Drivers Stay Focused With “Head Up Display”

One of the coolest driving innovations to help a driver keep his eyes on the road is the “head up display,” a feature that makes driving safer by projecting key information on the windshield.

Head up display is a transparent image projected onto the vehicle’s windshield with vital information like mph.

The system can display information like miles per hour, cruise control speed and safety features like lane departure warning and forward obstruction warning.

The transparent display provides information to drivers without requiring users to look away from their usual viewpoints. The origin of the name stems from a pilot being able to view information with their head positioned “up” and looking forward, instead of angled down looking at lower instruments.

Head Up Displays Evolved from Aviation

First patented by the Royal Air Force during World War II, the head up display enabled the de Havilland Mosquito to fly faster and easier at night, said Road and Track magazine.

Modified for cars, a head up display projects a transparent image on the vehicle’s windshield showing the kind of information the driver would normally get off the vehicle’s dashboard. The virtual image displayed on the windshield appears to be floating around the front edge of the hood.

The information is displayed in the driver’s line of sight so the driver doesn’t have to look away from the road to find out what he or she needs to know.

Head up display shows traffic patterns, miles per hour and road markings.

Premium marques like Audi and BMW are all offering them. But head up displays are also trickling down into the mainstream. They can also be useful in conditions of bad visibility, like fog, because they’re usually connected to systems that use radar and infra-red sensors, so the driver can tell where the road markings are, according to Autobytel.

Vehicles with built-in head-up displays may have a special film or optics-enhancing plastic on the windshield glass to prevent image distortion or secondary reflection.

Different systems may display different functions. For example, the Lexus system can show radio stations and fuel usage while the Cadillac system and several others project an impossible-to-ignore red warning when the forward collision alert activates.

Used cars brands that include the the head up display include certain Buicks, Chevrolets, numerous BMW models, Ford Shelbys, Toyota Prius, certain Volvos, Mazdas, Jaguars, Maseratis and Mini Coopers, to name a few.

Some car experts  believe the feature will eventually become as standard as Bluetooth.

Head Up Apps are an Alternative to Factory Installation

If your vehicle doesn’t have head up technology, you can always download a free app that does pretty much the same thing at no cost, according to HowtoGeek.com.

The apps work by “brightly displaying a reverse image of your speed (tracked through the phone’s internal GPS) on the windshield when the phone is mounted on top of the dashboard itself,” HowtoGeek.com reports. Your windshield then reflects this image back to you with any information the app collects.

There are also third-party head up displays, which work by linking to either your phone’s internal GPS or finding a signal of their own from a satellite. The device then estimates how fast your car is going at any given time, and displays the information back on the windshield. The information and display are less sophisticated.

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Auto Buffs Showcase Their Offbeat Rides

NORTH PALM BEACH – The four auto enthusiasts sat together on folding chairs, ribbing each other about their cars and occasionally fielding questions about their cool rides.

The crowd flowing into Cars and Coffee Palm Beach, used to a steady diet of high-end exotics and super-charged muscle cars, noticed they were offering something different.

 A rust-encrusted 1950 Ford COE (cab over engine), a 1937 Chevrolet Coupe,  a 1927 red Ford T-Bucket and an imposing white 1955 Chevrolet sedan delivery were creating a buzz that set them apart.

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Tony Magri poses with his 1950 COE, a truck he built with parts from eight vehicles.

 “It is what it is. I don’t want to fix it,” said a grinning Tony Magri, when asked about his rusty farm truck with the words, “Wilbur Pleasant, Pearl City, ILL” on the drivers side door. “Give me your car, $6,000 and 60 years and I’ll give you back this truck.”

 The way he sees it, his custom rust bucket is seasoned to perfection.

 ‘Knuckleheads Car Club’  Composed of Fun-Loving Auto Enthusiasts

Meet the Knuckleheads Car Club, an unofficial group of fun-loving car buffs who tinker on vintage rides, poke fun at each other and revel in the thrill of rebuilding. Florida Fine Cars spoke with the group to find out more.

 Lantana resident Art Rauch’s hearse-like white 1955 Chevrolet sedan delivery was pure eye candy for the car lover who favors something different. The 16-foot long station wagon — built like a tank — is one of three registered in Florida, two of which belong to Rauch.

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Art Rauch’s 1955 Chevrolet sedan delivery is often mistaken for a hearse.

“The frame is stock all the way to the back. The car has been back-halfed,” Rauch explained. “It brings the frame in narrower so you can put wider tires on it.”

Admirers posed for pictures with the car, nodding in admiration.

At first glance, Magri’s reconfigured tractor trailer appeared to be a vintage farm truck. But it’s really a surprising patchwork of auto parts.

Magri, a former truck driver who owns Tony’s 561 Garage in West Palm Beach, bought the rusty old semi truck from a farmer who used it until 2010 to transport a corn shucker. Magri converted the cab to a pickup truck and rebuilt everything else. The end product is the result of about 400 hours of work, he said.

When he started, the hood of the truck was about 10 feet high. The truck is built on a Dodge dually chassis, with a Dodge transmission and a Dodge engine.

