Tag: Government

Trump’s No Fan of Autonomous Vehicles, Like Most Other People

<img data-attachment-id="1666026" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348.jpg" data-orig-size="2762,1841" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Donald Trump" data-image-description=" Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1666026″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-610×407.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_546595348-120×80.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Donald Trump apparently belongs to the 71 percent of Americans who remain averse to the thought of riding in self-driving […]

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Intel claims Aurora will be the first U.S. supercomputer to hit 1 exaflop

Intel today announced that it and subcontractor Cray will build the first supercomputer with of one exaflop of performance — equivalent to one quintillion floating point computations (“flops”) per second, where a flop equals two 15-digit numbers multiplied together — for the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago. It’s expected to be delivered […]

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European Parliament Mandates Speed Limiters on All New Cars

Since speed limits were introduced, people who don’t really “get” driving have wondered why a car’s power isn’t restricted so it can’t exceed those selfsame speed limits. For most drivers, that’s a nightmare scenario, but it appears to becoming reality for European drivers. UK based Evo.co.uk is reporting that, after approval by key members of […]

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Ford Opens Investigation Into Fuel Economy Testing Procedure, Hires Outside Help

Ford Motor Company has reason to believe a problem may exist in how the company calculates vehicle fuel economy and emissions. The automaker has hired an outside firm to help get to the bottom of the issue, which was raised by employees, and has already notified the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board […]

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Constitutional Battle Ends With Supreme Court Ruling in Land Rover Owner’s Favor

You can’t fight city hall, the saying goes, but you apparently can fight the state of Indiana in the U.S. Supreme Court and win. That’s what former addict Tyson Timbs learned today, after the Court returned a unanimous decision that overturned a ruling by the Indiana Supreme Court. It seems the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines […]

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Detroit City Council Bans Autorama Bandit Jump Over Seemingly Nonexistent Confederate Flag

Until Tuesday, organizers of the 2019 Detroit Autorama were planning on opening the show on March 1st with a car jump by a replica Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am Firebird. A couple of years ago, the Autorama featured a jump of a Dukes of Hazzard “General Lee” Charger replica, to considerable press coverage, including […]

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Don’t Think We Won’t Fire Back, EU Warns U.S. After White House Receives Key Auto Import Report

The showdown between the European Union and United States over auto tariffs reminds this viewer of Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda in Once Upon a Time in the West, and with good reason. Both players appear ready to reach for their Colt Single Action Army in a bid to do maximum damage to the other. […]

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40 Countries Agree – Automatic Braking Should Be Mandatory

Forty countries, led by Japan and the European Union, have agreed to require passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to come equipped with automated braking systems starting as soon as 2020. According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the new regulation will become compulsory for all countries that adopt it during an upcoming June […]

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Rocked by GM’s Plant Cull, Ontario Seeks to Shore Up Its Auto Sector

General Motors’ decision to stop the flow of product to Ontario’s Oshawa Assembly plant by the end of 2019 has the province’s government promising cash and a slew of measures to keep the auto industry alive north of the border. Ontario holds the bulk of Canada’s auto-related manufacturing jobs, with the sector adding up to […]

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Ram Owner Named Assman Sticks It to The Man

You can’t keep Dave Assman down. After repeatedly having his request for a personalized license plate rejected for being too offensive, the Saskatchewan Ram owner decided to advertise his family name in a manner no one can miss. While Assman’s provincial government insurer won’t greenlight a plate, there’s nothing they can do to stop him […]

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FCA Paid $77 Million in Civil Penalties to Sell Cars People Actually Want to Buy

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles paid $77 million in U.S. civil penalties late last year due to its failure to adhere to 2016 model year fuel economy requirements. In December, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a report claiming the industry faced millions in fines from 2016 and that one manufacturer was expected to pay […]

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National Transportation Safety Board Makes Biennial Recommendations in ‘Most Wanted List’

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its “Most Wanted List” of Transportation Safety Improvements it would like to see implemented by 2020, placing the obligatory emphasis on enhanced safety regulations. While it’s not surprising that a safety board would be a stickler on the public’s welfare, the NTSB is pushing for more safety nets […]

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What Two 2020 Presidential Candidates Said on the Techonomy Stage

Senator Cory Booker joined us for the Techonomy Policy event to discuss how a technologizing society can allow us to create jobs, foster new companies and industries, and drive the economy forward for all. From transportation infrastructure to the cure for cancer, Booker shared his thoughts on how America can get back on track as […]

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Trade War Watch: Congress Tries a New Tactic to Block Auto Tariffs

With the United States’ government shutdown now over, lawmakers have an opportunity to work together as promised. Interestingly, one of the first pieces of bipartisan legislation to emerge after the federal bureaucracy resumed operations involves a plan to severely limit presidential authority to impose tariffs for national security reasons. The Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act, […]

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Colorado Mandates Electric Vehicle Sales, State Dealers Association Angry

The State of Colorado will be the next territory in the United States to join California in embracing electric vehicles. Democratic Governor Jared Polis has signed an executive order (his very first) proposing that the zero-emission vehicle rule be enacted no later than May of 2019. The rule would require automakers to sell more electric […]

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The Waiting Game: List of Automakers Standing in Line for EPA Approval Grows

As previously reported, vehicle certifications have been suspended during the current government shutdown. While this is normally a non-issue, the extended length of this federal deferment is starting to spook automakers. Fiat Chrysler has already bemoaned the situation, as it’s currently waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to approve its Ram Heavy Duty pickups. While the […]

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Humanizing Portraits of Mentally Ill Inmates at Cook County Jail

Occupying 96 acres in Chicago, Illinois, the Cook County Jail is one of the largest pre-detention facilities in the nation. Most of the 8,000-or-so inmates housed there each day are awaiting trial. And according to the jail’s Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy, about a third of the prisoners are mentally ill. Between the […]

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