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Category Archives: Driving it Tomorrow

54.5 OR WHAT?

PITY THE HARD-WORKING automotive engineer. Or, should we decry the shortsightedness of people buying new vehicles? Or what about blaming government regulation for the current and approaching conundrums? Since 2012, … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

AUTONOMOUS BLUES

SORRY FOR THIS recurring fixation on autonomous cars. I’ve already questioned several practical aspects in ”Autonomous Vehicle Worries” and ethical ones in ”Autonomous Kills. These are put in perspective by … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

FUEL-CELL TRUCKING

HYDROGEN FUEL CELLS may make it easier for the trucking industry to meet ever-more-stringent emissions regulations. An electric-powered truck would make today’s diesel semis look like soot-spewing dinosaurs. However, technology … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · 3 Comments

THE NEAR FUTURE: LET’S GET REAL

MEDIA ARE filled with predictions of a personal-mobility future. It’s “Soon we’ll commute by helicopter!” all over again, and in as few as four more years. Let’s get real. Despite … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

WHERE ARE SELF-DRIVING CARS HEADED?

IF SELF-DRIVING CARS are to be common on U.S. streets by 2020, many crucial decisions are still to be made. Even the basic concept isn’t clear: Google’s goal, for example, … Continue reading

February 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE WORRIES

DESPITE ALL the hype of autonomous vehicles as the hot tip for 2020, I predict society’s principal winners in this won’t be those seeking enhanced personal mobility. It will be … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

THE DEMISE OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING

STUDENTS ENTERING traditional automotive engineering programs today may be the last generation of this noble profession. If predictions about future automobiles are correct, the only discipline surviving will be body … Continue reading

August 22, 2015 · 2 Comments