Subscribe:
Chilton’s Repair:
Sponsored Ads:
Car Charger:
Sponsored Ads:
AutoBarn.com:
Auto Europe:
SuperTune Auto Parts:
2x Wireless Auto Doors LED Projector Car Ghost Shadow Light With Customized LOGO
$29.99
End Date: Tuesday Nov-6-2018 17:50:25 PST
Buy It Now for only: $29.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2x for Nissan Auto Doors Light Car LED Logo Projector Ghost Shadow Laser Lights
$11.69
End Date: Saturday Oct-27-2018 17:38:36 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $11.69
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Auto Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator Kit+Gas Hose + PSI Gauge Gold
$25.65
End Date: Saturday Nov-3-2018 22:25:29 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $25.65
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

MOTORCYCLE AND AUTO VALVE LAPPING COMPOUND 400 GRIT
$5.75
End Date: Friday Nov-2-2018 13:06:13 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $5.75
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2PCS Auto Door Welcome Light for Jeep Car LED Logo Projector Shadow Laser Lights
$13.49
End Date: Thursday Nov-15-2018 18:00:12 PST
Buy It Now for only: $13.49
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

ZAMP - FSA-3 SA2015 Auto Racing Helmet - Snell Rated - Full Face +
$159.95
End Date: Monday Nov-12-2018 15:38:35 PST
Buy It Now for only: $159.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

ZAMP - FSA-3 SA2015 Auto Racing Helmet - Snell Rated - Full Face +
$184.95
End Date: Monday Nov-12-2018 15:38:35 PST
Buy It Now for only: $184.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

2PCS for TOYOTA Auto Door Light Car LED Logo Projector Ghost Shadow Laser Lights
$11.69
End Date: Saturday Oct-27-2018 19:49:30 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $11.69
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

ZAMP - FSA-3 SA2015 Auto Racing Helmet - Snell Rated - Full Face +
$159.95
End Date: Monday Nov-12-2018 15:38:35 PST
Buy It Now for only: $159.95
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

K1 - TR2 Triumph SFI-1 Auto Racing Suit - Driving Nomex Style Fire SFI 3.2A/1
$155.00
End Date: Friday Oct-26-2018 16:35:52 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $155.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

Archive for the ‘government’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Trump Boosts Sales of Corn Ethanol

Ethanol

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he urged the EPA to increase the sales of corn-based ethanol which would allow the year-round sale of E15 gas, which up by 5 percent over the blends that are now being sold in the U.S. Currently, the Clean Air Act restricts the sale of E15 gas during the months of summer. E15 gas is a mix of fuel that contains 85% gas and 15% ethanol.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Reveals Fastest Police Vehicle In America

Ford has released the Police Interceptor Utility, considered by the Michigan State Police as the fastest police car available for 2019. The new Interceptor is based on the yet-to-be-unveiled Explorer SUV. It replaces the outgoing Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility model and the Taurus-based Police Interceptor sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility is more than just a fast law enforcement vehicle; it’s also loaded with state-of-the-art technology the likes of which the production version of the new Explorer won’t have. That comes with the territory of being a cop car.

PostHeaderIcon President Donald Trump’s New Presidential Cadillac Limo “Beast” is Finally in Service

The new presidential limousine, loosely similar in appearance to the Cadillac CT6, is finally in service and was first seen in public in New York earlier this week where the UN General Assembly gathered. It is the first new presidential limousine in almost a decade.

No other president’s means of transportation is as famous as that of the president of the United States. Commonly known as ’The Beast’. The introduction of the automobile as the president’s means of transportation didn’t happen right away, though, the first president to have a fleet being William Howard Taft in the early part of the last century.

As time went by, the limousines grew in both size and weight when it was decided that bulletproof glass and bodywork is a necessity. Nowadays, the presidential limousines, codenamed ’Stagecoach’, run on truck underpinnings and their specifications are secret.

The fact that President Donald Trump was getting a new limousine was, though, an open secret with the car having been seen testing in camouflage back in April. The previous state car, which debuted back in 2009 under President Barack Obama, was also a Cadillac-badged vehicle.

Keep reading to find out more about President Trump’s new limo.

