Categories
Vehicles

Why I hate self-driving cars – Frustration Increased in Locals

Self-Driving Cars under criticism – A hate factor is developing among the general public

One of the largest self-driving cars development and research company Alphabet has its test facility in Phoenix suburbs in Arizona state. One of their new self-driving car Waymo has been under testing phase for more than a year now. Locals in that area reportedly complaint the media that they are frustrated and suck of these self-driving cars and often struggle to cross the road in the area. An expert reported that it is a challenge for the self-driving cars to drive in different situations where traffic is not like the same as it was a few decades ago. Even the human drivers sometimes face problems handling the certain situations on the road, then how these self-driving cars can handle those situations easily?

The Alphabet self-driving cars are annoying the neighborhoods, says more than a dozen locals to a media reporter in Chandler, Arizona. People working near the Waymo office in the area said that they reportedly struggle to cross the T intersections and even fear of walking along the road where these vehicles are being tested. Almost everyone said, “I Hate Them.” Which is not a good sign at all for this swiftly emerging new development in the world. People are fearing these vehicles and car engines even when they are not riding them.

What did locals say?

A woman said that one of the minivans of the company suddenly stopped when it was trying to make a right turn and she hardly saved herself from being hit by the van. Another man said that he goes to his work by using the same route, he gets so frustrated waiting for these cars trying to cross the intersection or even on the give way signs in the area. Sometimes, he has to illegally drive around them to cross them and reach at his workplace on time, which is even dangerous on a busy road.

The stories of the locals highlight a serious challenge which would possibly be faced by the self-driving cars in the future. This frightening situation which has been reported by the locals in Arizona can happen in most parts of the world upon the introduction of these cars.

How can this situation be controlled?

Here is a big need arise to educate the people especially the general public around the testing facilities that how these vehicles would help the world in the near future and how they would get benefit from them. They must be taught about the challenges and opportunities at the same time.

The self-driving cars are designed to drive conservatively and learn to master the situations that a human can handle on the road. For example, overtaking might be easy for these cars but merging and finding the gaps is one of the toughest situations on the roads when traffic high.

What Waymo say?

Upon speaking to the Waymo spoke person, he says that the self-driving cars are in the learning phase and they are continuously learning but meanwhile safety remains their top priority while testing any of the systems in general public. He further stated that they are using the feedback system to improve their technology though he declined to comment on the intersection problems and complaints by the locals.

The company planning to introduce a self-driving commercial taxi service by the end of this year with a driver to handle the hard situations to improve the services and technology in the future.

Categories
Vehicles

Cyclelife Exclusive’s Veloce Legion Cycle Price & Specs

As you all know, the most renowned bi-cycle manufacturer Meghna Group has a long tradition of producing good & quality bikes. Meghna group, is the topper when there is a question of exporting bicycles to other countries like United Kingdom. Since January 2014, Meghna group has decided to launch a new set of QUALITY BIKES other than their PRINCE series which is taking mass market share on lower end of the bicycle market.

Veloce Logo
Veloce Logo

 

Meghna Group has made Cyclelife Exclusive, one of the most famous & popular bicycle shop in Dhaka, a sister concern of Meghna Group. What does that mean to you? Cyclelife Exclusive operates separately from Meghna. What’s the advantage? They can work on better quality bikes. Cyclelife Exclusive’s “Veloce” is the new series of quality bikes which are made in Bangladesh to target the middle class people. I’ll write mostly about Cyclelife Exclusive’s Veloce Legion Cycle Price & Specs today.

Cyclelife Exclusive operates separately from Meghna as it is a sister concern of Meghna Group. They are working on better quality bikes at low price targeting middle class Bangladeshi people.

Veloce Legion Series

Veloce is the new brand of Cyclelife Exclusive. They have used good quality materials from top to bottom. Those who are thinking what’ll be the quality because Meghna’s Prince series doesn’t live up to the mark. For those, Cyclelife Exclusive assured that there is no need to worry because Veloce is designed to export to other European countries and carefully assembled to pass BS EN 14766 (which is the standard of British Mountain Bike).

Cyclelife Exclusive has used well quality materials from top to bottom in Veloce series.

