If Trump follows through on using "national security" concerns about declining manufacturing jobs to justify adding a major tax on imported trucks, cars and auto parts, auto industry analysts and advocates say American consumers will be hurt.
Analysts wondered whether Trump's auto announcement wasn't both an effort to gain leverage in stalled trade negotiations and a play for votes in the industrial north — Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois.
"There is no vehicle manufactured in the U.S. today that doesn't have at least one part from outside the U.S.," Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis at AutoPacific Inc. said. "Every vehicle assembled today requires a logistical symphony due to the far corners of the world that some parts come from. With the exception of Tesla, every vehicle manufacturer imports and exports vehicles based on U.S. consumer demand. GM and Ford have vehicles that come from Asia or Europe. Some are so low volume that they don't warrant manufacturing capacity in the U.S. to support it."
Read the article at Detroit Free Press.
Geotab announced the launch of its new Privacy Mode feature. Intended for drivers who require intervals of privacy, Privacy Mode enables both drivers and dispatchers to temporarily shield vehicle tracking within their MyGeotab fleet management application.
Privacy Mode is specifically designed for drivers who may use work vehicles on their personal time or in the event that it is an organizational requirement that exact locations of drivers be unidentifiable in a particular zone. When Privacy Mode is enabled for a vehicle, features that use GPS such as position, trips and speed profiles are not displayed.
Privacy Mode provides drivers and dispatchers with the ability to distinguish between trips and as a result, manage privacy accordingly. As part of a fleet’s overall data privacy strategy, Privacy Mode, with its granular access controls, helps promote good data management practices.
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. announced the relaunch of TireSafety.com, a consumer website dedicated to providing drivers with important tire and driving safety information.
The website refresh is part of the company’s dedication to National Tire Safety Week (May 21 – May 28), an industry initiative led by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA).
“Tires are an important vehicle safety feature – they are the only part of a car that touch the road and play a critical role in ensuring drivers can accelerate, stop and turn safely,” said Dave Johnson, chief quality officer, Bridgestone Americas. “Many drivers don’t realize that the safety and performance of their tires are highly dependent on proper care and maintenance. As the number one tire company in the world, we have an important role to play in educating drivers about how tires impact their safety and are committed to providing drivers with hands-on information to make tire maintenance simple.”
Autonomous vehicle startups and studies are proposing solutions to every day problems, from traffic jams to motion sickness.
Transportation Research found that a network of autonomous cars are able to slow more gently and not cause congestion, unlike a single driver's braking and the following vehicles doing the same.
"Driving helps mitigate motion sickness by making us engaged with the experience of movement. But passengers in an autonomous car will find it hard to anticipate movement and could feel queasy. Boston startup ClearMotion is working on shock absorbers that will counter the feeling of movement – thereby, it hopes, reducing the need for sick bags."
Read the article at The Guardian
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Commercial fleet insurance costs continue to rise and present financial challenges to business owners and fleet managers. Insurers are keen on the ability to integrate telematics operational data into their underwriting, pricing, and claims processes for better efficiency and customer service.
Both fleet managers and insurance providers are looking for services that provide the ability to leverage your telematics data within the insurance process through your existing TSP services while keeping you in control.
As automakers add safety and convenience driver aids to their mainstream vehicles, many drivers will benefit from self-driving technology without ever experiencing an autonomous vehicle.
Nissan already offers a system that makes driving easier and safer so subtly that many car owners will never realize how much it’s helping them.
“It’s more relaxed driving,” John Maddox, president and CEO of the American Center for Mobility, the new test track for developing autonomous and driver-assistance systems in Willow Run, just west of Detroit. Maddox uses a CT6 with Super Cruise on his daily commute. “I’m less inclined to speed or weave in and out of traffic.”
Read the article at Detroit Free Press.
If Elon Musk's Hyperloop becomes a reality, commuting from Los Angeles to San Francisco could become a 30-minute ride from what will essentially be a train station.
In addition to the Hyperloop, Flying cars, Loop subway systems, transforming ride-share vehicles and self-driving vehicles are all transportation concepts being explored and developed for the near future.
"If you had an app to request a five-minute flight and skip all the tunnels to get out of New York City, that's a huge opportunity," said Sam Korus, an ARK Invest analyst who has studied flying cars.
Read the article at CNN Tech.
Later this year, the new Chevrolet Silverado will be available in eight different trim levels paired with six engine and transmission combinations, including a surprising new powertrain: a 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with fuel-saving technology.
But if you think it will be underpowered, think again: Chevrolet says the new 2.7-liter engine is more powerful and efficient than the 4.3-liter V6 it replaces, delivering 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.
“A major focus of the next-generation Silverado is expanding the range of choices,” said Tim Asoklis, chief engineer for the Silverado 1500. “With all-new engines and a broader model range, there’s a Silverado for everyone, whether you’re buying your first pickup or your tenth.”
Read the article at Forbes.