2020 Mazda CX-30 Test Results; The Future of Vehicle Communication | Talking Cars #253

2020 Mazda CX-30 Test Results; The Future of Vehicle Communication | Talking Cars #253

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We discuss our test results of the 2020, mazda CX 30 while, adding fuel stabilizer, effect your car's emissions, test and we, talk about some cutting edge safety technology, that might be on your next vehicle next, on talking, cars. Hi. Everybody welcome to another episode I'm, Mike Monticello I'm, Jake Fisher and I'm Jennifer stock burger, so. Before we jump into the news of the week I thought we'd jump into the Jenn stock burger news of the week because it's my understanding Jenn, you and your husband Jack recently. Made a pretty big purchase, yes we. Did so I'm happy to be here, yes we've been home, of course but my husband did return from Vermont this week because, we bought a new truck so. Very exciting, for him I think I've shared that we have a teenage, son who will be driving soon so, we're gonna pass down, the. Other, truck and my, husband now got a 20-19. F-150. Which he's super, happy about so. Yes, that's, awesome and I guess. A couple of questions I'm because you know everything, has been turned, on its ear these days with the corona virus pandemic I got, to imagine the whole you, know buying. Process, picking, it up process, and, also I mean are. There some pretty good deals out there did you get a pretty good deal or good financing, or yeah, so I and, you're who've hit right on it the the deal, on the price, wasn't. That far out of the realm of what we'd expect, in a normal time, you. Know we did be, able to get about six, percent off, sticker, we. Got them down about five hundred below invoice, so, that was good but the real deal to your point was on the financing. Because, it was a 20-19. We, have a zero percent eighty, four, month. It. Seems so, long for. Us right now it's awesome because we have college payments, and things like that so just to keep the payment, down it's, zero percent, maybe, we put that money on something with a little more interest, like a credit card wherever it might go so, it just allows some flexibility, I'm hoping, we don't use all seven. Years of that loan but. Yeah that the deals are more on the financing. And the, other thing we found there's, these huge rebates. That they advertise, those. Are mutually exclusive, you. Get the great four thousand dollars off or. You, get the great financing, rate you do not get both so. I think that, was common we shopped on a couple, other models of trucks, well and that, was pretty common it's the rebate or the, great financing, and. How did the whole you, know picking. Up the truck I mean we're used to you, know at the, Auto test center we're used to buying cars these days for our program, pretty, much all online through. Text, message or whatever we're, used to that I don't know if many other people are but now you pretty much everyone, has to do it that way but then there's a whole picking. Up the vehicle process or did, they deliver it to you yeah so so we absolutely did, all the negotiating. All of that was done by phone and text, and email we. Did go pick it up they, were they were willing to deliver but it was a little slower because you had to do. Mail, documents. Back and forth so. We opted to pick it up they, were very, you know the truck was sanitized. We, literally met with one person, we interacted, with one person with our face masks, on signed. All the documents with, our own pen. And. Talked. To the business manager, we were at the dealership in this room but, we talked to her as far as offering, extended warranty, etc, over the phone she just called us and walked us through all those documents, you know do we want extended, warranty do we want rust proofing all those extras, over, the phone so we literally interacted, with one salesperson, so in, some ways Jen was it actually easier. Now than. Then typical. With the way where they try to seem, like they want to try to upsell you on things in the dealership and keep you in the dealership as long as possible was that like, easier, it, was way more efficient, yes the one thing that we recognized, and we didn't need it because of what we do, is you. Missed the opportunity for them to sit, in the vehicle with you and kind, of go through the, menus, how, you hook up your phone etc, we, didn't need that because I was experienced, enough with the truck but. That's what someone who maybe. Was. Buying a car that they weren't familiar with they, might miss that opportunity he.

