Category Archives: transportation

New Michigan Transportation Projects Increase Mobility

The Challenge grants are said to address core mobility gaps for seniors, persons with disabilities and veterans across the state, with projects in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, the Central Upper Peninsula and Southeast Michigan receiving funding in this second round. Continue reading

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GM Rejects Unifor Proposals for Oshawa Plant Closing

The study shows there would be an immediate fallout in 2020, with Ontario’s GDP expected to fall by $5 billion and a decline in Ontario government revenues of $330 million. In the long-term, Ontario’s economy would shrink by an average of $4 billion each year to 2030, leading to a reduction in Ontario government revenues of nearly a half billion and federal government revenues of just over half a billion a year. Continue reading

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Almost Showtime for the Last Winter Weather NAIAS

Next year the 2020 NAIAS moves to June, starting the week of the 8th. Continue reading

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Germany Drops Hard Coal After 200 Years

In 2007, the social partners in German coal industry reached a deal to phase out hard coal production by 2018. However, fossil fuels still account for an important part of the energy mix, and the lignite, or brown coal, produced in Germany still derives a part of it. Continue reading

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Inside Job – Mark Reuss Named General Motors President

Reuss once kicked the author’s butt at a closed track in New York State. It’s surprising when the North American president of an auto company appears at a race track to drive a car he worked on as an engineer. It’s embarrassing, though, when he’s as fast, well frankly faster, than any hot shoe out there. I was looking at Reuss’s taillights – in the distance. (see AutoInformed on Driving the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe) Continue reading

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Volkswagen Offers First Look at Mobile Charging Station

The mobile charging station works like a power bank does with smartphones, but for electric vehicles instead. The charging capacity of up to 360 kWh enables up to 15 e-vehicles, including members of Volkswagen’s new ID line to be charged in stand-alone operation. Continue reading

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Geely moves Closer to Owning AB Volvo. Chinese Company Owns the Car Brand and Is Buying Into the Truck Business.

China’s Geely Holding [GEELY.UL], owner of the Volvo car brand, is buying an 8.2% stake in Volvo (VOLVb.ST) from Cevian Capital. This is worth more than $3 billion at market prices. This makes Geely the biggest individual shareholder in AB Volvo and second ranked in terms of voting rights behind Swedish investment firm Industrivarden (INDUa.ST). Continue reading

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European Court Annuls Real Driving Emissions Limits. Cleaner Diesel Deception Threatened. They Can Be Banned from Cities

Their argument is provocative: “While the European Commission did not seek to increase the headline 80 mg/km emissions limit for diesel vehicles, which must still be adhered to in the laboratory test, they granted “Conformity Factors” that in effect did increase the limits for the harder, on-road part of the test. As a result, all diesel vehicles only had to meet 168 mg/km by September 2019, falling to 114 mg/km by January 2021. This was in practice a large increase in the permissible emissions limit.” Continue reading

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Make Sure Laser-Light Displays Aren’t Aimed at the Sky

Make sure all laser lights are directed at your house and not into the sky. The extremely concentrated beams of laser lights reach much farther than some realize. Continue reading

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BMW Group Threatens Trump on US Jobs

Buried at the bottom of the release was the following threat clearly aimed in AutoInformed’s view at President “tariff” Trump and his owning trade bluster and politically motivated policies that are threatening US jobs. Continue reading

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US Army – $1.69 Billion Order for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles

The JLTV is said to be engineered with industry leading suspension and protection systems, and the ability to support many mission kits and weapon systems. JLTV fills a “capability gap” for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps by replacing a large portion of the legacy up-armored HMMWV fleet with a modern light protected vehicle. Continue reading

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ChargePoint Secures $240 Million in Series H Funding

The latest fundraising effort comes during a growth period caused by what it says is a broad solution portfolio that is accelerating the mass adoption of electric mobility for drivers and businesses. Continue reading

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Luminar and Volvo Show Full Autonomy Sight System that Reads Pedestrian Body Language and Predicts Movement

Pose estimation is used to understand and predict pedestrian body language, behavior and intention, but has traditionally only been achieved with dense 2D data from cameras. Continue reading

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Rerun – Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo at Los Angeles Show

In the U.S., delivery trucks account for 7 percent of urban traffic and 17 percent of congestion costs due to wasted hours and fuel. Continue reading

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Porsche Consulting Now in Silicon Valley

“Contact with colleagues from our own corporate group is just as valuable as with Silicon Valley’s many other expert and courageous individuals who are working with enormous energy and matchless spirit to shape the world of the future,” said Eberhard Weiblen, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Consulting GmbH. Continue reading

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