AD #2353 – Subaru Introduces 1st Plug-In, Suppliers Rate Best OEMs To Work With, Ram 1500 Aero Improvements

May 14th, 2018 at 11:50am

Runtime: 7:45

0:30 Subaru Introduces 1st Plug-In
1:08 Suppliers Rate Best OEMs To Work With
2:07 India Emerging as Major Auto Market
3:12 Teens Want Cash to Stop Texting
3:42 Weekend Race Results
4:47 Ram 1500 Aero Improvements

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23 Comments to “AD #2353 – Subaru Introduces 1st Plug-In, Suppliers Rate Best OEMs To Work With, Ram 1500 Aero Improvements”

  1. WineGeek Says:

    Who commissioned the study on the texting? $5 a week come on, that is a croc… Do you really believe that if you gave a kid $5 a week they would stop texting? This is another ludicrous stupid study that shows how much money we waste on stupid studies!

  2. MJB Says:

    The best way to get teens to stop texting while driving is for someone to design an app that:

    - Is only accessible by the parent (teen can’t remove or disable)
    - Recognizes when the car engine is running, and locks out all texting capabilities (even the reception of new texts) during such time.

    My guess is that a monetary reward may prevent a good amount of texts, but not the ones that the teen REALLY wants to read/respond to. i.e., those from one of their “besties”.

    Sometimes the Gestapo approach is the best one…

  3. XA351GT Says:

    So teens want to be paid to stop teaxting and driving !!?? How about parents strap on a pair and refuse to let them use the car? If it is a car they bought and pay the insurance on if they get caught texting by police it should be a immediate confiscation of the phone until they pay a $1000 fine and go before a judge. Maybe that would get these spoiled entitled brats attention. I don’t want to die or be maimed or have a family member hurt because. these little A-holes don’t want to use common sense and follow rules.

  4. David Sprowl Says:

    I wonder how many of the suppliers are in part owned by Toyota or Honda as opposed to the rest?

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    A good way to stop both teens, and older people from texting while driving, would be for vehicles to have jamming systems standard, which would be active, except when the car is in park or neutral.

  6. Jim Haines Says:

    It was Roger Penske’s INDYCAR teams 200th win not Motorsports over all as reported I’m sure it is way more with all teams he has had as total win count

  7. Kit Gerhart Says:

    3 I mostly agree with you, except that it’s not just “spoiled entitled brats,” if you mean teens, who text while driving.

  8. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Make texting while driving a primary traffic offense so it could be the reason for any driver being stopped. Now I believe in most states it is not.

  9. Lisk Says:

    Paying teens $5 a week to not text and drive? Who’s kidding who? We have younger folks around here that after watching their friends lose their $15/hour jobs because they can’t stay off their phones at work.

    I certainly don’t have an answer and I can’t think of anything that will stop them without them ending up in a box, and that’s not an acceptable solution.

  10. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I’m going with Kit; jam the signal while in the vehicle, engine running. I agree with most all the other solutions but those require intervention (catching them do it). Make it so it just doesn’t happen.

    I know the India video could just be a cloudy day, but it sure looked like Beijing on a ‘smog’ day; and India has much less land mass so potential for emission-fed pollution would probably be worse. The already shown vehicles looked to be pretty dirty (in their emission potential).

  11. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    The texting issue may approach being an addiction. I sort of like the noises and flashing lights that are very attractive to people who are addicted to gambling. Maybe making the receiving and sending of texts only disabled while the vehicle is in motion.. I agree teens are more likely to be involved in an texting while driving accident but adults with this problem are not far behind.

  12. Frederick Schmidt Says:

    Its sort of like….missed my typing error

  13. GM Veteran Says:

    I agree with XA351GT. My parents did not hesitate to take away the keys for a week if I was not following their rules. It got my attention and I quickly learned that following their rules was much better than going back to my Schwinn 10-speed. Another option would be to deactivate their phone for a few days. I’m guessing that Mom and Dad are also paying for the cell phone service, and the big carriers provide this type of service.

  14. Alexander Crabitses Says:

    Teens want to be paid so that they don’t text and drive?

    It’s news stories like this that make me feel embarrassed to be a part of this generation.

  15. XA351GT Says:

    Kit @7 Except that it is teens that want to be paid to stop texting and driving . That IS my definition of entitled and spoiled. It is time that parents become parents again. You can be your kids best friend when they become a adult. If you don’t they may never make it to adulthood doing dumb crap like texting and driving. I also agree with you that they are not the only ones . Those would entitled and spoiled adults whose parents already missed the chance to set the rules.

  16. XA351GT Says:

    I watched a program years ago that talked about cars and driving. A comic said instead of a air bag deploying from the steering wheel maybe a steel spike would be better. As it would make people take their driving more seriously. Also making them less careless behind the wheel. I know he was joking , but he made a good point that as vehicles become safer ,drivers are getting more reckless. I passed a 6 car daisy chain on my way home from work on Friday last week. Everyone looked okay thankfully , but speeding and following too closely caused this to happen.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    15 I guess I partly missed your point.

  18. Bruce Melton Says:

    Love XA351GT’s comments – straight to the point….There’s your bike…have at it and text all you want!!

    Society needs to have idiots of all types to verify that Darwin was right!! A parent who is dumb enough to believe their kid get should be paid “NOT TO TEXT” is dumber than the kids!! These parents need to be sterilized, or deleted from the gene pool, so they cannot pass their defective genes onto the next generation!

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Why do parents buy the kids the phones and service in the first place? All they use them for is texting, and easy access to porn.

  20. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Why do parents buy the kids the phones and service in the first place? All they use them for is texting, and easy access to adult material.

  21. Ukendoit Says:

    The problem regarding the Darwin award candidates is that 100 years ago they would die off and not procreate; nowadays we protect everyone in a “safety society” and the gene pool is suffering from it. I like that comedian’s idea!

  22. Lambo2015 Says:

    The problem with jamming and disabling texting functions while in motion is those features affect the passengers too. And I for one already hate many functions like navigation not being able to be entered while the car is in motion. When my passenger could safely enter the information.
    So finding a solution that will stop drivers but not limit passengers is a tough one.

  23. Kit Gerhart Says:

    22 yep, true. It would be tough to jam phone functions only for the driver. I’m impressed with how well cars tell whether electronic keys are inside, or outside the car, never mind the specific location inside the car.