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California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation
Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025
The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road!
Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval
Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night
Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director
Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights
Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior
Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center
German sales plunge in August to lowest level since 1992
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California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025 The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road! Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center German sales plunge in August to lowest level since 1992
Jul
2021
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Woman charged with speeding, striking police vehicle south of Dewey

A Magnolia woman faces charges after police said she crashed into a Delaware State Police vehicle July 18 south of Dewey Beach.

Angela Robinson, 44, was driving a 2017 Lexus ES350 at 3:10 a.m. going northbound in the left lane of Route 1 near Conquest Road when she struck a fully marked Delaware State Police Tahoe operated by an 11-year veteran who was also driving in the left lane, said Sr. Cpl. Jason Hatchell of the Delaware State Police.

Hatchell said Robinson was traveling at a high rate of speed when she struck the rear of the state police Tahoe, causing the Lexus to exit the roadway. The Lexus slid through the grass center median, rotated counterclockwise about 90 degrees, and came to a rest in the median, Hatchell said. As a result of the impact, he said, the state police Tahoe was violently pushed forward until coming to rest in the northbound shoulder of Route 1. The trooper and Robinson were the sole occupants in their respective vehicles. The trooper was transported to Beebe Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Robinson was not injured as a result of the collision. During the investigation, Hatchell said, police determined Robinson was operating her vehicle under the influence. She was transported to Troop 7 where she was charged with second-degree vehicular assault, driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, driving a vehicle at unreasonable or imprudent speed, and failure to have insurance identification in possession. She was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in default of $3,300 cash bond.

The northbound lanes of Route 1 were closed for about three hours while the collision was investigated and the roadway was cleared.

Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Cpl./3 Argo with the Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-703-3264, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Jul
2021
20

Transportation company issued summonses after second safety complaint | News

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office issued Texas transportation company All Gas LLC two summonses in Leesburg on July 6 after the company received its second truck safety complaint in as many weeks.

Authorities said a tractor trailer traveling in the area of Harry Byrd Highway and White Gate Place around 6:41 a.m. had violated its hauling permit and was 52,800 pounds overweight.

Patrol deputies responded to the area after a caller stated that the vehicle in question “was creating sparks and now the back is on fire,” according to the July 9 LCSO incident report.

After deputies initiated a traffic stop, the patrol supervisor observed the truck and subsequently requested assistance from units with LCSO’s Motor Carrier Safety division.

The ensuing inspection found the tractor trailer’s front escort vehicle did not have a height pole, and that the tractor trailer did not have a proper rear escort vehicle.

Both of those deficiencies violated the truck’s hauling permit, which was itself not issued to All Gas LLC but rather to a different company, Florida-based KCE Transport Solutions, per the LCSO.

The hauling permit violation meant the transport vehicle was not permitted to carry such a heavy load, resulting in a weight violation.

The vehicle had two additional “out of service” safety violations in addition to the two LCSO-issued summons, according to officials.

Authorities said All Gas LLC was also responsible for a June 25 incident in Hillsboro, in which a truck became stuck in a roundabout and damaged a guardrail while hauling a large piece of equipment on eastbound Route 9.

The LCSO issued citations for that vehicle not having a Virginia Department of Transportation Highway Hauling Permit, being 59,300 pounds overweight and having improper brakes.

Jul
2021
20

There’s No Middle Class of Cars Anymore

A few years ago I was suckered in by the prospect of a driverless tomorrow. My children would ping around from city to city on future-y trains that could pick them up without ever stopping. Or on moving sidewalks. Or in self-driving cars, with banquette seating and open bars! I believed in that last one hardcore. I figured we were mere years away from never having to set foot to pedal to get wherever we wanted to go.

I should’ve known better. I was already old enough to know that the world I live in is always ready to let me down, and yet I thought the auto industry, out of everyone, was somehow exempt from that rule. Reader, you’re not gonna believe this, but it is not. I wanted flying cars. Instead I got a pandemic, hoax miracle buses, bug-infested driverless cars retrofitted to deliver shitty pizza, a deteriorating American infrastructure that will never be repaired, and more goddamn cars. Our real future, one unfolding before us right now, is one where cars not only remain legion, but where the expensive ones dominate.

I know because I live in the Washington, D.C. area, where you can’t get out of bed without stumbling into some asshole lobbyist’s X3. Last year, during the pandemic, wealthy Americans bought even more cars than they usually do, which artificially inflated the average price of new cars sold across the board. Given that the K-shaped economic recovery has already begun in earnest, that artificial inflation may soon become permanent with cars, just as it has with homes and private schools.

Now, you can still buy “affordable” cars, like a base-model Honda Civic that retails for just under $22,000. Or the lowest trim-level of the new Toyota Sienna, which clocks in at $35,000, give or take. But in terms of style, comfort, and amenities, many of those base-model cars treat you like absolute shit, and everyone on the road knows it.

