Apple CEO Divulges Autonomous Car Strategy for First Time

The CEO of Apple has divulged an autonomous car strategy for the very first time. There have been rumors circulating for years that Apple is formulating their own autonomous car under the title Project Titan. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple has recently discussed their strategy regarding this technology. They view it as very important.

Key Takeaways:

  • For years, rumors swirled that Apple was creating its own autonomous car under Project Titan. Those rumors gave way to reports that the company would focus on just the technology inside these vehicles. Finally, Apple CEO Tim Cook is explaining the company’s strategy in this area, though some mysteries still remain.
  • For months, it has been clear Apple is up to something. The tech giant was granted a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California in April. And documents obtained by the media showed the workings of Apple’s autonomous driving system, complete with a steering wheel and pedals.
  • Perhaps Apple will adopt a similar strategy to its rivals and introduce its self-driving technology into existing vehicles. Throughout the industry, automakers, tech companies, and ride-hailing services are partnering to accelerate the deployment of self-driving cars.

“Although it’s definitely working on self-driving tech, Apple hasn’t committed to manufacturing its own autonomous vehicle. “We’ll see where it takes us,” Cook said. “We’re not really saying from a product point of view what we will do.””

http://www.motortrend.com/news/apple-ceo-talks-autonomous-car-strategy-first-time/

Michelin to acquire telematics provider to expands fleet management capabilities

Michelin has acquired Nextraq, formerly a subsidiary of Fleetcore Technologies Inc. This purchase effectively offers Michelin the opportunity to expand on its market and have a greater impact in the automotive industry. Michelin believes, with its commitment to tires and now its navigation, that it has improved the realm of automotive safety standards.

Key Takeaways:

  • Michelin has agreed to acquire NexTraq, a U.S. provider of commercial fleet telematics, in an all-cash transaction. Based in the Atlanta area, NexTraq is a subsidiary of FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc., a global provider of fuel cards and workforce payment products.
  • NexTraq represents a strategic acquisition that accelerates our growth in telematics with synergies that increase our scale, expand our geographic footprint and strengthen overall competitiveness in fleet management technology and services in the United States.
  • NexTraq has technology that, among other capabilities, monitors reckless driving and stops texting while driving. This capability is an excellent cultural fit with Michelin’s purpose and long-standing commitment to road safety

“”NexTraq has technology that, among other capabilities, monitors reckless driving and stops texting while driving. This capability is an excellent cultural fit with Michelin’s purpose and long-standing commitment to road safety,” Dimenna said.”

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Cummins Makes Big Electrification Move

On June 14, Cummins announced that an electric powertrain will be available to its customers in 2019 and an electric vehicle with extended range will be available to customers in 2020. In an announcement by chairman and CEO of Cummins, Tom Linebarger noted the value of electrification in the transportation industry. Julie Furber, the executive director of electrification at Cummins discussed the inevitable adoption of electrification amid rising environmental regulations and how as a leading provider of this technology Cummins must ensure that its cost and performance of are viable as as trucks, off-highway and mining equipment, in addition to stationary power segments adopt electrification.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cummins announced that it will have a fully developed, all-electric powertrain available and on the road for customers in 2019, with a range-extended electric vehicle coming in 2020.
  • In the short term, we believe electrification will come to transit bus, P&D and material handling segments. In the long term, this technology will come to all of the markets we serve in one form or another.
  • As a leading provider of this technology, Cummins must make sure the cost and performance perspectives of this technology is viable so the long-term economics are in place for favorable cost of ownership later on, as trucks, off-highway and mining equipment as well as stationary power segments turn to electrification.

“Cummins announced that it will have a fully developed, all-electric powertrain available and on the road for customers in 2019, with a range-extended electric vehicle coming in 2020. The company made the announcement during a conference call Wednesday evening.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fuel-smarts/news/story/2017/06/cummins-makes-big-electrification-move.aspx

Aftermarket Pioneer Vic Edelbrock Jr. Has Passed Away

Vic Edelbrock Jr., son a racing legend Vic Edelbrock Sr., and one of the founders of hot rodding and aftermarket speed equipment, also former president of SEMA and pioneer of the Edelbrock Company has passed away at the age of 60. Edelbrock Jr., took over the business after his father’s passing and brought it to great success helping to create clean technology and more efficient running engines which helped to improve smog checks. He was promoted to SEMA president from 1971 to 1974 as a result of his life work.

Key Takeaways:

  • Vic edelbrock jr., one of the guiding lights of the aftermarket has passed away
  • When it looked like aftermarket was dying in the early 70s, Vic jr. marketed his induction systems as improving clean air and also performance.
  • Vic Jr.’s company, edelbrock, launched the second coming of the performance industry

“Born into racing royalty as the son of Vic Edelbrock Sr., one of the founders of hot rodding and the aftermarket for speed equipment, he could have taken any path, but he was bitten by hot rodding and performance just like his dad.”

http://www.motortrend.com/news/aftermarket-pioneer-vic-edelbrock-jr-passed-away/

Michelin Reveals ‘Wheel with No Air’ Tire Concept

On June 14, Michelin revealed its concept tire of a wheel with no air at the Movin’ On global conference. The wheel’s thread which can be made in a 3D printer incorporates a honeycomb design which functions at the same performance as tires with traditional thread but is biodegradable and can be recycled. Lastly, the tire incorporates technology which allows communication with the driver alerting them of any issues/changes to which they can schedule repair by using the specifics and reprinting a pattern need at that time.

