2017 McLaren 570S Spider First Drive Review

So the McLaren 570S Spider Review, Well its more than that. The real question is, Should you spend over 200k on this car. We learned that this car can go 0-60 in a scary 3.1 seconds! We also learned that the handling and overall appearance of this car is stunning. This car has something for everyone, rather its the sound system or the retractable roof. You can not go wrong with a company that has been selling high end cars for 20 years. This car is worth it!

2017 McLaren 570S Spider First Drive Review

How Preventative Maintenance Can Improve Driver Safety

A checklist for preventative maintenance should include simple things such as tire pressure, the sound and operation of brakes, windshield wiper functionality, any activity from air bag lights, and of course recalls from the manufacturer. Preventative maintenance can be a neat and tidy task that of course without saying is crucial to safety.

Key Takeaways:

  • Tire pressure should be checked at least once a month
  • If your airbag light comes on, have it checked right away
  • Regularly check if your vehicle has a recall

“Human-related errors are the primary reason for vehicle crashes. With the rise of distracted driving over the past decade becoming a bigger issue, it’s not hard to understand why this is the case.”

http://www.businessfleet.com/channel/safety-accident-management/article/story/2017/06/how-regular-preventative-maintenance-can-improve-driver-safety.aspx

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.”

http://www.motortrend.com/news/gm-may-unload-six-car-models-u-s-make-way-crossovers/

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.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/news/story/2017/07/bendix-based-safety-system-now-standard-for-new-volvo-vnl-and-vnr-models.aspx

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.”

http://www.businessfleet.com/channel/fuel-management/news/story/2017/07/california-s-climate-change-deal-may-increase-fuel-prices.aspx

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.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fuel-smarts/news/story/2017/07/southern-california-ports-outline-plan-for-zero-emissions-future.aspx

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.”

http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/safety-accident-management/news/story/2017/07/house-subcommittee-advances-self-driving-car-bill.aspx

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.”

http://www.topix.com/business/trucking/2017/07/the-tesla-freight-network-a-10-billion-opportunity?fromrss=1

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