Is Way too A great deal Onboard Auto Tech Building Cars and trucks Unsafe? Safety Specialists Feel So


We’ve all done it. Been momentarily distracted searching at our phone, or our car’s radio or navigation method when we should really have been wanting at the road forward, only to glance up just in time to stay clear of a pothole, a further vehicle, a doggy or even worse.

Maybe some of you have not regained focus in time, and when that would in the long run be your fault, it’s good to say that automakers aren’t precisely helping. On the opposite, security experts say, the vehicle marketplace is facilitating our distraction by cramming more and more additional elaborate tech in our cars that overloads our brains with data and amusement choices specifically when we must be concentrating on trying to keep ourselves, and other highway users, from harm.

“This is a main and an escalating challenge,” Ian Jack, head of public affairs at the Canadian Auto Association, which is preparing to launch a marketing campaign warning folks about distracted driving, informed The Canadian Press. “It’s getting to be ever more tough for people to deal with these factors inside their auto.”

Unbiased assessments have shown that even actions like consuming and talking to a passenger can distract drivers plenty of to impair their potential to recognize and respond to dangerous cases. But the CAA is specially concerned about the implications of fitting vehicles with progressively advanced infotainment devices, a circumstance that came to a head in December 2021 when Tesla agreed to avert motorists and travellers from participating in video online games on the dashboards of its autos only soon after the Countrywide Highway Visitors Safety Administration (NHTSA) experienced opened a formal investigation into the element.

Linked: Tesla Disables Gaming Whilst Driving Just after Federal Probe

Infotainment’s 20-Calendar year Transformation

Think about how we interact with the cars of nowadays compared to the cars and trucks of 20 years ago. My driveway is presently dwelling to a scruffy 2004 Honda CR-V I use for lugging my doggy close to, and a 2021 Ford Kuga/Escape PHEV that handles almost everything else. The Honda has no touchscreen or navigation program, just a one-DIN CD participant. The air conditioning is handbook and is composed of a few rotary dials that I can modify with no even needing to get my eyes off the road.

In contrast to quite a few fashionable autos, the Kuga also has rotary dials and buttons (which are also tiny and mounted as well very low down) for its weather handle method, relatively than hiding them within a touchscreen. But a lot of of the Ford’s attributes and its a lot of menus are situated inside of the touchscreen, as they are with pretty much anything crafted in the previous number of several years.

A review by the College of Utah and the AAA Basis for Targeted traffic Security identified that operating the infotainment systems in fashionable autos put these types of a need on the driver that some tasks could just take extra than 48

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U.S. Green Building Council Designates LEED Gold Award For SFCC’s Automotive Technologies Center

SFCC Automotive Technologies Center exterior. Courtesy/Enterprise Builders

SFCC Automotive Technologies Center vehicle lifts. Courtesy/Enterprise Builders

SFCC News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) announces that the U.S. Green Building Council has certified the college’s Automotive Technologies Center at the Gold Level under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for New Construction rating system. The building earned 66 documented and approved points.

“SFCC is proud to have achieved LEED Gold for the Automotive Technology Center,” SFCC President Dr.  Becky Rowley said. “Our students, faculty and staff have an amazing building with state-of-the-art technology classrooms and labs that will prepare our students for well-paid professional opportunities in automotive technologies. The Center furthers the college’s commitment to sustainability and energy conservation.”

SFCC’s ATC supports students with the latest in computerized diagnostic equipment and electric vehicle maintenance capabilities. The 17,500 square foot building is equipped with classrooms and spaces that emulate the automotive customer service experience of an auto dealership including parts management, inventory control, quick repairs, and beginning to end of work ticketing system.

Educational spaces include a large shop space with lifts, three specialized labs: chassis/suspension, electric and EV/hybrid engine/power train, a computer/trainer classroom, offices, and support spaces.

The Flex Lab, located off the main entry plaza, doubles as a car showroom for events and is designed to be shared with other SFCC programs. The entry/corridor features a gallery sponsored by the Santa Fe Concorso that houses automotive photographs and memorabilia. Outside, there are four Electrical Vehicle Charging stations, an entry plaza, picnic tables, visitor parking, and fenced storage for program cars. The center replaces the previous 2,000 square foot leased garage space that was quite a distance from the main campus.

Director of Automotive Technologies Julia Furry said, “We’re thrilled that our new building has achieved the LEED Gold designation. It’s fitting that the ATC will be training students to repair and maintain EV/hybrid vehicles in this space. Also, anyone can use the Chargepoint EV charging stations in front of the building (which can be found by drivers using the mobile app available at https://www.chargepoint.com/drivers/mobile/). Our students are loving taking classes in this new, spectacular, high-tech space.”

The building was not only designed to meet LEED Gold certification standards, but also to meet ASE (Automotive Service Excellence requirements). 

There is a shortage of trained automotive technicians in Santa Fe and surrounding areas. The ATC responds to this industry need. The Automotive Technologies Program is designed to provide students with entry-level employment as automotive technicians. By the time students complete the program, they will earn an A.A.S in Automotive Technologies along with earning certificates in seven competency areas: Automotive Engine Repair, Auto Maintenance and Light Truck Repair, Automatic Transmission Transaxle, Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning, Brakes, Manual Transmission and Drive Train, and Steering and Suspension. SFCC offers a range of classes that prepare students to work on today’s advanced vehicle systems. The program provides students with the background and knowledge to earn Automotive Service Excellence certifications. 

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