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Category Archives: Driving it Today

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE UPDATE—PLUSES AND MINUSES

WHAT WITH CONCERNS on ethical grounds, technical matters, and practical aspects, I have been skeptical of any onrush to driverless vehicle technology. However, the Automotive News weekly keeps me updated. … Continue reading

June 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

FAUX PIT STOPS IN F1 PART 1

PIT STOPS in modern Formula 1 are marvelously orchestrated affairs. Four tires are changed, maybe aerodynamic devices are adjusted, and the car is gone, all in a mere 2 seconds … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

THOUGHTS ON AUTO THEFT

AS REPORTED EARLIER this year in USA TODAY, January 9, 2019, “Thieves stole more vehicles in 2017 than they had in any single year since 2009—and the biggest reason might … Continue reading

June 13, 2019 · 3 Comments

F1 AERO: FOOLING WITH THE OPPOSITION’S AIR

AERODYNAMIC DOWNFORCE has been used in Formula One for years, the 1978 Lotus 79 being exemplary in dominating the series. Today, an F1 car traveling 130 mpg generates its own … Continue reading

May 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

FUEL CELLS 2019

EVEN BEFORE my Fairbanks to Vancouver and Las Vegas to San Diego adventures in 2007, I’ve been enthusiastic about FCEVs, electric vehicles generating their own electricity from hydrogen fuel cells. … Continue reading

May 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

THE RIGHT TO DRIVE

THE NEW YORKER, April 30, 2019, published a fireworks of an article online in M.R. O’Conner’s “The Fight for the Right to Drive.” I use the “fireworks” metaphor because of … Continue reading

May 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

TIDBITS FROM AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

THE FOLLOWING AUTOMOTIVE tidbits aren’t indicative of important trends, compelling gossip, or breakthrough technology. They’re just things I found interesting in recent issues of Automotive News, the weekly journal of … Continue reading

May 2, 2019 · 3 Comments