Actually Said he was willing to have, call us have us go out to the truck and he would walk us through some of that on the phone, but. We declined, that but that's what people might, miss in this current environment, purchasing, but overall a pretty good experience. Piano, does Jack does Jack love the drop he loves the truck I think, they're. Putting a picture up it's very red. But. He likes the color and and it's funny how his. Preferences. For what he wanted were a little different than mine and how we he. Wanted to only help more truck a little less features I was, more allowed to get something a little smaller get, some more features but if he's the one behind the wheel so yeah, and 2.7 EcoBoost, v-six right correct yes, yeah. Guys so okay. I think well that's awesome that's. Kind, of neat to get that like real in person experience. Of what what it's like to buy a car right now yeah let's, move on to. Actual. Auto news not just Jenn stock Berger auto news and. Jake we're gonna I'm gonna throw this one to you the. US. Auto industry recently, committed to v2x, expansion. Which if people don't know v2x. Is vehicle to everything, and, they're. Saying that they would install five million pieces of equipment over the next five years but, it's not quite that simple there's, some things, hedging. On whether they do this or not right Jake, yeah. That's right so um so, v2x, right the ability for your vehicle, to talk to other vehicles and infrastructure, I mean it is kind of the really, exciting thing. Of the future that's gonna really save a lot of lives that a lot of people aren't talking about and, the reason we're not talking about is because not happening, very quickly and. It. Really, comes down to a lot of the, ambiguity. And, whether or not well, look so if you're gonna talk to all these things right you need frequency, alright, just like your radio station, you go you've got to pick a frequency. Band and the, band that, they're using, the safety band, the, FCC, wants to basically give. It away so. They can't use it for safety anymore, why why do they want to do that well and they actually have a good point at the point is that it's being underutilized so. The HD oughta manufacture, no one's using it I mean there's only so much band right so I mean there's other there's, a lot of electronics, that could use this so, that's what the FCC is looking to do now the auto industry, is saying wait a minute, we're gonna use it and. You, know look, there's a reason why they haven't been using it there's competing technologies. And and and all these things but what's really exciting here, is that the the, biggest the. Alliance, for automotive. Innovation which, is basically all the auto industry together they're like hold on don't. Take it away we, promise, we're going to use it so they actually have, pledged over the next five years to have five million installations. Of these, so that's part of it so don't, take it away we're gonna be using it but the, the, kind of the latest news is, what's.

Been Kind of holding up a lot of things is like what technology, we need a cellular, we're gonna use this DSRC which is kind of almost like a like, a two-way, radio kind, of technology and nobody. Wants to invest a whole lot of money into one technology if, the. Other one is going to be. The long yeah that's kind of like you know Betamax, and versus VHS, right I mean you don't make the tapes if you don't know which is gonna one's, gonna die so, they've actually come. Up with a plan and what, they're saying is, that they'll use both, technology, for the next five years but then they're gonna make a decision and you. Know it would be great if like maybe, you, know the government went and said okay this is the way we're gonna go everyone, go that way and that would kind of open up the floodgates but, the auto industry, is stepping. Up and they're saying okay in five years we're, going to pick a winner and then, become a star, a phase-out, of the. Other technology, of the next ten ten years so this is look at the first most, concrete, solution. That we've seen and. There's a long time going into this I mean our policy department has been working hand. In hand with this Kelly Kelly Funkhouser, has been really, really involved in this talking to a lot of stakeholders so it's really exciting that we're kind, of getting something there but the crazy, part is that the FCC, is still. Talking. About taking, it away so, lots. Of pressure don't take away our safety band that. Everyone from the auto industry, to the department, transportation is saying don't do this bad idea there's, a lot, of benefit, to, holding. It open so we're gonna be, really, closely. Monitoring the situation over, the next couple months because. The FCC hasn't. Responded yet to this latest they, have. Not said that there wouldn't, gonna take away this the safety band and start using it for other other reasons so so we're doing everything we can and, so, are a lot of different, organizations, okay. But. You, know I. Just can't under you know underline. This moment where it's like the, safety regulators, the, d-o-t, the, the, auto manufacturers. I mean you know even like AT&T, I mean all of these they're all saying no use, this for safety use this ban for safety so everyone. Is kind of really fighting they actually see on that's not you know most everyone there's a few stakeholders, that that want to use it for something else but, um you, know it's some strange bedfellows for, sure, and why, is the FCC, pushing back so hard, well. They, just see there's other opportunities to use that band you know there's only so much so, they want to use it for like, Wi-Fi, and some other things but but, we we believe there's other places that if you want to expand Wi-Fi there's there's there's, there's other frequency, bands they could use for that for okay, go ahead Jeff I was just gonna say I call, it the if you build it we will come No if you maintain it, we will come we will fill it we will use it and I was saying you know this, technology.

