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Top 5 Trending Automotive Electronics Tech

31st August 2020
"The transformative force of technology can be felt in automotive industry."

Automotive Electronics are electrically generated systems used in vehicles. Automotive Electronics is something like a musical system that connects to your mobile, airbags, and an electronically controlled steering, yes you are on the right track but it has a lot more electronics than you probably realize. Automotive Electronics includes everything right from the headlight and LED brake light to the seat belt alarm inside your car. If you give it a thought, every module in your car is a high tech electronic gadget. Other electronic components in a car include Engine Ignition, Fuel Injection, Anti-lock Brakes, Steering Control, Collision Avoidance Systems, Seat Control, Air Conditioning, Navigation System, Safety Controls, Security Alarms, Transmission Controls, Music System, Bluetooth-capable, USB-capable, Wi-Fi-capable, Head and sidelights. Therefore, an electronically smart car shall always have enhanced features. 

If you own a car or might own one in near future stay updated with the latest technology and trends.

Automotive Camera

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The CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) image sensor is designed for use in forward-sensing cameras for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and camera monitoring systems. Autonomous vehicle runs purely with the help of powerful automotive cameras. These are types of automotive cameras side-view cameras, interior-view cameras, forward-view cameras, rear-view enhancement, and corner-view cameras. Demand of sensor cameras for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is increased significantly, with a rising focus on safety measures on the back of road accidents. 

Based on embedded vision technology, ADAS is designed to reduce the driver's workload during the driving process itself. In this concept, vision systems surround the vehicle, looking to place the vehicle within a protective bubble against driver error, road obstacles, other vehicles, and pedestrians. Using their visual processing capabilities, these systems provide recognition and tracking information to onboard safety systems for lane departure warning, collision avoidance, driver drowsiness detection, and many more protective features. Automotive cameras have evolved considerably for integration with the safety systems of vehicles.

Advanced Motor Control

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Cars already are controlled by computers. Motor management systems will get more sophisticated in the coming years. In most cases, the desire for maximum efficiency and control has motivated engineers to move beyond traditional scalar control systems to sophisticated digital vector control algorithms capable of delivering full torque with acceleration and deceleration at rates that can be precisely managed.

Digital vector control algorithms capable of delivering full torque with acceleration and deceleration at rates that can be precisely managed. Ford recently showed how a car’s computers can sense the drive and adjust the motor accordingly. If a daily commute takes the vehicle on crowded city streets, the car knows that, and it makes the motor use less gas, for instance. Beyond its primary drive motor, an advanced vehicle is filled with dedicated motor-control systems driving pumps, fans, compressors, rotators, and mechanisms of all types. The emergence of sensorless control methods has further opened the door for more cost-effective solutions, providing a maximum motor capability for engineers able to harness the power of advanced vector control methods.

Black boxes

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An event data recorder (EDR) also informally known as an automotive "black box", a device installed in some automobiles to record information related to vehicle crashes or accidents. In modern diesel trucks, EDR is triggered by electronically sensed problems in the engine which are usually called faults, or a sudden change in the wheel speed. One or more of these conditions may occur because of an accident. Information from these devices can be collected after a crash to determine what the vehicles were doing before, during, and after the crash.

Gesture Control

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Gesture-based control in the automotive is a trending feature getting better and better. The detection zone of gestures is focused on the steering wheel with a time-to- flight sensor, which is integrated into the instrument. It identifies the motion of the hand and turns it into actions. The driver can navigate through the menus by swiping up and down and confirm the selection with a brief tapping motion. The time-of-flight sensor comprises a 3D camera system with an open 3D image sensor which converts the infrared signal into a 3D image. Consequently, the hand positions and gestures of the driver are detected and converted into actions.

Augmented Reality App

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"Augmented reality (AR) is the real-time use of information in the form of text, graphics, audio, and other virtual enhancements integrated with real-world objects.” – Gartner's IT Glossary. Augmented reality is the rendering of digital images or data onto real-world objects. Many leading automotive companies are preparing their AR app to help their customers by providing in-depth and detailed information. Using head-up displays (HUD), some companies are using augmented reality and their mobile apps to create AR owner's manuals, hence these vehicles also project data such as gas levels, lane guidance, speed, directions, and more. Instead of a driver needing to look down at the dash or to their phone to get driving data or information, the promise of augmented reality would have the info available on a heads-up display, the windshield, or projected on the road ahead in the driver’s line of sight and improve safety.

Advancement in the areas of engineering shares the combination of complexity and safety concerns of automotive electronics design. Because of the benefits offered through advanced automotive electronics, however, manufacturers are rapidly providing development solutions that hide design complexity. In turn, these ready-made solutions are delivering on the promise of enhanced safety, cost, and performance available through more advanced ADAS, motor control, engine management, in-vehicle interfaces, and extra-vehicle communications. With all these inventions we are already heading towards the automation of automobiles.

