Ford’s New 125 HP 3-Cylinder 1.0 EcoBoost

Ford 3 Cylinder EcoBoost 1.0 Liter EngineFord Motor Company has released an impressive three cylinder engine that packs a punch. The 1.0 liter alternative to 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter engines packs a punch and doesn’t take the fun out of driving. Not to mention it will save you a great sum of gas money.

While not classified as a hybrid vehicle, the turbocharged engine delivers fuel economy of 49 MPG with low CO2 emissions around 114g/km. The engine also offers 125 HP and 125 lb-ft of torque, not losing any power from the 1.6 liter option. Ford has featured their new green solution in the UK’s new Focus and it’s also expected to arrive in the US’s Fiesta.

It’s a risky decision in the U.S., where car size and power are important to consumers. This is also Ford’s first attempt to market a 3 cylinder engine in the company’s history. However, rising gas prices and lack of affordable electric cars will most likely drive heavy sales of gas sipping new vehicles.

Passive vs. Active GPS Tracking: What’s the difference?

Active Passive GPS Tracking DifferenceVarious forms of GPS vehicle tracking devices exist and are typically classified as “passive” or “active”, so what’s the difference?

“Passive” GPS tracking devices store information such as GPS location, vehicle speed, and can trigger events such as start/stop or ignition on/off. When a vehicle returns to a predetermined location, the tracking device’s information is wirelessly sent to a host computer. Typical passive systems will automatically send data wirelessly, however these devices are not capable of real-time tracking.

“Active” GPS tracking devices generally collect the same information, but are enabled to work with cellular or satellite networks. Using these wireless networks, they’re able to transmit data to a computer or data center for further evaluation. Additionally, these systems are commonly web-based so tracking data can be accessed from any capable device with an internet connection.

Many modern GPS tracking systems combine active and passive tracking capabilities so that when a cellular network is available, the device will connect to it and transmit data to a server. When a network is not available, the device will store data using internal memory and will store this information until it can be downloaded using a WIFI network (must be in range, usually when parked) or when a cellular network is available. To reduce costs, systems are usually set to transmit data at certain time intervals such as 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes.

Vehicle Cameras Preventing Taxi Cab Theft

Vehicle Camera Prevent the Risk of Taxi Cab Theft RobberiesTransporting random people throughout large cities, both day and night, can be a very dangerous job. The risk factor is especially increased when each day’s income is on hand. Criminals generally see taxi drivers as easy targets, and robberies are far from uncommon. Unfortunately, the same holds true for violent crimes and homicides.

So what can taxi drivers do to protect themselves?

The immediate impact of seeing a vehicle camera, mounted in clear site, is proven to be enough to deter most robberies. When a potential criminal knows his/her actions will be caught on tape, they’re very likely to think twice and choose an easier target. Also, vehicle cameras help discourage passenger misbehavior and rowdiness, especially during the night.

Additionally, Taxi-Library.org has prepared a safety list based on solid evidence that can help protect taxi driver’s well-being, both physically and financially. The list highly recommends surveillance vehicle cameras, as well as radios, safety training, and encouraged use of debit/credit card transactions.