“It’s a combination of eight vehicles. The cab is Ford, it has customized 1957 Chevy bumpers, the turn signals are from a Harley Davidson and the hood emblem is from a 1950 Buick,” Magri said. “The visor is off a 1949 Pontiac, the tail lights are from a 1959 Cadillac and it’s all built on a 1972 Mini Winnie motorhome chassis.”

What’s not to like?

“I LOVE it,” said passerby Mike Hartsock, of Hobe Sound. “It’s a classic.”

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Tony Nardullo’s 1937 Chevrolet Coupe was originally used as a delivery vehicle.

 Nearby, Royal Palm Beach resident Tom Nardullo’s sleek black 1937 Chevrolet Coupe was turning heads.

 The 1950s hot rod has been modified and sports an engine with three carburetors and gleaming chrome air filter covers. The car has a single bench seat.

“It was originally used to deliver things.They were called a ‘business coupe.’ They would put things in the trunk,” Nardullo said.

The gas mileage?  Terrible, and it leaks oil constantly.

“It’s messy to keep in the garage,” Nardullo confessed. His wife hates it.

Johnny Tortorella’s 1927 red Ford T Bucket is a showstopper but you wouldn’t know it by talking to Magri. Magri refers to the car as a “dune buggy” to get a rise out of his friend.

 Tortorella hits back by lobbing insults at Magri’s rusty old truck.

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This 1927 Ford T Bucket was built from a kit. No, it’s NOT a dune buggy!

“We make fun of each other’s cars all the time,” Tortorella chuckled.

The T Bucket is a replica of a Model T Ford that was “chopped up” to look like it is today. The car has a 300 HP motor and weighs just 1,500 pounds so it’s pretty quick.

There’s no door so you have to jump in. Tortorella built it for about $20,000 from a kit. It’s equipped with a a 350 HP Chevrolet motor.

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Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,500 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in MargateHollywood and Miami.

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Florida Fine Cars Launches Car Subscription Service

WEST PALM BEACH — Tired of driving the “same old, same old” but not ready to buy a new car and not interested in a long-term lease?

If you’re fickle when it comes to figuring out what kind of ride makes you smile because you like to switch it up, Florida Fine Cars has the key to your dreams.

Welcome to AmeriDrive, a user-friendly car subscription service the allows members to drive a vehicle for seven days or longer, then pick out something new and hit the road again.AmeriDrive_Color_450x150_r1

With AmeriDrive, motorists simply download an app to their phone, choose a car, decide how long to keep it and when they will pick it up. The service launched on July 1, 2018.

“Buying a car should be simple, but it is instead often seen as stressful and a hassle,” said Ramin Farahmand, co-owner of Florida Fine Cars, the parent company of AmeriDrive. “People need an alternative that puts their minds at ease and gives them options.”

AmeriDrive will leverage the car subscription technology and services of Flexdrive to facilitate on-demand car subscriptions via mobile devices.

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Agustin Perret-Gentil believes services like AmeriDrive are the industry’s future.

Agustin Perret-Gentil, chief operating officer of AmeriFinance which owns Ameridrive, said people love the service.

“It’s a one-week commitment and the payment includes everything – insurance, maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance,” Perret-Gentil said. “It’s very easy to use. You download the Android app and browse the inventory. And you can swap the cars as much as you want. We’re like Netflix – you get to pick what you want and you pay as you drive.”

Flexdrive will help Florida Fine Cars continue to evolve and grow, while also reaching existing customers and new consumers in a different, compelling way, Farahmand said. The family-owned dealership has stores in West Palm Beach, Margate, Hollywood and Miami.

“A car subscription program is truly an ah-hah moment for dealerships when you consider its advantages: recurring monthly revenue, enhanced CSI scores and customer retention as well as more options for consumers with changing needs,” said Jose Puente, CEO of Flexdrive.

Drivers can choose from a mix of makes, models and price points that will suit everything from day-to-day needs to special occasions where getting noticed is what it’s all about. 

It’s an alternative to traditional car buying and leasing that makes driving fun: don’t like the car you chose? Find a new one and hit the road.

And while the majority of vehicles are full-size or mid-size late model sedans and compact vehicles, drivers can also browse full-size and compact SUVs, luxury cars and even trucks.

Their ultimate goal is to eventually rent out 1,000 cars, Perret-Gentil said.

“The way we see it is this is the future of the industry,” he added.

Here’s what you need to subscribe:

  • A valid drivers license
  • A refundable $250 deposit
  • Be 25 years or older
  • A valid credit card
  • Three years of clean driving history
  • A mobile phone

Looking for luxury? Buckle up in a 2015 Audi A3 Premium Plus for $299 a week. Or take a spin in a 2015 Cadillac Escalade for $599 per week. A sporty elegance of a 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 runs $499 per week.

And that’s just a small sampling of the variety this subscription service has to offer.

The app lets you browse a huge variety of cars, making it easy to pick something that fits your sense of style.

The subscription payment includes insurance, roadside assistance and maintenance so you don’t have to worry about anything but picking up the keys.

