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Austin Police ram vehicle that drove through active crash scene
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Review: The best bicycle tyre inflators to use with an air compressor
Ex-Toyota Europe CEO van Zyl dies at age 63
CPS transportation exec on leave after contentious busing plan rollout
Here’s How To Import A Japanese Car To America Without Hassle
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Auto Part Maker Finds Takata Falsified Seat Belt Tests: Report

Takata demonstrates the effectiveness of its seatbelts during a 2012 exhibition.

Takata demonstrates the effectiveness of its seatbelts during a 2012 exhibition.
Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP (Getty Images)

The Japanese arm of Joyson Safety Systems, a United States-based automotive safety component maker, found 1,000 cases of data falsification when it came to Takata’s seatbelt tests, Reuters reports.

This investigation began back in October of 2020, and the results are conclusive: plants in Hikone, Japan and in the Philippines were found to have falsified test data on belt webbing for adult seatbelts and child safety seats. This webbing is the core of the belt’s strength, so it’s crucial that these elements are in top condition.

Unfortunately, the plants in question doctored data in order to meet client standards. It does not appear that these elements compromised safety, and there are currently no recalls issued for the belts at the moment. That said, Hisayoshi Iwamitsum president of JSS Japan, said JSS Japan submitted an investigation report to Japan’s transport ministry on Friday.

Here’s a little more from the Reuters story:

As part of preventive measures, the company introduced an electronic system in March that would prevent data from being falsified, and is working on expanding human resources for quality management, he added.

The investigation also showed that data had been falsified at Hikone plant over a two-decade period until Jan. 2020, overlapping with when Takata was embroiled in airbag scandals.

Yes, having both seatbelt and airbag issues is not great. That doesn’t lend a lot of confidence to your company—but at the very least, the seatbelt issue doesn’t seem to be anywhere near as devastating as the airbag one, in part because the safety of the belts were confirmed by other tests.

If you’ve forgotten, about 67 million Takata air bags were recalled for potentially causing harm to drivers involved in accidents. Airbags exposed to high heat or humidity were prone to failing.


Tesla-inspired automotive designs that show why this company is at the peak of modern innovation: Part 3

Tesla is a forerunner in the electric automotive industry, especially when it comes to innovation and invention. Their designs are groundbreaking, as well as consistent breakers of conventions in the automotive industry! And, these electric vehicles are a huge source of inspiration for designers all over the world. The result is unique and breathtaking Tesla-inspired automotive concepts that honestly seem like the real deal. And, we’ve curated some of the best of the lot for you! Dive in, and get ready to have your minds blown!

The Model B forms a bridge between conventional bicycles and road vehicles, with a design that, like cars, is designed to be safer, more efficient, and less energy-intensive. The Model B’s sleek frame comes with forward, side-facing, and rear proximity and LiDAR sensors that scan the surroundings to create a protective bubble around the rider, alerting them of any obstacle. Each wheel comes with its own dedicated motor, forming the Model B’s dual-drive system. Spokes on the wheels are replaced by shock-absorbers, helping keep your ride smooth.

Rover missions to Mars have uncovered the secrets of the red planet, and to scout the moon’s jagged terrain, a designer envisions the Moonracer. An exploration vehicle that looks so much inspired by the Tesla Cybertruck with its sharp lines and the signature front and rear design. Of course to tread the toughest unknown terrain and hostile environment in case we humans dig for signs of life on still unexplored planets and their moons. The tires on the NASA exploration vehicle by product design student Robin Mazánek are going to be the most vital, as they need to be ready for any adventure. Tweel airless tires developed by Michelin are going to be the ideal choice as they never get punctured or burst as the hub of the tire is connected to the rim via flexible polyurethane spokes that also double as shock absorbers for a smooth ride.

Origami is more than just an intriguing form of art, it’s a scientific methodology that forms shapes of the most aesthetic nature while being structurally strong. That was the inspiration for transportation design student Jaeheon Lee from the Chung Ang University, South Korea to create the Tesla Origami concept car that breaks the barriers of automotive design as far as form and function are concerned. Adapting the elements of Tesla’s Cybertruck frame, SpaceX’s Mars colonizing dreams, and NASA’s Mars rover – the concept design is straight out of a sci-fi future. Retaining the cardinal points for the overall structural design of the vehicle, Lee envisions it to be a renewable energy-powered car – again having origami-inspired solar panels on the rear that expand to harness the sun’s energy when the vehicle is parked.

This bug-like rover that looks like the big daddy of the compact Mars rovers that we have seen over the years is, in fact, a waste disposal vehicle for the harsh terrain of the red planet. Called the D25 Modular Rover, the design comes to the


Carlsbad Boulevard to become part of national bicycle route

Carlsbad Boulevard, the nearly seven-mile stretch of road also known as old Highway 101 through Carlsbad, is about to get a third designation — U.S. Bicycle Route 95.

The recognition would make Carlsbad Boulevard part of a national network of routes intended to facilitate interstate travel by bicycle on roads and highways identified as suitable for cycling.

