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

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

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