Is Truly. One step, better in terms of crash avoidance you, know even when we think of automatic, emergency braking or, stability control they're still, reacting, to an imminent, crash the. Vita acts be a vehicle the vehicle vehicle, the infrastructure, is one. Step better in terms of saying hey there's this situation. Coming up or there's, this traffic, thing coming up and in. Helping, us one step further ourselves. From crashes, to, avoid, them in the first place and I just think it's super valuable, you. Know the manufacturers, now saying so do we write, well and even you know beyond the safety implications I mean if there's, a path that we want to do is towards, autonomous, vehicles, or any of that I mean, right now I mean there's news of you know I mean Tesla, is getting a situation, where they can they're trying to recognize the the, traffic, lights. It's, not, always perfect I mean this is a situation where they're communicating, the traffic lights so there's data and they know exactly when, not, just what's traffic light says but when it's going to change so there's just huge, implication, for this yeah not so not just safety but also just traffic flow which also in. Theory, should improve safety as well right that's right okay. Well we're. Obviously going to follow this story for. The next several months as long as it takes we, have a very, in-depth story on this topic up on our website consumer, portal so definitely, folks. Go out go, check that out let's. Move on to this. Week virtually. At the test track I say virtually because we're not at the test track but we have driven this car so this week we're going to talk about the 2020, mazda CX 30 which we have put. Through our complete test program, a little. Bit about the vehicle the CX 30 is. An, all-new SUV. From Mazda it's based on the Mazda 3 sedan, and hatchback it's. Going to compete against vehicles like the Nissan Rogue Sport and super cross track it's, bigger. Than the Mazda cx-3 smaller, than the cx-5. There's. Only one engine and transmission combo, it's a 2.5, liter 4 cylinder with, 186. Horsepower. Matched, with a six-speed automatic it can come. In front-wheel, drive or all-wheel drive, forward. Collision warning and automatic, emergency braking with, pedestrian detection, comes, standard on all CX 30s blind, spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning, are standard on all models other than the base version we, bought a CX 30 all-wheel, drive with, the preferred package, which. Adds things like a power driver seat with power lumbar support, heated, front. Seats and a 12 speaker Bose audio system all told our test, car came to twenty eight thousand, six, hundred and forty five dollars Jake. I'm going to throw it to you first. The, car's fully through our test program what. Do you think of it how did it do well, look I mean we actually pretty high hopes for this because, the. Cx-3. Was, always kind of kind of fun runabout, kind of a sporty. Driving small SUV, and. The, CX 30 which is really based on the Mazda, 3 this, newest Mazda 3 that came out that's really you. Know it's more grown-up it's more mature it's more you know it's quiet and, you, know effortless, I mean they really you. Matured, this vehicle, so it feels quite substantial, so I'm like hey great a nice substantial, small. SUV. You, know. Wow sounds. Great. Unfortunately. Once. You started living with it I mean you look at it and like you look at the interior in the interior is pretty nice but, really when, you drive it it's it's. Not, as grown-up as the Mazda 3 I mean it's a little bit it just feels tinnier, it's. A little bit noisier, the, ride isn't quite, as nice. You. Know honestly, you know especially you mentioned, the price I mean it gives, a really, good reason to buy a cx-5. Quite, honestly because, there isn't that much daylight. When you start growing up that smaller, SUV. You, know the cx-5 is a great. Vehicle. For so. Many reasons and if you really you know say you want to save a little money get a you cx-5, or even get a Mazda, mazda3. I mean you could get the hatch you get that with all-wheel drive not. That much smaller so um it's. Kind of trying to be this goal that go to the next car kind of like right in the middle it. Kind of highlights some, of their better offerings quite honestly yeah, I mean Jen would you say would you agree that for a little bit more money you.

