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Rekor Systems Announces Selection of Waycare Technologies by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Pilot Program to Reduce State Traffic Congestion and Crashes
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
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Rekor Systems Announces Selection of Waycare Technologies by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Pilot Program to Reduce State Traffic Congestion and Crashes 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
Sep
2021
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Man charged after stealing vehicle from Oakdale Mall parking lot

JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Johnson City Police Department said one person has been arrested after trying to steal a vehicle from the Wegmans’ parking lot and stealing and fleeing with a vehicle from the Oakdale Mall parking lot.

According to a news release, Johnson City Police charged 26-year-old Brandon Hamilton with two counts of robbery in the first degree, a class B felony.

Police said officers responded to Wegmans on Sept. 5 for a report of a man that tried to steal an occupied vehicle and assault a victim there. They said while officers were responding to the incident at Wegmans, they were advised that a man had assaulted a female and stole her vehicle from the Oakdale Mall parking lot.

Officers discovered that the suspect at Wegmans threatened the victim and demanded that he get out of his vehicle. They said after he failed to steal the vehicle, he attempted to assault the victim before he fled on foot.

At the Oakdale Mall parking lot, police said the suspect forcibly removed a woman from her vehicle, pepper-sprayed her, and then fled the scene in her vehicle.

The Vestal Police Department received a suspicious person report and officers with Vestal Police arrived at a location on Underwood Road and found the vehicle that was stolen from the Oakdale Mall parking lot.

Authorities noted that Vestal Police found the suspect and detained him in relation to the incidents at Wegmans and Oakdale Mall parking lots.

Johnson City Police said it was determined that the suspect was responsible for the incidents.

Hamilton was processed and taken to the Broome County Correction Facility for arraignment and remanded to the county jail.

Sep
2021
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Morgan Stanley: Apple Car focus is on ‘design and the vehicle’

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty shared her thoughts recently about how tech giant Apple might approach the development of the rumored Apple Car.

Apple has been working on projects related to car development since at least 2014. Rumors and reports have been inconsistent. At one point, reports indicated that Apple had decided to focus on vehicle software. But now it appears that Apple is focused not only on software but also a car for consumers.

Adam Jonas, also an analyst at the investment firm, talked with Huberty about the Apple car project in an interview published by Morgan Stanley, 

“The car is essentially the next mobile device, and this is a category that Apple has focused on for years,” Huberty said, adding that Apple tends to focus on markets where “computing will become central to a human’s everyday life.”

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Apple does software and hardware

One of the most common questions is, “Why doesn’t Apple just focus on software and services?” Huberty said. After all, making the hardware and software right out of the gate as Tesla has done is fraught with complexity. And for a new car company, getting it right isn’t always possible. 

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“Apple takes the other side of that. The strategy is about doing fewer things, but doing them really well, and increasing the chances of success,” she said.

“Apple is successful when they’re vertically integrated. They want a hand in the design, in how the software communicates with the hardware, what are the right components and technologies to use,” Huberty said.

“So, they can’t be successful in services until they’re successful in selling the device that this new type of computer and services sit on top of,” she said.

That means it is probable that Apple will come out with an electric vehicle.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple comes to market with an EV…They did this with the iPhone, where in the first iPhone, there was no app store. It was first about getting the hardware right,” Huberty said.

“I think the focus right now, I’m sure, is on design and the vehicle itself, but with well thought out plans around what services could emerge longer term,” she said.

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As Tesla has shown, development of an autonomous or “self-driving” vehicle is a major focus. For example, Tesla’s FSD (Full Self Driving) option on vehicles like the Model Y adds $10,000 to the cost of the car but provides hands-free driving in many scenarios using Tesla’s AI software.

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“The right question is, ‘How big is the auto market and can Tesla help transform all of the auto market into EVs, and eventually AVs [autonomous vehicles]?’” Huberty said.

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Sep
2021
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2022 Dacia Jogger Name Chosen For New Seven-Seat Family Vehicle

Say goodbye to the Logan MCV (Multi Convivial Vehicle / Maximum Capacity Vehicle) and hello to the Jogger, a new smallish family car from budget-friendly brand Dacia. Ahead of Friday’s online debut, the Renault-owned marque is revealing the car’s outdoorsy name carrying the same “er” suffix as the hugely popular Duster SUV.

The new teaser video seemingly confirms we are dealing with a wagon version of the Logan sedan / Sandero hatchback, complete with rugged Stepway cues and the same lovely orange paint. The brief video shows quarter glass that pops out along with the same nifty roof bars as the Sandero Stepway where they can be positioned both longitudinally and transversely.

