Ford Gives Autonomous Vehicle Update

Will America finally see the emergence of fully autonomous cars? In this article, Ford CEO Mark Fields explains his intentions and plans to make this far-fetched science fiction dream a reality by the year 2025. By partnering with ride sharing companies and next generation vehicle technology companies, Ford hopes to become the next leading automotive creator super power.

Ford Gives Autonomous Vehicle Update

Fuel economy and new engine oils

As part of the new 2017 EPA emissions regulations for diesel engines, two new types of diesel oil are being developed. CK-4 oil is backwards compatible with all current and diesel engines, however will provide better performance than currently available oils. FA-4 type oil will only work in next-generation diesel engines and will provide better fuel consumption while still lubricating and protecting the engine. These new oil types will help medium and heavy duty diesel engines remain efficient while reducing emissions in the near future.

Key Takeaways:

  • CK-4 oils will replace today’s lubricants and will be completely backwards compatible with all current diesel vehicles.
  • New regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mandate fuel economy improvements for medium and heavy-duty engines and vehicles are being phased in between now and 2017.
  • According to Mark Betner, Citgo’s heavy-duty product line manager, Lower viscosity engine oils will improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gases over 15W-40 engine oils.

“The new regulations, which are being phased in between now and 2017, impose different fuel-efficiency targets based on the size and weight of vehicle/equipment types. The full development cycle for motor oil, from the initial discussion to launch, is about five years.”

http://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/fuel-economy-new-engine-oils/

Gasoline Prices Fall Amid Switch to Winter Blend

There’s more than just relief from hot temperatures, leaf-peeper trails in the upcountry, and kid-free time, available in autumn’s range of perks. Count in lessening oil prices too. Generally, as retailers switch to their winter products, which must have the ability to evaporate at lower temperatures, making them less expensive to produce, consumers can expect to start saving some cents at the tank. Post-Labor Day almost daily price slides are not uncommon. And, in fact, several states currently have gas prices lower than 2.00$ a gallon.

Key Takeaways:

  • national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline continued its slide
  • he average price fell 11 of the past 12 days ending on Sept. 12 and reached $2.18,
  • Pump prices usually decline after Labor Day when many areas of the country switch from summer blend to winter blend, which is cheaper to produce and evaporates more easily

“Pump prices usually decline after Labor Day when many areas of the country switch from summer blend to winter blend, which is cheaper to produce and evaporates more easily. Winter blend must be able to evaporate at low temperatures for the engine to operate properly.”

http://www.automotive-fleet.com/channel/fuel-management/news/story/2016/09/gasoline-prices-fall-amid-switch-to-winter-blend.aspx

Driven by the desire to do more: The 2018 Freightliner New Cascadia

As the demand for more fuel efficiency, and less emissions to help sustain and rebuild the environment, Freightliner has done amazing works by increasing fuel efficiency by eight percent. Hoping to reach the goal of five percent, the engineers at Freightliner have surpassed their own expectations. With updates in design and mechanical layout has made this the prime choice when hauling from state to state.

Driven by the desire to do more: The 2018 Freightliner New Cascadia

Driverless Cars to Shrink Insurance Premiums

Driverless Cars should shrink insurance premiums by 20 to 40% by 2050, according to a report, even if there is only limited adoption of driverless cars. This would like be due to accident repair claims falling. The forecast assumes claim frequency would decline by 81%. This could greatly increase insurance industry volatility.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to a report from insurance analyst Aon Benfield, the cost of insuring an autonomous vehicle should fall 20% below current levels and may fall by as much as 40% by 2050.
  • Tesla Motors’ Elon Musk has said his vehicles will include fully autonomous capability by 2018.
  • Personal motor vehicle policies account for 47% of the global insurance premium.

“The cost of insuring an autonomous vehicle should fall 20% below current levels and may fall by as much as 40% by 2050, according to a new report from insurance analyst Aon Benfield.”

http://www.automotive-fleet.com/channel/safety-accident-management/news/story/2016/09/driverless-cars-to-shrink-insurance-premiums.aspx

VW May Cease Sales of Diesel Models

Volkswagen installed emissions software on more than a half-million diesel cars in the U.S.—and roughly 10.5 million more worldwide—that allows them to sense the unique parameters of an emissions drive cycle set by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the EPA and the California Air Resources Board, who were tipped off by researchers in 2014, these so-called “defeat devices” detect steering, throttle, and other inputs used in the test to switch between two distinct operating modes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Volkswagen may not resume sales of diesel models in the U.S. and plans to focus on electrified powertrains and SUVs in the coming years.
  • Diesel-powered Passat mid-size sedans made up 65% of Volkswagen’s sales, while diesel-powered Golf SportWagen cars made up 90% of sales.
  • Volkswagen will launch two new SUVs, including a three-row mid-size SUV and a long wheelbase version of the Tiguan, that will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

“Volkswagen may not resume sales of diesel models in the U.S. and plans to focus on electrified powertrains and SUVs in the coming years, the company’s head of North American operations told fleet managers on Sept. 15.”

http://www.businessfleet.com/channel/vehicle-research/news/story/2016/09/vw-may-cease-sales-of-diesel-models.aspx

Audit: FBI Overspent on Premium Fuel

As the US general public continues to have their doubts about its government, a new article comes out exploiting the misuse of funds by the FBI for premium fuel. Auditors checked the books of the FBI to find discrepancies of fifty seven thousand dollars. This comes as a shock and suggestions to the FBI are to ensure contracts for 87 octane fuel be put in place.

Audit: FBI Overspent on Premium Fuel

Calif. Legislators Pass Ignition Interlock Bill

The California legislature has passed a bill that would require DUI offenders to install alcohol ignition interlock devices on their vehicles in order to have their drivers license reinstated. If signed by governor Jerry Brown, the law would take effect in January 2019. Four California counties already require DUI offenders to install ignition interlock devices. The new legislation requires the interlock to be installed for progressively longer periods of time based on the severity of the offense. A sliding scale fee structure would be offered to low-income offenders for the installation and maintenance costs.

Calif. Legislators Pass Ignition Interlock Bill

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