How Veloce Frame Was Born

It was back in 6 November, 2012, the frame what they are using on Veloce Legion series was born. It is the most tested frame from CLE and many riders of BD Cyclists had it driven for test ride. This Veloce frame has passed 1 million vibrations in the factory. Moreover,  the designer of the frame personally rode over 13 thousand kilometers including off road and normal roads in Bangladesh. Furthermore, this unit was tested in snow and minus temperature of UK. This frame allows you get more power in rear wheel, and more head room allows you to check your terrain.

(Source: The designer of the frame, Mr. Anindo Xaman)

Veloce is the most tested frame from CLE and has passed 1 Million Cycles on vibration in the factory.

Veloce Legion 10, Veloce Legion 20, Veloce Legion 30, Veloce Legion 40, Veloce Legion 50, Veloce Legacy Specs & Price

Cyclelife Exclusive officially published the specs. Listed specs with picture is in below.

Veloce Legion 10

Veloce Legion 10 – Price – 13,500 BDT

Frame: Butted Hydro formed 6061 Alloy Tubing
Fork: Zoom Suspension
Front Derailleur- Shimano TX-50
Rear Derailleur: Shimano TY21
Number of Gears: 18
Shifters: Shimano EF40
Chainset: SR Suntour
Chainrings: 42/32/22
Bottom Bracket: Cartridge type
Cassette: Shimano TZ20
Chain: KMC
Pedals: CSL Alloy
Brakeset: Alhonga V brake
Brake Levers: Shimano EF65
Handlebars: Veloce Low Rise
Stem: Veloce
Headset: Inside Cartridge System
Grips: Lock On
Rims: Double Wall Alloy EN standard
Front Hub: KT
Rear Hub: KT
Spokes: Alloy
Front Tyre: Skin Wall
Rear Tyre: Skin Wall
Tubes: Meghna
Seatpost: 27.2 Alloy
Seat Binder: QR

Veloce Legion 20

Veloce Legion 20 Price – 14,950 BDT

Frame: Butted Hydro formed 6061 Alloy Tubing
Fork: 75mm M3030 from SR Suntour
Front Derailleur- Shimano TX-50
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera M360
Number of Gears: 21
Shifters: Shimano EF51
Chainset: Shimano FC 131
Chainrings: 42/34/24
Bottom Bracket: Cartridge type
Cassette: Shimano HG31
Chain: KMC
Pedals: UGP
Brakeset: Tektro V brake
Brake Levers: Shimano EF51
Handlebars: Veloce Low Rise
Stem: Veloce
Headset: Inside Cartridge System
Grips: UGP
Rims: Double Wall Alloy EN standard
Front Hub: KT
Rear Hub: KT
Spokes: Alloy
Front Tyre: Skin Wall
Rear Tyre: Skin Wall
Tubes: Meghna
Seatpost: 27.2 Alloy
Seat Binder: QR

Veloce Legion 30

Veloce Legion 30 Price-15,950 BDT

Frame: Butted Hydro formed 6061 Alloy Tubing
Fork: 100mm XCT from SR Suntour
Front Derailleur- Shimano TX-50
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera M360
Number of Gears: 21
Shifters: Shimano EF51
Chainset: Shimano FC 131
Chainrings: 42/34/24
Bottom Bracket: Cartridge type
Cassette: Shimano HG40
Chain: KMC
Pedals: UGP
Brakeset: Tektro V brake
Brake Levers: Shimano EF51
Handlebars: Veloce Low Rise
Stem: Veloce
Headset: Inside Cartridge System
Grips: UGP
Rims: Double Wall Alloy EN standard
Front Hub: KT
Rear Hub: KT
Spokes: Alloy
Front Tyre: Skin Wall
Rear Tyre: Skin Wall
Tubes: Meghna
Seatpost: 27.2 Dual Adjustment Type
Seat Binder: QR