Would You know say maybe the cx-5 offers. Some of the things that the cx30. Kind. Of let you down like what are the areas that let you down about this yes 30 the biggest areas yeah so for me and again I always question like Jake says why sometimes, the manufacturers, squeeze. Some, model, in there when, they had two good offerings on either side I think in this case it is the competition, I mean just, look around how many rogues how many cross tracks, do you see they felt I think like they needed something in that space those, are some pretty good competitors, to. Go up against, and I, think for me the, size isn't, quite, you, know we described, it as cocoon-like. You. Know I would even go a little further that. For, me it's a little. Tight, bordering, on almost like a claustrophobic, you know we talk about those squatty, windows, being, very close to the a-pillar I mean you really feel to, me the tightness, yeah Headroom you feel like you feel like the a-pillars would like right where your head is yes yes, so so that. To me and on, the other end you know you do fit and finish you were saying the fit and finishes, nice almost. Luxury, like in this car, so it's. This give. And take to. Me a little too much take I would agree with Jake why not just go up to a cx-5, and and, have the room back or a little bit more of the room back in that, case so and I do think it's some pretty tough competition for, the cf-30 yeah. It is funny how we do have these high, expectations, you know I think as a group pretty much, at. The auto test Center for Mazda products because we typically we typically like them quite a bit because they're sort of like this they've. Become this sort of cheaper, you. Know more inexpensive. BMW, but with the you know good handling and usually, pretty, pretty. Good ride and they've and for, a while there they were loud inside but. Then they improved that on a lot of their models then and they man, they really have stepped up the interior quality, and presentation, versus pretty much all their other competitors, but, you get in this thing and for me like, you know 186. Horsepower for a small vehicle like that should, be fine yet, somehow it's not you know like it. This engine really needs to be revved pretty, high to get you know the real acceleration, if you really you, know need some real good oomph but, then the engines kind of has this sort of, what.

Izzy Yeah it's kind of a house of this weird raspy, note that you just weren't expecting, from the vehicle at all and then it, you. Know just it does some things like the transmission sometimes holds gears, a little long you, think well why is it not up shifting, you know to the next gear and it's not, but. I will say there, are so good things about it too I mean you know the handling is really nice it. Has you know pretty eager steering, I will, also say despite, being kind of us that. Hemmed in feeling once I sat, down into, the driving position I didn't think it was that bad you know I was actually pretty good Headroom has, comfortable, well placed arm rests and. And, you know we talk about center, consoles, him and you in these days right it's a problem, in a lot of vehicles what Mazda actually padded that area slightly where they're right needed so I mean they, tried with some things but then when you think about the visibility, and this. Kind of busy, ride that it has on back roads you start to think I mean it's just, cx-5. Just seems like such a better, choice if you have to stretch a little bit it just seems like that's the way you want to go I would, certainly recommend that, people considering, the cx30, absolutely. Go out and give it a good thorough Drive, with. All the drivers that might be in it because like you say you were comfortable, but when I have to pull my short leg itself up it. Feels more yeah, yeah um, and what, we didn't touch on infotainment, and, controls, Jake I know that's always a big thing with you you know the way Maz is doing it these days is you. They don't have touchscreens like a lot of like really most cars. Out there it's you have to control it the the center console controller or the steering, wheel but, we're not really a big. Fans of the ease of use of this system right, no. I mean there's a reason why there's. A reason my own with I mean like, the whole industry, has made a decision right I mean touchscreens. Have kind. Of one I mean even the the, ones you, know you look at the you know BMWs. That were you know holding out for the longest time they're even doing cut screens, so. It, kind, of makes sense at least giving the option of the touchscreen, you, know, Mazdas. Zigging, well everyone's zagging, and they. Don't give you that option and, you have to use the the knob some, people like it I you, know you get used to it you could remember. The, sequences, and whatnot, but, I think it's a shame not giving you that option especially when you start integrating things like you, know carplay, and android auto which are just you, know they're really designed for a touchscreen interface so you know to, go and see the icons, that you're so familiar with and have to like kind of scroll, through them is just you, know converse them for really no reason yeah. So, unfortunately. A little bit of a letdown, but, you, know especially in light of there's there's better competitors, and there's, you know a vehicle within Mazdas don't line up that you, might want to stretch yourself to the, CF s-- v to get that instead of the cx30 but we do have full road test results, up on our website consumerreports.org, please. Go check that out. Why don't we move on to audience, questions how does that sound sounds. Good I'm in okay. And don't forget folks uh send, those questions comments, 30-second, video clips two talking cars at icloud.com. Hopefully. You guys like seeing us guess what we like seeing you too so send those video questions and those those, just make it a little more fun.

