Experts said it could take two months for cars to be repaired

Collision repair experts said major damage repair could possibly take up to two months.

TYLER, Texas — This week’s icy conditions also caused major damage to cars. Many drivers got into wrecks and others had tree limbs fall on their windshields. Experts in the auto collision repair industry said those needing repairs could wait as long as two months before they see their car again.

“Right now I think we’re averaging about 16 to 18 days, just like a rough average,” said David Butron, the general manager of East Texas Collision Repair.

About two weeks, that’s how long it’s taking this auto shop to fix up cars that are coming in. 

Butron said one vehicle currently in their shop should return to its owner by the end of next week. He said this car owner is one of the lucky ones because the shop was able to get all the parts to repair it quickly. But, that’s not the case for every type of damage.

Butron also pointed out a vehicle that’s been sitting in their lot for several months. 

“In this case this truck is fully assembled and apparently ready to go it’s just missing one little air bag sensor,” Butron said. “That little air bag sensor is what’s keeping it here, and it’s been here for a good two months.”

That small part is a major safety component, and the shop can’t let the vehicle go until it’s installed.

Over at Tyler Ford, LTD body shop manager David Sorge said collision repairs could take up to two months.

“If it’s a big hit it could take a month to two months,” Sorge said. “If it’s a small hit, we can get them out in a week or two.”

Sorge said as of Friday they are working on

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Cybeats catalogues code in cars

Cybeats’ tool provides a “strong sense” of where the software running on the vehicle comes from and whether it poses any risks to either the operation of the vehicle or the data the vehicle collects, said APMA President Flavio Volpe.

“We think about 75 per cent of software in this business is open-source,” Volpe said. “Well, the amount of open-source software makes the data that you create potentially at risk, or suspect.”

Unlike proprietary closed-source software, the code of which is tightly guarded, the underlying code for open-source software is readily available. This shortens development times by giving programmers the ability to edit or build on code that’s already proven, but also exposes the code to bad actors.

Software supply-chain transparency will become more of a priority in the coming years, Volpe said, as EVs have a “dramatically larger” digital footprint than their internal-combustion-engine cousins and thus a greater number of open-source vulnerabilities.

A BILLION LINES OF CODE

The typical vehicle today contains 10 million to 50 million lines of code that allow disparate components to function in a vehicle, Raidman said. By the time fully autonomous technology emerges, Cybeats expects that will grow to one billion lines.

For each vehicle part that runs software, Cybeats’ technology keeps an ingredient list known as a software bill of materials (SBOM). The company’s management platform, called Studio, does not sift through every line of code but monitors the open-source dependencies for vulnerabilities.

Because about 80 per cent of automotive software is built from open sources, it is a “very significant attack vector” within the software supply chain, Raidman said.

A vendor going out of business and no longer updating its software is just one instance that would put the underlying software at risk, he said.

“You want to know about this because

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Will electric cars reach price parity with petrol and diesel cars and if so, when?

One of the big selling points of electric cars is that, despite the current increases in energy prices, they are cheaper to run than fossil-fuelled cars but the higher purchase price is the biggest deterrent to sales.

New car buyers opting for an electric model are still paying a large premium over a similarly sized petrol or diesel car.

It has long been expected that cost parity between electric, petrol and diesel models will be the tipping point in favour of electric car sales. Given how cheap electric vehicles (EVs) are to run, it will not make financial sense for most people to choose a petrol or diesel car.

Price parity will also mean the end of subsidies and grants that currently exist to bridge the cost gap between EVs and internal combustion engine cars (ICEs).

In Norway, where parity already exists owing to extensive government support, almost 80 per cent of new cars bought are electric.

So, how will parity be achieved?

The two main drivers of the price difference between internal combustion engines and electric cars are the costs associated with batteries and car manufacturing.

The anticipated reduction in EV costs is likely to come from falling battery prices and by car markers switching to vehicle platforms specifically designed for EVs as this allows for a simpler assembly, standardised battery packs and higher volumes.

Meanwhile, the price of petrol and diesel cars is expected to increase due to stricter EU emission regulations, so all of these factors will combine to close the price gap.

But are electric cars getting cheaper?

Recent events, however, threaten to undermine the assumption that the cost of electric car batteries will continue to decline.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, battery costs began to rise as key raw materials rocketed in price. Nickel prices

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What to know about the cars of the future being built by tech, auto companies

Drivers can expect more electric cars and autonomous features to hit the market in the next few years as car makers go high-tech and tech industry giants like Google and Amazon branch further into automotives.

Those trends were on full display at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show with companies from Sony to BMW, and even the United States Postal Service, showing off electric vehicles and digital features the companies say improve safety and add entertainment value. 

“Not to disparage smartphones or anything else, but automotive is really the place where it’s at right now,” Patrick Brady, vice president of automotive at Google, said during a CES panel. 

Cars are offering opportunities for innovation where software and artificial intelligence (AI) “really come together in one,” he said.

But the additional bells and whistles may come at a price for drivers — in both money and privacy. Users could see a growing trend in paid subscriptions to access the new tech. And the advances may give rise to data privacy concerns similar to those that have surrounded smartphone and computer advancements.

Companies may also run into traditional tech regulatory challenges in their efforts to introduce the new features.

Here is what to know about the advancements being made, as well as their potential drawbacks and obstacles they could be facing. 

The rise of the connected car

During CES several major tech companies highlighted smart features they’ve developed for cars, updating systems to be more personalized for drivers. 

Google, for instance, highlighted its Android Auto feature, which allows users to connect an Android phone to their car display. The feature had a design revamp that aimed to prioritize three driver goals: navigation, communication and audio entertainment. It also uses Google Assistant to make suggestions, such as missed call reminders, and provides on-screen shortcuts

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25 Fastest Cars In The World

In this article, we will look at the 25 fastest cars in the world. If you want to explore similar cars, you can read 10 Fastest Cars in the World.

The fastest cars in the world are a symbol of status and prestige. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of these ultimate machines, you’ll be able to experience the pure adrenaline of driving at top speeds. From the sleek design and powerful engines of the Bugatti Chiron to the innovative aerodynamic design of the Koenigsegg Agera RS, these cars showcase the best in engineering and technology and their record-breaking top speeds have left many car enthusiasts in awe.

The Fast Car Industry

The fastest cars in the world belong to the supercar and hypercar classes. Supercars are a subset of hypercars. These cars are typically powered by high-performance engines and feature advanced aerodynamics, racing-grade suspensions, and other performance-enhancing features. According to a report by Allied Market Research, the global hypercar market was worth $15.2 billion in 2021, and is expected to grow to $224.5 billion by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate of 31.1% between 2022 and 2031.

The popularity of hypercars is growing as they provide an impressive level of power output. This is being further propelled by the automotive industry’s rapid growth and the integration of advanced technology to enhance the driving performance of hypercars. These features are proving to be a major draw for many drivers, as manufacturers are now turning to hydrogen as a viable alternative to petrol and diesel, further increasing vehicle speed and the demand for hypercars.

A disruptive trend driving the growth of the global hypercar industry is the electrification of hypercars. The sales of electric hypercars is experiencing unprecedented growth, driven by the increasingly stringent emissions

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