Veloce Legion 40

Veloce Legion 40 Price 17,500 BDT

Frame: Butted Hydro formed 6061 Alloy Tubing
Fork: 100mm XCT with Mechanical Lockout from SR Suntour
Front Derailleur- Shimano TX-50
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Acera M360
Number of Gears: 24
Shifters: Shimano EF65
Chainset: Shimano FC 131
Chainrings: 42/34/24
Bottom Bracket: Cartridge type
Cassette: Shimano HG31
Chain: KMC Z-72
Pedals: CSL Alloy
Brakeset: Tektro V brake
Brake Levers: Shimano EF65
Handlebars: Veloce Low Rise
Stem: Veloce
Headset: Inside Cartridge System
Grips: UGP
Rims: Double Wall Alloy EN standard
Front Hub: KT
Rear Hub: KT
Spokes: Alloy
Front Tyre: Skin Wall
Rear Tyre: Skin Wall
Tubes: Meghna
Seatpost: 27.2 Dual Adjustment Type
Seat Binder: QR

Veloce Legion 50

 

Veloce Legion 50 Price- 21,500 BDT (Promotional Price Ended)

Specs:

Frame: Butted Hydro formed 6061 Alloy Tubing
Fork: 100mm XCM with Hydraulic Lockout from SR Suntour
Front Derailleur- Shimano Acera M360
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio M410
Number of Gears: 24
Shifters: Shimano EF65
Chainset: Shimano FC 171
Chainrings: 42/34/24
Bottom Bracket: Cartridge type
Cassette: Shimano HG31
Chain: KMC Z-72
Pedals: CSL Alloy
Brakeset: Tektro Novela Disc brake
Handlebars: Veloce Low Rise
Stem: Veloce
Headset: Inside Cartridge System
Grips: Lock On
Rims: Double Wall Alloy EN standard
Front Hub: KT 6 Bolt Disc Type
Rear Hub: KT 6 Bolt Disc Type
Spokes: Alloy
Front Tyre: Skin Wall
Rear Tyre: Skin Wall
Tubes: Meghna
Seatpost: 27.2 Dual Adjustment Type
Seat Binder: QR

Veloce Legacy – The Flagship of the Veloce Series

Veloce Legacy is the flagship of Veloce cycles. They have used the best cycle parts in this bike. Unlike other Veloce bikes which don’t include Disk Brake, this one includes a SRAM Avid BB5 disk brake. This also includes SRAM shifter, SRAM rear derailleur and SRAM front derailleur. Those are the CORE & HEART of a bike. They have also used a top quality SR SUNTOUR XCM with Hydraulic Lock Out fork.

Pros of the flagship?

  • Best in class front and rear derailleur
  • Best in class gear shifter
  • Great frame & geometry
  • An awesome FORK with Hydraulic Lockout

Veloce Legacy Price- 24,500 BDT  BDT

Frame: Butted Hydro formed 6061 Alloy Tubing
Fork: 120mm XCM with Hydraulic Lockout from SR Suntour
Front Derailleur: SRAM X3
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X4
Number of Gears: 24
Shifters: SRAM X4
Chainset: Truvative FC E400
Chainrings: 42/32/22
Bottom Bracket: Truvativ BB7 Square
Cassette: Shimano HG31
Chain: KMC Z-72
Pedals: CSL Alloy
Brakeset: SRAM BB5 Disc with G2 Clean Sweep Rotors
Brake Levers: Tektro
Handlebars: Veloce Low Ride
Stem: Veloce
Headset: Inside Cartridge System
Grips: Lock On
Rims: Double Wall Alloy EN standard
Front Hub: KT 6 Bolt Disc Type
Rear Hub: KT 6 Bolt Disc Type
Spokes: Alloy
Front Tyre: Skin Wall
Rear Tyre: Skin Wall

Side by Side Comparison

Round Up

It’s quite assumable that with the increasing amount of bicycles in Bangladesh, the companies will come with better bikes at a lower price to attract the masses. Bicycle business is considered one of the most profitable business too.

As a Bangladeshi, I welcome this brave action by Cyclelife Exclusive, to produce bicycles in Bangladesh. Oh GOD, did I mention that Veloce is designed, assembled and manufactured in Bangladesh? That is the best part of Veloce. 🙂

Designed and Manufactured in Bangladesh.