“Just like the interstate highway system, there is a U.S. bicycle route system,” said Kerry Irons of the Adventure Cycling Association. “It’s in the relatively early stage of development.”

Carlsbad will be the last city in San Diego County to approve the designation, Irons said. About 75 percent of the 1,000-mile route has been established from the California-Oregon border to the U.S. border with Mexico. Eventually, plans call for U.S. Bicycle Route 95 to extend to the Canadian border.

“The target audience here is long-distance travelers,” he said. Usually they are people who travel in small groups on bikes loaded with equipment, and who stop at motels or campsites along the way.

“It’s not perfect,” he said of the bike-route system. “If you want to ride the entire California coast, you are going to hit construction … there are places where traffic is heavy … and sometimes there are rough or sandy roads and people with dogs on leashes.”

East-West routes in the works include U.S. Route 50 from San Francisco through South Lake Tahoe and on through Nevada and Utah, and Route 66, which goes from Los Angeles through parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

The American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials created the U.S. Bicycle Route System in the early 1980s. So far there are designated bicycle routes in 24 states, used for cross-country travel, regional touring and commuting.

“Bicycle tourism is a growing industry in North America,” Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said in a letter to Caltrans supporting the designation. “As a community, we stand to benefit from this opportunity both economically and from the health and environmental related benefits of encouraging bicycle travel in our region.”

The Carlsbad City Council is expected to approve a resolution authorizing the designation at its meeting Tuesday.

Cities that agree to the designation are not required to take any additional action. No additional route markings, such as signs or bike lane markings, are required.

Groups such as the Adventure Cycling Association and the California Bicycle Coalition publish maps of the routes.

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Former Port Talbot steelworker who loved taking part in sport killed when his bicycle collided with a car

A retired steelworker and dad described as a “well-known character” died when his bicycle collided with a car.

Philip Bamsey, known as Phil, died following the crash which happened in Afan Way, Port Talbot, at around 2pm on Wednesday, April 15.

The 67-year-old had worked at the steelworks in Port Talbot as a metallurgist from the age of 17 until he was aged 60.

He has left behind his wife Jan and his son Chris, as well as his siblings Diane, Ken, Dennis, Robert and Malcolm. Sadly his younger sister Elaine died two years ago.

His family have described Mr Bamsey as a “well-known character” who would “take the time to speak with anyone”.

In a tribute they said: “Phil had a love for all sports and in particular running, having been a member of the Neath Harriers club for many years.

“He also had a love of swimming, cycling and the Aberavon Rugby Quiz team in which he took part every Thursday evening.

“He was a well-known character as he would take the time to speak with anyone.

“His family and friends, are all devastated by this tragic incident, he will be sorely missed as he lived life to the full.

“We wish to thank witnesses who assisted the emergency services in trying to save his life.”

South Wales Police is appealing for any witnesses of the crash, anyone who may have dashcam footage, or who may have witnessed the manner of driving of the Ford Fiesta or the bicycle prior to the crash, to get in touch with the roads policing unit on 101, quoting occurrence 2000128017.


Part 47 – Transportation | Acquisition.GOV

      47.000 Scope of part.

      47.001 Definitions.

      47.002 Applicability.

      Subpart 47.1 – General

           47.101 Policies.

           47.102 Transportation insurance.

           47.103 Transportation Payment and Audit Regulation.

                47.103-1 General.

                47.103-2 Contract clause.

           47.104 Government rate tenders under sections 10721 and 13712 of the Interstate Commerce Act (49 U.S.C. 10721 and 13712).

                47.104-1 Government rate tender procedures.

                47.104-2 Fixed-price contracts.

                47.104-3 Cost-reimbursement contracts.

                47.104-4 Contract clauses.

                47.104-5 Citation of Government rate tenders.

           47.105 Transportation assistance.

      Subpart 47.2 – Contracts for Transportation or for Transportation-Related Services

           47.200 Scope of subpart.

           47.201 Definitions.

           47.202 Presolicitation planning.

           47.203 [Reserved]

           47.204 Single-movement contracts.

           47.205 Availability of term contracts and basic ordering agreements for transportation or for transportation-related services.

           47.206 Preparation of solicitations and contracts.

           47.207 Solicitation provisions, contract clauses, and special requirements.

                47.207-1 Qualifications of offerors.

                47.207-2 Duration of contract and time of performance.

                47.207-3 Description of shipment, origin, and destination.

                47.207-4 Determination of Weights.

                47.207-5 Contractor responsibilities.

                47.207-6 Rates and charges.

                47.207-7 Liability and insurance.

                47.207-8 Government responsibilities.

                47.207-9 Annotation and distribution of shipping and billing documents.

                47.207-10 Discrepancies incident to shipments.

                47.207-11 Volume movements within the contiguous United States.

           47.208 Report of shipment (REPSHIP).

                47.208-1 Advance notice.

                47.208-2 Contract clause.

      Subpart 47.3 – Transportation in Supply Contracts

           47.300 Scope of subpart.

           47.301 General.

                47.301-1 Responsibilities of contracting officers.

                47.301-2 Participation of transportation officers.

                47.301-3 Using the Defense Transportation System (DTS).

