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Friday, October 26, 2012

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Vehicle/aircraft hybrid is poised to reach new heights It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a flying car! Move over hot rods and luxury sport utility vehicles. The new must-have auto may soon be the one that can take flight. At the end of the film “Back to the Future,” Doc returns to Marty’s home to warn him that something happens to Marty’s kids in the future. They enter the suped-up Delorean, and Marty says, “Doc, you better back up. We don’t have enough road to get up to 88.” Doc replies, “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need any roads.” The car then hovers off the ground and blasts into the sky. People have long dreamed about a car that can transition into flight. It may cut down on commuting times or alleviate traffic jams. And let’s face it, a flying car might be pretty fun to operate. Now those dreams are getting closer to reality. The production prototype of the Transition(R) Street-Legal Airplane completed its successful first flight at Plattsburgh International Airport in Plattsburgh, NY on March 23, 2012. The same vehicle has also successfully conducted initial drive and conversion testing, demonstrating the Transition’s capability to provide unmatched freedom, flexibility and fun in personal aviation. Developed by Terrafugia, Inc., a growing aerospace company founded by pilots

and engineers from MIT and supported by a world-class network of advisors and private investors, the Transition is a two-seat personal aircraft capable of driving on roads and highways, parking in a single car garage, and flying with unleaded automotive fuel. The prototype was unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April 2012. At a price tag of $279,000, it’s unlikely the skies will be crowded with them anytime soon, but the arrival of a car/plane hybrid shows promise for future travel. “The successful first flight of this Production Prototype Transition(R) marks a critical move toward initial production and first delivery,” said Terrafugia COO Anna Mracek Dietrich. The company will continue its testing program in preparation for first delivery, which includes meeting stringent automotive crash tests to meet federal standards. The aircraft is expected to be sold within the next year. The Transition’s first flight reached an altitude of 1,400 feet above the ground and lasted eight minutes while staying in the vicinity of Plattsburgh International Airport. Six phases of flight testing are planned to continue development and demonstrate compliance to the Light Sport Aircraft standards. The government has already allowed the use of special tires and glass on the craft that are lighter than normal automotive tires to make it easier for the vehicle to fly. It can travel 70 miles per hour on the road and 115 in the air. Terrafugia says an owner would need to pass a test and complete 20 hours of flying time to be able to fly the Transition. Taking to the skies in personal aircraft could revolutionize how people travel. More information is available at www.terrafugia.com.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

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If asked to describe a typical car accident, many people would instantly think of nighttime. But statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that less traffic accidents occur at nighttime than daytime, when there are more vehicles on the road and more pedestrians walking around. Such statistics highlight the emphasis drivers must place on ensuring their vehicle is as safe during the daytime as it is at night. One of the most effective and easiest ways to make a vehicle safer during the day is to install daytime running lights, or DRLs, on your vehicle. Studies have shown that DRLs can reduce multiple-vehicle daytime crashes by as much as 11 percent. Such lights are essentially headlights that are lit whenever a vehicle is running, and they have proven especially effective at preventing daytime head-on and front-corner collisions by making it easier for motorists to see a vehicle, particularly as it approaches from far away. Many countries, including Canada and parts of Europe, now require vehicles to operate with lights on during the daytime. As more and more motorists recognize the value of DRLs, the technology associated with daytime running lights continues to address previous deficiencies. Whereas most daytime running lights are still based off the car’s headlamps, ultimately causing the lamps to wear out too soon, Philips LEDDaylight DRLs are based on high-powered LUXEON(R) Rebel LEDs, which project a powerful, bright white light and boast a wider beam than the average LEDDRL, making a vehicle more visible to fellow motorists as well as pedestrians. In addition, the Daylight DRLs allow drivers to switch from using their standard headlights to an LEDlight source during the daytime, extending the life of the headlights while drawing less

power from the vehicle. Auto enthusiasts have even noted the aesthetic appeal of the DayLight DRLs, which can be easily installed to instantly provide a stylish look that was once exclusive to expensive, highend luxury vehicles. In addition to installing daytime running lights, drivers can take additional steps to improve their visibility during the daytime hours. • Inspect signal lamps. Check all turn and stop lamps to make sure the bulbs are working and the lamps are not cracked. • Routinely inspect and replace worn out wiper blades. Wiper blades need to be changed every season or on 3 month intervals. The rubber blade gets brittle and does not work well, robbing drivers of needed visibility when it rains or snows. • Top off windshield washer fluid. Make topping off your windshield washer fluid part of your routine vehicle maintenance so you know you will have it when you need to clean the windshield. • Clean interior glass and mirrors. Clean the vehicle’s interior glass to remove any film buildup that can reduce vision and create a hazy reflection from the sun. For smokers that film can be even thicker. • Check your mirrors. Keep rearview and side mirrors clean and adjust them properly so you can see all of the views around the back of your car, especially the blind spots along both sides of the vehicle. This will help you to change lanes and make turns with more confidence and less stress. • Avoid decorative interior accessories. Don’t hang trinkets, fuzzy dice and other items from the rearview mirror, as these can become a distraction and possibly prevent you from seeing fellow motorists. More information from Philips is available at www.daylight-led.com.

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