(I’m not affiliated with CLE/Legion Cycle/Meghna. Just an excited cyclist.)
Image Credits: Cyclelife Exclusive
Frame Info: Anindo Xaman (Thanks)

Categories
Vehicles

Bought My First Bi-Cycle: Prince Vegas

Finally, I bought my first bicycle, Prince Vegas. 😀 YAY!!! Nowadays, cycling is increasing on the streets of Dhaka city catastrophically. Despite of risks of accidents in streets, I couldn’t keep myself away from cycling. Since my childhood, I’m very much fascinated about cycling. And at last, at the age of 16, finally I got my first bi-cycle. 🙂

 

Meghna Prince Vegas

Yeah, that’s the name of my bi-cycle. At first, I was looking for a gear bi-cycle, however the decision changed because this is my first bi-cycle. And many cyclists suggested that, as a beginner, I should go for a fixed gear bi-cycle. Besides, a gear bi-cycle would need a big increase in budget which I hadn’t in my mind.

So let’s see some pics of my first bike, Prince Vegas

 

http://i.imgur.com/pEM4DK3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/bAkG9PPh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/9gHTAZs.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Qh4kBnG.jpg

 

http://i.imgur.com/oCz90Awh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/pjryA7oh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/1EwHJfPh.jpg

Experience of Cycling

As I knew how to ride a bi-cycle before, so I didn’t have much hassle. I just rode & started cycling. The cycle is very well comparing the budget. The price is only 5600 taka. If your budget is around 3000-6000 taka.. This is the best cycle in this price range. (Some suggests Prince Alien/Hero Ranger Max also).

 

I’m having very delicate time riding on the bike. It’s my passion. 🙂

Categories
Vehicles

Toyota Car Prices in Bangladesh (From 20lakh to 50lakh)

Toyota is the most popular & most used car brand in Bangladesh. People buy a lot of Toyota cars each year. Today I’m going to write about Toyota Car Prices in Bangladesh.

Toyota Car Prices in Bangladesh

The most popular Toyota Cars in Bangladesh includes Toyota Prado, Toyota KLUGER, Toyota VEROSA, Toyota PREMIO F, Toyota ALLION, Toyota AXIO

Toyota Prado

Toyota Car Prices in Bangladesh
Toyota Prado

Model: 2001
Reg Year
CC: 2700
Price : 4500000

Toyota KLUGER

Model: 2002
CC: 2400
Price: 3400000

Also read: Toyota Unveils The New Toyota Corolla 2014 Model (11th Gen)

Toyota VEROSA

Model: 2003
CC: 2000
Price: 2450000

[Image Source: Google Images]

Categories
Vehicles

Toyota Unveils The New Toyota Corolla 2014 Model (11th Gen)

Toyota Corolla 2014 – 11th Generation

BAMM!!! Toyota has unveiled the new, shiny, revamped, a dramatically styled, sleeker, more dynamic Toyota Corolla 2014 Model that will change consumer perceptions of this iconic compact.

Toyota Corolla 2014 Model

After selling more than 40 million Toyota Corollas, this loyal compact gets some stylish look in its step for the 11th generation Corolla

The world’s most used car is finally looking modern again.

Toyota unveiled its new Toyota Corolla 2014 Model (11th Generation) earlier this morning, proving that it can throw some aggressive curves.

Toyota’s ultra-conservative designers have slackened their ties with this 11th-generation model. People bought nearly 290,000 Corollas last year, branding it as the fifth-best-selling car in the U.S.

More than 40 million have been sold since 1966, they have revamped the new Corolla. Behind the new skin, the car is carrying over engine and transmission, the same 1.8-liter 132-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and the outdated 4-speed automatic transmission. It works just as you expect.

Presumably the most surprising feature is standard LED low-beam headlights, an expensive detail seen as an option on luxury cars and not seen anywhere in the compact segment.

Pricing of Corolla 2014 Model

Pricing will be announced closer to the car’s fall (October 2013)  launch, nevertheless  the Corolla faithful customers shouldn’t expect any big jumps. No matter how trendy and avant-garde this new Corolla is, Toyota isn’t about to rock their wallets.

 

[Source: Toyota]