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  • Google Co-Founder ​Sergey Brin Doesn't Understand Us And Never Will

    07/09/2014 8:49:56 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 8 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 7/09/2014 | Damon Lavrinc
    Sergey Brin lives in another world. Like every other non-gearhead, he doesn't understand us. He doesn't get why we wrench in our garages, spend weekends at track days, or take off in the middle of the night for a ride. He's like your Aunt Martha, except Brin has the power to change the world. And he doesn't make those awesome cookies. Brin recently joined his compatriot, Google CEO Larry Page, on stage with venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to chat about where Google is headed. In many respects, where Google goes, so goes the world, so naturally, the conversation turned to...
  • More Fuel Efficient Cars Causing Highway Trust Fund to Go Broke

    07/07/2014 7:38:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    www.weeklystandard.com ^ | 9:24 AM, Jul 7, 2014 | By GEOFFREY NORMAN
    Washington needs more money and if it doesn’t get it, your morning commute will become: a) more expensive b) more unpleasant c) both The problem, you see, is that the Highway Trust Fund is "going broke,” by the Beltway’s curious definition of the phrase. It is sort of the way that after a round of painful “cuts,” spending somehow still goes up. The Highway Trust Fund takes in more than 18 cents on every gallon of gasoline sold in this country, so there is plenty of revenue. Just not enough to meet Washington’s needs and desires. People are driving more...
  • Ford opens 88 new dealerships in China in a single day

    06/23/2014 6:00:53 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 10 replies
    TTAC ^ | 6/23/2014 | Brandon Turkus
    Ford opened 88 dealerships in China last year." "Ford opened 88 dealerships in China during the first half of 2014." "Ford opened 88 dealerships in China last month." None of those statements – even the last one – would seem unbelievable. Saying "Ford opened up 88 dealerships in China last Thursday," though, is a bit more dramatic. Yes, on June 19 alone, Ford opened the doors on nearly 100 showrooms in the People's Republic, boosting the Blue Oval's total presence in the country to 750 dealerships. Of course, while an overabundance of dealers in the US proved troublesome for American...
  • Volvo Will Export Chinese-Made Cars to America

    06/18/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 22 replies
    TTAC ^ | 6/18/2014 | Derek Kreindler
    Honda may have been the first OEM to bring Chinese-made cars to North America, but their Made-In-China Fit never arrived in the United States. Now, it looks like Volvo will be the first brand to import Chinese-made cars to America. Reuters is reporting that Volvo will import the S60L (for long wheelbase) sedan to the United States, with volumes of around 10,000 units per year. The S60L is identical to the S60, save for a 3.1 inch longer wheelbase, for enhanced rear seat comfort. Volvo did not confirm which models will actually come to the United States, but a Volvo...
  • The Tuesday List - Ten Inventions That Changed The World

    06/17/2014 11:35:24 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 66 replies
    Stuff of Genius ^ | June 24, 2013 | Ed Grabianowski
    If you think that the world's greatest inventions came from the fevered minds of solitary geniuses, think again. As you scan this list of the 10 inventions that changed the world, note how many of them perfected workable designs. 10. Plow Compared to some of the gleaming, electronic inventions that fill our lives today, the plow doesn't seem very exciting. It's a simple cutting tool used to carve a furrow into the soil, churning it up to expose nutrients and prepare it for planting. Yet the plow is probably the one invention that made all others possible. No one knows...
  • Terrafugia, seeking $30M in funding, plans to have first flying cars ready in two years

    06/04/2014 10:07:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    www.bizjournals.com ^ | Jun 3, 2014, 7:04am EDT | David Harris Tech Editor- Boston Business Journal
    The idea of a flying car might seem like something out of a science fiction novel, but it may soon become a reality. All it'll take is about $30 million in funding and some patience. Terrafugia, a Woburn manufacturer of flying cars has been working on its vehicles for almost eight years. The MIT-born company has been working on two kinds of cars: the Transition, which is scheduled to be released in mid-2016 and can fly at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour at up to 10,000 feet in the air; and the TF-X, a semi-autonomous plug-in hybrid...
  • Where The World’s Unsold Cars Go To Die

    05/20/2014 10:18:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    worldtruth.tv ^ | May 17, 2014 | Staff
    In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US automotive manufacturers, better known as “channel stuffing”, of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high. But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning? Presenting… Where the World’s Unsold Cars Go To Die Above is just a few of...
  • Average Car Price Affordable Only To Washington, DC Customers