And Speaking of video questions we're going to start today with Jackson. From, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Let's. See what Jackson has to say today sadly. I've now had two Subaru legacies, with. Blown engines and so I'm looking at getting a replacement, something. Less than, ten, thousand dollars safe. Reliable. As. Well as fun to drive stick, shift is, preferable, I was, thinking about a, 2011. To. 2012. Infiniti, g37. But I want to get your take thanks, see, you in the next one okay. Jenn well why, don't we start with you I we all made some picks for Jackson, let's hear what and we don't know what each one of us picked so let's start with you and let's hear what, your pick is right so so I again, the Infiniti, G that Jackson, mentions good choice but, my concern there, was that he was going from a legacy to, a G maybe, feeling, kind of the constraints, of the roominess inside, the G so, what I said, speaking, of liking Mazdas. Was, like a. 2015. Era, Mazda. 6 so. A little bit sporty, manual. Available maybe, not such a jump, in terms of room for. Him. One. Thing I didn't know is whether, Jackson, needed, the all-wheel drive you, know he came from a legacy he, was picking the G not. Sure, so, as a backup and again I know we're not supposed to have to but. I said maybe something, like a 2013. Audi, a4, I know. It's a little upscale, but. The price is in the right range and I think you know when we show the prices most. People are buying manuals, are not buying manuals, so maybe the prices actually were a little lower for it for the manually equipped vehicles. And would would sink in with his $10,000 range but. Yeah little, little sporty on the mazda6, side would be my first pick okay, well. Those sound like pretty good choices to me Jake what do you think of Jen's choices, and do you have a better one for Jackson probably not of course every better one No okay. First of all I need to get to know Jackson, better too I really make a good. Choice here so all I could do is kind of guess a few things about Jackson, and my. Guess wasn't he needed a whole lot of room my, guess was he was real looking for like sporty. And when you look at the legacy I mean it is all wheel drive but it's not front-wheel drive and, when. You're a car enthusiast I, mean you know front-wheel drive. It's. Nice you, know but I think there's something about either all-wheel drive or real-wheel drive so, for, me the. G is one of my favorites, cars I. Mean, probably in the 20, years I've been here it's probably one of the cars Ivers really, really enjoyed driving if I was that was one of the first ones I was really you know drifting, on the track with and, just just, really, just amazing. You know feedback, and control. So. Yeah I'm a huge fan and if you need the space you, know there's the coupe which. Is really nice and it was available with a stick shift which is very, nice so I would say just go for it and the reliability, was very, very good it's kind of interesting that you know I mean to me it was kind of like the the the. High-water mark for I think for Infiniti was that G right, yeah those. Two years 2011. 2012, were very good especially the 2011. Model was much, better than average reliability, 2012. Was. Above. Average reliability yeah. So I mean reliability, for sure you, know they took kind of a tumble in terms of reliability with, the, q50, that came after it but also in terms of just the sportiness, and the fun everything, about it was just because it's high-water mark that you know if any was trying to find itself they were like fancy you, know Nissan's, for a while now. I think they're you know a little bit lost in some, ways that G I think was just that the mark that, the M was really nice to but I mean that G was just great. Car and and it can you could get it affordably, right now so, yeah I totally. Agree with you Jake that was my first thing was if, you if you like that G and you can get it and if you can find one in a manual transmission.

There's. Certain plenty of 7-speed, automatic sout, there might be a little harder to find one with a manual but, yeah. That G the first time I drove an Infiniti G was, just it was so fun to drive like you said it was a great car. For kind, of sliding it around on the track, just. Just, has the great rear-wheel, drive. Dynamics. That did. You know people who really like sporty cars would love I. Come, up with one other option in case just, you know as opposed to the G is a and and you, may have already proved me wrong about this Jake because you said you know not front-wheel-drive but I thought well what about a 2013. Mazda3. And. This is not just to prove that we like Mazdas because I know we kind of bashed on the cx30, a little bit but the 2013. Mazda3 much, better than average reliability you can get it with a manual transmission I could. See it being if he likes that space of the legacy the mazda3 smaller, rights but if you get the hatchback you then well now you're free and space up again so or. Or. If you just get the monster set yeah. Yeah you're always right Jen Jax is far more practical than you guys are giving him I, really, like how we even this out it's, Weldon right okay, all right Jackson, hopefully that helps, you a little bit or maybe makes you more confused, move. On to Jerry. In Arizona, Jerry says during, my quarantine, at home I've. Taken my Kia Optima, out for two 20-minute Drive Steve to, keep the battery charged as well as topped off my gas tank no. One I won't be driving as much I also added some fuel stabilizer, my car is due for its emission test in a month and I was wondering how the stabilizer, could affect the test if at all should, I try to use that whole tank up before the test Jake, let's throw it to you first fuel. Stabilizer, will it have any effect on an emissions test it shouldn't you should be absolutely fine if, anything, there's some probably some cleaners. In there that are probably going to improve things I mean there's a there's a chance, that your emissions, might actually improve but, I would, not, worry. About it you, could certainly go through the emissions and also the amount that you're putting in there is really so small, that in, terms burning, it's just like it's, only a few ounces it's gonna only be a few ounces right right.

