Commercial Truck Trader wrote a very interesting article about Self-Driving vehicles. It breaks down the different levels of these types of cars.
In 2013, the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defined five different levels of autonomous driving. In October 2016, the NHTSA updated their policy to reflect that they have officially adopted the levels of autonomy outlined in the SAE International's J3016 document (you can download the full, 30-page document for free here) .
Level 0: This is a vehicle with zero automation. The driver makes all of the decisions and causes all movements. There might be bells and whistles, like back-up or lane departure alerts, but you must still make the vehicle change directions or stop.
Level 1: This level is a regular vehicle that has one specific item of automation, like cruise control or steering, is active on the car. Most late-model vehicles are at this level.
Level 2: Level 2 vehicles are the first step in what many would actually consider self-driving. The driver is able to disengage by not holding the steering wheel and not pressing the foot pedal at the same time while the vehicle continues to move and stay centered in the lane.
Level 3: Car manufacturers are working to make vehicles that are at level 3 and 4. At this level, a human is needed for unusual situations, but the vehicle handles most of the driving because it is aware of traffic and environmental conditions. From a similar article by Tech Republic, Jim McBride, autonomous vehicles expert at Ford, said this is "the biggest demarcation is between Levels 3 and 4." He's focused on getting Ford straight to Level 4, since Level 3, which involves transferring control from car to human, can often pose difficulties. "We're not going to ask the driver to instantaneously intervene—that's not a fair proposition," McBride said.""
Level 4: This level is considered to be fully autonomous. Level 4 vehicles are "designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip." However, it's important to note that this is limited to the "operational design domain (ODD)" of the vehicle—meaning it does not cover every driving scenario.
Level 5: At this level, the vehicle does not need a steering wheel or gas pedals. It is considered to be a driverless car. Not even in the Jetsons did they have these vehicles, but Google is working on it. Learn about Waymo here.
This nice couple drove down from Chicago specifically for a Krown treatment! We provided a lift to and from Seamus McDaniel's so they could have quite possibly "the best burger ever" while they waited. Here's what they sent us via email a few days later....
"Laura and I made it safely back to Chicago and wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their kindness and wonderful service at Krown St. Louis. I also wanted to give Jamison special credit for his thorough Krown application. My mechanic and good friend was under the vehicle to do an oil change and he grilled intently about who did the service. To have Krown St. Louis impress him with the completeness of coverage says volumes.
Thank you all again!
PS A special thanks to Nicole for her excellent lunch taxi cab service."
Randy from the London South Krown location was on for Newstalk 1290's 'Ask the Experts' segment, and he certainly proved himself worthy of the title of Expert!
Take a listen and learn all the ways Krown can help you with rustproofing and car care..
Ever wanted to see the Krown rust protection process? Ever wonder what salt trucks, de-icing solutions, and the winter weather do to your vehicle? Find the answers to those questions by watching our new video on Tom's Hnatiw's TV show "HardDrive".
We received a great email testimonial from a new Krown customer back in August 2016. He brought in his brand new 2016 Toyota Tacoma to have rust-proofed. Not only did he send us a wonderful thank you email, but he also posted his thoughts on an online Tacoma forum! Here's what he had to say:
"Just wanted to let you know that I had a great experience at your shop yesterday. I had the white 2016 Tacoma in for the Krown rust proofing treatment. I was able to watch Michael apply the the treatment to my truck and I feel that he did a first rate job. Great guy.
Thanks for letting me watch the process and take a few pics. I knew I was in good hands when I saw the sign in the lobby, LOL. Hopefully I will be able to send some business your way from my circle of friends.
Here's a thread I started on Tacoma World:
As we get heads up of car shows around town, we'll post the details here. Let us know if you know of any as well! The first one we found is this weekend. See the info below:
Come to Texas Roadhouse in Kirkwood for the 4th annual Spring Car Show on
Sunday, May 21 from 10:30am - 3:30pm!
1220 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122
Giveaways, classic rock from DJ Don, and 50/50 tickets will be available. All car makes and years are welcome, and all who enter will receive a FREE* appetizer! And still no entry fee.
Winners will be announced at 3:30pm and you must be present to win. In event of rain, the show will move to Sunday, May 28.
When people think of rust proofing, cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs often come to mind. Trailers are often overlooked when it’s time to rust proof your vehicle. Depending on what you use your trailer for, you may not even think that it needs rust proofing and you would rather save money by leaving it be. Here are some things to consider when it comes to rust-proofing your trailer.
Rust and Your Trailer
Trailers are just like vehicles: they have metal parts that are just are susceptible to corrosion and trailers can rust just as quickly as a car if it is left unprotected. Even if your trailers doesn’t get used often, it is still exposed to moisture and other elements that can cause and accelerate corrosion and you may find your trailer full of rust when you really need to use it.