    03/14/2014 3:42:19 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 31 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/14/14 | Cameron Miquelon
    Unlike the average Beltway insider, a report by Interest.com claims the majority of medium-income American households in 24 of 25 cities studied cannot afford the average new-car price of $32,086. AOL Autos reports the study focused on each city’s median income in relation to the new-car price average as pegged by Kelley Blue Book. Said price was broken down to monthly payments of $633 per month for 48 months with 20 percent down while interest, insurance and principal exceeded no more than 10 percent of the household’s gross income. The only city out of 25 to pull off the feat?...
  • New Jersey blocks Tesla sales in state

    03/12/2014 9:24:33 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 9 replies
    Silicon Valley Business Journal ^ | 4/12/14 | Eric Van Susteren
    The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission passed a ruling today that will block the sale of Tesla Motors Inc. vehicles in the state, according to Bloomberg, which could ding the company's growth plans. The rule would require an auto dealers franchise agreement in order to legally sell new cars in the state. But Tesla sells its cars through direct sales – from the manufacturer straight to the consumer. Tesla may have to close its two showrooms in the state, Bloomberg noted.
  • 25 Fuel Efficient Cars That Are Not Hybrids

    01/19/2014 7:58:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    MPG-O-Matic ^ | January 1, 2014
    Are you thinking about buying a new fuel efficient car but are wary of hybrid technology? Fear not! There are dozens of cars on the market today that deliver great fuel economy without resorting to heavy and expensive battery packs. While most of these vehicles are designed to run on petroleum products (either conventional gasoline or diesel fuel), the Ford Focus SFE is a FlexFuel vehicle that can run on 100% domestic E85 ethanol fuel as well as conventional unleaded gasoline. 2014 Ford Focus five-door E85 holds a significant price advantage over regular unleaded gas in some parts of the...
  • Deloitte Study Shows That Money, Not Ideology Is The Biggest Obstacle To Car Ownership

    01/17/2014 1:57:48 PM PST · by nascarnation · 32 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | Jan 17, 2014 | Derek Kreindler
    One of the main criticisms of Generation Why is the lack of hard data to support this column’s ongoing thesis: that the lack of interest in car ownership among millenials is related to economics, rather than any sort of anti-car/pro-environment/pro-urban ideological shift among young people. Now, a key study from Deloitte confirms our initial hunch: young people want cars, but cannot afford them, and the notion of a car-free future, with walking, cycling and transit replacing the automobile (whether privately owned or shared via a service like Zipcar) is an unrealistic fantasy that somehow continues to have currency. Deloitte’s annual...
  • China's BYD pledges to sell cars in America

    01/09/2014 4:22:31 PM PST · by nascarnation · 41 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 1/9/14 | Noah Joseph
    Chinese automakers have been making noise about entering the North American market for years, stretching back a decade or more. A combination of factors – from the disjointed nature of the Chinese auto industry to lingering quality issues – have kept that from happening, but the day when Chinese cars roam the Great American Road may finally be upon us. Following aborted efforts by such automakers as Geely and Great Wall, it's BYD that appears to be leading the charge this time. The company backed by investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate is now targeting 2015 – just a year...
  • Turbos Beat Displacement In Police Testing

    12/18/2013 1:58:28 PM PST · by nascarnation · 61 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 12/28/2013 | Jack Baruth
    It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to join the dark (blue) side. Every year, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department runs the newest crop of donut-holders around Fontana Speedway. With no significantly new entries available, it’s no surprise that the results are fundamentally the same as they were last year. I’m not exactly sure what the justification is for using lap times to rank police vehicles, but we live in an era where police get to do pretty much whatever they want. Why not run ‘em around a track? Some of the significant laptimes: Ford (Taurus) Police Interceptor:...
  • Ford’s New Low-Cost “Ka”: Don’t Call it Cheap

    11/14/2013 12:32:01 PM PST · by nascarnation · 76 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Mike Ramsey
    Ford Motor Co. is coming a little late to the race to design an ultra-low cost car for first-time car buyers in developing markets, but company executives have learned a lesson from rivals that moved first. Affordable, yes; cheap, no. Ford is unveiling in Brazil on Wednesday a prototype for a new tiny subcompact car called the Ka that aims to tackle the entry-level buyer in countries where being middle class means you can just afford a car that costs about $10,000, or a third the average price of a vehicle sold in the U.S. With a car like the...
  • Urbee 2, the 3D-Printed Car that will drive across the country

