How to Use the 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon’s Electric Winch

The 2017 RAM 2500 Power Winch can prove to be extremely useful in many situations, if used correctly. The Power Winch can pull up to 1200 lbs and is successful in pulling out stuck or flipped vehicles, as demonstrated by MotorTrend. They also demonstrate the proper safety procedure for using the winch, which requires a solid anchor point, a secure attachment to something with no slack and proper management of the vehicle as the remote is being used for the winch. With up to 90 ft of cable, the reaches of the winch are expansive.

Key Takeaways:

  • You have to keep in mind that the winch is not a toy but a tool. The winch can be used to pull a vehicle that has been stuck or flipped over.
  • When the winch is being operated, you’ll want the Power Wagon’s transmission to be in neutral, and someone should always be inside the truck to control the brakes.
  • The winch includes 90 feet of cable, which should never be wrapped directly around a tree because this increases the chances of it breaking. This is a very capable tool that can quickly get you out of trouble in case you find it.

“You have to keep in mind that the winch is not a toy but a tool.”

http://www.motortrend.com/news/how-to-use-the-2017-ram-2500-power-wagon-electric-winch/

DOT Tries to Streamline Private Involvement in Transit Projects

The Federal Transit Administration has a newly proposed law that would facilitate their regulatory and permit obtaining process, if the project claims it will attract more private investors. This law is titled the Private Investment Project Procedures and would help the government achieve higher interest from private contribution. The areas this would benefit would include development, construction, maintenance and others. With previous legislation for federally funded public projects, the projects were highly limited by FTA regulations. Privately funded projects would speed up the process as well highlight possible flaws in public regulations.

Key Takeaways:

  • The DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking this that would allow public transit projects to streamline some steps in the regulatory or permit approval process if they prove that it will attract more private investors.
  • Under the proposed PIPP system, public transportation projects would be able to apply to FTA to request modification or waiver of specific FTA requirements if the recipient demonstrates that those requirements discourage the use of public-private partnerships.
  • As more public transportation project sponsors find willing and able private partners, we must ensure that federal regulations or procedures do not stifle innovation

“Under the proposed PIPP system, public transportation projects would be able to apply to FTA to request modification or waiver of specific FTA requirements if the recipient demonstrates that those requirements discourage the use of public-private partnerships.”

https://www.constructionequipment.com/dot-tries-streamline-private-involvement-transit-projects

Tesla Lowers Starting Price of Model X

The new Tesla Model X price was dropped by $3000 after Tesla eliminated two different S Model lines from production. This, however, does not mean that the impressive qualities of the Tesla have been dropped as well. CEO Elon Musk assures that Model X can reach 60 mph in just under 5 seconds, can travel significant mileage on a single charge, both of which are on par with the P100D model priced at $145,000.

Tesla Lowers Starting Price of Model X

No Cab? No Driver? No Problem.

The T Pod can be an alternative to a taxi or uber. This vehicle is fully autonomous, removing the need for a driver, and it is also able to take you to your desired destination. The company is currently working on expanding the number of vehicles it has out, and its goal is to have 200 of these T pods taking heavy loads across the US. This technology can save lots of gas and energy.

Key Takeaways:

  • A Swedish automotive startup has unveiled a peek at the future of autonomous trucking– as of right now. On July 4, Einride rolled out its new T Pod concept truck during the Almedalsveckan Week event in Visby, Sweden.
  • The T Pod is interesting firstly because it is an all-electric design with an estimated range of 124 miles on one charge, and secondly because it is a fully autonomous design. There is no driver in the T Pod.
  • According to reporting from The Verge, Einride is planning to develop a complete autonomous transport network complete with charging stations connecting the Swedish cities of Gothenburg and Helsingborg by 2020.

“The T Pod is interesting firstly because it is an all-electric design with an estimated range of 124 miles on one charge, and secondly because it is a fully autonomous design.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/news/story/2017/08/no-cab-no-driver-no-poblem.aspx

Test Drive: Volvo’s VNR Could be an Urban Legend (in the Making)

Volvo is releasing a new commercial truck platform, the VNR, to replace its now aged VNM series. Much thought was put into the new design that was made for drivers’ comfort and to improve function. The VNR series will come in three main configurations to fit the drivers’ resting needs for various length of trip. The new series adds a welcome, modernized addition to the market for commercial trucks.