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National Automotive Engineering Conference

5th May 2019
"32 Experts on 22 Subjects"

National Automotive Engineering Conference is going to be organized with joint coordination in between Kathmandu University and the Institute of Automotive Engineering at Dhulikhel on 10 and 11 of May.

The conference will revolve around approximately 22 topics related to novelty, leadership, secured dynamics and robotics given as presentation by thirty two experts.

Sushil Tandukar, the vice-chair of the Institute of Automotive Engineering stated that the conference is organized with the main objective of sharing of experience by the experts and participants regarding the various findings of studies and research conducted by the university on the topic of automobile engineering, technological changes in automobile companies and whether or not Nepal’s automobile industries have internalized the changes that have come in the automobile sector worldwide.

The experts in the conference will also consider and discuss whether the curriculum adopted by the educational institutions like the universities and the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) are friendly to the industry or not.

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Tips For First Time Car Buyers | New Or Used

22nd August 2020
"Buy the car you want, Drive the road you want"

Big congratulations as a first-timer on buying your new car because after having stable roof to live under you are going for your own car. There are many questions one must have while thinking of buying their first car because it is a special one and you don’t want to mess it. There are many factors you have to look upon to make a final decision such as your budget, preference in size, design, brand, performance, depreciation value, maintenance and many more. So to give a little insight into helping you to decide whether to buy a brand new car or a well valued second-hand car here are some key points to consider.

 

Budget

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It is the most important point to consider because being a first timer in buying car we know the budget is limited and we have to look after the expenses like fuel, maintenance, tax, insurance, instalments and many more that come with the car in future. So if you are a learner in driving a car and you want to own a car it is better you go for a used car because you won’t be able to fully utilize the car for what you have paid. It will take time for you to be a smooth driver and go for a long confident drive so buying a brand new car will be a full-on waste of your money and the car itself because you may cause damage to the car in the learning process which will depreciate the value of car faster than it should have been. The best way to save money is to buy used. A new car loses almost half its value in the first five years, so go for one that’s a few years old yet still has contemporary safety features and many useful years ahead of it. Buying used also means a nicer car in your budget.

 

Set the priority first

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Before buying cars we have already determined on our affordability then the second thing is setting your priority what are the actual things you want in your car. For that list out the cars that you like and list out the features, you want in your first dream car. You should always resist buying a sporty or luxury car as a first timer with a limited budget so looking for a high-horsepower car or one with the latest high-tech features isn’t practical at the moment.  To reduce the risk of buying a car with never-ending problems, identify models with a good reliability record. Check Reviews Nepal for insights that can point you to cars that hold up well over time where you can compare all the features of the car.

 

Inspection and Test drive

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After you have decided on the decision of going for new or used car with the brand and model of the car which suits you as a first-time buyer, you should go online to read reviews of cars. Pay most attention to areas you’re most concerned about (fuel consumption rate, reliability, maintenance service) and compare the writer’s perspective with your preferences. For instance, complaints about seat comfort or ride quality can be checked out during your test drive. Your opinions might be different.

New cars are presumed to be a matter of prestige. On the other hand, each used car has led a unique life. Some may have been pampered, others abused. The best-used cars tend to be owned by a trusted friend or family member who can share details of the car's history. When looking for a used vehicle, make sure there's a car-savvy advisor you know. Carefully look the car over inside and out, top to bottom. New or used, always inspect it during daylight hours, when you can spot paint flaws that might indicate repairs or other troubles. For any used car, it's important to have it inspected by the company’s authorized workshop or any trusted certified professional mechanic. They will charge for the service, but it can be money well-spent considering how much more it might save you in the long run.

To buy a pre-owned car one can directly visit a different company authorized dealers like Ford Assured, Sipradi Assured. Guided by experts and assured on quality, Ford assured is a nuisance-free platform that allows customers to Buy, sell, exchange pre-owned vehicles in a convenient manner. This company authorized dealer assures the quality is met and customers are also provided with a warranty on pre-owned cars. Like Ford Assured, Sipradi Assured also deals with the pre-owned cars, with assured choice, price, quality and warranty on used cars. One can easily contact these assured dealers for a fair value of pre-owned cars.

At the end, it is your decision what you want

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Looking after all the key points like budget, performance, preference, brands, models, reviews and all the advice, you are the one who is going to ride the car. If you are a good driver and can handle the car well you can go for a brand new car because you can fully utilize the car before it hits the big share of depreciation within 4-5 years but if you are buying car for the first time as an armature driver, a used car will be a better option for all the hit and trial you will go through 3-4 years of your improving driving skills. And you will get a fair value of resale of the used car than the resale value of the brand new car.

 

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BEST AUTOMATIC CARS AVAILABLE IN NEPAL WITH PRICES

22nd August 2020
"Automatic cars does not require the driver to shift gear manually."

