Nathan Bomey USA TODAY Published 10:05 p.m. UTC Sep 5, 2018 The stick shift is choking. The popularity of cars and trucks with manual transmissions is falling sharply as fewer Americans learn how to drive them and automakers avoid making them. On top of that, the long-held arguments in favor of driving a stick — that they make cars more fuel efficient and cheaper to buy — aren't always true anymore because automatic transmissions have greatly improved, erasing the practical reasons why some drivers preferred manuals. So while the stick shift isn’t dead yet, its future is grim. Sticking with manual? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook what you think is so special about driving a stick shift. Once the only kind of transmission available, manuals became an essential part of a car's design, from nondescript, utilitarian sticks and silver wands to elegantly smooth cue balls. These … [Read more...] about Audi kills its manual-transmission cars: How America lost its love for the stick shift
Q: I have a 2010 Honda Odyssey LX with 100,000 miles. I have been trying to find general suggested intervals for transmission fluid changes and engine coolant changes. Many online owner club sites mention 30-40,000 miles for transmission fluid changes, but some say 60,000 or even 120,000 miles. Engine coolant suggestions vary even more. I've written to Honda, and Honda says just follow the maintenance minder in the car's onboard computer. However, I'd like a general idea of what intervals are expected just to plan out maintenance costs. These intervals are not mentioned in the owner's manual. In addition, our local dealer seems to have its own interval recommendations. Who am I to believe? Is there a document that spells out these and other recommended intervals that I can use as a starting point? — E.B., Glenside, Pa. … [Read more...] about Q&A: What’s up with automatic door unlocking?
F-35 fighter jets are seen at dusk. (iStock) The Air Force will soon operate F-35s with fast-evolving collision-avoidance technology able to help fighter jets avoid ground collisions by using computer automation to redirect an aircraft in the event that a pilot is injured or incapacitated. Later this year, the Air Force will fly an F-35 equipped with an existing technology now in F-16s called Air-Ground Collision Avoidance System, or AGCAS. The system is slated to be fully operational on an F-35A as early as summer, 2019, service officials said. Preliminary AGCAS development work has been conducted as part of ongoing F-35 development. “AGCAS development and integration efforts were completed previously on the F-16 post-block aircraft. Lessons learned from the F-16 AGCAS effort will be applied to the F-35,” Air … [Read more...] about F-35 gets computer-enabled automatic ground collision avoidance
Robert Duffer Chicago Tribune Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Jul 19, 2018 The tween riding in the back seat finally asked, “What is that thing you keep moving up there?” She had never seen “that thing” known as a six-speed stick shift, a manual transmission, a manny tranny, a handshaker, a millennial theft deterrent. Manual transmissions account for just 2 percent of all vehicles sold in 2018, according to data from Edmunds.com. In 2006, 47 percent of new models in the U.S. were offered with automatics and manuals. Now it’s down to 20 percent and dropping sharply. “For automakers it will be simpler when the manual dies,” said Ivan Drury, senior analyst at Edmunds.com. “It’s kind of a hassle for them to offer both, same with dealers. Given the market forces, it’s going to go away.” Not too long ago, when push-button AM radios were infotainment and there were cigarette lighters instead of USB ports, all cars had manual … [Read more...] about Graveyard shift: Manual transmissions on the way out
Smart Downloads will also delete those watched "Queer Eye" installments for you, but only if you're not an Apple fan Jennifer Maas, provided by Published 9:53 am PDT, Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Netflix Will Now Automatically Download the Next Episode of a TV Show – If You’re on Android 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Netflix has found a way to help free up space on your phone and let you keep binge-watching its content, all at the same time. Oh, sorry, not you, iPhone users. On Tuesday, the streaming service announced the launch of its new Smart Downloads app feature, which will delete an episode once you’ve finished it and automatically download the next one. That handy update will save you from having to manually add and remove files from your device. But it’s currently only available to Android users. Netflix did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for … [Read more...] about Netflix Will Now Automatically Download the Next Episode of a TV Show – If You’re on Android