Report: GM May Unload Six Cars in U.S. to Make Way for Crossovers

The future will contain more electronic car models so naturally some models are now being siphoned out. Also it appears that GM at least will be manufacturing less cars and more SUVs, trucks, and crossovers. The list of cars that will cut includes versions of the Cadillac and Impala. It will be interesting to see the road in 2022.

Key Takeaways:

  • Chevy Volt and Cadillac CT6 may be struggling to sell.
  • Both cars including a few others may not be in production next year.
  • 90 percent of GM’s new cars will be crossovers

“According to a report from Reuters, GM could get rid of as many as six car models starting next decade.”

Bendix-Based Safety System Standard on Volvo VNL and VNR Models

Volvo Active Driver Assists provides computer technology to help increase safety for everyone travelling on the road. The technology incorporates video and radar to help trucks navigate out on the roads. There is an even an optional feature to address the blindspot issue something that was fearful in the past. Volvo Trucks has been in operation since 1927.

Key Takeaways:

  • Volvo’s are safer than other cars
  • How the safety measures work as far as “Volvo Active Driver Assist”
  • “Making Volvo Active Driver Assist with Bendix Wingman Fusion™ standard in Volvo VNR and VNL models demonstrates how Volvo cares more about safety than most other options.

“Volvo engineers said these technologies – working together and not just in parallel – along with powerful next-generation computing, create a system that typically assesses situations faster and reacts earlier, while also significantly reducing false alerts and false interventions.”

California’s Climate Change Deal May Increase Fuel Prices

Climate change is happening and many people realize this but are not happy about how the economy can be effected. Here we see this in action. California is trying to curb climate change and this is probably going to bring already high fuel prices up even higher. Many people will be negatively affected by this.

Key Takeaways:

  • California’s Legislature has voted to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program through 2030.
  • Legislators approved the signature legislation from Gov. Jerry Brown, who hopes to roll back greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030
  • The passage of the bill was greeted enthusiastically by groups representing alternative fuels, including the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas.

“Under the state’s current system, emissions are capped and pulluers must obtain permits for the greenhouse gases they emit.”

Southern California Ports Plan for Zero-Emission Trucks

The Ports of Long Beach and LA have released a proposal to eliminate gas emissions from their dray gage fleets. Both of these ports have already surpassed previous goals of lowering gas emissions at the ports. The plan involves four key factors including using clean vehicles as well as Energy resource planning.

Key Takeaways:

  • “The draft 2017 CAAP sets new clean air goals focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.”
  • “Preliminary analysis on implementing the 2017 CAAP estimate the costs at $7 to $14 billion.”
  • “The draft 2017 CAAP is broken down into four major categories that each address major areas to target to reach the emissions goals,” which include; “Clean Vehicles, Equipment Technology, and Fuels, Freight Infrastructure Investment and Planning, Freight Efficiency, and Energy Resource Planning

“The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have released a draft of a proposed 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update, outlining a new set of aggressive near-term and long-term strategies to reduce air pollution from the ports.”

House Advances Self-Driving Car Bill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is poised to vote on accelerating the testing and deployment of self-driving automobiles. Meanwhile, the legislation’s cap increase of 100,000 vehicles over a 12-month period and the hopes of the bill’s passage leading to eliminating “patchwork” of state laws affecting the design and construction raises eyebrows. Ohio Republican Representative Robert Latter reported concerns of privatizing the otherwise federal governmental control on vehicular design and inner workings, yet, discourages a world where fatalities are a calculated driving risk during a subcommittee’s markup session. If legislation passes, autonomous vehicle manufacturers must submit a cyber-security plan for detailing the vulnerabilities, continuous updates of regulations, and those responsible for its assurance.

Key Takeaways:

  • The federal government wants to retain the responsibility of regulating autonomous vehicles and limit the states responsibilities to registration, titling and defining local traffic law.
  • One aspect I did not necessarily consider was the cyber security issue associated with this technology. Regulation needs to consider and prioritize this.
  • This bill helps reduce the red tape required to further the development of this technology and helps define the federal government and state government roles.

“The legislation seeks to reinforce federal regulatory authority over autonomous vehicle standards and restrict individual states from enforcing their own set of requirements affecting the vehicles’ mechanical, hardware and software systems.”

Ford Reveals 2018 F-150 Police Responder

Ford plans to add an additional offering to its fleet of police vehicles in the Fall of 2017. The vehicle is a pickup truck called the Police Responder. It is a pursuit rated pickup and has many features, including a 7000 pound towing capacity and all terrain tires. The pickup is touted to be a great law enforcement vehicle that can traverse many environments, like rural areas.

Ford Reveals 2018 F-150 Police Responder

Michelin closes acquisition of NexTraq

Michelin has acquired NexTraq. It’s all final now. Companies often buy smaller ones and then use them to make themselves even more successful. What will Michelin do here? It’s interesting to see what happens because it shows how business opportunities can pan out either for good or not. Michelin now has an opportunity to use this to further themselves but how will they do it?

Michelin closes acquisition of NexTraq

The Tesla Freight Network: A $10 Billion Opportunity

With the rise of innovation in self driving vehicles, Tesla is again attempting to break the glass ceiling with another innovating idea: a self automated freight network. The grand scheme of things would mean a world where truck drivers are not needed, and electric powered freighters get from one location to another without a hitch.

Key Takeaways:

  • Tesla may start a freight service for customers
  • The move mirrors Tesla’s efforts into entering the ride-hailing sector
  • Uber serves as one of its key competitors

“I believe Tesla is likely to launch an on-demand self-driving semi truck service, which I call the Tesla Freight Network.”

New 2020 Ford Bronco Renderings Let Us Have Our Cake and Eat It Too

Ford’s new 2020 Bronco won’t roll out for several years, but design elements of the re-imagined classic are already leaking out. Among the most notable features: four passenger doors, a departure from Bronco’s traditional two. But a two-door version is also expected, a challenger to Jeep’s Wrangler. The roof and C-pillars may sport color that contrasts with the lower body. The front fascia will hearken back to earlier Bronco designs, and there will be lots of rugged styling at the wheels and doors. A 3.3L V-6 could serve as the entry-level power plant, with an available 2.7L V-6 EcoBoost.

New 2020 Ford Bronco Renderings Let Us Have Our Cake and Eat It Too

House THUD Bill Boasts Trucking Reform Riders

The House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) has came out with a draft to a bill that will prevent individual states from dictating when truckers take their meal and rest breaks. It will also prevent the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from doing a safety fitness test until the DOT Inspector General has issued certain certifications. This bill also calls for increasing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration annual budget by over $100 million.

Key Takeaways:

  • For several years now, trucking lobbyists have been seeking a legislative provision that would prevent individual states from enacting their own meal and rest break rules for CDL drivers, as well as to prohibit states from requiring that those drivers be paid certain types of added compensation, such as detention pay.
  • Earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced it was scrapping its proposed rule on a revised methodology for issuing safety-fitness determinations for motor carriers.
  • The draft House bill also calls for increasing the annual budget of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by over $100 million– and pumping up the DOT discretionary budget by $1.5 billion more than the amount sought by President Trump.

“The upshot is, with or without the no-SFD rider, it will be up to eight months from now before trucking can hope to see the reforms to the CSA program recommended by NAS come into play.”

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