PostHeaderIcon President Trump Suggests $0.25 Fuel Tax Hike as a Means to Fund Infrastructure

President Donald Trump believes that increasing gas and diesel taxes by 25 cents would go a long way in helping the administration achieve its goal of generating $1.5 trillion for its new infrastructure plan. The ambitious plan was presented in a bipartisan meeting at the White House. As expected with all things related to politics, the specific details on the proposed increase in fuel tax vary depending on who you ask.




Political discussions as complex as this often bring out opinions on all sides. That’s certainly the case when you’re talking about a plan to increase gas and diesel taxes, something that hasn’t been done since 1993.

Democratic Senator Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, told CNN that the president “knew it was a difficult thing for legislators to support and said that he would support the leadership to do that and provide the political cover to do that.”

Carper added that Trump also offered “full-throated support for an increase in user fees” for roads, highways, and bridges, a suggestion that Republican Senator Jim Inhofe took issue with. “He was not advocating that. He was looking at all the options,” Inhofe told CNN. “All he said was we need to do something, and that is still on the table.”

“Raising gas and diesel taxes across the board is an important issue in the U.S., largely because a lot of vehicles that are on the road now are of the pickup and SUV persuasion”

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao echoed Inhofe’s position, saying that Trump is looking at all options that are on the table. Chao did admit that the gas tax is not ideal. “There are pros and cons,” Chao pointed out. “The gas tax has an adverse impact, a very regressive impact, on the most vulnerable within our society; those who depend on jobs, who are hourly workers. So these are tough decisions, which is why, once again, we need to start the dialogue with the Congress, and so that we can address these issues on this very important point.”

If there’s one thing everybody can agree on, it’s that. Raising gas and diesel taxes across the board is an important issue in the U.S., largely because a lot of vehicles that are on the road now are of the pickup and SUV persuasion. In other words, these are cars that aren’t known for their fuel efficiency. Adding a 25-cent tax on an important commodity like fuel would have wide-ranging consequences on a lot of people in the country.

Expect more discussions to happen as talks about the government’s infrastructure plan heats up. One thing I can say is that it’s probably not going to go as smoothly as most people hope it will.


References


Trump Moves To Pull Out From Paris Climate Accord; Elon Musk Quits Advisory Council - image 718889

Read more Donald Trump news.

PostHeaderIcon London Poised To Enact New Ultra-Low Emissions Zone By 2021

In the ongoing effort to curb emissions amid growing concern over pollution and air quality, London is looking to enact expanded ultra-low emission zones (ULEZ) that will fine older-model vehicles to travel through the city. Some analysts estimate the move could force upwards of 1.6 million motorists into a more modern automobile, which is a huge shift in just three years’ time.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


2016 Mazda MX-5 - image 614586
“Classic cars built between the '80s and early 2000's will also see a significant impact, which means enthusiasts driving machines like the Mazda MX-5, BMW M3, and VW Golf GTI might not be able to afford the vehicle as a daily driver in London traffic.”

Anyone who’s been stuck in gridlock in a major urban area will agree – breathing fumes is no fun. And while the necessary actions required to clamp down on air pollution remain a matter of debate, those living in and traveling through London will need to adapt to a new set of rules slated to go into effect in 2021 that fine individuals driving in older-model vehicles.

“Urgent action is required to tackle London’s air quality crisis and reduce emissions from older more polluting cars,” said Alex Williams, Director of City Planning at Transport for London (TfD). “We are currently consulting on expanding the ULEZ, which would see a 71 percent reduction in schools in high pollution areas in 2021 – lowering the exposure of school children to harmful toxins that can reduce their lung development.”

The expanded ultra-low emissions zone would levy a 12-pound charge (roughly a little over $17 at current exchange rates) against car owners for each day they use their older-model vehicle, with the ultimate goal being the widespread adoption of newer, lower-emission vehicles.

The rule change could affect upwards of 1.6 million motorists according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, as reported byAutocar. That number is far more than the roughly 500,000 motorists as estimated by the Transport for London.

Owners of EU5-designated (Euro 5) diesels, the same models associated with the Diesel Gate scandal, are likely to be among those most affected by the new rules. Classic cars built between the ’80s and early 2000’s will also see a significant impact, which means enthusiasts driving machines like the Mazda MX-5, BMW M3, and VW Golf GTI might not be able to afford the vehicle as a daily driver in London traffic. If used every day, they will likely incur an additional annual cost of 4,380 pounds ($6,248 at current exchange rates).


