Day: October 12, 2021

Beware of Autumn Leaves, Your Car’s Silent and Potentially Costly Enemy

Shifting seasons means that damage may be coming to your car’s paint job, and not just from the usual suspects like road salt and bright sunshine. As the trees shed their autumn colors, leaves may damage your car’s exterior.

Leaves find their way into vehicles’ hard-to-reach spots —getting caught under wipers, clogging air intakes and drain holes, and jamming up the sunroof. Wet leaves also contain tree sap, which is acidic and can damage the finish on a car’s paint so it’s best to avoid parking under trees —especially if you’re not driving much.

“Anything that’s on your paint, you should clean it off right away and sometimes that’s not possible if you live if you drive multiple cars and one is parked all the time,” said Rob Harper, the director of operations for Ziebart International, an automotive aftermarket company that specializes in refreshing exteriors.

“More often than not,

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Guess who’s the biggest investor in self-driving tech? It rhymes with Bambung

Every year, more and more money is being poured into driverless car tech, with car makers and other huge corporations betting that this’ll be the next big “thing” in the automotive industry.

A new study by Leasing Options, a British car rental firm, reveals which companies have been making the largest investments from 2014 up until now. And, yeah, we’re talking about a lot of money.

In the following graph we can observe the various annual investments per corporation:

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The total investment in driverless tech has reached a whopping $44 billion. Credit: Leasing Options

Samsung in the lead

Although car manufacturers have made multiple billion dollar investments since 2018, they still haven’t spent as much as tech giant Samsung.

In late 2017, the South Korean company acquired Harman, a US car infotainment and audio company, to develop connected-car technology. To seal the deal, Samsung paid some $8 billion, making it

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