Ferrari Loses Testarossa Trademark in Germany

The head of a German toy company has successfully sued Ferrari over the use of the name Testarossa for licensing products. The Italian auto maker has held the trademark on this name but not actively used it in over twenty years. The court upheld that since that was the case they no longer had the right to copyright the name. The toy company intends to use the name to brand numerous products including a bicycle.

Key Takeaways:

  • Since the Italian automaker hasn’t used the Testarossa name on a car in more than two decades, the court decided it couldn’t keep others from using it.
  • Hesse wanted to be able to use the Testarossa name on a few different products, ranging from bicycles to shavers. And he didn’t want to have to pay a licensing fee.
  • Ferrari argued that it actually does still use the name since it provides parts and restoration services to Testarossa owners. According to the court, that isn’t enough because those services are provided under the Ferrari brand.

““A brand needs to be used to protect it, which the company has not done here.””

http://www.motortrend.com/news/ferrari-loses-testarossa-trademark-in-germany/

FMCSA Clarifies Issuance of Commercial Learner’s Permits

The FMCSA has clarified the issuance of commercial learner’s permits. Guidance was recently issued by the FMCSA that clarifies a state can accept applications for commercial learner’s permits and also administer the general knowledge test to people who are not actually domiciled there. States that choose to administer the general knowledge test must transmit the results directly to the applicant’s state of domicile.

Key Takeaways:

  • FMSCA had not meant to limit the extending of this out-of-state consideration to applicants who had served in the military.
  • states that choose to administer the general knowledge test must transmit the test results “directly, securely, and electronically” to the applicant’s state of domicile
  • this regulatory guidance is consistent with CDL regulations to ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers driving commercial motor vehicles

“Guidance just issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration clarifies that a state may accept applications for commercial learner’s permits and administer the general knowledge test to individuals who are not domiciled there.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/news/story/2017/08/fmcsa-clarifies-issuance-of-commercial-learner-s-permits.aspx

Wheel-Checks

A wheel check can identify a loose wheel nut with a very simple visual inspection and it is also heat sensitive. If you practice preventive maintenance procedures and regular inspections, then unexpected and costly brake or bearing problems can be avoided. They are very important and will help people that drive trucks.

Key Takeaways:

  • preventive maintenance
  • identify a loose wheel nut
  • Wheel-Checks are heat sensitive.

“Wheel-Check can identify a loose wheel nut with a simple visual inspection.”

http://www.worktruckonline.com/channel/safety-accident-management/product/detail/2017/08/wheel-checks.aspx

Nissan Announces Leaf Redesign

Nissan is about to release their new design, the Leaf, which has been modeled after the sleek airplane wing. Like an airplane wing, the Leaf is purposely designed close to the ground and aerodynamic. The features allow the Leaf to experience less drag and achieve a more secure ride at higher speeds. Nissan also claims this new design allows for greater security against crosswinds.

Nissan Announces Leaf Redesign

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

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