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The Johnson Controls name is one of the most iconic brands in Milwaukee today. Their products, high-tech batteries and temperature regulators like thermostats, are leaders in their industries. But if things had gone differently, the company could have been just as well-known in a different industry.

Today employees at Johnson Controls headquarters in Glendale pass a little piece of that history every day as they walk one of the corridors on the campus: a 1910 Johnson Empress sedan. 

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There are probably still a few cars on the road that have only a radio, or perhaps even a cassette deck. However nowadays, it's kind of a throwback to even find a CD player in some newer models.

Electronics are a huge deal in the cars of the 21st century, from the way the engines themselves are controlled, to how drivers and passengers are kept safe and how they’re entertained.

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As the weather gets warmer and people embark on summer road trips, it's important to take the right precautions before setting out on the open road.

Even though summer is a great time for long drives with the windows down, the warmer weather can also make your car more vulnerable to disrepair. The rise in temperature can lead to stress on tires, batteries and all of the other rubber products inside of your car.

When Will Your Car Be Driving You?

May 18, 2015
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Not long ago, the idea that you could design a car that could drive itself and its passengers from place to place safely was something out of science fiction films. But the idea has gone from drawing boards to a prototype to the road.

At least two companies have set early versions of the self-driving car out for a spin – Audi, the German maker of some high-end cars and SUVs, and Google.

Pondering the Future of "Top Gear" TV Show

Apr 20, 2015

The British Broadcasting Corporation is still deciding what the future holds for its most successful international show.

Top Gearthe car culture show, was thrown into disarray recently when the BBC fired one of the hosts, Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson had been in hot water several times before, but finally went over the line when he berated and physically attacked one of his producers.

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From the Kia Soul+ to the Subaru Legacy, Lake Effect auto contributor Mark Savage shares his 2015 Zoomie Car of the Year Awards.

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35 years ago, Walt Brinker helped a stranded motorist. Little did he know roadside assistance would become his life's passion.

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Even though most large cities – including Milwaukee – have their own auto shows, two dates on the calendar standout for the automotive industry in this country.

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Over the past week, Lake Effect has offered some suggestions for people who are wishing for books or for games this holiday season.

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It took a lot of work, but Milwaukeean Chris Conrad is finally in the record books. Or, at least his car is.

Is Your Car Truly American?

Oct 21, 2014
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We all know the phrase “buy American.”  But in our global world the lines are increasingly fuzzy.

In the case of automobiles it’s hard to decipher what an American car actually is.  Is it a car made by an American manufacturer like Ford, GM, or Chrysler, but including parts from Europe?  What if it’s put together in Canada or Mexico?

Or what about a car assembled in the United States, but on behalf of a foreign company, like Honda, or Toyota, or Mercedes-Benz?

Six Tips for Common Cold Weather Car Questions

Jan 27, 2014
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With the arctic weather we've been getting, most of us are taking extra precautions to face the cold. But should we do the same for our cars?

Are Driverless Cars in Our Near Future?

Nov 18, 2013
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The idea of a driverless car has always been the stuff of science fiction. Even George Jetson sat in the driver’s seat of his personal flying saucer.  But it’s a technology that may well be on our doorstep.

Highlights for 2014 Car Models

Oct 22, 2013

The 2014 calendar year doesn’t begin for another two-and-a-half months, but the 2014 car model year has been underway for almost all of 2013.

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When Chevrolet unveiled its electric car, the Volt, in this country, its TV commercials reassured would-be buyers that the car also has a gas tank, so it can still get them home if the batteries die.

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