heads-Up Display Utilizing Your Entire Windshield – By GM

The folks at General Motors have come up with a new type of heads-up display, this time around using the whole windshield rather than just a small section.  This takes it a step further than even the BMW 7-Series Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection system.  An article in Wired tells more:

GM says it's next-generation heads-up system can use lasers and lane detection sensors to project a "virtual" road edge onto the windshield to help drivers stay on the road during bad weather.

Rather than project info onto a portion of the windshield, GM’s latest experiment uses the entire windshield as a display. Small ultraviolet lasers project data gleaned from sensors and cameras onto the glass. General Motors geeks are working alongside researchers from several universities to develop a system that integrates night vision, navigation and on-board cameras to improve our ability to see — and avoid — problems, particularly in adverse conditions like fog.

“We’re looking to create enhanced vision systems,” says Thomas Seder, a lab manager at GM’s big R&D center in Warren, Michigan.

Trying to make a workable head-up display is a laudable goal. Drivers are inundated by ever-more information from navigation systems and the like, and they need to be able to see and process it easily while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. A practical head-up display allows that.

GM’s experimental system goes beyond the night-vision system found in cars like the BMW 7-Series and the HUDs you find in, say, the Chevrolet Corvette or Buick LaCrosse. While those systems will tell you how fast you’re going or whether you’ve left the turn signal on again, Version 2.0 could make you a safer driver.

“Let’s say you’re driving in fog, we could use the vehicle’s infrared cameras to identify where the edge of the road is and the lasers could ‘paint’ the edge of the road onto the windshield so the driver knows where the edge of the road is,”

Read More http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/03/gm-next-gen-heads-up-display/#ixzz0ifJwZjCk

Pre-owned 2008 Aston Martin DB9 Volante in Atlanta

March 10, 2010 1 comment

Now THIS is a beautiful car!  It’s a used Aston Martin DB9 Volante, a 2008 model, on the showroom floor at the Select Luxury Cars dealership in Marietta, GA, just NW of Atlanta.

This DB9 Convertible is black with a tan interior. Under the hood it boasts a 6.0L DOHC 48-valve V12 engine with less than 6,000 miles.

Here’s a video walkthrough so you can see the condition and features of this work of art.

This pre-owned Aston Martin DB9 Volante is CarFax certified, with only one previous owner, low miles, an automatic transmission, a navigation system, parking sensors, satellite radio, heated seats, Xenon headlamps, power seats, a full windscreen, and is in “like new” condition.

2008 used Aston Martin DB9 Volante Convertible Passenger Front View

2008 Aston Martin DB9 Volante Convertible Passenger Front View

You can view it in person at the Select Luxury Cars dealership at 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta, GA 30060. Call 678.622.5587 and our sales team will help you with any questions or if you’re ready to buy an Aston Martin DB9 Volante.

We can arrange for delivery worldwide – except, of course, countries with which the U.S. has a trade embargo.

Select Luxury Cars is a dealership specializing in preowned luxury vehicles, used sports cars, exotics, and sports utility vehicles.

2011 Audi A8- Google Maps Navigation

The 2011 A8 features a ton of groundbreaking technologies, but one of my favorite is the introduction of Google Maps right on the navigation screen. You can view Google Earth, the weather, sports scores, and even stocks all from the comfort of your Audi. Expect to see this in the 2011 A8 once it goes on sale this Summer.

If you have any questions about what any of these features do, or have a purchase interest, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment! Select Luxury is here for YOU! Please let us know how we can better serve you, or if you have any suggestions for future posts. Select Luxury highly recommends you keep focused on the road, and use the features described in this post while parked.