2022 Dacia Jogger teaser
2022 Dacia Jogger teaser

Available with a choice of five or seven seats, the Jogger has Volvo-esque taillights with Dacia’s Y-shaped graphics and an upright rear end to maximize cargo capacity. The headlights seem to be largely carried over from the latest Logan/Sandero twins and should have standard LEDs for the daytime running lights and the short beam.

The interior cabin has not been previewed so far, but with Dacia being all about cost-cutting to drop the prices as much as possible, expect the dashboard to be virtually carried over from the Sandero Stepway pictured below. It will be vastly more practical thanks to its three-row layout or a two-row configuration with a huge cargo area behind the rearmost seats.

Dacia Sandero Stepway (2021) im Test

2021 Dacia Sandero Stepway

Dacia Sandero Stepway (2021) im Test

2021 Dacia Sandero Stepway

While Dacia offers great value for money, there are many people complaining about the lack of a more powerful engine in the Logan and Sandero. It remains to be seen whether the Jogger will offer a four-cylinder unit as opposed to the sedan and hatchback duo available strictly with naturally aspirated and turbocharged three-pot mills. It would make sense to add a beefier engine considering the new wagon will be bigger and therefore heavier, especially with seven people or the cargo area completely full.

Following the world premiere scheduled to take place on September 3, the new Dacia Jogger will be showcased at IAA Munich next week. It should go on sale either by the year’s end or early 2022.

Sep
2021
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Police find 75-year-old man dead inside vehicle submerged in Daytona Beach retention pond

Police are looking for information after a man was found dead inside a vehicle submerged in a Daytona Beach retention pond.First responders were called to the intersection of Tournament Drive andChampions Drive on Sunday afternoon where they discovered a 2021 Ford Explorer completely submerged in water.Inside the vehicle was 75-year-old Wayne A. Martin, a resident of LPGA International.Medics attempted to revive Martin without success. “Investigators believe Martin was driving the Ford east on Tournament at alegal speed when the vehicle ran the stop sign at Champions without anyapparent attempt to slow down. It then went over a curb, off the road and into the retention pond located east of the intersection,” a release states. Police said he may have had a medical episode while driving. Anyone who saw what happened or has information about it is asked tocontact Officer Ryan Forrest at 386-671-5447.

Police are looking for information after a man was found dead inside a vehicle submerged in a Daytona Beach retention pond.

First responders were called to the intersection of Tournament Drive and
Champions Drive on Sunday afternoon where they discovered a 2021 Ford Explorer completely submerged in water.

Inside the vehicle was 75-year-old Wayne A. Martin, a resident of LPGA International.

Medics attempted to revive Martin without success.

“Investigators believe Martin was driving the Ford east on Tournament at a
legal speed when the vehicle ran the stop sign at Champions without any
apparent attempt to slow down. It then went over a curb, off the road and into the retention pond located east of the intersection,” a release states.

Police said he may have had a medical episode while driving.

Anyone who saw what happened or has information about it is asked to
contact Officer Ryan Forrest at 386-671-5447.

Sep
2021
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Tesla Model 3 on Autopilot hits Highway Patrol vehicle in Florida

A Tesla Model 3 struck a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper’s vehicle on Saturday just weeks after the NHTSA established an investigation into the semi-autonomous driving functionality. The driver and FHP confirmed the vehicle was operating on Autopilot.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, a 27-year old was driving his Model 3 westbound on Interstate 4 near Orlando at around 5 a.m. eastern time on Saturday morning when the vehicle struck a Highway Patrol vehicle that was stopped on the side of the road to assist a disabled automobile on the shoulder.

The driver stated that the vehicle was operating on Autopilot, according to FHP and ABC affiliate WFTV9The driver of the Tesla, along with the owner of the disabled vehicle, had minor injuries. The Trooper on the scene was unhurt.

Interestingly, the accident occurred just weeks after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into Tesla Autopilot. The agency told Teslarati that it would investigate eleven separate instances of accidents that occurred under Autopilot operation. However, several of the accidents in the investigation were ultimately not the fault of the system itself and was actually a result of gross negligence by the driver. Two of the eleven incidents being examined were caused by the driver being intoxicated. Another was caused by a driver with a suspended license, and four were the result of incorrect Autopilot use.

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Because of its unfamiliar nature to many people, Autopilot receives a bad reputation and is often misrepresented and misunderstood by media and critics. Tesla Autopilot is not a fully autonomous driving functionality and is standard with every Tesla from 2017 or later. Tesla has never indicated that Autopilot is a replacement for human drivers and has said on numerous occasions that the system must be used while the driver is fully attentive and still focused on the road. To operate Autopilot in a vehicle, the driver’s hands must be on the wheel at all times in case of a needed intervention, and the wheel has sensors that confirm the driver is still maintaining ultimate control of the vehicle.

