In-Car Tech

Honda, Acura would like to give you feedback on your driving habits, free of charge

Honda and Acura are giving customers the opportunity to get feedback on their driving habits.

Photo courtesy of Acura

Vehicles enabled with AcuraLink and HondaLink are now able to give owners feedback on their driving habits - free of charge. In fact, it may actually save you some money.

The new Driver Feedback app-based feature can provide vehicle sensor-based driving score. The scores are designed to encourage better, more fuel-efficient driving techniques by giving drivers insights into their behind-the-wheel behaviors that have a proven correlation with insurance claims, including crash occurrences.

2020 Acura RDX Drivers of the current-generation Acura RDX are eligible to participate in the program. Photo courtesy of Acura

Components of the drive experience that are analyzed include smooth driving (smooth accelerations and gentle braking), speed responsibility (speed and fuel economy), consistent driving (time of driving each day - commuters are less likely to crash when they travel at the same time each day), driving time (what hours driving takes place, avoiding risky driving hours), and time behind the wheel (there is a correlation between time behind-the-wheel and the average likelihood of being involved in a crash).

The feature is powered by Verisk Analytics. When customers agree to the program's terms, Verisk will analyze the data the vehicle's sensors provides and push a driving score to the owner's app.

According to Verisk's analysis of driving behaviors and insurance risk, the lowest scoring drivers are seven times more likely to be involved in a crash or have an insurance claim than those with the highest scores.

Those who are eligible for the program include owners who have ever signed up for a complementary trial trial or subscribed to any AcuraLink or HondaLink package.

Eligible Acura models include:

Eligible Honda models include:

Discounts are available on insurance rates in 42 U.S. states. The amount of discounts and ability to apply for them varies by states and insurance companies.

Some participants may receive score-based offers for insurance discounts after three months of participating in the program.

Participation in Driver Feedback is optional at all times, and no specific vehicle or personal information is shared with any third parties, including insurance providers, without authorization from the subscriber.

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Off-road performance truck

Shelby American announces new Ford F-150 Raptor

Shelby just announced the new truck, which has a starting price of more than $124,000.

Shelby American

The third-generation Ford F-150 Raptor is a true off-road menace, with a strong turbocharged V6, beefy tires and shocks, and a luxury-level interior. Most people would consider the truck overkill for all but the hardest-core off-road enthusiasts, but the wizards at Shelby American have other ideas. As it has done with Ford vehicles for years, Shelby gave the new Raptor a performance makeover, and the finished product is quite impressive.

Shelby F-150 Raptor There's no mistaking a Shelby-tuned Raptor. Shelby American

The F-150 Raptor is already a capable beast, but Shelby turns things up a few notches. Performance upgrades include a performance intake and high-flow filter, an aluminum intercooler, a tune that pushes power to more than 525 ponies and 610 pound-feet of torque, a Shelby exhaust, and a BDS lift kit. The Shelby Raptor rides on 18-inch wheels with 37-inch BFG KM3 Mud Terrain tires.

If you’re thinking Shelby slaps a few go-fast parts on the Raptor and calls it good, think again. The truck’s interior features embroidered custom leather upholstery and exclusive floor mats. A unique serial number plate is mounted in the dash. Shelby also fits billet racing pedals, carbon fiber accents, and deep tinted windows.

Outside, the Raptor gest several touches to let everyone know it’s not a standard Ford. A special Shelby hood with intake and extraction vents is standard, along with power side steps with rock sliders. A bevy of Shelby logos and badging grace the truck’s body, and both bumpers have been replaced with steel units to accommodate light bars and additional tow points.

Shelby F-150 Raptor Shelby fits performance parts and gives the truck a tune.Shelby American

If you’re hoping to be one of the insane few to own a Shelby Raptor, get your wallet ready. The truck’s base price starts at $124,820, which includes the MSRP of the truck itself. That said, it’s unclear how extreme demand and supply chain issues will impact Shelby’s ability to get new trucks to modify.

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Dream job alert

You could become Dodge's Chief Donut Maker

You can apply to become a Dodge ambassador with some great perks.

Dodge

One lucky person is about to win the car enthusiast's job of a lifetime, though only for a year. Beginning today, Dodge is accepting applications for its new and temporary Chief Donut Maker

If the title alone isn't enough to make the job sound appealing, the benefits are seemingly endless. The lucky new Dodge "employee" will pick up a $150,000 salary, along with the opportunity to drive an SRT Hellcat company car for the year. Additionally, the winner will participate in all manner of racing and car-related events, take courses at Radford Racing School, and get a load of Dodge-branded clothing.

Dodge is Hiring a Chief Donut Maker www.youtube.com

If you're reading this and thinking it sounds like a blast - you're right. There's a catch, however, which comes in the form of an intense consideration process that culminates in a racing event with a pro driver on a closed course. A panel of judges will evaluate the video entries, and wrestler Bill Goldberg will oversee the race between the top ten finalists. Dodge says the series of eliminations will air like a reality TV show, with the winner being revealed in the final episode.

Today is the opening day of the application period. You have until February 28 to submit your short video, which can be a maximum of two minutes. Get busy making your video and head here to submit it before the deadline.

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