    11/05/2013 3:38:44 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 15 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 11/04/2013 | Joe Bargmann
    About two years from now, Cody and Tyler Kor, now 20 and 22 years old, respectively, will drive coast-to-coast in the lozenge-shaped Urbee 2, a car made mostly by 3D printing. Like Jackson and Crocker, the young men will take a dog along for the ride—Cupid, their collie and blue heeler mix. Unlike Jackson and Crocker, they will spend just 10 gallons of fuel to complete the trip from New York to San Francisco. Then they will refuel, turn around, and follow the same west-to-east route taken by Jackson, Crocker, and Bud.
  • Energy Dept. Seeks Company to Turn Sunshine Into Gasoline

    11/01/2013 1:20:28 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | NOV 01,2013 | By JERYL BIER
    Although CO2 is considered a "greenhouse gas" that contributes to climate change, if the Energy Department (DOE) finds partners to capitalize on the research of one of its laboratories, someday cars might run on sunshine. Technically, cars would run on the product of sunlight, CO2, and water using a "two-step solar thermochemical cycle" developed by the Albuquerque, New Mexico government lab. The DOE posted the special notice seeking interested companies on the Federal Business Opportunities website on Tuesday: Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) is conducting ongoing research and development into solar fuels, the conversion of sunlight, CO2, and H2O into high...
  • How we give tribute to USA, a beloved ally and a superpower in the domain of magnificent cars

    10/10/2013 4:16:26 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 9 replies
    www.youtube.com ^ | 10/11/2013 | WesternCulture
    This clip is from Västerås, Sweden. Each year, a festival celebrating classic American cars is held in this Nordic city. See link below.
  • BMW recalls 176,000 vehicles over power brake system

    10/04/2013 1:22:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | OCT 01, 2013 | Staff
    German carmaker BMW is recalling 176,000 vehicles from the model years 2012 to 2014 over a problem with the power brake system. The company says in rare cases an interruption in the oil supply to a part can mean the loss of power braking assist. The brakes will still work, but the driver would have to press harder on the pedal. The recall covers 76,200 vehicles sold in the U.S.
  • Vintage Chevy auction to deal in low-mileage gems

    08/21/2013 8:21:35 PM PDT · by Doogle · 11 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 08/21/13 | AP via FOX
    Seventeen years have passed since Ray Lambrecht closed his Chevrolet dealership, a small-town operation in northeast Nebraska with a big and valuable secret. For decades, the owner of the Lambrecht Chevrolet Co. in Pierce held on to new cars and trucks that didn't sell right away. He stashed them in warehouses, at his farm and in other spots around the town he worked in for 50 years. Now, his automotive nest egg — about 500 vintage cars and trucks — will go on the auction block. Next month, visitors from at least a dozen countries and throughout the U.S. will...
  • Low-temperature combustion enables cleaner, more efficient engines [Diesel]

    08/13/2013 10:35:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 08-13-2013 | Provided by Sandia National Laboratories
    As demand climbs for more fuel-efficient vehicles, knowledge compiled over several years about diesel engines and a new strategy known as "low-temperature combustion" (LTC) might soon lead auto manufacturers and consumers to broader use of cleaner diesel engines in the United States. The journal Progress in Energy and Combustion Science published a summary of recent research on diesel LTC in a review article titled "Conceptual models for partially premixed low-temperature diesel combustion." The article, prepared by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories, provides what the authors say is a necessary science base for auto and engine manufacturers to build the next...
  • Fascinating 1936 Footage of Car Assembly Line

    08/06/2013 12:26:15 AM PDT · by Windflier · 38 replies
    Dump.com ^ | unknown | Unattributed
    An amazing video of American industrial prowess, prior to WWII.
  • Ultra High Mileage Car: Elio Motors

    07/10/2013 7:42:07 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 60 replies
    eliomotors.com ^ | 2013 | Elio Motors
    Click on a question to get the answer. Q. Is the Elio available for international customers? Q. Who makes the engine/drive train/brakes etc.? Q. How will it do in the snow/bad weather? Q. Will I fit in the vehicle? Q. Where can I buy an Elio? Q. What options will be available on my Elio? Q. Can I be a distributor or a service outlet for the Elio? Q. Once I make a reservation, how long before I get my Elio? Q. What kind of gas does Elio take? Q. Are test drives available? Q. Is Elio a car or...
  • Tesla to demo quick-swap electric car batteries