London Poised To Enact New Ultra-Low Emissions Zone By 2021 - image 765049
“Additional proposals are lining up for other major cities in the U.K., including Birmingham, Manchester, and Oxford.”

Older classics (those built before 1981) will be exempt, as it’s argued they contribute only a small amount to overall air-quality degradation due to their low usage numbers.

Those affected by the new regulations are encouraged to contact the consultation putting the plan together to help the new proposal take shape.

Additional proposals are lining up for other major cities in the U.K., including Birmingham, Manchester, and Oxford.

Without a doubt, these new regulations affect less wealthy individuals more prominently, as it’s far more likely that those at the lower end of the income scale are the ones driving an older-model vehicle. Not only that, but less wealthy individuals are less likely to be able to afford the extra daily charge in the proposal.

Of course, the fact that air pollution in centralized cities is getting out of hand is more than obvious, and a tax on high-emissions vehicles is probably the most direct way to address it.

What would your reaction be if similar proposals were laid for a city in the U.S., such as New York or San Francisco? Let us know in the comments.

References


maker logos - image 753179

Read more UK news.

PostHeaderIcon Big Surprise: California Wants to Ban Internal Combustion Engines

California Assemblyman Phil Ting is putting his money where his mouth is after telling Bloomberg his plans to introduce a bill that would effectively ban vehicles powered by fossil fuels by 2040. Ting’s efforts to ban cars using internal combustion engines is similar to moves that are being done in China, France, and the United Kingdom. “Until you set a deadline, nothing gets done,” he told Bloomberg. “It’s responsible for us to set a deadline 23 years in advance.”

“Ting’s efforts to ban cars using internal combustion engines is similar to moves that are being done in China, France, and the United Kingdom”

The lawmaker indicated that he plans to introduce the bill next month when a new legislative session opens in Sacramento. Part of the bill’s goal is to accelerate similar attempts made by California officials to address a ban on cars using internal combustion engines. It’s worth noting that California is the largest market for new vehicle sales in the US, so there’s a need to discuss the issue before it becomes a bigger problem in the future.

The California Air Resources Board has had similar discussions about this issue. Even Governor Jerry Brown showed interest in replicating the measures that have been put in place in other countries, so it’s not surprising that the assemblyman is finally taking action. He’s right, too, when he said nothing will come out of all the talk unless there’s a set plan in place that everybody can follow.


Big Surprise: California Wants to Ban Internal Combustion Engines - image 751707
“Even Governor Jerry Brown showed interest in replicating the measures that have been put in place in other countries”

Now we wait to see if assemblyman Ting is a man of his word. More importantly, we’ll know too whether his constituents feel the same way. If his proposed bill gets the support it needs to pass, California becomes the first state in the US to have a detailed deadline in place that could reshape the auto industry in the country. Time to step up or step aside, assemblyman.

PostHeaderIcon More Bad News For Oil Burners; DOJ Sues FCA Over Cheating Diesels

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, also known as FCA, has issued a statement in response to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division over alleged diesel vehicle emissions cheating. The suit claims FCA pursued “a deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat U.S. emissions tests,” similar to the dieselgate scandal that’s plagued the Volkswagen Group since 2015. In response, FCA is offering up a software fix that will hopefully quell the problem without affecting individual vehicle fuel economy.

In the recent statement, FCA says it has collaborated with the EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the past several months to rectify the issue, testing diesel emissions for 2014 through 2016 model years of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500. Back in January, the EPA and CARB accused FCA of diesel cheating via “defeat devices” that alter engine programming during emissions tests, providing cleaner results than those returned during normal operation. It’s estimated that roughly 100,000 vehicles are affected. The suit has already dinged FCA’s stock price, which hovers at 10.57 as of this writing.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon President Trump wants to Remove Gas Guzzler Tax

U.S. President Donald Trump wants to remove the Gas Guzzler Tax, according to a tweet he made today. Having called global warming a hoax in the past and promised to take the U.S. out of the historic Paris climate agreement, Trump now thinks that the Gas Guzzler Tax is also a hoax that must be eliminated.