While the driver told FHP that the vehicle was operating under Autopilot, it is still the responsibility of the driver to maintain control of the vehicle. Frequently, the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving suites are abused by some. When these irresponsible acts of operation result in an accident or injury, Tesla takes the blame and not the driver. Unfortunately, this is not an accurate depiction of how safe Autopilot actually is.

An example of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving that was shown at the company’s

Aug
2021
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Annual Cost to Own, Drive a New Vehicle Inches Closer to $10,000

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  • There are plenty of hidden costs involved in buying and driving a new vehicle, from depreciation to maintenance. If you add them all up, the national average cost hit $9666 this year, according to AAA. (Find out your own cost with AAA’s interactive tool.)
  • Different vehicle segments stand out in different ways, with electric vehicles having low per-mile charges but high depreciation, while half-ton pickups have the highest overall driving costs.
  • Changes in methodology mean it’s not easy to directly compare annual average costs through the years, but AAA does point out that when it did its first Your Driving Costs study, in 1950, gas was 27 cents a gallon and the average car cost nine cents a mile to run.

    Calculating out the exact dollar amount someone pays for transportation each year can be futile. Each person has their own situation, and some people pay more for track tires each year than others pay for 12 months of bus tickets. Still, there’s something to be learned from general trends—like the fact that the overall average cost to own and operate a new car in 2021 was $9666.

    That’s the headline number from the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) latest “Your Driving Costs” study, which is the group’s annual attempt to figure out how much Americans spend buying and driving their cars. Using a proprietary formula, AAA has been figuring out what it costs the average driver to operate their car through these studies since 1950 and, while the methodology has been adjusted through the years, the mission remains the same: take the most popular models on the market and “[break] down the cost of owning a new car including depreciation, finance, fuel, insurance, license/registration/ taxes and maintenance/repair/tires.”

    Depreciation is listed first there, and that might be because that is unsurprisingly where new cars end up costing owners the most money. For 2021, new cars cost their owners $3,900 in annual lost value, based on the difference between the purchase price and its estimated trade-in value after five years. Insurance was another $1342 a year, while financing adds $712. Taxes and fees came to $669, and then there are the running costs of 10.7 cents a mile for fuel and 9.6 cents a mile for maintenance, repair, and tires. AAA’s “average” costs are based on driving 15,000 miles a year.

    While these average costs are interesting, differences between vehicle types and powertrains mean certain figures will stand out depending on which vehicle category you’re looking at. For example, electric vehicles have lower per-mile fuel and maintenance costs, but they suffer from high depreciation rates (which can make buying a used EV tempting for those interested in such a vehicle). The vehicle segment with the highest overall driving costs is half-ton pickups, which cost an average of 77.3 cents per mile. The lowest? Small sedans, at only 48.2 cents per mile. Subcompact SUVs benefit from low depreciation rates, but medium SUVs are the segment that is

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    2021
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    Tesla vehicle on autopilot crashes into Florida cop cruiser

    A Tesla vehicle operating on autopilot slammed into a Florida police cruiser on a highway near Orlando on Saturday, just days after CEO Elon Musk admitted faults with the experimental self-driving software amid a federal investigation into the system.

    The crash happened just before 5 a.m. on Saturday when the trooper had activated his cruiser’s emergency lights on the way to help a disabled vehicle.

    The Tesla hit the cruiser on its left side and then collided with the disabled vehicle, highway patrol spokeswoman Lt. Kim Montes told the Orlando Sentinel.

    The 27-year-old Tesla “driver” and disabled vehicle driver suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash, according to the report. The state trooper was unhurt.

    An email to Tesla seeking comment was not immediately returned.

    Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a formal investigation into Tesla’s autopilot system after a series of crashes with parked emergency vehicles.

    Two drivers received minor injuries following the collisions between the Tesla vehicle and the police cruiser and disabled car in Florida.
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    The agency said it had identified 11 crashes since 2018 in which Teslas on Autopilot or Traffic Aware Cruise Control have hit vehicles with flashing lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board or cones warning of hazards.

    The investigation covers 765,000 vehicles — or nearly every car that Tesla has sold in the US since the start of the 2014 model year, including the Models Y, X, S and 3, the agency said.

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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is formally investigating Elon Musk’s Tesla vehicles after reported crashes.
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    Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his “Autopilot/AI team is rallying” to develop more accurate software for autonomous driving.
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    On Monday, Musk acknowledged issues with the company’s latest auto-pilot technology.

    “FSD Beta 9.2 is actually not great [in my opinion], but Autopilot/AI team is rallying to improve as fast as possible. We’re trying to have a single stack for both highway & city streets, but it requires massive NN retraining,” Musk said in a tweet.

