Types of Cars and Their Best Summer Destination

School is out, and summer is in full-swing! Would any summer be complete without one or two of the traditional road trips? Certainly not! To inspire drivers across the nation to hit the open road, below is a list of summer destinations with recommendations on vehicle pairings.

If you’re headed to Route 66, Arizona: Consider a Convertible
With the ability to put the top down and enjoy a 360-degree view, it is only logical that the summer destination for a convertible is Route 66. Known for its scenic views and historical significance, Route 66 gives convertible drivers a diverse trip as they travel through multiple states; spanning across Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri, and Illinois. Besides the breathtaking desert views, drivers can pull over at multiple, quirky roadside attractions. These roadside attractions range from caverns to diners to animal structures; allowing there never to be a dull moment!

If you’re visiting Daytona Beach, Florida: Try a Sports Car
The sports car is large, a ton of horsepower, and has just enough space to pack up all the beach supplies ever needed; making Daytona Beach the perfect summer destination! Home of NASCAR Headquarters, Daytona Beach is every sports car driver or racing enthusiast dream. When a sports car driver is not possibly speeding down the racetrack in a ride-along session at NASCAR, they can take a stylish ride down the 23 miles of compact sand offered by the beach.

For a summer in Shiloh Ridge, Texas: Opt for an “All American” Truck
Trucks and mudding go together like mac n’ cheese. That is why, for summer locations, truck drivers are directed to Shiloh Ridge in Alto, Texas.  A park of around 1000 acres with trails of over 36 miles and four mud pits, truck drivers should expect to have an adrenaline-packed time! Additionally, if there are any truck drivers that are true mudding enthusiasts, Shiloh Ridge is the place of the Texas Redneck Games: a four-day event of mudding, contests, and entertainment!

For a family road- trip to Stanley, Idaho: Get comfortable in a Van, Hatchbacks, or Sedan
What do vans, hatchbacks, and sedans all have in common? They are versatile…and so is Stanley, Idaho! In Stanley-the “Trailhead to Idaho Adventure”- activities range from those of the outdoors to those of downtown to those of a spa. With all the variety provided, drivers can pick several activities to create an experience unique to them!

A New Development in Self-driving Technology with Radar

Self-driving vehicles still face many obstacles in their ongoing development; including the obstacle of extreme weather conditions. Companies and automakers alike have wondered how it could better the sensors currently used to work in hazardous conditions like ice, snow, or heavy rain. Now, with the integration of radar, there may finally be an answer.

What is radar? Radar (Radio Detection and Ranging System) is a technology that uses an electromagnetic system to identify an object by distance and location. While RADAR was created in 1935, its widespread use wasn’t until World War II, and it wasn’t until 1999 that radar was first used in the production of automobiles.

Until recently, self-driving companies preferred lidar(laser) and camera-based sensors over radar. The sudden interest self-driving companies have in radar may be due to some of the advantages radar has over the current sensors. According to LIDAR and RADAR Information, these advantages include penetrating mediums such as snow, giving the exact position of an object, determining the velocity of a target, and measuring the distance of an object. With these advantages in mind, three companies are actively incorporating radar into its self-driving technology: Bosch, Lunewave, and Wavesense.

Bosch, a global engineering and electronics company, has begun making a prototype in its ongoing journey with radar. This prototype pinpoints its location through a road signature created by GPS and radar data; forgoing the need for camera-based sensors. While Bosch is still developing its prototype, it has shown the prototype’s success through a recent test run on a snowy state highway in Michigan.

Wavesense, a company out of Boston, has a radar system unlike any other currently on the market. This radar system pierces the ground; gaining an idea of the surroundings through soil type, soil density, roots, rocks, and infrastructure. Based on the information gathered, the system creates a map of the road’s subsurface that allows the automobile to position itself laterally two centimeters and longitudinally 15 centimeters.

Lunewave, a start-up technology company in Arizona, created their own customized set of Luneburg antennas. Luneburg antennas, designed by German physicist Rudolf Luneburg in the 1940s, are radar antennas known for their range and detection capabilities. Lunewave updated the common Luneberg antennas by reducing its size to fit inside a vehicle. A device the size of a small fruit, these antennas can sense obstacles at around 380 yards, and sense obstacles from a 360 degrees viewpoint.