Judges chose winners for The Work Truck Show® 2018 Innovation Awards in three categories at last week’s Show.
The Most Innovative Vehicle award went to Workhorse (Loveland, Ohio) for its W-15 electric pickup truck. The Most Innovative Safety Product award was presented to J.W. Speaker Corporation (Germantown, Wisconsin) for the Model 8910 Evolution 2 LED headlight, and the Most Innovative Truck Equipment honor went to CARR (Temecula, California) for its Factory Step.
By Mark Boada, Senior Editor
Indianapolis may not be everybody’s ideal destination for early March, but it was the place to be last week as The Work Truck Show set records for product unveilings and press conferences. It also made for a lot of exciting news for the light- and medium-duty markets.
General Motors grabbed top billing, as it used the show to unveil its brand-new Chevy Silverado 6500-HD, the top of the line model in its re-entry this year into the Class 4 through 6 market. The rest of its new lineup includes the Silverado 4500-HD and 5500-HD trucks.
Ford made its own splash with the unveiling of its updated Transit Connect small delivery van for 2019. The big news is that the model includes the first diesel engine in the segment, a 1.5-liter turbodiesel it expects to earn an EPA rating of more than 30 mpg on the highway.
Solar storms can sever the data connection between a vehicle’s global-position system and the satellites that supply location information.
In the event of solar trouble, computer-driven cars would pull over and wait for connectivity to return. Self-driving systems should not be overly reliant on GPS.
"At the very least, in the event of solar disruption, there is enough redundancy for the car to calmly pull itself over and stop, said Danny Shapiro, senior director of the automotive unit at Nvidia Corp., which makes chips and artificial intelligence systems for Uber Inc. and a wide range of automakers. Automated vehicles can operate quite well, even when online connectivity is hampered."
Read the article at Bloomberg.
XL unveiled its new hybrid-electric Ford F-250 at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. With regenerative braking and electric assist, the truck offers a 25% MPG improvement over a standard F-250.
Chevrolet just revealed its first-ever Silverado Class 4, 5 and 6 chassis cab trucks at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, and they’re billing them as the most customer-focused medium-duty trucks of any major competitor.
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Officially called e-fuel, the new substance will be made available in both e-gasoline and e-diesel versions sometimes in the distant future.
The fuel is, in fact, a liquid isooctane produced from biomass in a two-step process.
Having created enough for a test run, Audi engineers are currently testing the solution to check for combustion and emission performances.
“Like all Audi e-fuels, the new fuel has many advantages,” said Reiner Mangold, head of product development at Audi. “It isn't dependent on crude oil, it is compatible with the existing infrastructure, and it offers the prospect of a closed carbon cycle.”
Read the article at autoevolution.
Mercedes-Benz Bank is piloting a new car subscription service - Mercedes me Flexperience - that allows customers to swap between up to 12 vehicles a year for a single monthly payment.
Through a smartphone app, customers manage their vehicle requirements online, ranging from choosing a car to arranging collection and delivery, with dealers playing a key role in providing the service.
Klaus Entenmann, CEO of Daimler Financial Services, said: “With our mobility and financial services expertise, we are in a position to provide our customers with maximum flexibility in the vehicle use, from digital vehicle selection and booking to vehicle change.”
Read the article at Asset Finance International.