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  • Little brothers

    09/22/2017 4:17:40 PM PDT · by Kalamata · 32 replies
    Eric Peter's Autos ^ | September 21, 2017 | Eric Peters
    Every new car is infested with Little Brothers – in the form of code and programming that “corrects” outright or thwarts whatever it is you wanted to do. It goes way beyond the Seat Belt Nanny. Have you tried backing up a new car with the driver’s door cracked open? Several won’t allow it – refusing to engage Reverse until you close the door. You can try all day to move the shifter into Reverse – but programming controls whether the transmission will comply. It’s all drive-by-wire now, you see. So no direct, mechanical connection between the gear selector and...
  • Once-secret project bringing 746 jobs, $120 million auto facility to Alabama

    09/13/2017 3:47:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | September 13, 2017 | Kelly Poe
    The once-secret project the Jefferson County Commission in June identified only as "Project Sunrise," was revealed today to a planned $120 million facility being built by Autocar, LLC. The project will reuse old buildings on more than 1 million square feet on property in both Birmingham and Center Point in the currently vacant Meadowcraft Complex at the intersection of Carson Road and Highway 79. "This project represents a significant expansion of Autocar's existing operations, which we were able to accelerate to meet our rapid growth," Autocar Chairman Andrew Taitz said. "I can tell you we conducted an extensive review of...
  • Hurricane Harvey’s Massive Flooding Also Destroyed Hundreds of Thousands of Cars

    09/04/2017 11:18:45 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 59 replies
    Fortune ^ | September 3, 2017 | Jennifer Calfas
    Hurricane Harvey's massive flooding has displaced tens of thousands of people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes across southeast Texas and Louisiana. Now, Wired reports Harvey's devastating path has also left as many people without cars. Insurance companies have received at least 100,000 claims for cars impacted by Harvey, according to Wired. Seventy-five percent of those claims have been for totaled cars, with the number of claims expected to rise. Others estimate Harvey has destroyed up to five times more: Cox Automotive chief economist Jonathan Smoke told USA Today he believes 300,000 to 500,000 vehicles were destroyed by Harvey's...
  • U.S. House to vote on self-driving car legislation next week

    08/31/2017 10:27:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 30, 2017 | by David Shepardson
    The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a sweeping proposal to speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles, congressional aides said. The bill, which was passed unanimously by a House panel in July, would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year, a cap that would rise to 100,000 vehicles annually over three years. Automakers and technology companies including General Motors Co and Alphabet Inc’s’ self-driving unit Waymo have been pushing for new federal rules making...
  • California should phase out gas-powered cars

    08/08/2017 10:43:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 8, 2017 | Janelle London
    California is a global environmental leader, but it’s falling behind in one key respect: phasing out gasoline cars. Germany, India, Norway and the Netherlands are moving to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by or before 2030, and France and the United Kingdom by 2040. Here’s why California should join that list. It would: Fight climate change: Every gallon of gas burned emits 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, the main driver of climate change. Transportation is our biggest source of carbon emissions. Shifting to electric vehicles today would cut tailpipe carbon emissions to zero, and total carbon emissions by 75...
  • Foxconn gives Trump’s jobs vow a shot in the arm with multibillion dollar investment in Michiga

    08/05/2017 6:44:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | August 6, 2017 | Celia Chen
    Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of consumer electronics, said it’s planning a multibillion dollar investment in the US state of Michigan, a week after announcing a US$10 billion plant in Wisconsin, giving a shot in the arm to Donald Trump’s election pledge to lure investments and create jobs for Americans. The new plant will be engaged in the research, development and production of components and vehicles that can drive autonomously, said Terry Gou, founder of the Taiwanese company, on Saturday in Shenzhen. “Automotive development in the US is still more advanced than China,” said Gou, declining to...
  • Lyft launches a new self-driving division and will develop own autonomous ride-hailing technology

    07/21/2017 10:12:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | July 21, 2017 | Sarah Buhr
    Lyft is betting the future of the road centers on sharing autonomous vehicles. It aims to be at the forefront of that technology with a new self-driving division and a self-driving system car manufacturers could plug into their self-driving cars. The company expects to hire “hundreds” of people for the new division by the end of next year and has just signed a lease for 50,000-square-feet on the first floor of a Palo Alto facility where it plans to build out several labs and open testing spaces. The building Lyft refers to as “Level 5” will be developing its new...
  • Here's a peek at Mercedes-Benz's new luxury pick-up

