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Autos archive for Sept. 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2014

Self-driving features go mainstream

We all know that machines can be assembled and electronically programmed to exceed certain human capabilities. A couple of those capabilities are surveillance and reaction time — two skills used over and over while driving. That reality creates the main impetus for research and development…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 27, 2014

Now, a 2012 makeover finds the Pathfinder back in the crossover fold, where it has established itself as a fuel-efficient, seven-passenger people-hauler. (Nissan)

Nissan Pathfinder: Efficient people-hauler

In its first four iterations, Nissan’s Pathfinder has changed identities more often than most people change their minds. The Pathfinder began life in 1985 as an old-school, truck-based, body-on-frame SUV. In 1995, it morphed into a car-based crossover, a “soft-ute” better suited to the daily…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014

Controlling others invites havoc

Trying to control the actions of other drivers is generally ill-advised. It’s especially wrong when the perceived correction or “enforcement” is based on faulty knowledge. Last year, I witnessed a driver who made the effort to move into the about-to-be-closed right-hand lane of a construction…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014

The science of window tint

A recent column about vehicle equipment standards prompted a message form reader R.C., who commented, “I am sure I could find the state code site (for Idaho, since I’m in Idaho) but an article covering the subject might be appropriate since it’s quite involved. I…

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Jeannie and Jay Froehlich say they're not retiring. They're escaping. (Don Adair / Don Adair)

North Idaho couple sells it all, hits the road

In October, Coeur d’Alene residents Jay and Jeanie Froehlich will put it all behind them and hit the road. The Froelichs, both in their early 50s, say they’re not retiring. They’re escaping. Their escape vehicle: A 20-foot, 2015 Lance four-seasons travel trailer. “It’s exciting, to…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 8, 2014

V2V network needs funder

A long-proposed V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) communications network needs someone to “take the reigns” for funding, building and running the proposed technology. A consortium of automakers, corporations and government agencies have envisioned and pondered the “Internet of cars” over the last several years. As currently conceived, new…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

Vehicle equipment matters

On any given outing, your vehicle may run, its tires have air and be keeping up with the flow of traffic. But that doesn’t qualify your ride of being in accordance with a slew of state requirements. Non-compliance with equipment standards can render your ride…

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