“Just like global warming, the gas guzzler tax is a total hoax. It must go and I will take care of it,” he said on his Twitter account.

Granted, a short statement on social media doesn’t necessarily mean that Trump will actually remove the tax, especially given that he has changed his mind and denied his most controversial affirmations on many occasions, but he did sign an Energy Independence Executive Order that will reverse Obama’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions. Compared to that, eliminating the Gas Guzzler Tax is child’s play.

Needless to say, Trump’s tweet is far from surprising. In 2012, he used social media to claim that the concept of global warming “was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,” while in 2013 he called it “a total, and very expensive hoax. At some point he even went as far as to call global warming “bullshit” simply because the U.S. had “record low temps” and the “coldest weather in years” in 2014. His aggressive diatribe toward global warming continued in the presidential campaign. As soon as he was elected, he named a climate change skeptic to lead the EPA and announced plans to revisit fuel standards. Trumps administration also said it plans to cut funds for climate research because it is “a waste of money.”

All told, eliminating the Gas Guzzler Tax seems like something Trump may want to do in the near future, but it remains to be seen whether he will find enough support to actually turn yet another tweet into law.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon California Sticks it to Trump; Approves Vehicle Pollution Rules

What happens when an entire state hates the President of the United States? Well, it defies him every chance they get, and in this case, they gave Trump the proverbial middle finger by approving vehicle emission regulations for 2022 to 2025 that the Trump admiration says needs further review. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) reviewed their own rules (and the work of independent analysts, apparently) and found that it’s vehicles standards are achievable and cost-effective. Meanwhile, the Trump administration looks to possibly relax emissions regulations at the federal level, with EPA Boss Scott Pruitt, saying that the 2025 emissions rules merits review.

But, that didn’t stop California and CARB from going ahead and pushing its regulations through anyway. The standards set in place would require a fuel economy as high as 46.3 mpg in 2025. The stricter pollution controls are expected, by the U.S. and California, to increase the cost of each car sold in 2025 by about $1,000. But, the Trump Administration is more worried about protecting jobs and providing consumers with affordable cars. Meanwhile, CARB board member Daniel Sperling has said that “If anything, these standards should be more aggressive.”

In the end, it’s the beginning of a battle that’s going to last at least as long as Trump is in office. The federal government can challenge California’s ability to make rules about greenhouse gasses and fuel economy, but that will only stir the pot and make things worse.

Keep reading for the rest of the story


PostHeaderIcon The EPA Wants To Ban Turning Road Cars Into Race Cars

Hidden deep inside a 629-page document in the Federal register, the EPA has proposed changes to emissions regulations that would literally ban turning a street car into a competition-focused racing vehicle. SEMA claims the proposed regulation would impact all vehicle types that are commonly converted for use at the track. Here is a short excerpt from the proposed regulation:

“Certified motor vehicles and motor vehicle engines and their emission control devices must remain in their certified configuration even if they are used solely for competition or if they become non-road vehicles or engines; anyone modifying a certified motor vehicle or motor vehicle engine for any reason is subject to the tampering and defeat device prohibitions of paragraph (a)(3) of this section and 42 U.S.C.”

As you can see, the way the rule is written, it would outlaw removing emissions equipment, even if the car is never intended to touch public roadways ever again. Ultimately, if the proposed rules fall into place, racing parts that defeat emissions equipment and the intentional act of modifying or removing emissions equipment will be completely banned.

Up until now, the Clean Air Act was understood to only apply to road-going cars, but the EPA is now claiming that isn’t the case, and competition based cars also fall under the Clean Air Act umbrella. In that document, the EPA claims it “may assess a civil penalty up to $37,500 for each engine or piece of equipment in violation. It’s hard to think of any race car performing at its best with constant worry about whether or not the car meets the EPA’s strict emission regulations.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Paul Walker's Daughter Files Lawsuit Against Porsche

Meadow Rain Walker, the 16-year-old daughter of Paul Walker, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche. The lawsuit claims the Carrera GT Walker was riding in when he died had design flaws that made it unfit to be driven on the road. Walker’s lawsuit also claims the Porsche supercar “lacked safety features” that could have saved the life of her father and his friend, Roger Rodas, when the Carrera GT caught fire after hitting a pole back in November 2013. The crash and resulting fire burned Walker and Rodas.