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    2021
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    Probe after P’burg traffic stop finds vehicle stolen and heroin, meth are recovered, prosecutor says

    Phillipsburg police are searching for a 35-year-old town man who was driving a stolen car on Aug. 17 that held more than a half-ounce of heroin and more than an ounce of methamphetamine, the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office reports.

    Jonathon Hornbaker, of the first block of Bullman Street, was pulled over Aug. 17 on a traffic violation, Prosecutor Jim Pfeiffer said in a news release. Further investigation revealed the status of the vehicle and the drugs, Pfeiffer said.

    Two sets of charges were filed against Hornbaker, who is not in custody, Pfeiffer said.

    On Aug. 17, Hornbaker was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, Pfeiffer said.

    On Friday, Hornbaker was charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, one charge each for the heroin and the meth, Pfeiffer said.

    Police also recovered 21 suspected ecstasy pills, a quarter pound of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $1,520 in cash, Pfeiffer said.

    A warrant was issued for Hornbaker’s arrest, Pfeiffer said.

    It was not clear if Hornbaker has an attorney. A phone number tied to his current address wasn’t immediately available.

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    Aug
    2021
    27

    Online car dealer sends wrong vehicle, consumer says. Then it gets towed and the fun really starts.

    Shantiya LeMay needed a vehicle.

    The transmission in her old one died and she didn’t want to keep using her daughter’s car.

    She decided to buy a vehicle from Carvana, an online only used car dealer that delivers vehicles to your home.

    “I had no idea it would be a major nightmare,” LeMay said.

    She chose a 2017 GMC Terrain on March 31, made the purchase, arranged the financing and insurance and waited for the delivery.

    Her wheels arrived on April 5.

    It was a relief to finally have a vehicle, she said, so she no longer had to worry about transportation to and from her job as a patient care technician an hour and fifteen minutes away from her South Orange home.

    Everything seemed fine until the vehicle was towed on July 14.

    When she tried to get the truck back, she got a big surprise. The vehicle she purchased was not the one she had been driving for 100 days, the single mom of four said.

    Carvana sent the wrong truck, she said.

    Police had noticed the truck’s VIN number did not match its temporary plate, she said.

    “They towed it because it looked suspicious,” she said.

    Not only was this an unimaginable error on the dealer’s part, she said, but she had been driving uninsured the whole time.

    And because she didn’t have the correct paperwork for the vehicle, she couldn’t get it out of the tow yard.

    When she called Carvana, the situation only got worse.

    “They told me they delivered me the wrong vehicle and I should have known because it was a different mileage,” she said. “I had no idea when looking at the car that it was different from what I ordered.”

    Carvana offered to change the purchase contract so she would keep the 2018 that was now sitting in the tow yard. It also said it would pay the $185 tow fee plus the daily storage charge of $26.

    It also offered her $1,000, and then another $500, to cover rental fees.

    But now, more than a month after the mistake was revealed, LeMay is still without her vehicle. She’s used up the car rental money and she’s stuck either borrowing cars from friends or family, paying for ride-share services or paying out-of-pocket to get a new rental.

    Carvana has been agonizingly slow on the paperwork, she said.

    “Then they still have to get it registered which is going to take 30 days or more, so I’m looking at an extra couple of weeks or a month where I would need a rental,” she said, noting it costs her close to $1,000 for a weekly vehicle rental. “But they said they were not helping me any more.”

    Then things got worse.

    She learned her first three car payments to Bridgecrest Financial, a sister company to Carvana, somehow, were not recorded, even though the funds had been taken from her bank account. She started to receive threatening messages about the payments, but even

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    2021
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    Macy man sentenced for interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle | News

    A man convicted of stealing a vehicle last December will spend the next year in prison.

    Acting U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp announced that 20-year-old Lonnie Woodhull of Macy was sentenced Friday in federal court in Omaha for interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle in violation of the Dyer Act.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Rossiter Jr. sentenced Woodhull to an incarceration term of 12 months and one day. After his release from prison, he will begin a three-year term of supervised release.

    On Dec. 18, 2020, Woodhull stole a black 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe in Sioux City, Iowa, and drove across the state line to South Sioux City, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop the Tahoe, which at times was traveling more than 100 mph.

    Woodhull drove through Winnebago and arrived at the entrance to Macy on the Omaha Reservation before crashing through a COVID checkpoint barricade, almost striking two tribal workers manning the roadblock.

    He was arrested by tribal police and later confessed to stealing the vehicle in Iowa and driving to Nebraska.

    The case was primarily investigated by Omaha Nation Law Enforcement Services and the FBI.