The American edition Consumer Reports has published the names of six models which annoy the American motorists the most. The hate-list includes three SUVs and three small cars.
To make the rating of passenger cars, the analysts of Consumer Reports have learned the feedback about 350000 cars, bought in 2012-2014. The main criteria were safety, design, conformity with the expectations on the fuel consumption, trunk capacity, car dynamics, maintenance, etc. The research included more than 280 models.
Most of the respondents were pleased with their choice (70%, but the owners of six models have made such a great mistake, that they swore they would never buy the car from the “hated list”.
The least favorite compact cars:
- Nissan Versa
- Kia Rio
- Nissan Sentra
- Jeep Compass
- Nissan Pathfinder
- Hyundai Tucson
Safety is one of the most important requirements for a car. The safety of particular vehicle can determine both the safety of life of the driver, passengers and pedestrians and the general road safety.
The modern system of car safety includes active and passive parts. The active part helps to prevent a risk of accident, while the passive one allows reducing the severity of effects of traffic accidents and preserve the passengers’ healthy and life.
The passive safety depends on the specific features of car construction: the structure of bumper, the level of stringency of cabin, the level of damage safety of saloon materials, the presence of active headrests, seat belts and airbags. The work of each element of passive safety system separately is inefficient; they are interconnected and complement each other (for example, the airbags are used only together with the seat belts.
Robot on the Ford line— man’s assistant or competitor?
The car company Ford was one of the first to introduce so-called “co-bots” (robots working side by side with the people) at its plants. Co-bots imitate the man’s hand movements and help to carry out the most complex operations requiring both great strength and skill.
Co-bot can be configured to do the widest possible range of tasks: learning to use a coffee machine, driving for beer, clink mugs and even make a head massage. Now that the co-bots are in test mode, the workers of Cologne plant are trying to adjust them to everything possible. According to their feedbacks, the management of the company will make a decision about the further integration of robot helpers into production.
The main thing is that the workers not overdo it and end up on the street, if it comes out that co-bots can replace all of them. But so far, Ford PR-service emphasizes that -bots are intended to help people, and not to replace them.