Shortly after the filing of the lawsuit, Porsche responded by maintaining the Carrera GT’s innocence in the crash, pointing to the investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that concluded that the crash that killed Walker resulted from “reckless driving and excessive speed.” The company did say that it had not reviewed the lawsuit, but declined making comments relating to the case.

Regardless of the validity of the lawsuit’s claims, it’s hard not to understand why Meadow Walker has filed it. She lost her father in a car that has earned a reputation for being impossible to drive despite the amount of technological features it had when it was launched in 2004. Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson compared the car’s handling to being on the “knife’s edge” during a review of the Carrera GT back in 2008.

On the flip side, Walker, Rodas, and everybody who has driven the Carrera GT know what the supercar is capable of. Proper caution should have been of utmost importance, especially if it was going to be driven out in public. The results of the investigation have already cleared Porsche and the Carrera GT from any responsibility, so it’s going to be interesting how this case moves forward.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Acura Recalls 48,000 MDX And RLX For Braking Issues

Acura is recalling nearly 50,000 MDX SUVs and RLX sedans over an issue affecting the emergency braking system, which can malfunction and apply the brakes without warning, putting the vehicle at risk of a collision. The recall was issued for the 2014 and 2015 model years and concerns vehicles sold worldwide.

The issue stems from Acura’s ironically named “Collision Mitigation Braking System,” which uses radar to scan the road ahead of the vehicle. When functioning properly, the system will apply the brakes when it detects an unavoidable collision with a slow moving or stationary object, decelerating the vehicle and lessening the likelihood of injuries and damage.

According to Honda, Acura’s parent company, it’s possible that the system in the recalled vehicles will malfunction when it detects a vehicle accelerating in front while simultaneously driving parallel to an iron fence or metal guardrail, unnecessarily applying the brakes and possibly causing a rear-end collision.

The issue first came to light in Japan in November of 2013 when an SUV outfitted with the CMBS unexpectedly braked, causing a rear-end collision. Honda moved to investigate, while a second, similar incident occurred in June of last year.

Honda subsequently managed to duplicate the issue, determined the cause, and informed safety regulators of the recall in May. So far, there have been no reports of warranty claims, incidents, or injuries in the U.S. connected with the malfunction, and dealers will update the system software free of charge.

Later versions of the system, which stop the vehicle altogether before a crash, are unaffected by the recall.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon NHTSA Announces Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS, which represents 17 automobile manufacturers) have announced developments with their collaborative research partnership to produce technology designed to curb drunk driving. It’s called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS), and it uses two novel methods to prevent intoxicated motor vehicle operation.

The first method is based on the driver’s breath. Using a sensor located either in the driver’s door or in the steering column, exhaled air is analyzed using a beam of infrared light that can quickly measure the proportion of ethanol molecules to carbon dioxide molecules. The position of the sensors and carefully engineered cabin airflow allow the system to measure only the driver’s breath, a necessary feature when acting as the designated driver for the night.

Second, there’s a touch-based technology located in the car’s push-start ignition button or shift lever. This system shines a beam of light into the driver’s finger, using near-infrared tissue spectroscopy to detect alcohol levels in the blood.

With either system, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is determined in less than a second. If the percentage detected is above the legal limit of 0.08, the car won’t move. For drivers under the age of 21, the system can be programmed for a zero-tolerance policy.

The research program was created in 2008 with the expressed purpose of creating “a voluntary, non-regulatory countermeasure to reduce drunk driving.” Initial research and analysis was completed in 2011, with prototyping, human interaction testing, and further research currently underway. A team of independent engineers and scientists oversees the project. DADSS is expected to be ready for commercialization in the next five years, at which time the system will be available for purchase as a safety option, similar to automatic braking or blind-spot detection.

Continue reading for the full story.

NHTSA Announces Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:00 EST.

read more


PostHeaderIcon NHTSA Plans To Increase Effectiveness Of Auto Investigations

2014 set the record for the year with the most automotive recalls of all time. It was a serious wakeup call for a number of manufacturers (not to mention suppliers), but also for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the governmental body that investigates the safety issues. So great was the extent of these recalls that the NHTSA has done a restructuring of how it investigates potential safety issues. The need to look into this issue was evident before 2014 was even over, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx requested a review midway through the year.