If you look at the new version of cars in the streets nowadays you can see most of the cars are automatic. The automatic cars use Automatic Transmission. The reason behind the high increase in automatic cars Nepal is because automatic cars do not require the driver to shift gear manually. Not only that, strength and acceleration of automatic transmission are more powerful than manual transmission and Its safer. It is really easy to use an Automatic Car than a Manual one and its fun to drive an Automatic car. You can feel the power of the car once you start driving.

Here, we have listed 5 best automatic cars that you can buy right now. If you are unfamiliar with specifications of the cars then, we got you covered.

5. Hyundai Venue 

The Hyundai Venue has 1 Diesel Engine and 2 Petrol Engine on offer. Hyundai Venue is one of the hottest SUV in the market.

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Key Specification Of Hyundai Venue  

Mileage   18.15 kmpl
Engine Displacement (cc)     998
Max Torque ([email protected]  [email protected]   4000rpm
Seating Capacity     5
Fuel Type   Petrol
Fuel Capacity       45
Body Type  SUV
Transmission Type    Automatic 
Gear Box   7 speed
Max Power ([email protected]  [email protected]

The Hyundai Venue is priced at NRs. 4,996,000 for 2020 model.

 

4. Skoda Octavia

With clean-cut design Skoda Octavia very well-rounded family sedan that's well equipped and well the looks say it all.  


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Key Specification of Skoda Octavia 

Mileage    15.1kmpl
Engine Displacement (cc)     1798cc
Max Torque 
 [email protected]   5000rpm
Seating Capacity     5
Fuel Type   Petrol
Fuel Capacity        50
Body Type  Sedan
Transmission Type    Automatic 
Gear Box   7 speed
Max Power 
 [email protected]   6200rpm

The car is priced at NRs. 9,100,000.

 

3. TOYOTA RAV4

RAV4 is designed to be the ultimate all-round SUV. The advanced technological package helps make the RAV4 a safe and comfortable drive while providing the modern conveniences and flexibility to suit your lifestyle.

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Key Specification of TOYOTA RAV4

Mileage    11.1 kmpl
Max Torque ([email protected]  233Nm @   4,100 rpm
Seating Capacity     5
Fuel Type   Petrol
Fuel Capacity       60
Body Type  SUV              
Transmission Type    Automatic 
Gear Box   6 speed
Max Power ([email protected]  176 hp @   6,000 rpm 

The car is priced at NRs. 14,450,000

 

2. Ford Endeavour Titanium+

The FORD ENDEAVOUR is your perfect off-roading companion. The SUV is engineered to conquer every terrain, whether it’s sand, snow, rock, trail, or mountain.

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Key Specification of Ford Endeavour Titanium+

Mileage    14.20 kmpl
Engine Displacement (cc)     1984cc
Max Torque ([email protected]  385 Nm @   2500 RPM
Seating Capacity     6
Fuel Type   Diesel
Fuel Capacity       80 liters
Body Type  SUV
Transmission Type    Automatic 
Gear Box   7 speed
Max Power ([email protected]  160 PS @   3200 RPM

The car is priced at NRS. 1,49,00,000.

 

1. Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

VW Tiguan Allspace is pretty big than standard Tiguan which comes with plenty of space and storage. If you have a large family then VS Tiguan Allspace is the real deal which has 7 seats. 

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Key Specification of Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Mileage    17.01 kmpl
Engine Displacement (cc)     1984cc
Max Torque ([email protected]  [email protected]   1400
Seating Capacity     7
Fuel Type   Petrol
Fuel Capacity    60
Body Type  SUV
Transmission Type    Automatic 
Gear Box   7 speed
Max Power ([email protected]  [email protected]


The car is priced at Nrs.15,800,000.

 

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Best 5 car accessories to upgrade your car

27th August 2020
"Upgrade your driving experience with some awesome gadgets to your car"

Road trips mean a lot of time behind the wheel. Luckily, there are plenty of options to upgrade your ride and enhance your experience on the road by making it safer, smoother, and much more enjoyable. Whether it’s keeping interiors clean and tidy, charging your devices on, connecting your smartphone to your vehicle, or saving your life, these creative car gadgets and accessories will have you covered on your travels. If you own a new, high-end car, chances are you won’t need most of these extra gadgets, but if you don’t, a touch of modern functionality with these accessories can be crucial for your safety and comfort along the way. After all, if you don’t have the funds for new high tech cars, you can always fancy up the one you already have with the coolest car gadgets and essential vehicle accessories.