    07/07/2017 11:13:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | July 7, 2017 | William Thornton
    Mercedes-Benz has chosen July 18 to unveil its production X-Class pickup truck, which the company is billing as the world's first premium mid-size pickup. But don't look for it on our shores any time soon. This week saw the premiere of a slick teaser commercial, posted above, and the X-Class website. The model features a GLS-style grille with prominent horizontal bars, a tall hood and a front bumper with a skid plate, according to Autoweek. It has a live rear axle and a transfer case with reduction gears, and is powered by V6 engines. Production is set to begin next...
  • 11-Year-Old Boy's Invention Could Prevent Hot Car Deaths

    07/01/2017 9:06:03 AM PDT · by Raymann · 44 replies
    Bishop Curry looks for ways to fix the world. For an 11-year-old boy, he's unusually curious about big-picture problems, his dad says — from natural disasters to civil rights. And he's always loved to tinker. That's why it wasn't a surprise when Bishop, after seeing an upsetting local news report about a 6-month-old who died when left in a hot car, resolved to make sure something like that never happened again.
  • Sinkhole swallows up car in downtown St. Louis; no injuries

    06/29/2017 5:47:55 PM PDT · by Enchante · 20 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | June 29, 2017 | AP Staff
    Street workers were gathered at the parking space, a tipoff that something was amiss. That's when Westerberg, 25, found the vehicle in the gaping hole — about 20 feet (6 meters) deep and 8 to 10 feet (2.5 to 3 meters) across — that took up the entire southbound lane of the street, next to a vacant building expected to feature apartments, office space and retail. No injuries were reported.
  • BMW plans to invest $600M and add 1,000 jobs in Spartanburg County [South Carolina]

    06/26/2017 7:32:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Upstate Business Journal ^ | June 25, 2017 | Trevor Anderson
    BMW Chairman Harald Krueger said Monday during a Start of Communications event for the company’s third generation X3 in Spartanburg County BMW will continue investing in its “people” and “business” in the U.S. German automaker BMW Group on Monday, June 26, said it plans to invest $600 million to expand its Spartanburg County plant and create 1,000 jobs during the next five years. BMW’s Chairman Harald Krueger made the announcement during the company’s Start of Communications event, or unveiling, of its next-generation X3 at BMW Manufacturing Co. near Greer. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Krueger said the company would invest $200 million solely for...
  • U.S. States Can’t Have Own Self-driving Car Rules Under Trump Presidency

    06/19/2017 1:10:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Cars18 ^ | June 19, 2017 | Arjit Garg and Reuters
    California and other states would be barred from setting their own rules governing design and testing of self-driving cars, while federal regulators would be blocked from demanding pre-market approval for autonomous vehicle technology, according to a U.S. House Republican proposal reviewed by Reuters on Thursday. The draft legislation, while far from becoming law, still represents a victory for General Motors Co, Alphabet Inc, Tesla Inc and other automakers and technology companies seeking to persuade Congress and the Trump administration to pre-empt rules under consideration in California, New York and other states that could limit deployment of self-driving vehicles.....
  • GM to build Texas supplier park, expects 850 new jobs

    06/17/2017 1:48:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Left Lane ^ | June 16, 2017 | Justin King
    The Arlington facility will consist of two manufacturing and warehouse buildings spanning more than 1.2 million square feet. General Motors has outlined plans to build a new supplier park to help support its Arlington Assembly plant in Texas. The facility will consist of two manufacturing and warehouse buildings, spanning more than 1.2 million square feet. The company expects the park to house up to 1,250 employees and bring 850 new jobs to Arlington. "GM estimates nearly 600 of the new manufacturing and professional jobs created in these facilities will replace work previously done outside of the US," the company says....
  • Driverless Autonomous Cars Will Be on U.S. Roads in the Next 2 Months