Key Takeaways:

  • With its previous regional truck platform, the VNM, just turning 20 years old, Volvo has elevated the status of the regional truck from utilitarian workhorse to flagship chassis set to meet the new economy head-on.
  • Volvo predicts the regional market is set to explode, driven by a combination of shortening supply chains and a strong push from drivers for shorter hauls and more home time
  • VTNA now has just the truck it believes will help attract top-notch talent to the burgeoning number of regional jobs, and the VNR will likely play a big role in keeping them there.

“The introduction of Volvo’s new regional lineup is as much a mindset upgrade as a mechanical one”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/equipment/article/story/2017/07/volvo-s-vnr-could-be-an-urban-legend-in-the-making.aspx

What causes carbon deposit buildup in diesel engines
 and how to prevent it

Carbon deposit can be devastating to the engine inside our diesel vehicle. Do you know what this substance is and how it can be prevented? If not, it is time to learn. This information could save your vehicle plenty of wear and tear and your wallet cash. The details you need are provided here in this informative article that you should read.

Key Takeaways:

  • Carbon deposit buildup on diesel engine components such as piston heads, fuel injectors and intake valves is a bigger problem than it is for gasoline engines.
  • Besides good driving practices, the best thing you can do to keep a diesel vehicle in optimal driving condition is to keep the engine clean of carbon deposits.
  • Using a quality diesel fuel system cleaner will ensure the vehicle will continue to give the power and performance for which it was built in the first place

“Carbon deposit buildup on diesel engine components such as piston heads, fuel injectors and intake valves is a bigger problem than it is for gasoline engines.”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/causes-carbon-deposit-buildup-diesel-engines-prevent/

Engineers Eye Adaptive Cruise Control as Platooning Enabler

The practice uses sensors and detectors to measure the output performance of the process being controlled; these measurements are used to provide corrective feedback helping to achieve the desired performance. Systems designed to perform without requiring human input are called automatic control systems (such as cruise control for regulating the speed of a car). Multi-disciplinary in nature, control systems engineering activities focus on implementation of control systems mainly derived by mathematical modeling of a diverse range of systems.

Key Takeaways:

  • The paper notes that of the target time headways that have been tested, the proposed CACC platoon control method achieved the best performance with 0.9- and 0.6-s target time headways.
  • A recent technical paper by engineers Zijia Zhong, Joyoung Lee and Liuhui Zhao at the Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, published by the Transportation Research Board suggests so.
  • The paper’s authors have proposed an automated longitudinal control framework based on multiobjective optimization (MOOP) for CACC by taking into consideration four vehicle optimization onbjectives: mobility, safety, driver comfort, and fuel consumption.

“The paper’s authors have proposed an automated longitudinal control framework based on multiobjective optimization (MOOP) for CACC by taking into consideration four vehicle optimization onbjectives: mobility, safety, driver comfort, and fuel consumption.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fleet-management/news/story/2017/07/engineers-eye-adaptive-cruise-control-as-platooning-enabler.aspx

White House Releases Details on Regulations Agenda

The new administration has aimed to clear out regulations that aren’t needed or aren’t working while working on setting new, clear, and actives ones. An announcement was made at the start of Trump’s administration of this intent inline with executive action. Now there is a website in place where one can search to see which regulations will be impacted.

Key Takeaways:

  • The white house wants to eliminate ineffective regulations.
  • Reginfo is an app used to stay up to date with changing regulations.
  • The agenda of the Trump administration was to remove a majority of the regulation for fossil fuels, air, and water pollution.

“The Administration’s goal is to amend and eliminate regulations it feels are ineffective, duplicative, and obsolete with an eye towards promoting economic growth.”

https://www.constructionequipment.com/white-house-releases-details-regulations-agenda

Mack, Meet Mack: NFL’s Khalil Mack Builds Excitement for New Truck

Khalil Mack signed an endorsement deal with Mack Trucks. The Oakland Raider got the idea from a text. Expect to hear an announcement from Mack Trucks in September including new a new highway model and all new interior to the Granite construction truck. Expect to see the hashtags #NewMack and #MackComfort.

Key Takeaways:

  • Mack Truck teams up with Khalil Mack for sponsorship
  • Mack Truck and Khalil Mack share the same name and same values
  • Mack Trucks ad campaign features sneak-peek photos, behind-the-scenes videos and other exclusive content

“Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack, the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has signed a sponsorship agreement with Mack Trucks to promote the Sept. 13 debut of its next-generation highway model.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/blog/all-thats-trucking/story/2017/07/mack-meet-mack-nfl-s-khalil-mack-builds-excitement-for-latest-mack-truck-unveiling.aspx

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