Key Takeaways:

  • Michelin has presented an airless tire concept at their sustainable tire conference
  • The tire’s tread can be rapidly replenished by 3D printer
  • The tire is connected to the vehicle/fleet information system and tread reprints can be planned from their app.

“It’s designed to last as long as the vehicle with its “ultra-durability” coming from its honeycomb structure, which Gettys said was inspired by the natural forms of the growth process at work in the plant, mineral, or sometimes even in the animal world (coral being one example).”

http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/maintenance/news/story/2017/06/michelin-reveals-wheel-with-no-air-concept.aspx

What Are Top In-Car Gadgets For Chauffeurs And Clients?

These eight handy items and gizmos are great for chauffeurs and clients. First, a smart connected car adaptor allows the driver to control various in car systems. A portable jump start kit or an in-car air purifier or humidifier can help alleviate the stress of a long drive. As well, a drop stop organizer, or for professional drivers an anti-sleep alarm as well as in in-car HUDs help promote safe driving. Lastly, gifts such as a car escape tool or luggage securers add assurance and make great gifts as well.

Key Takeaways:

  • There are literally thousands of vehicle-based gadgets and apps out there all aimed at enhancing the comfort and safety of drivers and their passengers.
  • Here, we’ve picked out a selection of eight handy items and gizmos that cover a wide spectrum of prices – from just a couple of pounds to several hundred.
  • An advanced HUD (heads-up display) projects read-outs on to the windscreen in real time, guiding and informing drivers with crucial details about their journey and vehicle performance.

“There are literally thousands of vehicle-based gadgets and apps out there, ranging from the sublime to the frankly ridiculous, all aimed at enhancing the comfort and safety of drivers and their passengers.”

http://www.lctmag.com/vehicles/news/722838/what-are-top-in-car-gadgets-for-chauffeurs-and-clients

Super Trucks: Pie in the Sky, or Pathway to Super Fuel Savings?

The U.S Department of Energy funded research towards improving freight efficiency and reducing truck’s fuel consumption. Two companies, the first being the Navistar Supertruck changed the entire shape of the truck into a more airfoil shape which made it more aerodynamic and added a full length trailer skirt. The second, Cummins-Peterbuilt improved on this by adding retractable skirts which lowered the risk of body damage, an issue with the Supertruck. Lastly, the teardrop shape has been shown to reduce fuel economy by 12 percent overseas.

Key Takeaways:

  • The September 2016 unveiling of Navistar’s SuperTruck brought to a close the first round of the U.S. Department of Energy funded research and development project aimed at improving freight efficiency and reducing heavy-truck fuel consumption.
  • The closer each could get to the ideal aerodynamic shape, i.e., something similar to a rain drop, the greater the gains would be.
  • Many of the technologies developed for the project have already found their way into current OEM offerings, and others are a model-year or two away.

“The U.S. DOE set specific energy saving targets for SuperTruck I, and they were all shattered by the four SuperTruck teams.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fuel-smarts/article/story/2017/06/super-trucks-pie-in-the-sky-or-pathway-to-super-fuel-savings.aspx

Dominator III Mechanics Truck

The Dominator III is a new 11-foot mechanics truck with a 25-foot 12,000-pound telescopic crane. It was recently introduced by Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc (IMT). This truck was designed with a lighter body and increased maneuvering capabilities compared to larger vehicles. It was designed to work in smaller, tighter areas. IMT has also upgraded its larger models for a more effective performance.

Key Takeaways:

  • We aimed to meet our customer’s needs while offering a lighter, maneuverable body paired with increased lifting capacity from the 25-foot 12,000-pound crane.
  • Customers will find that the new 11-foot Dominator III is an economical solution that has all the quality and options they’ve come to expect from IMT.
  • The Dominator III 11-foot body enhances IMT’s Dominator line of service trucks while providing superior performance and customizable options in a compact solution.

“The Dominator III 11-foot body enhances IMT’s Dominator line of service trucks while providing superior performance and customizable options in a compact solution.”

http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/upfitting/product/detail/2017/06/dominator-iii-mechanics-truck.aspx

How fuel additives are enhancing engine performance

Fuel additives are enhancing engine performance. Properly blended diesel fuel, with the correct additives, keeps the fuel clean and the engine running properly. The blending of the additives is a very exact science. It is continuing to be perfected to this day. Diesel engines are very complex things that require a lot of care.

Key Takeaways:

  • Diesel fuel additives are designed to protect the entire fuel system from deposit formation, maintaining injector cleanliness while also preventing fuel filter plugging.
  • In other cases, the additive provides extra benefits above and beyond that of normal unadditized diesel fuel.
  • Deposits can not only clog up fuel injectors but also cause them to stick, which negatively impacts fuel combustion.

“You don’t need to tell maintenance managers that contamination of even very small amounts of precipitated wax in diesel fuel can cause serious problems.”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/diesel-fuel-additives-enhancing-engine-performance/

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