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The Coolest Home Decor For Auto Enthusiasts

Feel like your home furnishings might be a little boring? Don't throw more money at a department store. Check out this collection of some of our favorite one of a kind, auto-infused items for the home & your office.             Make your business interactions more memorable and leave a lasting impression with this business card holder.  A lacquered solid walnut base adds class and contrast to the wrenches used as supports. Order it from The Old Raven Workshop on etsy.     These lamps are perfect for nightstands...

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Will 2017 be the year of the self-driving car?

Like cruise control on steroids, self-driving cars could revolutionize the way we experience road trips or even a drive around town. In theory, being able to kick back and relax while your vehicle does all the work seems like a dream come true. A godsend for weary commuters and those who think driving is just too much work. We are living in an era of everything being instant, at your fingertips, or even being completely automated. Why would driving be...

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Auto-Duel: Apps versus Humans

You worked hard for years, then actually wound up living the American Dream: your own house in a nice quiet part of town, with a lawn and even a backyard, too.  And a garage.  A two-car garage, no less.  It might even  be attached.  Plus quiet neighbors, leafy tree- and bush-lined sidewalks, wide open streets...the American Dream come true. Except it's 2016 and apps like Waze and Google Maps are so popular they're really a must, one of the top reasons to...

Achtung, Engine Control Unit!

It's Monday, June 6, 2016 -- the 72nd Anniversary of D-Day this year, and we here at MINTT, the largest supplier of vehicular control modules, felt that this makes for an appropriate occasion to take a brief look at the military origins of the Engine Control Unit. Yes, the ECU (AKA "ECM," or "Engine Control Module," sometimes) bears a lineage that stretches back to those final few months right before World War II.  After all, "War is the Father of All Things," observed Heraclitus, "The Weeping...

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A Different Kind of Air Car, Even More Magical

Air cars...no, not those (though you'll be sure to hear from us when that happens!) -- we're talking vehicles powered by the very air!  Specifically, grabbing hydrogen right from the air itself to power the engine...unbelievable?  Well, it works in the lab! In German culture (or is it "just" Yiddish?), there is the concept of the Luftmensch, someone who lives only on air -- that is, needing nothing but air, only needing to breathe...someone impractical, in other words; a dreamer,...

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The Jeep Saves the Day

Ah, Memorial Day 2016...the official start of summer!  And nothing conjures warm blue skies like an open-topped vehicle -- say a convertible...or the classic jeep. An SUV's overkill, but the jeep was originally meant to be fast, fun, and light.  Well, okay, not "fun;" that was later, thanks to postwar marketing.  But just lookit 'em: they practically scream "drive me now!" in some subliminal way -- the shape, the open-topped compactness, just how they look all so inviting with no doors (originally) or...

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Car Engine Computers No Longer the Brains

A computer on wheels is what today's automobiles are -- and they will only become ever more computerized as technology improves, which is why even car engine computers are now but one component of a much larger network of modern electronics. Introducing the Controller Area Network, or CAN, basically a kind of brain for the car -- its nervous system, the collection of wires, would be the CANbus -- that "replaces" the ol' car engine computer, such that nowadays an...

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Electric Vehicles Making Steady Market Progress

At MINTT, we're always busy staying on top of developments to better serve our customers, and one thing we've been following with particular interest is the trend towards electric vehicles.  For all their highfalutin hi-tech, however, these cars actually go waaaayy back to the very beginnings of automotive history!  So it's literally an old concept made possible again thanks to new technology.  Talk about Back to the Future! Though working designs have been recorded as early as 1828, it really wasn't...

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3D-Printed Engines Are Your Next Download

Better arrange to get broadband internet soon if you aren't currently receiving such speeds: your car will probably depend on it one day! That's because 3-D printing is making such advances that it's easily conceivable that we'll all be downloading car parts in the not-so-distant future -- that is, downloading the plans for creating them into our 3-D printers and having a mechanic install it all! Indeed, the mechanic would probably just download the blueprints to his or her own 3-D printer...

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Driverless Cars Putting the “Auto” in Automobiles!

It's incredible but you better believe it: driverless cars are on the horizon so it stands to reason that their car engine computers will be that much more complex. Which is why you will continue to need the experts at MINTT for the best brains in the business! Now anyone who's ever tried computer programming knows how tough that is, so it's perfectly natural to be skeptical of all the wild claims about driverless cars.  After all, just take a look...