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Category Archives: Driving it Today

TEMPERING UTOPIA—A VIEW FROM DELOITTE PART 1

DELOITTE INSIGHTS: Express Lane Ahead was recently published as an informative 25-page spiff to Automotive News, my weekly source of auto industry matters. Here in Parts 1 and 2, today … Continue reading

February 17, 2019 · 3 Comments

KARAKURI TRICKS

IN CLASSIC JAPAN, automata known as karakuri delivered tea to guests. The mechanized doll would approach the guest, then, with head bowed, offer the cup of tea. When the tea … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE OF SAUDI OIL

TRUMP’S RECENT exclamation-point-endowed pandering to Saudi Arabia suggests the need for an update on countries supplying oil to the U.S. To avoid yet further trumpery (Merriam-Webster: “crapola, hogwash, rubbish”), I … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

IS IT EV TIME YET? PART 2

YESTERDAY AT SimanaitisSays, Part 1 began sorting out my collection of EV tidbits gleaned from Automotive News. Such was the pile height that Part 2 is warranted as well. GM … Continue reading

November 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

IS IT EV TIME YET? PART 1

I’VE BEEN COLLECTING news items on what’s seen as the inevitable transition to electric vehicles. Indeed, this stack has reached critical mass, worthy of Part 1 today and Part 2 … Continue reading

November 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

HACK MY TESLA? EASY-PEASY FOR A WHILE THERE

ALL IT TOOK for Belgian researchers to unlock and drive a Tesla Model S was the car’s weak encryption code, $600 of minicomputer hardware, and two seconds of effort. Rest … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

A SEVEN-YEAR UPDATE—2019 INFINITI QX50 PART 2

YESTERDAY IN Part 1, I discussed the new Infiniti QX50’s impressive VC-Turbo engine, as in variable-compression-ratio turbo. Today in Part 2, I assess several of the QX50’s other 2019 virtues … Continue reading

October 13, 2018 · 1 Comment