    06/11/2017 7:06:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 114 replies
    Futurism ^ | June 9, 2017 | Dom Galeon
    Eliminating the Problem How difficult is it to test autonomous vehicles (AVs) on public roads? Uber can probably tell you all about it. Much of the difficulty in obtaining the permits necessary for such tests comes from fear. Because self-driving technology is new, because the systems have been involved in incidents in the past, and so on, people aren’t quite ready to trust the tech. The governor of Washington state, however, has a different perspective. Governor Jay Inslee signed an order on Wednesday that would allow for autonomous vehicle tests without a human driver behind the wheel. According to the...
  • Tesla Isn’t Going to Lead the Next Car Revolution

    05/01/2017 2:16:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | April 30, 2017 | Tien Tzuo
    Tesla made headlines recently when its market capitalization nosed past both General Motors’ and Ford’s to make it the most valuable U.S. automaker. Overall U . S . auto sales are down after last year’s highs, and the Big Three (Ford, GM, and Chrysler) automakers have been turning in lackluster numbers lately. Meanwhile, Elon Musk’s company is on track to sell 100,000 cars this year, after delivering almost 80,000 last year. So is Tesla poised to dominate Detroit’s Big Three? I seriously doubt it. Tesla is an amazing company. Its cars have improved suspensions, new top speeds, and autonomous driving—the...
  • Auto supplier Continental creating 160 jobs in western NC

    04/19/2017 9:44:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The News & Observer ^ | April 18, 2017 | David Ranii
    Automotive supplier Continental plans to invest more than $40 million and create 160 new jobs over the next five years at its brake systems manufacturing facility in the western North Carolina town of Morganton. Continental, a German company whose North American headquarters is in Auburn Hills, Mich., is eligible to receive up to $1.6 million in state Job Development Investment Grant incentives if it meets its job and investment targets, according to the office of Gov. Roy Cooper. “Thanks to the generous support of the state and local officials, we are pleased to make an investment that plans to expand...
  • Congress IT Probe Suspects Had Massive Debts, Years Of Suspicious Activity

    02/07/2017 11:54:49 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 59 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 7, 2017 | By Luke Rosiak
    Four people who worked for the House of Representatives have a history of massive debts and bankruptcy, a fondness for fast cars and real estate, and unusually complicated webs of intertwined finances. The three brothers and a wife of one of them are under criminal investigation into sensitive congressional information security. Chiefs of staff for dozens of Democratic lawmakers who employed the four were informed last week that a criminal probe was underway into their use of congressional information technology systems, including the existence of an external server to which House data was being funneled, and into the theft of...
  • Tesla fans say they are cancelling Model 3 orders over Musk's Trump connection

    01/31/2017 11:19:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 31, 2017 | Robert Ferris
    Customers on the waiting list for the Tesla Model 3 sedan may have been bumped up in line a bit. Electric car blog Electrek reports that at least a few people have said they are cancelling their orders for the yet-to-be-released car over Elon Musk's collaboration with President Donald Trump's administration....
  • Wal-Mart to start selling cars in Houston, Dallas

    01/25/2017 8:10:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 24, 2017 | Ileana Najarro
    Wal-Mart has partnered with online car retailer, CarSaver to start selling cars at Supercenter locations in Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and Oklahoma City. Beginning April 1, Carsaver staff will be in 25 Wal-Mart Supercenters helping customers select a new, used or certified pre-owned vehicle and apply for financing and auto insurance on kiosks. Customers will be directed to make an appointment with a local certified dealer for final sale. Sixteen AutoNation stores in Houston, Dallas and Phoenix have already lined up to participate in the program. The model was first tested in Florida last year with nearly 80 percent of dealership...
  • Mexican Ford plant workers blame Trump for dashed dreams

    01/07/2017 4:01:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 6, 2017 | Christopher Sherman
    VILLA DE REYES, Mexico (AP) -- Word spread quickly through cellphone messages and shouts between co-workers that Ford Motor Co. had canceled its new $1.6 billion car plant at its sprawling 700-acre high desert site in north-central Mexico. "When I saw it on the phone, (I thought), 'Well, no, it can't be,'" said Higinio Salazar, a security guard who spent the past five months logging traffic into and out of the site and hoped to have steady work for months to come. "It was on orders of Mr. Trump," he said bitterly....