cars http://kvpr.org en California Prepares for the Future of Driverless Cars http://kvpr.org/post/california-prepares-future-driverless-cars <p>What once sounded like the stuff of science fiction is now reality on the drawing board. Rapid advancements are being made in the field of driverless cars. And as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, California is working to get out ahead of the curve.&nbsp;</p><p>At a Ford Dealership in Northern Sacramento, Fleet Sales Manager Obeth Carlos Davila drives a new Ford Explorer off the lot. It’s this year’s version of the car of the future.</p><p>Davila takes his foot of the gas and his hands off the wheel and watches the car steer itself into a parallel parking space.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:47:28 +0000 Katie Orr 19100 at http://kvpr.org California Prepares for the Future of Driverless Cars Fresno's Shaw Avenue to Get 'Intelligent' Synchronized Traffic Lights http://kvpr.org/post/fresnos-shaw-avenue-get-intelligent-synchronized-traffic-lights <p>Earlier this month, an <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/us/to-fight-gridlock-los-angeles-synchronizes-every-red-light.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">article in the New York Times</a> &nbsp;showcased Los Angeles for being the first major city&nbsp; in the world to synchronize every one of its 4,500 traffic signals. But closer to home, a similar project is already underway in Fresno, which could make commutes on Shaw Avenue quicker by the end of April. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra Romero reports.</p><p>-­­­­---------</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 16:14:28 +0000 Ezra David Romero 13295 at http://kvpr.org Fresno's Shaw Avenue to Get 'Intelligent' Synchronized Traffic Lights California's "Buy Here Pay Here" Used Car Industry Could Face New Regulations http://kvpr.org/post/californias-buy-here-pay-here-used-car-industry-could-face-new-regulations <p>The controversial &ldquo;Buy Here, Pay Here&rdquo; used car industry would face strict new regulations under several bills moving through the California legislature.</p><p>Search &ldquo;Buy Here, Pay Here&rdquo; on Google and the first website that pops up is &ldquo;We-Approve-Bad-Credit-dot-com.&rdquo; Dealers require buyers to make each month&rsquo;s loan payment in person. If they can&rsquo;t, their cars are often repossessed on the spot. Democratic State Senator Ted Lieu says his bill would apply similar regulations for typical auto lenders to the Buy Here, Pay Here industry.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:54:12 +0000 Ben Adler 1511 at http://kvpr.org