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Automotive Facts for February 2020

So much news – so little time to absorb it all. Sometimes it is nice to have the more interesting pieces of news delivered to us all at the same time. Below are some recent news items related to the automotive world that you may have missed:

  1. Vermont lawmakers are busy debating on whether to allow drivers to have emojis on their license plates. While not signed into law, that bill could put smiley faces and other yet-to-be-determined emojis at the end of the random numerical sequence currently on license plates. Of course, Vermont will be charging drivers an emoji fee for such desires.
  2. Tire and wheel theft may about to be a thing of the past if Ford moves forward with a recently developed 3D-printed locking wheel nut. The nut uses a unique biometric signature of the driver’s voice. Ford worked with an industrial 3D printing company, EOS, to create the nuts, which feature unique contours based on the driver’s voice, similar to how other systems use fingerprint or eye scans.
  3. In eastern Russia, ice fishing is a major weekend activity. The fishermen who parked on Voevoda Bay, not far from Vladivostok, did not count on the ice being too thin when they parked their cars just offshore in a neat row. Evidently, 37 vehicles in a condensed area proved too much for the ice. Once the ice began to crack, rows of parked cars fell neatly into the bay. As of January 5, emergency workers had retrieved 27 of the vehicles.
  4. Toyota recalls a whopping 2.9 million newer vehicles for airbag and seat belt defects. Signals from crash sensors might not be read which could result in incomplete deployment of airbags and seat belt pretensioners.
  5. Super Bowl ads featuring cars took center stage with Genesis featuring celebrity power couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend promoting the new GV80 crossover SUB. Other ads featured Hyundai’s “Smaht Pahk” with David Ortiz, John Krasinski, Chris Evans and Ratchel Dratch. Kia pulled at our heartstrings with their ad and Porsche put out a Mission Impossible type ad complete with screeching tires and fast car chases.

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