The findings, and the NHTSA’s plans for addressing new safety concerns, have been published in a report titled “NHTSA’s Path Forward.” The main thrust of the report is that the NHTSA will be forming a new panel of experts, known as the Safety Systems Team (SST), made up of people from outside the agency. They will also be implementing a Risk Control Innovations Program to streamline response time when a safety concern is identified. The report also details new data-mining techniques, used to insure that new problems are identified as quickly as possible.

Continue reading for the full story.

NHTSA Plans To Increase Effectiveness Of Auto Investigations originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 9 June 2015 19:00 EST.

read more


PostHeaderIcon Lockheed Martin's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV)

Memorial Day is all about celebrating our Armed Forces and remembering the high cost of freedom. Countless American lives have been lost in the continuing fight for freedom and independence. Today, we honor them in the best way we know how – by taking a look at the U.S. Military’s current mobile hardware.

Lockheed Martin’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 25 May 2015 09:30 EST.

read more


PostHeaderIcon Stephen Becker Automotive Files Suit Against Shelby American

Introduced in late 2014 and put on sale in January 2015, the 50th Anniversary Cobra 427 meant that Shelby enthusiasts can purchase a limited-edition, classic-looking Cobra without having to pay the million-dollar sticker the original 427s fetch at auctions. A few months later, and the anniversary roadster could spell trouble for Shelby American, in the form of a lawsuit for alleged acts of unfair competition and breach of its dealer agreement.

In a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Stephen Becker Automotive Group, a Georgia-based authorized Shelby dealer known as Planet Shelby Cobra (Planet Shelby), the manufacturer is accused of violating Plaintiff’s dealer agreement as well as California and Nevada statutes against unfair competition. Specifically, Stephen Becker Automotive Group claims Shelby American engaged in direct sales of vehicles to members of the general public and stopped referring customers to Planet Shelby, as required by the dealer agreement.

The complainant went on to add that Shelby American refused to provide a VIN number for a 50th Anniversary Cobra 427 it had ordered for one of its customers. Later on, Shelby informed dealerships it had already sold a “significant” number of the Anniversary roadsters directly to the public and gathered dealers, including Planet Shelby, to participate in a lottery to determine which would be able to order the cars. The lottery was contrary to the “first come first serve” basis promised initially, the dealership added.

Continue reading to learn more about the new lawsuit against Shelby.

Stephen Becker Automotive Files Suit Against Shelby American originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 10:00 EST.

read more


PostHeaderIcon Oakland Police Department Releases 4.6 Million License-Plate Reader Records

Late this past January, the ACLU obtained heavily censored documents outlining a secret DEA program that oversees the compilation of data on millions of U.S. motorists, with over 343 million recorded entries detailing driver locations and movements purportedly added to the massive new database. 

It’s called the National License Plate Recognition Initiative, and many are questioning its use, scope, and potential for abuse and infringement of the rights of everyday citizens. According to the ACLU, “the federal government is uniquely positioned to create a centralized repository of all drivers’ movements across the country — and the DEA seems to be moving toward doing just that.” 

The program encourages both privately run license-plate reader databases and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to contribute collected location data.

Numerous concerns have been raised over the program’s lack of transparency. Now, Autoblog is reporting that news outlet Ars Technica has obtained more than 4.6 million records generated by LPRs in Oakland, CA, representing possibly one of the largest datasets ever publicly released. 

The records outline the location of 1.1 million unique license plates using 33 LPRs between December 23rd, 2010, and May 31st, 2014. The data can be used to accurately summarize a variety of personal details and daily habits, including where an individual lives, works, where they attend church, which political rallies they attend, and what bars they frequent.

“We have nothing to hide,” Oakland police captain Anthony Toribio said upon the release of the information. “I think it’s important for a law enforcement organization to be transparent, and it goes to being credible and establishing legitimacy in the community.”

Continue reading to learn more about the license-plate reader data.

Oakland Police Department Releases 4.6 Million License-Plate Reader Records originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 29 March 2015 22:30 EST.

read more


PostHeaderIcon More General Motors Trademarks: "Scottsdale" And "Silverado Big Sky"

The trademark filings continue for General Motors, this time with a new name and the return of an old favorite. Filed on February 9th and 12th respectively, the Silverado Big Sky and Scottsdale names seem very likely candidates for near-future trim levels or special editions in the GM truck lineup.