    06/18/2013 1:54:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-18-2013 | Staff
    Tesla Motors said Thursday it would demonstrate a way to quickly recharge electric cars by swapping drained batteries for fresh power cells. Tesla chief executive and founder Elon Musk used popular the messaging service Twitter to put out word that a "live pack swap demo" was taking place at the company's design studio in the Southern California city of Hawthorne. Video from the event was to be posted on the Tesla website about 0430 GMT on Friday, according to Musk. Making it fast and easy to restore full power to electric car batteries is seen as a big step in...
  • India's Apollo Tyres to buy Cooper Tire for $2.5 billion

    06/12/2013 9:53:55 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | Bijoy Anandoth Koyitty and Aradhana Aravindan
    India's Apollo Tyres Ltd (APLO.NS) agreed to buy U.S.-based Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (CTB.N) for about $2.5 billion in a deal that would make it the world's seventh-largest tire maker and reduce its dependence on a slowing Indian auto market. Apollo, which currently gets two-thirds of its revenue from India, will pay $35 per share, representing a premium of about 43 percent to Cooper's Tuesday close. The acquisition of Cooper, the world's 11th biggest tire company with annual sales of $4.2 billion, will give Apollo access to the U.S. market for replacement tires for cars and light and medium...
  • February 2013: No Leap Day (Car sales up strongly)

    03/01/2013 5:55:03 PM PST · by nascarnation · 6 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 3/1/2013 | J. Neff
    Among major automakers, Ford Motor Company (+9.33 percent) and General Motors (+7.17 percent) were the leaders, while Toyota Motor Company (+4.34) and Chrysler Group (+4.11 thanks to a +30.33-percent performance by Dodge) managed to stay positive. Nissan North America, however, fared less well, reporting a drop in year-over-year sales of -6.65 percent. Among brands, we see many luxury marques near the top, including Bentley (+42.86 percent), Porsche (+30.53 percent), Audi (+27.77 percent), Mercedes-Benz (+23.05 percent), Cadillac (+20.34 percent) and Land Rover (+19.97 percent). If taken as a sign of a recovering economy, then the wealthier among us appear to be...
  • Exotic Cars and Montana Plates

    02/23/2013 9:48:59 AM PST · by nascarnation · 53 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 2/22/2013 | Doug DeMuro
    In its simplest form, an exotic car with a Montana plates is an immense tax dodge. Being the Wild West, you see, Montana levies no sales tax. Instead, its government chooses to operate under the unique “we don’t need no stinkin’ money” principle, which possibly explains why they went without speed limits for several years: they couldn’t afford the signs. In my home state of Georgia, the Veyron’s $1.7 million MSRP would be taxed at seven percent, which comes out to $119,000. For a license plate. Anyway, if you lived in Montana, the same Veyron would cost virtually nothing to...
  • U.S. Sales: This Was A VERY Strong January (auto sales)

    02/01/2013 4:56:09 PM PST · by nascarnation · 45 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 2/1/2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    The U.S. new car market was up strongly in January. GM and Ford surprised analysts with double digit sales rates. Toyota, up 26.6 percent also surprised. GM is up 16 percent on very strong sales of the Equinox and its Silverado and Sierra pickups. Ford prints a 22 percent increase, powered by the Fusion. Lincoln sales are down 18 percent while customers wait for the MKZ to arrive in quantity at their dealers. Chrysler was up 16 percent, but jaded analysts expected more. Detroit OEMs and analysts expect the SAAR to be in the mid 15 million range
  • Wide load coming through

    01/12/2013 8:43:49 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    NDTV ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Jokeroo
    [Video] A foreign diplomat in Rabat, Morocco cruises around in a custom vehicle made up of two Jeep Wranglers!
  • Everything You Need To Know About The Black Boxes Coming To Your Next Car

    12/07/2012 7:40:36 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 66 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Friday, December 7, 2012 | Jason Torchinsky
    It's looking very likely that a bill in Congress that will make mandatory the use of "black boxes"— more formally, Event Data Recorders (EDR) — will become law soon. These are little computers clad in rugged casings that record data from your car's various sensors and computers to use for accident investigation and, very likely, other uses. There's lots of privacy concerns around this new bill, and lots of questions as to exactly what that little boxy black snitch is snooping on. Plus, what about the voluntary black boxes some insurance carriers are offering? Let's see what we can clear...
  • Super Sandy Kills a Quarter Million Cars