So Don't worry about it don't just use up you know go for a drive if you want to but don't, use it up just for emissions okay, let's. Move on to the next question, Kurt from Cincinnati, says I have, never been disappointed in any vehicle Jenn stock burger liked, oh come, on Kurt you gotta be kidding me or don't kiss up to her she already has a big, enough very, red, head, okay. Anyway. Kurt. Continues, so I'm hoping to get some of her advice I. We rented a 2020, Hyundai Sonata and was, very impressed however the, performance of headlights is extremely, important to me and I won't even consider buying it until, generates, those headlights Jen how did they perform am i safe to buy this car for those of you that don't know Jen stock burger is in charge of our headlight testing at the auto test center so Jen how, did how what. Do you have to say to your biggest fan so Kurt is obviously again, another very bright, individual, no bright, bright, headlights, oh I, didn't, get that very good yes, but, no it is funny when you find someone it may not even be someone who has similar tastes as you and it seems like you know it could be a car it could be decorating. It could be fashion, like you just like everything, they do so. I get that you know we have mothers that we work with and I'm like if they like it I probably like it but, in a short answer yes you are good we have tested, the 2020, Sonata headlights, they, are good, they. Are standard, LEDs, just so you are aware Kurt, so they're very bright and white but. They do a good job of lighting the road both low or high beam, and. They have standard, Hyundai's, High Beam Assist or. What we would call automatic, high beams so they help you take advantage of that, add, additional, high beam seeing distance more often so, yes you are good if you like the car otherwise and that was the deal breaker be. Rest, assured that you will have good visibility which. Is which is interesting because you have found out Jen correct me if I'm wrong that LEDs, don't always, give. As good of a you know distant seen distance down the road as you would like but this one actually was okay right and I would say the same about any headlight, technology, there are good and bad of. Halogen. LEDs. Even, HIDs which are becoming less less. Commonplace. But, you. Really have to judge you can't say that just because it's, an LED it's, going to be better is it going to be brighter absolutely. Is it gonna be wider probably. But, is it going to get further visibility. Straight, ahead down, the road maybe, not and we've seen that time and time again we've, seen halogens, outperform. LEDs, you, know when we're out there at on the same test night many, many times just in terms of absolute seeing distance okay. All right let's move on to our final question this one comes from Brad Brad, says I've watched talking, cars for a while and became a CR member because of it I'm sorry to do this but, I have to ask Jake to turn in his driving enthusiast card for only choosing SUVs, as dis, favorite vehicles, to drive in episode, 247. Jake, Byrne what. Anything. Any Brad. Continues, any way during that discussion you, mentioned how cars must. Now have pedestrian, detection to, be considered a top pick these. Systems can cost a fortune to replace and knowing that cars stay on the road for an average of 10 to 12 years is there a tipping point where, they will be on so many cars that accidents, and therefore, insurance, premiums will go down or, are we stuck paying more insurance and repairs forever Jake we're gonna start with you because first, cuz Brad called you out on your apparent, complete. Love of SUVs, and also. So you need to do some Jay explaining about that and also maybe you can talk to his actual answer not. Answering the question no. I'm. Trying to remember when I said my favorite cars to drive our SUVs, I mean, I'll, have to invite people to go back and check that I mean, I know when it comes to SUVs there's like some, cars that are better for enthusiasts, like this XY we're talking about but, it. Could be an enthusiast, oriented, SUV, you might choose but you know. You ever going out saying you're. You. Just said it to infinity, gee I I, think I just heard the, G but yeah. My favorite cars to drive incidentally. Are cars that have stick shifts and I'm not there's not a whole lot of SUVs, with section s right that's that wasn't the question okay right so um questions, about pedestrian, detection and this, is a really, good one, so. Look. A lot of these, advanced. Safety systems, so you know get these cameras, and sensors and if. You're in a crash. You, do have to replace them and they do cost some money when. It comes to a pedestrian detection it's. Not a whole, lot additional. Hardware, it's, more of like kind of smarts to recognize the the pedestrian.

