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Category Archives: Driving it Tomorrow

CLEARING THE (AUTOMOTIVE) AIR, PART 2

LET’S EXAMINE automotive emissions and fuel economy following our look at Washington, D.C., shenanigans concerning 2025’s 54.5 mpg. Back in the 1960s, three automotive emissions were identified: HC, unburned hydrocarbons; … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

CLEARING THE (AUTOMOTIVE) AIR, PART 1

WHAT WITH the Trump administration’s gutting, some would say streamlining, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, let’s examine some environmental and economic aspects of automobile regulations in the United States. This … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

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