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Category Archives: Driving it Tomorrow

DISCORD WITH THE DEMISE OF DRIVING

THE ENTIRE Sunday magazine of The New York Times, November 12, 2017, is devoted to “Life After Driving.” Perhaps this is no big deal for those living in the Big … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

FUEL CELLS FORGOTTEN? YET AGAIN?

WHAT WITH everyone but the guy next door promising to build only “electrified” cars, it’s surprising to me that only a few of the world’s automakers are seeing promise in … Continue reading

October 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

A MICRO TALE OF EV AMBITIONS

GENERAL PROCLAMATIONS about the world’s coming adoption of electric vehicles have set ambitious goals. For example, governments around the world plan to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles within decades. However, … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · 4 Comments

SELF-DRIVING TECHNICALITY, MORALITY, AND REGULATION

WHAT WITH my muted enthusiasm for self-driving vehicles, I confess to a bit of cherry-picking by gleaning highlights from the article “Self-Driving Policy Vacuum?” by Eric Kulisch in Automotive News, … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

CLEVER ENGINE MOUNTS, PART 1

READING THAT Mercedes-AMG will feature second-generation magneto-rheological engine mounts brings back memories of a college summer job and later of deliberately pausing a tad in certain shifts with Ferrari’s traditionally … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

HCCI TO HIT THE STREETS WITH MAZDA SKYACTIV-X IN 2019

MAZDA HAS announced a production breakthrough coming in 2019 with its Skyactiv-X, hitherto a research goal known as Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition that combines the advantages of gasoline and diesel … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

GOODBYE, INTERNAL COMBUSTION? PART 2

PLENTY OF countries around the world are questioning fossil-fuel mobility. Yesterday, we looked at proposed gasoline and diesel bans, of one sort or another, in the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, and … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · 1 Comment