    11/08/2012 5:02:02 PM PST · by nascarnation · 27 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 11/8/2012 | Bertel Schmitt
    Superstorm Sandy left about a quarter million dead cars in its path, Reuters figures. It mioght even drive up cars sales. There is no official number yet on how many cars have been destroyed in the storm. “We believe that between 100,000 and 250,000 vehicles currently in operation could be removed from used vehicle supply once all is said and done,” said Laurence E. Dixon III, senior analyst with the National Automobile Dealers Association. Reuters think it is at least 266,000 vehicles. Some consumers with damaged vehicles may need to replace them with a new car, said Mark Schienberg, president...
  • Suzuki to end car sales in US

    11/05/2012 5:46:20 PM PST · by nascarnation · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/05/2012 | Mayumi Nagishi
    American Suzuki Motor Corp, the sole distributor of Suzuki Motor Corp (7269.T) vehicles in the continental United States, will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with $346 million in debt, of which $173 million is owed to Suzuki group companies, it said. Japan's No. 4 automaker said in a statement that it would be unable to maintain profitability in its automobile business in the United States, given the currency rate and its automobile lineup, made up primarily of small cars. American Suzuki, which sold 2,023 vehicles in the United States last month, plans to compensate car dealers as it phases...
  • US To Get Redesigned Tata Nano

    10/15/2012 6:31:35 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 42 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 10/15/2012 | Derek Kreindler
    Tata CEO Ratan Tata has apparently decided to sell the Tata Nano minicar in the United States, even as Tata lacks though proper sales channel. In an interview with Automotive News, the company namesake said that a redesigned Nano, with features like traction control, a more powerful engine and power steering, could go on sale at a price below $10,000 in three years time. But a distribution channel is still a giant question mark, with Tata saying ”We have to give a lot of thought to how we would distribute the car,” and little else. Tata’s remarks came at the...
  • Hybrid Redux? Not for Most Owners

    09/25/2012 7:23:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    Design News ^ | 04-18-2012 | Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
    A new study by R.L. Polk & Co. shows that the overall percentage of hybrids sold into the new vehicle market has fallen from 2.9 percent to 2.4 percent over the past three years. Moreover, approximately two-thirds of hybrid owners who returned to the market in 2011 did not buy another hybrid. "Intuitively, you would expect the numbers to be higher, given how many hybrid vehicles are available in the market place today," Brad Smith, director of Polk's loyalty management practice, told us. Polk's study revealed that only 35 percent of hybrid owners chose to purchase a hybrid again when...
  • 102-year-old driver still wows the car-show crowds with her 82-year-old Packard roadster

    09/22/2012 4:41:21 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 21, 2012
    Margaret Dunning, 102 years old, has been behind the wheel for 94 years, starting on her father’s farm in Michigan. But her even prouder accomplishment is keeping her 1930 Packard roadster in car-show condition, making it an auto-exhibit hit. Margaret Dunning started driving when she was 8 years old. Ninety-four years later, she’s still behind the wheel. The 102-year-old, who has continued exhibiting her Packard 740 Roadster well into her second century, drove fans wild this week at Ohio’s Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles in Canton. “People were blown away to find a lady who's 102-years-old who is as active...
  • CAFE Standards For 2025 Released, Totaling 1,994 Pages

    08/29/2012 4:24:25 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 9 replies
    TTAC ^ | 08/29/2012 | Derek Kriendler
    Fuel economy standards for the year 2025 have now been set, as the government released the finalized CAFE regulations, in a massive tome totaling 1,994 pages in PDF form The full document is available here. I’d be lying if I said I had come anywhere close to completing it…think of the longest novel you’ve ever read and extract all the amazing prose, gripping scenes and moving themes, and that’s basically the CAFE regulation, with another 1,000 pages thrown on top of that. Anyone who has taken a peak is more than welcome to comment. In the mean time, I’ll be...
  • ARE THE JAPANESE BRANDS SLIPPING?