And remember, if you don’t like the car or want to try something else, just switch it up using the app on your phone.

“Florida Fine Cars is a progressive dealership and constantly thinking about how best to evolve to meet consumer demand, while also moving toward mobility and the future of the automotive industry. The launch of AmeriDrive points straight to the forward-thinking that’s core to their business,” Puente added.

Interested customers simply download the Flexdrive app to their phone, apply for membership, view the cars and locations available in South Florida through Florida Fine Cars and pick up the car, or visit www.MyAmeriDrive.com to learn more.

Florida Fine Cars Makes Used Car Shopping Easy

Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,500 quality used cars priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach just north of Palm Beach International Airport and just off Florida’s Turnpike, and in MargateHollywood and Miami.

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Revolve: A Luxury Car Membership That Makes It Easy to Drive in Style

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Revolve co-owner Asoka Veeravagu stands next to a BMW i8, one of many luxury cars available to Revolve members.

NORTH PALM BEACH – Ever wish you could take a BMW i8 for a spin without coughing up a whopping $150,000 to own this classy ride?

And what if you see a car you like better and wish you’d shopped around more before signing on the dotted line?

The answer is “Revolve,” a luxury automotive subscription service and the brainchild of former GM engineering director Asoka Veeravagu, the company’s co-founder and CEO. The service allows members to drive the luxury car of their dreams for a few months and then switch it out for something else.FFC Logo New Car

Try out a Tesla and if it turns out to be too high tech, swap it out for an Aston Martin, Cadillac, Corvette, Maserati, Mercedes, Audi or Jaguar. Just pick your ride and hit the road.

Florida Fine Cars caught up with the company’s founders at a recent Cars and Coffee car meet to find out more.

How the Idea of a Car Membership Evolved

While at GM, Veeravagu’s employee ID and executive status gave him had access to a warehouse of high-end cars for personal driving. The idea for Revolve was born out of that business experience, he said.

“Why doesn’t this exist for consumers in the real world?” Veeravagu wondered. So he and co-owner Scott Blando made it happen. They opened the business in May 2017 and have been going strong ever since.

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Asoka Veeravagu, co-owner of Revolve, at a recent Cars and Coffee car meet in North Palm Beach.

Their customers are people who love to drive but may not want to own the same luxury vehicle for three years, Veeravagu said.

“Revolve provides flexibility and variety where it’s never existed in the auto world if you’re a car lover and you appreciate fine cars,” he added.

Don’t expect to find a Volkswagen Beetle or a Mazda M3 at Revolve.

Cars Available Via Revolve Membership Pack a Punch

“All of our cars are what we call ‘Wow’ cars. All are special and all evoke emotion,” Veeravagu said. “The BMW i8 is gorgeous and it looks like a spaceship just landed. But not everyone wants to own it for three years.”

A marketing brochure describes Revolve as a “revolutionary driving experience” and a “frictionless automotive service.”

“With our premium vehicle subscription service, you don’t choose one luxury vehicle, you can drive them all,” the brochure says.

Membership Means Hassle-Free Driving

Vascular surgeon David Feldbaum of Plantation has been a Revolve member since the day it opened and loves it.

He owns several exotic cars but doesn’t like to drive them regularly. He has three young children and he likes large luxury cars for daily use. So joining Revolve made sense.

“The reason why I like this company is it’s hassle free. I basically pay one fee and they deliver the cars to me. They pick it up if it needs any maintenance. They will swap it out for another car. It is really nice to know they will meet me where ever I am,” Feldbaum said. “They also include the insurance so I don’t have to worry about contacting my insurance company every month about changing vehicles.”

Feldbaum also likes the variety of changing vehicles every two months. So far he’s driven an Audi RS7, a Mercedes s550, a Range Rover and a Porsche Panamera.

“I look at these cars as carefree driving of luxury car on a daily basis. I work in it, I take it back and forth to the gym and the grocery store. It’s also a nice car to take the family out to dinner,” Feldbaum said.

How a Revolve Membership Works

  • Joining Revolve requires a $500 membership fee
  • Participation costs $2,300 a month
  • Vehicles can be switched every two to three months
  • Drivers can put up to 2,000 miles per month on a car
  • Insurance is covered
  • Membership can be cancelled at any time

“There’s no commitment,” explained Marketing and Communications manager Melissa Daniels.

“A lot of our members are surgeons, doctors, CEOs or have their own business.”

The most common question, Daniels said, is how much does it cost?

“We explain to them that the car is not for sale. It’s a vehicle membership program,” Daniels said

Revolve’s website describes the membership service as a four-step process:

  1. View the collection and prioritize your favorite vehicles
  2. Car is delivered to your home
  3. Drive it for a few months like it is your own
  4. Return the car to Revolve and get another

Shop Florida Fine Cars at Four Convenient Locations

Florida Fine Cars offers more than 1,400 quality used cars for sale priced thousands below retail at its four locations combined. Florida Fine Cars dealerships are conveniently located in West Palm Beach, just north of Palm Beach International Airport, and in HollywoodMiami and Margate. Stop by and drive home your dream car today!

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