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The goal of connected-vehicle technology to alert drivers of potential danger doesn’t seem quite so impossible now.

Eight carmakers have formed the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) to create an industry-wide communications system between various makes of cars.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this innovation could decrease the death rate in about 80 percent of crashes that don’t involve drunk drivers. There are major hurdles left but if successful CAMP will not merely be taking another step forward in the path toward connected vehicles; it will save lives.

The makers of this new connected car technology seem quite convinced that they have literally reinvented the wheel.

“It can see,” Ford Motor Co. intelligent-vehicles expert Farid Ahmed-Zaid told AutoNews.com. “We can’t.”

Ahmed-Zaid works in a facility in Farmington Hills, Mich., where the tech is currently being evaluated.

The technology transmits data on location, brake status, path history and speed ten times a second — and alert drivers to potential threats that the human eye supposedly can’t even see.

Read full coverage on the connected car technology from AutoNews.com below:

Connected Cars See Danger, Warn Others and Stop Crashes

The 2013 Mustang Convertible in the Ford booth at SEMA — this baby is built by Stitchcraft and powered by Viper SmartStart.

LAS VEGAS – That’s right folks, it’s finally here, SEMA Show 2012 in Las Vegas.

You know how it goes, what happens in Vegas … stays in Vegas! And the owners of these Viper SmartStart-sponsored demo cars know exactly where their car is staying, safe and sound! Viper sponsored several sick show cars at SEMA this year, and here’s your chance to take an inside peek.

Several of the featured show cars were powered by Viper SmartStart — from the 2013 Mustang Convertible at the Ford booth (pictured left) to the Ford Raptor Anzio. Heck, we even got a Viper SmartStart system on a Scion FR-S in the Scion booth. No matter how fancy your ride is, with a Viper system on it, no one dares come close.

You can also check out a shot below of the 2013 Ford Mustang in a booth at SEMA — and yes, that baby is also powered by Viper.

The owners of these tasty show cars wouldn’t trust just anyone with the safety of their pricey rides — they had to have the industry-leading Viper SmartStart system — which also allows them to start, locate or control their car from virtually anywhere with a smartphone.

It was an honor to sponsor cars at SEMA Show 2012 — the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. The show (closed to the general public, of course) incorporates the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products together in beautiful Las Vegas.

[Follow more SEMA coverage on our Viper Facebook page and Twitter: @ViperSmartStart. Also check out more at SEMA Show’s Facebook page.]

Check out more pictures of Viper-powered show cars at SEMA below here:

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The Chevy Aveo, or Sonic.
Credit: Wikipedia.

For you dealers: You want to know what kind of cars you’re likely to work on in the future?

It’ll probably be a subcompact or compact.

Now you may say that owners of those types of vehicles wouldn’t want to spend the extra money on aftermarket gear because they bought smaller cars in order to save their loot in the first place! An analyst at TrueCar.com says that’s no longer the case.

Take a look at the Cruze, Sonic, the Fiat 500, the new Dart, along with the already established models in the category. What you see aren’t necessarily only economy cars. They could easily be seen as stylistic choices, if you will.

Laugh if you want … but major hallmark brands like Honda, Chevrolet and Toyota are cashing in on small cars — which, according to AutoNews.com, are helping push the biggest sales month in four years and are also capturing the biggest segment of the U.S. auto market since 1993.

(Let’s face it, soaring prices at the pump haven’t helped this trend, either.)

The U.S. automakers aren’t slacking, although Honda and Toyota still lead the small-sized pack. AutoNews.com was quick to point out that Chrysler’s Fiat set a second straight monthly record, Ford rolled out more small cars than any other September in a decade, and GM’s Chevy last month won the subcompact segment with the Sonic and the compact with the Cruze.

Read more about the “Small Wonder” car trend from AutoNews.com below:

Small Car Sales May Capture Largest U.S. Share Since 1993

The Boss 302 Mustang during a recent Viper validation testing (NOT the new 2013 Ford Mustang).

It’s no wonder rumors are buzzing about the remodeling of the Ford Mustang. This pony car has maintained the same design for about eight years! Anyone could recognize a Mustang from a mile away, and we mean it when we say anyone! We suppose that the “traditional Mustang” got too mainstream, it’s time to mix things up!

Before we spoil the plans for the new Mustang’s exterior, let’s take a look at what’s under the hood because anything that will look THAT elaborate has to be able to reclaim the ol’ Mustang glory for all it’s worth!

So let’s play, “What’s under that hood!?” It’s pretty simple!

“A smaller-displacement, high-output V6 (code-named Nano),” which should result in improved overall efficiency, according to Autonews.com. “The V6 (Nano) rated at 305 hp to the eye-popping 662-hp supercharged V8 Shelby GT500, capable of eclipsing 200 mph.” 200 mph is pretty much near Batmobile status! Pretty legitimate.

As you can see, Ford is really stepping up their game with this new Mustang! Start rediscovering every penny you ever saved for a rainy day, because the storms are rolling in and so is the new 2013 Ford Mustang!

The new Mustang’s exterior portrays a few designs inspired by the Evos to give the car a more new, modern feel. Something that the retro Mustang isn’t used to. Why not give modern a try?

Take a further look at the new Mustang with this article from Autonews.com:

Remaking the Ford Mustang: Next breed of pony car charts a fresh course

Feeling some room in your day for a little stupid?

Well, our friends over at Digg.com’s offbeat newsbar have definitely cooked up QUITE a doozy.

Let’s face it, the shelves at the vast majority of U.S. retailers are filled with “wtf?” items aplenty — but there are some items even more fun to mock than others.

Strap on your goofy gizmo humor hat and let’s get stupid.

Topping off Digg.com’s list of the stupid car items currently well-stocked on AutoZone’s shelves kicks off with:

1) Spectre’s Blue Convoluted Tubing: Come on dooooooown. That’s right, the perfect key you ol’ dad telling you, “I told you that you didn’t need that.” When you see how much it takes to wrap these babies around those engine parts — they’re just going to be sitting there like blue Snuffleupagus poop.

2) The Ford Racing Office Chair: Wooooooooow … talk about a stinker! This is a product that just screams “nerd alert!” Yes, that’s right — pretending to be a race car driver, at a $250 price tag. Yup that’s a stupid item, and a waste of a lot of money — you big nerd.

3) Ed Hardy Products: Wow, oh yes, this is another big fat stinker. Someone back in middle school may have convinced you that this tattoo-looking internal car art was super cool, but they sent you down the wrong road, man. To quote the Digg.com piece, if you sport this swag in your car you may as well start “waving the douche flag for everybody to see.”

4) Plasticolor Winnie the Pooh and Piglet Visor Organizer: Yeah, this is a funny one no matter how you slice it (pardon the pun). Just for the record, we here at Viper at major Winnie the Pooh fans. But wow, are you trying to do a manly install or some grease-monkey work on the ol’ car with one of these lying around? Yeah, that’s just not going to happen.

5) Foot Rest: Seriously? Are we THIS lazy? Let’s face it, if you need to prop those feetsies up on a foot rest — then it’s really just time to stop driving right now.

Check out the full list from Digg.com.