More General Motors Trademarks: "Scottsdale" And "Silverado Big Sky" originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 27 February 2015 11:30 EST.

read more


PostHeaderIcon US Government is Secretly Tracking Millions of Motorists

It’s never a good sign when a guy wearing a tinfoil hat can say, “I told you so!” But that’s pretty much what’s happening in yet another Orwellian twist to U.S. national security. According to government documents obtained by the ACLU via the Freedom of Information Act, the Drug Enforcement Agency has engaged in covert data collection on millions of American motorists since 2008. Under a massive domestic spy program called the National License Plate Recognition Initiative, the DEA has been compiling a new national database detailing driver locations and movements, using automated license plate readers across the country. One undated document puts total record entries at over 343 million.

The Department of Homeland Security abandoned a proposal for a similar program in February, 2014, following heavy resistance due to numerous privacy concerns.

Very little is known about the current program. The ACLU states that the documents obtained are “heavily redacted and incomplete,” but do shed some light onto the program’s activities.

Originally based around the southwest border to hamper illicit drug trade, the program eventually expanded outward. Another undated document places at least 100 license plate readers across eight different states, including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and New Jersey. A 2010 document shows that the DEA had installed 41 license plate reader monitoring stations in Texas, New Mexico, and California.

Additionally, the DEA is inviting federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to contribute their collected location information. There is also the potential for contributions from privately run license plate reader databases, such as Vigilant Solution’s Vehicle Location Service. Any federal, state, or local law enforcement agent can query the database after DEA vetting. Non-hit data is supposedly retained for a six-month period.

In addition to data mining to “identify travel patterns,” one document references the promotion of asset forfeiture as one of its goals. Asset forfeiture has been widely criticized lately, as it allows law enforcement to seize assets for suspicion of a crime without directly charging the owner with any wrongdoing.

The DEA says the program targets roadways it believes are used for contraband transport. How this is determined remains unclear.

According to the ACLU, “the federal government is uniquely positioned to create a centralized repository of all drivers’ movements across the country — and the DEA seems to be moving toward doing just that.”

Click past the jump to learn more about the government’s new secret program.

US Government is Secretly Tracking Millions of Motorists originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 29 January 2015 12:00 EST.

read more


PostHeaderIcon Next-Generation Audi A8 Will be Fully Autonomous

Coming soon to a dealer near you, fully autonomous Audis.

Audi is apparently planning for its next A8 sedan to be a better driver than you. Yep, Audi’s Head of Product and Technology Communications Stefan Moser told Motoring the upcoming 2017 Audi A8 will be fully autonomous, capable of driving completely on its own.

“If we have a proper system it will always be better than human beings,” he said. “They are not phoning, not looking at pretty girls, no distractions.”

Moser also commented on Audi’s commitment to being the first automaker to bring such a comprehensive system to the marketplace. Now it is just a matter of letting the legislation catch up with the technology, he continues.

Besides changing the laws on the books, Audi must ensure its autonomous driving systems will work in every situation and every weather condition. “The camera system is not able to always do everything. We have also lasers; we will have more sensors too. With a laser you can see in fog, for instance,” Moser told Motoring.

Audi has already made history with the recent lapping of Hockenheim racetrack with a driver-free RS 7. The public demonstration went perfectly to plan, showcasing Audi’s self-driving technology.

Currently, cars in Germany are restricted by law to only allow roughly 10 seconds of autonomous driving at a time, requiring input from the driver at each interval. Now thanks to some states in the U.S., Audi will have the chance to bring self-driving cars to market without hindrance. As time progresses, laws limiting self-driving cars will surely change and the restrictions will fall.

Note: Current Audi A8 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the next generation Audi A8.