    08/29/2012 12:37:17 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 65 replies
    I've been closely following recent technology advances in automobiles for the last 2-3 years. Some very interesting technologies are beginning to make it into regular production vehicles that ordinary people can buy. The first is direct injection for gasoline engines. The second "big deal" is the dual-clutch transmission. These are cutting edge technologies for cars right now. Guess what? There is no Japanese brand car available with both of these technologies. In fact, both Honda and Toyota seem to be ignoring dual clutch transmission entirely. It appears to me Toyota is coasting on its reputation right now and isn't doing...
  • State Farm Built The Harvey Dent Of Camaros, Can You Tell Its Good Side From Its Bad?

    07/18/2012 7:12:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | July 18, 2012 | Benjamin Preston
    State Farm Built The Harvey Dent Of Camaros, Can You Tell Its Good Side From Its Bad? Meet Two Face the Camaro. Can you tell which is the good half and which is the bad on this '68 convertible? State Farm had it built to serve as a gimmicky training tool for classic car insurance appraisers, so that they'd know the difference between a factory spec restoration and a cobbled together resto-mod. The driver's side of the car was refinished exactly as it came from the Chevrolet assembly line, while the passenger side was the recipient of sloppy welds and...
  • Backseat passenger bounces out of car on MN highway

    07/16/2012 8:00:14 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 46 replies
    The Minnesota State Patrol says a driver who bounced in and out of a highway ditch unknowingly lost her backseat passenger, who was ejected through a broken window. The patrol says the 72-year-old driver, Louise Ericksen, was driving southbound on Highway 72 in Beltrami County Sunday when her car strayed into the ditch, hit a sign and broke a back window. As the car bounced along the rough terrain, 15-year-old Kendall Ericksen was ejected out the broken window. The driver maneuvered her Impala back on the highway and continued southbound without realizing Kendall was missing. The Duluth News Tribune says...
  • Three to a space: the folding car

    06/25/2012 1:30:42 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 25 June 2012 | By Jim Motavalli, Mother Nature Network (mnn.com)
    If you're of a certain age - or just watch a lot of Hulu or Nick at Nite - you probably remember the folding (and flying) car from "The Jetsons." The forthcoming Hiriko Fold doesn't fly, but it does fold. To make this work, regular controls had to be replaced with drive-by-wire, and the accelerator, steering wheel and brake are gone in favor of an aerospace-type yoke that (as in a Segway), is moved forward to move the vehicle forward, and back for reversing. Left and right are for steering. Just like in the Jetsons' car (and the 1950s BMW...
  • Startup turns carbon dioxide into fuels

    06/15/2012 11:16:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    phys.org ^ | June 15, 2012 | By Catherine Zandonella
    Ask Andrew Bocarsly about the innovation behind Liquid Light, a New Jersey startup company that turns carbon dioxide into fuels and industrial chemicals, and the Princeton University chemistry professor smiles ruefully. "The project goes back to the early '90s," he said. "But nobody cared about carbon dioxide at that time." Today, carbon dioxide (CO2) is a hot topic. Scientists around the globe are searching for ways to store, dispose of, or prevent the formation of the greenhouse gas, which is a major driver of global climate change. Liquid Light hopes to take this concept one step further and harness waste...
  • Math professor's side mirror that eliminates 'blind spot' receives US patent

    06/07/2012 1:28:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    phys.org ^ | June 07, 2012 | Provided by Drexel University
    A side mirror that eliminates the dangerous "blind spot" for drivers has now received a U.S. patent. The subtly curved mirror, invented by Drexel University mathematics professor Dr. R. Andrew Hicks, dramatically increases the field of view with minimal distortion. Traditional flat mirrors on the driver's side of a vehicle give drivers an accurate sense of the distance of cars behind them but have a very narrow field of view. As a result, there is a region of space behind the car, known as the blind spot, that drivers can't see via either the side or rear-view mirror. It's not...
  • Nanosheet catalyst discovered to sustainably split hydrogen from water

    05/14/2012 7:04:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 10 May 2012 | Provided by Brookhaven National Laboratory
    Hydrogen gas offers one of the most promising sustainable energy alternatives to limited fossil fuels. But traditional methods of producing pure hydrogen face significant challenges in unlocking its full potential, either by releasing harmful carbon dioxide into the atmosphere or requiring rare and expensive chemical elements such as platinum. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a new electrocatalyst that addresses one of these problems by generating hydrogen gas from water cleanly and with much more affordable materials. The novel form of catalytic nickel-molybdenum-nitride – described in a paper published online May 8,...
  • NASA shows off new algae farming technique for making biofuel

