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AUTONOMOUS ... Living, Kiss Self-Determination Ta-Tah!


Bob Lutz, former vice chairman and head of product development at General Motors, published an opinion article that appeared in AutoNews November 5, 2017.

Included in Part 1 of a five-part series in AutoNews titled  “Redesigning the Industry,” Bob outlines his point-of-view on the future of a business in the throes of change into AI (artificial intelligence) and the coming age of autonomous vehicles - everyday driving of cars isn't a part of the landscape.

In the article, Bob Lutz postulates a future of transportation where self-determination and the concept of personal freedom in point-to-point travel becomes greatly devalued ... if non-existant.

Berkshire Coach Brings The ‘Culture’ To The Term, Motor Culture

 

Berkshire Coach Brings The 'Culture' To The Term, Motor Culture

Group transportation takes on many forms (planes, trains, light rail trams, funicular, buses, limousines, and taxi-like service automobiles) in both public and private environments. One form for group mobility stands out above all others for transporting people in comfort, safety, functionality and luxury ... the recently purchased Forest River bus manufacturing operation known as Berkshire Coach.

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Runway Racing Top Speed Challenge Delivers Two World Record Runs & More

Steve Huff of Steve Huff Motorsports posts a second world record top speed run of 1/2 mile 167.0, 1 mile 193.7, and 1.5 mile 202.8 with his 2007 80ci/1,339cc Destination Harley Davidson Buell XBRR. Steve was heard hollering, "Explanation Point!" as he checked in with the starter post run. Image credit: Edmund Jenks (2015)

Runway Racing Top Speed Challenge Delivers Two World Record Runs & More

Runway Racing Top Speed Challenge, an invitation only straight line racing event, was held during this last weekend in September at Mojave Air and Spaceport, also known as the Civilian Aerospace Test Centre, located in Mojave, California, at an elevation of 2,791 ft. The predicted late afternoon temperature of 99 degrees was met with little wind (flowing from West to East) to aid in pushing the vehicles to even higher marks.

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Research Team Helps Ford and Future Customers Get a Better Grip on Tire Technology

• Ford, through its dedicated Research and Innovation team, is taking a leadership role in helping to develop new materials for tires
• Ford teams are working with leading tire suppliers and manufacturers to bring these solutions to consumers faster

DEARBORN, Mich., July 6, 2011 – Ford Motor Company has established a unique cross-functional team whose mission is to develop innovative new tires that improve safety, boost fuel economy and enhance vehicle handling.

Located at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, the dedicated tire team works closely with Ford’s Chassis Engineering and Vehicle Engineering functions, as well as leading tire companies, to test new compounds, new tread designs and other innovations.

Most automakers don’t influence significantly the development of the tires they use. But tires—the only component that touches the road while you drive—are one of the most important components of any vehicle.

Because tire tread is the main contributor to rolling resistance, which is simply the measure of force needed to roll the wheel forward, the team has focused its immediate attention on this part of the tire.

Computational Fluid Dynamics Another Key Tool In Development of 2013 NASCAR Fusion

• Ford Racing utilized a key computer method known as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to help determine the proper balance between brand identity and performance for the 2013 NASCAR Fusion.
• The use of CFD enabled Ford Racing to generate a multitude of iterations for the 2013 NASCAR Fusion through this virtual wind tunnel program.
• CFD results in greater efficiency and less cost because it doesn’t rely on physical pieces and wind tunnel time to test and analyze data.

Video of the CFD process can be found at this link: http://youtu.be/UIzhqv38V10

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