I know it because I test drove a base-model Honda Odyssey, which I despised. I felt like I was driving the Spirit Airlines of cars. Then I test drove an Elite model of that same minivan and suddenly—whether it was the blue ambient LED lighting on the dashboard or the air-conditioned seat that made me feel like Irish forest nymphs were fanning my otherwise gruesome ass—it was like I was driving a whole different vehicle. I was upsold. Spiritually, a Honda Odyssey should never cost more than $100. But after my encounter with the base model, I gladly paid $40,000-plus for the Touring edition. (The top-spec Elite was just a hair too elite for my taste). It became the most expensive new car I’ve ever bought, and it was a goddamn Honda Odyssey. But at least it was a nice one. And now I understand that $40,000 represents the entry barrier to any new car I’d actually want to drive.

I’m not alone in that. It’s why rich people kept

Jul
2021
20

Roll on: Curbside Bicycles brings tune-ups to a curb near you | Local News

“That way, my marketing is completely targeted. It’s coming from a trusted source: a neighbor, rather than myself, who’s a random person. And it’s 100% free,” Oestreich said. “I don’t know of any other marketing technique that checks those boxes.”

Oestreich doesn’t set hours for the pop-up, but usually stops taking customers when he hits 15 bikes and calls it quits when the last bike is done. Each tune-up costs $75. Replacing things like inner tubes and chains costs extra. More than that and it’s a job for someone else.

“If your bike is falling apart and it needs all sorts of replacements, I don’t do that,” Oestreich said. He specializes in speedy, nearby service for everyone from the occasional weekend rider to daily bike commuters. 

It’s the perfect business model for the pandemic, he said. The business is entirely outside, with little customer contact required. And by traveling to residential neighborhoods, he meets customers where they are — which at the peak of the pandemic was mostly at home. 

New year, new neighborhoods

By the time Orangetheory offered Oestreich his job back, he turned them down.

Curbside Bicycles “fully supports me,” he said. “I feel super fortunate. The fact that the pandemic was a boon to me is kind of an amazing phenomenon.”

Jul
2021
20

Automotive Transformation Group Created to Revolutionise Vehicle Sales Enabling Billions in Online Sales as Industry Rapidly Digitises

In an industry first, by integrating the data, products, services and technology across its portfolio, the Group will connect car maker, financiers, dealer and consumer in the most efficient way possible. An essential component is connecting finance data, the core thread of new and used vehicle sales. Seamlessly integrating this will unlock the barriers to offering a complete ‘omnichannel’ customer experience – blending physical showrooms and the virtual world – from first sale, through aftersales and re-sale.

The commercial gains on offer are vast. Based on the 77 million new cars sold globally in 2020, with a value of $2.5 trillion**, a 1% shift in ecommerce sales would equate to $25 billion in revenue. And that’s without factoring in the potential of global used car sales – the forecast for Europe in 2025 alone is €357 billion*.

The Automotive Transformation Group is also looking to help its customers to improve their profitability. By leveraging its products and services to cut transaction times and reduce sales process costs, the industry could generate an additional £2.2 billion per year in global profitability based on an extra £142 per new vehicle sale.***

The new Group already handles one transaction every 3.5 minutes ($4.25 billion annually) and has an unrivalled experience and operational scale in the industry. The company serves more than 20 car manufacturers in over 10,000 locations across 96 countries.

Commenting on the launch of the Automotive Transformation Group, Chairman David Riemenschneider said: “The digitalisation of the sales process is advancing at an unrelenting pace. The Automotive market, which is one of the largest in the world, has lagged other sectors in terms of the speed of transition to online sales, but that is changing rapidly. Until now, the cost and complexity of integrating each element of an online and offline experience into a brand consistent omnichannel one, has prevented it being delivered at scale. The Automotive Transformation Group aims to change that. By joining up the dots we will enable car manufacturers, financiers and retailers to unlock the huge potential and efficiencies in today’s sales process and overall value chain. And now is the time to act.”

CEO Christian Erlandson added, “Since we announced the merger between Autofutura and GForces, we have been engaged in strategic discussions with some of the biggest players in the industry. This demonstrates just how dynamic the automotive industry is and how fast it is shifting towards digitalisation. We offer something truly unique. By connecting vehicles and consumers, serving the right offer, at the right time, to the right customer and then facilitating the seamless transition from one vehicle to another, we are streamlining the customer journey, right from the first transaction. We believe the companies which we support will not just have happier, longer standing customers, they will also be even more successful as a result of the substantial efficiencies they have achieved.”

*, **Car sales and forecast data (Frost & Sullivan, May 2021)

***Calculations based on Automotive Transformation Group proprietary UK