    04/16/2012 7:11:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 04-16-2012 | Bob Yirka
    NASA is clearly looking far into the future for a way to handle both human waste and a need for fuel on either long space flights or when attempting to colonize another planet. To that end, they’ve assigned life support engineer Jonathan Trent the task of coming up with a way to use algae to solve both problems at once. His solution is to use plastic bags floating in seawater as small bioreactors, containing wastewater, sunlight and carbon dioxide to grow algae that can be used as a means to create biofuel. The whole thing is called Offshore Membrane Enclosures...
  • Flying car a 'step closer': Terrafugia (Update)

    04/03/2012 11:29:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | 04-03-2012 | by Andrew Beatty
    Drivers hoping to slip the surly -- and traffic congested -- bonds of Earth moved a step closer to realizing their dream, as a US firm said it had successfully tested a street-legal plane. Massachusetts-based firm Terrafugia said their production prototype "Transition" car-plane had completed an eight-minute test flight, clearing the way for it to hit the market within a year. "With this flight, the team demonstrated an ability to accomplish what had been called an impossible dream," said founder Carl Dietrich. The two-seater craft, which has the rounded features of a Fiat 500 and collapsible wings, is on presale...
  • Dutch 'flying car' takes to the skies

    04/03/2012 11:22:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | 04-03-2012 | Staff
    Is it a flying car or a driving aircraft? Either way, the Personal Air and Land Vehicle, or PAL-V for short, has just proved it can handle the skies as well as the highway, both at up to 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour, its Dutch developers said Tuesday. The PAL-V is a gyrocopter that can fly as far as 500 kilometres (315 miles) at an altitude of up to 4,000 feet (1,200 metres). When it lands, it tucks away its rotor-blades and turns into a road-legal three-wheeled vehicle with a range of 1,200 kilometres. "In future, you will be...
  • Google's new car allows blind to get behind wheel

    04/02/2012 7:38:10 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 16 replies
    PakTribune ^ | March 30, 2012
    Web giant Google has already changed the way we search the internet, watch video and navigate. But the firm's latest breakthrough could be its biggest innovation yet, reports the Daily Mail. The company promises that its self-driving car will enable blind people to drive, as the vehicle takes over nearly all the functions of the car currently controlled by humans. The project has been several years in the making, and was officially unveiled in October 2010. But recently it has taken a further step forward, after putting blind people in the driving seat and inviting them to test the technology...
  • Obama Adviser: ‘References to Size, Power or Sexual Potency…Could be Banned From Automobile

    03/02/2012 3:11:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 3/2/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    John P. Holdren, the White House science adviser to President Barack Obama, wrote in a book he co-authored with population control advocates Paul and Anne Ehrlich that “ways must be found to control advertising” and that possible means for doing so would be banning utility companies from promoting the use of energy and prohibiting “references to size, power or sexual potency” in automobile advertising. “Advertising now functions in large part to keep the economy growing by creating demand for a wide variety of often useless, dangerous or environmentally destructive products,” Holdren and the Ehrlichs wrote.
  • Barack Obama's old car fails to sell

    02/02/2012 7:48:04 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 46 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 2, 2012 | Rob Manker
    What's the value of a car used by Barack Obama? Apparently not $1 million. An eBay auction for a gray 2005 Chrysler 300C leased by Obama before he became president closed late Wednesday with no bids meeting that minimum asking price, after which the listing agent hinted that $1 million might have been too much to expect.
  • The Democratic Party's War on Transportation

    01/08/2012 10:40:38 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 8, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The new "Hours of Service" Rules are a drop in the bucket. We think of the world of transportation -- especially trucking and automobile manufacturing -- as being one of the most fundamental of Democratic Party constituencies. Detroit has long been a party stronghold, with the UAW and Teamsters among Democrats' most powerful union supporters. From the worker at the DMV to the driver he licenses, this is one solid chain of Democrats. But is this political loyalty deserved today, if indeed it ever was? Since the Democratic Party was taken over by environmental extremists a generation ago, there has...
  • High Tech Car Door

    12/27/2011 4:45:36 PM PST · by Mechanicos · 20 replies
    www.flixxy.com ^ | unknown | www.flixxy.com
    Driving a car with disappearing doors will definitely grab everyone's attention. http://www.flixxy.com/high-tech-car-door.htm