Does the X-Men Inspired Kia Sportage Have Superpowers, too?

Does the X-Men Inspired Kia Sportage Have Superpowers, too?

I’m a huge X-Men fan! And I am pumped up for the latest X-Men movie Apocalypse. So if you’re an X-Men fan and a Kia owner and fan, having an X-Men inspired Kia Sportage aka as KiaXCar sounds really badass!

Kia created the Kia X-Car in partnership with the X-Men franchise, especially for the movie Apocalypse. It is specifically created based on the character of Mystique. It was unveiled at the start of the 2016 Australian Open.

Check out this sleek and wicked video commercial for the Kia X-Car. It also features cool footage and clips from the movie.

I’m writing this post on the first day of May, eagerly anticipating the movie’s release.

Here are some cool tidbits from the official website of the Kia X-Car:

Ahead of the X-Men: Apocalypse’s global release in cinemas in May 2016, the brand will take the covers off the new car in Melbourne, Australia before the start of the the Australian Open 2016 in January and will display the show car to the public at Melbourne Park throughout the tournament (January 18-31) before making appearances at various international motor shows and fan events in the run up to the film’s premiere in May 2016.

The Sportage-based Kia X-Car is the company’s second show car project in collaboration with Fox, following the Wolverine-inspired Sorento that was shown at the Australian Open 2015 earlier this year. The all-new Kia Sportage production model was revealed earlier this year, building on the global success of the best-selling outgoing model with an attractive, all-new exterior design, a host of advanced new technologies and enhanced quality. The all-new Kia Sportage will go on sale in overseas markets in early 2016.

To find out more about the unique 2nd generation Kia X-Car, visit Kia Motors’ microsite at https://www.allaboutsportage.com/

Kia X-Car front

Kia X-Car

 

Nissan Recalls 3.5 Million Cars Due to Airbag Problems

Nissan Recalls 3.5 Million Cars Due to Airbag Problems

If you own a Nissan, you should know that the car manufacturer recently issued a recall for models built between 2013-2016. Defective airbags is cited as the reason for this recall.

Based on a report posted by Nissan at the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), front-passenger airbags might not work in case of a crash.

That’s a serious problem.

Back in 2014, close to a million vehicles were recalled due to problems in detecting whether the passenger seat is empty or not. The auto manufacturer, according to spokesman Steve Yaeger, already knows of “at least three crashes” that resulted in moderate injuries because the airbags did not deploy correctly.

This newest recall includes about 622,000 Nissan Sentra models 2013-2016; Nissan Altima 2013-2016; Nissan Rogue 2014-2017; Nissan Maxima 2016-2017; Nissan Murano 2015-2016; Nissan Pathfinder 2013-2017; Nissan Leaf 2013-2016; and Infiniti Q50 and QX60 2014-2016.

This is just a continuation of an investigation opened by the NHTSA back in August 2015 to determine if Nissan has addressed the problem raised by 124 complaints.

If you want to check if you vehicle is included in the recall, please head over to this link: http://www.nissanusa.com/recalls-vin/

Younger Drivers More Open to Self-Driving Cars

Younger Drivers More Open to Self-Driving Cars

Artificial Intelligence is all the rage these days–especially because a lot of tasks are now being automated. Google has recently launched its self-driving cars, and other companies have followed suit.

Self-driving car technology will keep improving, that’s for sure.

But will consumers and drivers actually buy these self-driving cars when they arrive? Would drivers still be called ‘drivers’ when all you’d do is sit and let your car take you to your destination?

image credit: Ed and Eddie
image credit: Ed and Eddie

A recent study, conducted by JD Power, found that trust in self-driving cars is very much dependent on age–young people are more open to self-driving cars:

More than half of Gen Y (56%) and Gen Z (55%) vehicle owners say they trust self-driving technology, compared with 41% of Gen X, 23% of Baby Boomers and 18% of Pre-Boomers. Further, only 27% of Gen X, 18% of Gen Y and 11% of Gen Z  consumers say they “definitely would not” trust the technology, while 39% of Baby Boomers and 40% of Pre-Boomers say the same.
Gen Y and Gen Z vehicle owners are twice as likely as Gen X and five times as likely as Boomers and Pre-Boomers to show interest in certain alternative mobility types, such as mobility sharing/co-ownership, journey-based ownership and mobility on demand. Furthermore, the study finds that 59% of Gen Y vehicle owners say they are “definitely” or “probably” interested in fully automated vehicles and 32% of them would pay $3,000 or more for the technology. Among the four alternative mobility types, interest levels are highest among all generations for unmanned mobility.

This isn’t really surprising since most new technologies are embraced by young people while a lot of older folks tend to adapt to new technologies once it has become mainstream.

There are several questions worth raising, though.

One is the cost and availability of getting these self-driving cars. In the future, would these be expensive or affordable? Young people from a lot of cities also tend to be comfortable not owning a car, as long as they can move around through a good public transportation system, or by using apps like Uber and Lyft.

When these cars go mainstream, would there be a business model like Uber and Lyft, which will enable people to ride these kinds of cars without really owning them?

Secondly, how will manufacturers address issues of hacking, privacy, and inter-connectivity? As cars become connected to the Internet, reports of hacking are also on the rise. If a car is connected to your mobile phone and online accounts and it gets hacked, then it’s not just your identity that’s at risk but your physical safety, as well.

If you’re wondering how it feels like to ride a self-driving car, check out the video below:

When self-driving cars start rolling into the market, will you ride one?