Chevrolet Gets Ready for SEMA 2014

Two new trucks head to the country's biggest aftermarket party.

One of the biggest automotive events of the year is the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. SEMA, which stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association, is basically one massive auto show devoted to aftermarket parts. Whether it's wheels, superchargers, or entire body kits, SEMA covers every angle of the aftermarket. But it's not just important for those aftermarket companies; automakers, too, have a horse in the race, and Chevrolet is ready to jump out of the gates with its SEMA contributions.

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Wicked Tech: Honda's "Virtual Towing" Safety Feature

Semi-autonomous driving features are all the rage right now.

At last week's Intelligent Transportation Society World Congress in Detroit, automakers were previewing autonomous driving technology systems currently underway. The buzz word was vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology, using which cars on the road are able to "talk" with each other to prevent accidents and make the road a safer place.

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Wicked Tech: Protect Your Tires with Bluetooth

Monitor your vehicle's individual tire pressure 24/7.

Before tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) were installed, flat tires or blowouts accounted for 78,392 car crashes annually, according to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA). Cars are now required to have TPMS installed but there are many cars on the road manufactured before this regulation. With FOBO Tire you can monitor each tire's pressure, individually, 24/7.

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Autospeak Explained: Body-on-Frame

Simplifying car jargon and techspeak for ordinary people.

Body-on-frame is the simplest - and unsurprisingly the first - method of automobile construction. Placing a pre-made body onto a rigid frame, onto which the drivetrain is mounted, is bare-bones stuff, not dissimilar to how home-made go-karts are constructed.

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Charging Batteries with Salt Water: Wait, What?

No, that doesn't mean you can drive it in the ocean.

Would you believe us if we told you that there is currently an electric car that doesn't need to be charged, but instead filled with salt water? We don't blame you for your skepticism; in fact, we were a bit skeptical, too, when we first heard of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine. However, the systems behind this potentially revolutionary (and poorly named) car are very real, so we're going to tell you how it works, and why it might still be hokum.

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Early Buyers Beware: Network Effects May Kill Hydrogen Cars

California may not be enough to jump-start a hydrogen revolution.

Anyone who ever took an economics class will probably remember the term "network externality", also referred to as a "network effect". The concept is simple: a network effect is present whenever the value of a product is directly dependent upon the people using it.

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