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CARB fines Railroads for Busting California Drayage Regs

An investigation by CARB’s Enforcement Division documented that both companies had failed to accurately report all the required information for non-compliant trucks entering 12 separate intermodal terminals. Inter-modal terminals simplify transfer of goods from train to truck or vice-versa. Continue reading

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Michigan has Costliest Auto Insurance. Maine Lowest

Maine, Ohio and Idaho all have competitive insurance marketplaces and less expensive car insurance premiums, according to a new study. Michigan was labelled the most expensive state for car insurance for the fourth consecutive year. The lowest Michigan has even been on the most expensive list is third, back in 2012. It’s a disgrace from a broken, lawyer dominated system. That was the year that Louisiana, who claimed second place this year for most expensive, took the No. 1 spot. Continue reading

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Annual CAR MBS Conference Under Way in Changing Industry

It’s summer in northern Michigan, a time when people flock there for fun, relaxations such a swimming, sailing and fine dining amid verdant rolling hills. There is, however, a significant number of people who come each year at the beginning … Continue reading

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Continental, Magna Drive Two Autonomous Cars to CAR Conference

The automated driving vehicles crossed into Windsor, Ontario before going north to Sarnia, Ontario and returning into Michigan. The first cross-border demonstration (hands free publicity stunt?) of its kind, allowed the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to test automated driving technology in a variety of settings. Continue reading

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FCA Certifies 2017 Diesels After EPA, ARB Suit

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed in May a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Fiat Chrysler alleging 104,000 light duty diesel vehicles with 3-liter liter EcoDiesel engines are equipped with software that defeat the emissions controls. Continue reading

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New Car Buyers Bullish on Self Driving Vehicles. Maybe

More than 52% of new car buyers expect to own at least one self-driving automobile in their household in the next 10 years, according to a Bosch study. The survey reached 1,000 U.S. based new car buyers, aged 18 or older, who have purchased or leased at least one vehicle within the last five model years, and intend to buy or lease a new vehicle again in the future. Continue reading

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DENSO to Invest $75.5 Million in Michigan and Ohio

“Expanding our team and resources now will help us make a future of autonomous cars and advanced electric vehicles possible,” said Kenichiro Ito, chairman of DENSO’s North America Board of Directors. Continue reading

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Ford Motor Recalls F-150 for Bad Seat-belt Fasteners

Ford Motor Company is recalling ~117,000 Ford F-150, E-Series, Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles to replace improperly tempered seat, seat-back, seat-belt and/or seatbelt buckle attaching bolts. In short, fasteners that are the nuts and bolts of the business that Ford has been in for more than 100 years. Continue reading

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Prescription Painkillers

One American dies of a drug overdose every 11 minutes and more than 2 million Americans are ensnared in addiction to prescription painkillers. Continue reading

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Hoffa: Opioid Use Due to Broken System

Opioid drugs, including prescription painkillers and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in the U.S. during 2015, a record. The epidemic is straining public services and state budgets. Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicles to Cut Auto Insurance Biz 71% By 2050

Autonomous vehicle and related driver assist technologies could upset the auto insurance market by 71%, roughly $137 billion by 2050, according to the latest research by KMPG. Continue reading

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Lawsuit Claims Emissions Cheating in GM Duramax Diesels

The suit also names Bosch as a defendant, adding that “GM did not act alone.” Bosch developed, manufactured, and tested the Electronic Diesel Control unit that allowed GM to implement the defeat devices, according to the suit. Bosch control units are found in almost all the vehicles found or alleged to have been manipulating emissions, including Mercedes, Fiat Chrysler and Chevrolet. Continue reading

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FAA Tests Drone Detection Systems at DFW

Drones that enter the airspace around airports can pose serious safety threats, of course. The FAA is coordinating with government and industry partners to evaluate technologies that could be used to detect drones in and around airports.
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2018 S-Class Takes Driver Assistance Upward?

Daimler is gushing about considerably extended driving assistance functions on the new S‑Class that appears to be a continuation of industry trends. This fall – in what is perhaps over-billed as a major step towards autonomous driving – Mercedes-Benz S-Class will have Active Distance Assist Distronic, and Active Steering Assist – forgive the marketing quasi-babble. Continue reading

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Silly, but Serious Safety Recalls from Mercedes and Kia

Recalls continue to bedevil automakers as airbag and software issues at Mercedes-Benz and a bad brake vacuum hose at Kia show. These are the result of quality control and development issues in what are admittedly complex automobiles. Continue reading

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