Here are some lists of cool gadgets in the market you can own to level up your commute so easily:
 

Head-up display with OBD 2 Interface
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It is a small portable device that you can add to your car for upgrading the monitoring features of your car. OBD scanner refers to the onboard diagnostic scanner and there is OBD port in almost every recently made car to keep the mechanical track of your vehicle such as Rpm (revolution per minute) i.e. keeping track of the speed of your car, keeping an eye in water temperature of your car, keeping eye on fuel consumption rate while driving. With additional feature of driving distance measurement, it shows speed, rpm, water temperature, voltage, instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, voltage, shift reminders, fatigue driving reminders, low voltage alarm, high water temperature alarm, over-speed alarm, engine failure alarm, eliminates the fault code, freely switches between kilometres & miles. 
Now this OBD 2 feature comes with a head-up display which projects the data it collects from OBD2 diagnostic port on to your windshield to give you real-time monitoring of the car you are driving. They come with auto illuminating sensors which will dim at night time and brighten up at day time to match the sunlight. Adding this device will just amp up your simple car to an upgraded tech gizmo car just by displaying some of your necessary car information in a real-time. This device can be bought from any online/offline car accessories shop and you can yourself do the installation because it is as easy as connecting a USB port to your laptop.

Dash cam

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This is one of the must-have car accessories you must have in your car if you want to save your time and money caused by some uneventful accidents or situations. Because dash cams are the high power camera installed to the front windshield and in some time in the rearview for double protection. There are many varieties of dash cams available in the market according to the customers demand so one can choose according to their need. The main use of dash cameras is for internal surveillance as well as exterior surveillance of the car. It records everything and nowadays they also have AI inbuilt to alert the drivers when they are in some emergency conditions like unconsciousness or if they are falling asleep while driving. They also can be used as a rearview camera while parking the car is a small space so that the car won’t hit another car or the wall itself. So for the so many reasons such as to prevent the avoidable accident, record footage when you are not around your car, real-time recording to have a proof in case of an accident, Dashcam will be a must-have accessory to your car. These cams are also available in any online/offline car accessories shops or any hardware shops related to cars.

Tyre inflator

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As it sounds not so important but it is a necessary device one must always have in their car for emergency situations. Tyre inflator is the device which will inflate your car tyres in no time when they go flat. Their importance is most felt when we have to go out in emergency situation but your tyres have gone flat and you don’t have time to change the tyre so instead you just inflate your tyres to deal with the situation. Tire inflators are nifty pieces of technology that assists drivers who experience flat tires with a quick, temporary solution. It can also be used to inflate motorcycle, bicycle tires and rafts and sports equipment. some are even fully Automatic intelligent inflatable pump with portable size as a mobile phone, Does not occupy car space It only takes one second to inflate and you are ready to go. These inflators come with various nozzles to inflate other things when required. So having this in your car will come handy whenever in need. 
 

USB charging case/port

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Nowadays, we get everything in our smartphone from Google Map to the weather forecast to make daily life easy. We all know the importance of our mobile phones in today’s normal functioning so having your mobile phone dead due to lack of charge is the panic situation. So a USB car charger is a necessary tool for every car user to keep their electronic gadgets charged all the time because who doesn’t want a fully charged phone. To ensure this we now have a fairly common device known as USB charging port attached to our car where we can easily charge our phone, laptop and even MacBook’s in no time. So this is also one of the must-haves car accessories to your car of all time. Earlier these poets were used as a cigarette lighter plus charger but nowadays due to advancement in technology there are many advanced features added in these portable USB chargers, some are even connected to your phone via Bluetooth to receive, make a call, redial a many more. So you can choose any USB charging port according to your requirement and budget to have a happy driving experience in your well-equipped car.
 

Portable vacuum cleaner

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The one who loves their 4 wheelers know the importance of maintenance of their car interior as well as exterior so, it is hard to clean the interior of your car with only dusters and keeping bin also doesn’t ensure the cleanness of your car interiors, for this, you can add a portable vacuum cleaner to your car so that you can clean the dust and dirt inside your car in an easy manner without any extra hassle. The main benefit is the compact design and cleaning efficiency. The tool easily reaches tight areas and switches between carpet and hard floor modes. It's well-made and durable to keep your inside car environment clean. So they come in various options like some with cable some run on battery. These vacuum cleaners can be bought from any online/ offline car accessories shops.


With the description of the must-haves car accessories, here are some honourable mentions on the other car accessories you can add to your car for an upgraded experience of your driving: magnetic mobile holder to hold your mobile while you are looking for navigation on google map, car mount stage bag to hold on to the bottles, documents, newspapers or other necessities in a well-organized manner, trash can for your car to store the trash in the journey, key finder, silicone key cover, silver chrome door lining stickers to reflect the light in the road at night when your doors are open, air purifier device or gel to stop the bad smell inside your car and last but not the least portable air extinguisher inside a car to stop any fire accidents. In this way, we have so many options on the available gadgets and accessories to upgrade our car with just a small amount of investment rather than buying a high tech expensive luxury car.

 

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