           47.302 Place of delivery-f.o.b. point.

           47.303 Standard delivery terms and contract clauses.

                47.303-1 F.o.b. origin.

                47.303-2 F.o.b. origin, contractor’s facility.

                47.303-3 F.o.b. origin, freight allowed.

                47.303-4 F.o.b. origin, freight prepaid.

                47.303-5 F.o.b. origin, with differentials.

                47.303-6 F.o.b. destination.

                47.303-7 F.o.b. destination, within consignee’s premises.

                47.303-8 F.a.s. vessel, port of shipment.

                47.303-9 F.o.b. vessel, port of shipment.

                47.303-10 F.o.b. inland carrier, point of exportation.

                47.303-11 F.o.b. inland point, country of importation.

                47.303-12 Ex dock, pier, or warehouse, port of importation.

                47.303-13 C. & f. destination.

                47.303-14 C.i.f. destination.

                47.303-15 F.o.b. designated air carrier’s terminal, point of exportation.

                47.303-16 F.o.b. designated air carrier’s terminal, point of importation.

                47.303-17 Contractor-prepaid commercial bills of lading, small package shipments.

           47.304 Determination of delivery terms.

                47.304-1 General.

                47.304-2 Shipments within CONUS.

                47.304-3 Shipments from CONUS for overseas delivery.

                47.304-4 Shipments originating outside CONUS.

                47.304-5 Exceptions.

           47.305 Solicitation provisions, contract clauses, and transportation factors.

                47.305-1 Solicitation requirements.

                47.305-2 Solicitations f.o.b. origin and f.o.b. destination-lowest overall cost.

                47.305-3 F.o.b. origin solicitations.

                47.305-4 F.o.b. destination solicitations.

                47.305-5 Destination unknown.

                47.305-6 Shipments to ports and air terminals.

                47.305-7 Quantity analysis, direct delivery, and reduction of crosshauling and backhauling.

                47.305-8 Consolidation of small shipments and the use of stopoff privileges.

                47.305-9 Commodity description and freight classification.

                47.305-10 Packing, marking, and consignment instructions.

                47.305-11 Options in shipment and delivery.

                47.305-12 Delivery of Government-furnished property.

                47.305-13 Transit arrangements.

                47.305-14 Mode of transportation.

                47.305-15 Loading responsibilities of contractors.

                47.305-16 Shipping characteristics.

                47.305-17 Returnable cylinders.

           47.306 Transportation factors in the evaluation of offers.

                47.306-1 Transportation cost determinations.

                47.306-2 Lowest overall transportation costs.

                47.306-3 Adequacy of loading and unloading facilities.

      Subpart 47.4 – Air Transportation by U.S.-Flag Carriers

           47.401 Definitions.

           47.402 Policy.



Bicycle, Bicycle Tips, Bicycle Part Tips

Are folding bicycles a good buy?

For anyone who enjoys riding a bicycle but lacks adequate storage space, a folding bicycle may be ideal. A folding bicycle can be kept in a car trunk, so the owner can stop and enjoy a ride anytime. People living in small apartments can keep a folding bicycle tucked away in a closet, away from pathways.

Many people fear that leaving a bicycle outside invites theft, no matter how well the bike is secured. Keeping a folding bike indoors solves that problem. People living in a boat or motor home can easily get around whenever they want, yet store the bike easily in minimal space.

There are several models of folding bicycles, most of them using smaller wheels than conventional bicycles. Usually, a long seat stem allows for a height comparable to bicycles that use standard 26-inch wheels. Most models fold in the middle, along the seat stem.


What are some bicycle safety rules for riding in the street with motor vehicles?

Riding a bike is beneficial because it is exercise, and it conserves fuel; however,it must be done in a safe manner. Knowing proper protocol while riding in the street with motor vehicles is a must.

-Ride in the street about 2 or 3 feet from the curb.
-Always use hand signals before turning or stopping.
-Always obey stoplights and signs.
-Ride in a straight line… no weaving.
-Make eye contact with other drivers before turning.
-Watch carefully for cars.

For more information on riding your bike safely, contact your local Department of Transportation and ask for their published bike safety guide.


What is the difference between a compact crankshaft and a normal one, and what does a compact one get you?

A bicycle’s crankshaft drives the chain of your bike as you pedal. Most bicycles come equipped with either a double or triple crankshaft. A triple crankshaft gives you a greater lower range of gears, allowing you to pedal uphill.

Compact crankshafts are not new, but are just coming into popularity. They also give you a better lower range, but take away a bit at the higher range, unlike the double or triple crankshaft. The upside is that it is lighter weight than even a standard double. The downside is that you don’t get as great a lower end as a triple would give you and you do lose that bit at the high end.

So, if you need better low end gears on your racer, but don’t need all that a triple would provide, a lighter, compact crankshaft could be your answer.


What is the winning purse for the winner of the tour de france?

Held every July, the Tour de France has long been thought of as the toughest of races. Just to compete in it is a triumph in and above itself. For the winner though, the purse of 2 million French francs is quite a reward. In American money, it equals about $600,000. This