And. When you have like you know some of the the sensors that are behind the windshield and they're high up I mean they're not probably not going to be impacted. In a crash it's not that they're gonna wear out I mean these cameras, and things like that it's like oh it's it's old so it's just breaking on its own so we don't see a lot of that but. Absolutely. Crash, damage they do cost more but. The. Way to think about it is these, are systems that prevent. You from getting, into crashes so. If you're having less crashes. It offsets, the additional, costs, in fact, in many cases you're, actually paying less in the long run, because. You. Know if each crash cost a little bit more but you're getting a lot less crashes, you're, saving, money and that, is what the Insurance Institute has, has, seen, this is what insurance companies are actually seeing this is why they're actually giving you insurance benefits. Sometimes, in these because, they realize that even though it's more expensive it's preventing, these these crashes. Yeah. Well, in its and speaking, of you. Know less crashes, I mean, right now because of so many people across, the country, isolating, it at home that, just aren't as many people out on the roads right now you got to think we're gonna have less crashes, I've. Heard there's in big cities there's less pollution I mean, this is this coronavirus, has had an interesting weird, effect. On things, yeah. So just, on that point UC, Davis did a big study isolated. To California, but still and they put some hard numbers to. The, crashes, that have been avoided, since, the stay at home order, in California. So, they were saying Californians. In the 22. Days have. Estimated. A 40 million dollar a, day savings, because of the lack of crashes. And, they broke it down and it was stuff with it what I found interesting, it wasn't stuff you think about you know like through this question, yes insurance, premiums but they brought up the ambulance. Drivers, that have to respond, the street workers to have to go clean up the crash the. The. Fact that insurance. Premiums, are pooled so. All of us who aren't crashing. For are still paying for those who are and that, investment, money you, know that the premiums, don't necessarily, offset, all the costs. Of a crash and it's the investment, of that money that actually pays for the claims, so, this whole thing about all these pooled resources. Medical. Insurance premium, the injury, and death, you, know costs. Related, to motor vehicle crashes. If those, come down all our, health, insurance medical. Insurance premiums come down so what's this huge, picture, of what. Avoiding. Crashes, can. Benefit, all of us in terms of pay maybe, not immediately in, that yes you have to replace your AE, B or your pedestrian, detection system, but in so many other ways that, crash avoidance has, real, cost, benefits, to all of us and it was a very very neat study at fifth you want to read it well, and and it's interesting you what, you bring up there Jen because you, know we we, are I've been asked you, know to isolate. At home to stay at home as much as possible and of course you, need to get out sometimes you know, not just for your vehicles sake for your own sake maybe you just go for a drive or to go for you, know maybe a hike in the woods but. You actually should. Think about, maybe. Not doing too much even excess driving because think about it the, more people on the road the bigger, the chance of getting an accident, now you're asking, more health workers to get involved in something that they didn't need to, have gotten involved in whether it's the fire fire, people police, the. Health workers at the hospital, so I mean yes, get, out and drive, your car a little bit and don't go stir-crazy but you know it is a good idea to still.

Right Now minimize, any excess, of driving that you don't have to do well, I think it's driving and it's kind of that sign up everyone has now it's like stay safe and everyone's kind of thinking about you know be careful and don't get coronavirus. But the. Truth is I mean it's you know I think of it all the time you know if I'm running the trails I'm taking, it easy past those rocks if I'm going mountain biking I'm not going down that that, over that rock that I normally do I'm gonna walk it because, you don't want to wind up having, to have any kind of emergency for, whatever. You're doing yep all, right well let's all stay safe out there okay folks that's gonna do it for this episode if, you want to learn more about the cars and the topics we talked about you can click on the links in the show notes don't. Forget to send those questions comments. 30-second. Video clips two talking cars at icloud.com. Thank you so much for watching and we'll see you all next week. You.

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