Trailers can often be overlooked for maintenance, so the dangers of rust spreading can be higher than on your vehicle. You may not even notice a rust problem at first glance, which is why thoroughly inspecting your trailer is important, no matter how much or little it is used.
Prevention vs Repairs
Perhaps your budget is limited and you don’t want to spend extra money rust proofing a trailer that you use once in a while. However, Driving.ca points out that preventing the rust problem in the first place will be cheaper than repairing the damage after rust has settled in. Even a minor rust problem can cost you hundreds of dollars and if it spreads, the repair costs could be so high it may be cheaper just to replace the trailer.
Every spot of your trailer is vulnerable, including the frame and suspension system, so protecting these areas is important if you want to have a usable trailer for when you need it. It is especially true if you use your trailer often for work purposes.
How You Can Protect Your Trailer
While there are many rust proofing methods you can use to help protect your trailer from rust damage, drip oil rust proofing has been proven to be extremely effective at preventing corrosion. Krown uses the drip oil method, and the oil-based product is a non-toxic mix that is environmentally friendly and offers maximum protection to your trailer.
So when you are ready to rust proof your vehicle, don’t forget to bring your trailer along for the ride as well. The dangers of rust damage apply to your trailer just as much as your vehicle, so contact Krown for more information today!
We all want our vehicles to be rust-free. Rust can lead to expensive repair bills and can even cause you to buy a new car.
Purchasing rust-proofing for your car is a good way to keep your car living long and strong, but there are other steps you can take to help protect your vehicle from corrosion. Here are a few tips on how you can help keep your car rust-free.
1. Car Care
Washing your car or even just taking it to a local car wash can be often overlooked due to your busy schedule. Dirt, mud and corrosive elements can build up on the body and under body of your car, which can lead to rust forming.
Winter months can be especially hard on your vehicle. The weather may be extremely cold and washing your car may be the last thing on your mind, but keeping your car clean during the winter is extremely important. Many cities and towns use salt to keep the roads safe, and the salt can build up on the body and especially underneath your vehicle.
Salt accelerates the formation of rust and can cause bad corrosion problems if left alone. It is a good idea to wash your car every two weeks or once a week if the roads have been salted. Waxing your car can also help prevent any damage from corrosion as well.
2. Be Aware of Your Cars Surroundings
What type of environment do you park your car in? Parking in puddles, dirt or other moist areas can allow moisture to build up in your vehicles undercarriage, which raises the risk of rust forming. Also, if you leave your vehicle exposed to the elements on your driveway, you run the same risk, especially during the wet season.
If you have a dirt driveway, you may want to think about investing in laying some concrete down to avoid expensive repair bills that could be headed your way. And purchasing a car shelter if you don’t have an attached or detached garage at your home, that way your vehicle will be protected from the elements.
3. Your Gas Tank
Many people only pay attention to how much gas is in their gas tank just so they know when they need to fuel up again to get to where they need to go, but how much fuel you keep in your tank can have an influence over corrosion.
Driving.ca has a great article where one of the things they talk about is how the temperature difference between liquid fuel and the outside can increase the amount of condensation build-up. By keeping your fuel tank topped off, you can decrease the amount of condensation, which will help decrease the chances of rust forming around your fuel tanks.
If you are interested in how you can prevent corrosion in your vehicle, contact Krown today for more information on what you can do to help!
What are Your Best Rustproofing Options?One of the best ways to maintain your car’s appearance is with Krown’s rust control products. Our technicians apply a thorough rustproofing procedure to your vehicle, which provides your car with a higher resale value, decreased repair costs, a longer vehicle life and a safer, better looking vehicle.
This May, protect your investment properly. Learn more about the Krown process, or click the following link to learn about rust control.
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There are 3 main stages of rust on vehicles: Surface Rust, Scale, and Penetration, but first let's discuss exactly how rust is made. Iron oxide is the technical term for rust, and it is formed when oxygen in the air reacts with the iron. Since vehicles are not typically built out of pure iron due to the inflexibility, tensile strength, and challenges with shaping it, materials such as carbon are added, causing the rust process to accelerate at the molecular level.
Surface Rust: Paint nicks, cracks, and scratches are the first signs of rust.
Scale Rust: At this step, the metal strength of the vehicle is reduced. Dirt, grime, and salt that sticks to (or is trapped in) your vehicle begins to speed up the chemical reaction that causes rust because they act as electrolytes when dissolved in the water.
Penetrating Rust: Holes in the steel are apparent at this stage.
While many cars are built with coatings and/or are dipped in anti-corrosion agents during the painting process, according to Popular Mechanics, "the road-facing side of the car is basically a sand-blasting cabinet at highway speeds, and those dips and coatings wear off over time."
The Popular Mechanics article continues on to include ways to remove or reduce rust at each of the stages mentioned above. To read more about it, click here.