Next-Generation Audi A8 Will be Fully Autonomous originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:00 EST.

read more


TiresDirect
SuperTune Kit:
Auto Auctions:
1965 Chevrolet C-10 custom 1965 Chevy C10 truck SWB Bagged - Air Ride - Frame Off - Chevrolet "Fool's Gold"
$12,300.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-26-2018 18:00:02 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1965 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 1964 1/2 Ford Convertible GT Mustang V8 Automatic power top
$10,100.07 (6 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 15:25:01 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1954 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1954 5 WINDOW CHEVY TRUCK RATROD COOL TRUCK READY TO DRIVE MUST SEE!
$19,500.00
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 19:58:08 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $19,500.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1972 Chevrolet C-10 1972 C10 SHORT BED THUMPIN 350 DISC BRAKES COOL OLE TRUCK READY TO DRIVE
$1,972.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 20:32:57 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1968 Chevrolet Corvette CONVERTIBLE real 427 with BUILD SHEET
$10,000.00 (21 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 12:00:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $19,900.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 1969 Mach 1, 428cj, R Code
$20,100.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 16:02:30 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible with Big Block 427/390, Numbers Match
$16,600.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 14:11:01 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1969 Ford F100 Ranger 1969 Ford F100 Ranger Pickup, VERY clean!
$4,550.00 (14 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Oct-25-2018 12:21:45 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1966 Chevrolet C-10 1966 Chevrolet C 10 Pickup
$2,475.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 7:54:58 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $6,500.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1964 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup 1964 Chevrolet C10 Pickup Truck
$22,322.00 (167 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Oct-31-2018 16:49:14 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Needs paint 1969 Corvette T-top, 4-spd, solid, cheap, options
$4,900.00 (11 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 14:35:49 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $10,900.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1972 Chevrolet C10 1972 Chevy C10 Pick Up Frame Off RESTO 350 Vintage AC PS PDB 350Trans
$10,200.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Oct-23-2018 10:00:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $42,995.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1972 Chevrolet C-10 1972 C10 shortbed LS3, 6 speed auto
$12,600.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 8:53:00 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1966 Chevrolet Corvette CONVERTIBLE 1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/425 HP FRAME OFF RESTROED
$107.50 (2 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 18:45:06 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $69,500.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1946 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1946 chevy coe
$4,500.00 (29 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 20:08:49 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1971 Chevrolet C-10 Custom 1971 C10 Custom 3 Door Crew Cab
$29,500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 14:00:00 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1946 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1946 chevy pickup truck
$4,550.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Oct-27-2018 13:00:26 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1970 Ford Mustang Mach1 1970 mustang mach1
$20,000.00
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 17:56:46 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $20,000.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1957 Chevrolet Other Pickups Standard 1957 Chevy Custom Patina Truck
$15,100.00 (29 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Oct-24-2018 10:46:28 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1965 Ford Mustang 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone Built 289 Tremec 5 Speed Power RackPinon
$48,100.00 (7 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Oct-23-2018 10:00:00 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $64,995.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

1957 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1957 CHEVY Restomod Truck
$33,600.00 (14 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Oct-25-2018 17:35:14 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

2019 Chevrolet Corvette 2LT $8,605 OFF MSRP 2019 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT
$67,955.00
End Date: Saturday Nov-3-2018 9:19:44 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $67,955.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list

1946 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1946 chevy pickup
$4,550.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 17:00:23 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $8,900.00
Buy It Now | Bid now | Add to watch list

2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2017 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 50TH ANNIVERSARY 6.2L V8
$17,200.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-26-2018 17:45:00 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1953 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1953 Chevy 3100 pick up truck
$15,300.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 9:33:07 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1964 Chevrolet C-10 NO RESERVE AUCTION 1964 C10 AIR BAGGED LONG BED CUSTOM CADILLAC LIGHTS
$3,250.00 (20 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-22-2018 17:59:45 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1972 Chevrolet C-10 1972 CHEVROLET C10 FACTORY SWB SHOP TRUCK RAT ROD
$6,600.00 (35 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-26-2018 16:00:00 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1972 Chevrolet Other Pickups 1972 Chevrolet C/50 ( 1 owner 15,800 original miles )
$5,500.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Friday Oct-26-2018 6:28:56 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1972 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe T-Tops hot rod street rod custom show T-tops 4 speed A/C
$9,300.00 (6 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Oct-28-2018 16:17:01 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

1967 Ford Mustang Fastback 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback
$27,000.00 (70 Bids)
End Date: Monday Oct-29-2018 14:15:00 PDT
Bid now | Add to watch list

Dietrich Web Consulting