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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
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Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights
Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior
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2021
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Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night

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Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night

Police investigating crash at intersection of Roosevelt Trail and Trails End Road

A woman is dead after being hit by a car in North Windham Friday night. Just before 8 p.m., police say a 47-year-old woman was hit by a car driving east on Roosevelt Trail at the intersection of Trails End Road. Police have not released the name of the victim, who died at the scene. The driver of the car, Margaret Hunter of Cape Elizabeth, was not hurt. The road was closed for a few hours to allow crews to clear the scene. Police continue to investigate the crash.

A woman is dead after being hit by a car in North Windham Friday night.

Just before 8 p.m., police say a 47-year-old woman was hit by a car driving east on Roosevelt Trail at the intersection of Trails End Road.

Police have not released the name of the victim, who died at the scene. The driver of the car, Margaret Hunter of Cape Elizabeth, was not hurt.

The road was closed for a few hours to allow crews to clear the scene.

Police continue to investigate the crash.

Sep
2021
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Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior

Car interiors weren’t built for claws.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials released images of a car that had been destroyed after a bear became stuck inside the vehicle. According to the images, the bear was not gentle with the car’s interior components.

The incident occurred Thursday morning near the border of Jefferson and Gilpin counties. On the CPW North East Region Twitter page, photos of the aftermath show an incredible amount of damage to the inside of the car.

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The bear ripped paneling off of various sections, cracked the windshield and windows and appeared to damage sections of the dashboard. Officials estimated that the animal weighed between 200-250 pounds. It was not revealed how long the bear was in the car for.

The CPW took the opportunity to remind residents to be careful leaving items in their cars, writing, “Just a friendly reminder to remove all attractants and to lock your vehicles. This is what it will look like if a bear gets into it.”

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The incident occurred Thursday morning near the border of Jefferson and Gilpin counties. 
(CPW NE Region)

A follow-up post shows the bear being freed from the car. According to the CPW, “A wildlife officer backed up next to the vehicle and opened the door just a little bit for the bear so it could get out. The wildlife officer estimated the bear weighed between 200 and 250 pounds.”

A video posted to the social media network shows the moment the bear was able to escape. While the animal had already caused damage to the interior of the car, it seemingly wasn’t done yet. On its way out, the large animal appeared to push the door off its hinges.

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Apparently, car doors aren’t made with 200-pound bears in mind.

Sep
2021
12

Tesla Finds Loophole Around New Mexico’s Ban On Direct Car Sales

Tesla has cleverly gotten around a New Mexico law that prevented them from selling and servicing their cars in the state. Up until now, New Mexico Tesla owners have had to drive out-of-state to get their cars serviced. There were also no Tesla stores in the state. Why? Because, like a number of other US states, New Mexico has a ban on direct car sales.

The ban stems from an old law used to protect car dealers in case automakers decided to start supplying vehicles directly to consumers. However, Tesla’s core business model revolves around selling directly to the consumer, with no middle-man car dealer involved. Up until now, Tesla has had no presence in New Mexico. They tried to enter the state in 2019 with the aid of a number of favorable legislators but were blocked from doing so when local car dealer associations campaigned against them.

However, it now appears Tesla has found a loophole. By partnering with a Native American tribe, Nambé Pueblo,  Tesla was able to build on their land – which is not subject to state law. Hence Tesla could open a new 7,000-square-foot service center and store inside the remains of a former casino north of Santa Fe.

Interestingly, Tesla could potentially use this loophole in a number of other states that have a ban on direct car sales. It just seems it’s a matter of finding the right tribal location, and then reaching a separate agreement with the tribe in question.

Sep
2021
12

Apple’s automotive ambitions dealt blow as car chief joins Ford | Apple

Apple has lost the executive in charge of its below-the-radar car project to Ford, dealing a further blow to the iPhone maker’s automotive ambitions.

Doug Field, Apple’s vice-president of special projects, had also worked on Tesla’s Model 3 vehicle under Elon Musk. Field, who rejoined Apple in 2018 after a previous stint at the business, is the fourth senior member of the company’s car team to leave since February.

He will become Ford’s chief advanced technology and embedded systems officer with immediate effect, a critical post as the auto industry moves to adopt vehicles powered by electricity and guided by computers. This year Ford signed a six-year deal with Google that includes using Android software in the Michigan carmaker’s vehicles.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Ford as it embraces a transition to a new, complex and fascinating period in the auto industry,” Field said. “It will be a privilege to help Ford deliver a new generation of experiences built on the shift to electrification, software and digital experiences, and autonomy.”

Field will also oversee the integration of Ford products with other pieces of technology, such as a smartphone or watch.

Apple has been working on its own car project – known as Project Titan – since 2014 but few details have emerged of the venture, with executive appointments and departures largely used as a proxy for its progress. However, in 2015 the Guardian revealed that Apple was working on a self-driving vehicle and was scouting secure locations in the San Francisco Bay Area for testing.

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Responding to Field’s departure, Apple said: “We’re grateful for the contributions Doug has made to Apple and we wish him all the best in this next chapter.”

The latest upheaval at Apple’s car project comes as the firm based in Cupertino, California, prepares to unveil its latest iPhone and Apple Watch on Tuesday 14 September at 10am Pacific time, or 6pm in the UK.

According to the website MacRumors, the iPhone 13 lineup will bear similarities to its immediate predecessor, with four phones in sizes that include 5.4in, 6.1in, and 6.7in. Two phones will be at the higher-end “pro” range, with the other two at a lower, comparatively more affordable price range. The most notable improvements in the iPhone 13 are expected to be the camera lens and battery capacity.

Sep
2021
11

A West Virginia city is taking a Tesla patrol car for a test drive

The City of Nitro, near Charleston, bought the Tesla Model 3 for about $40,000 — a little more than its other cruisers cost — and then spent another $10,000 to outfit it with lights, sirens and other equipment a police car needs, CNN affiliate WCHS reported.
In a post on Facebook, the department said it decided to buy the Tesla after doing a lot of research, having discussions with Tesla and talking with an Indiana police department that has five Model 3s in its fleet and plans to buy more.

“We believe time will show that through the fuel savings, maintenance cost and resale value, that this car will be cost-neutral to the citizens of Nitro,” Mayor Dave Casebolt told WCHS.

He told WCHS the car can go 500 miles on $18 worth of electricity, while their other police cruisers need about $90 in fuel to cover the same distance.

“The savings, we figure, will be in the neighborhood of $5,000 a year per vehicle,” Police Chief Chris Fleming told WCHS.

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The Nitro Police Department has installed a Tesla charging station outside the building and department policy is to keep the vehicle charged to at least 50% at all times, so it’s always ready to patrol.

The city has also purchased two other patrol cars this year, according to its Facebook post — Ford Interceptor Hybrid and a regular Ford Interceptor.

It plans to compare the three vehicles for a year and decide which one provides the best cost benefit.

Sep
2021
9

Yankees’ Gerrit Cole still drives his very 1st car and will take the 2006 Toyota Tacoma to today’s game

ANAHEIM, Calif. — When Yankees ace Gerrit Cole pulls up to Angel Stadium for his start Wednesday, he won’t be behind the wheel of a glittery luxury SUV. There won’t be leather seats or reverse cameras. It won’t have a push start button.

Instead, Cole will step out his very first car, the only thing he drives around here: a white 2006 Toyota Tacoma with 82,000 miles on it.

“It’s the car I drove to everything in high school,” Cole told NJ Advance Media before a 6-4 loss to the Angels on Tuesday. “It’s funny. I get in there and I think about all the youth baseball things I grew up going to in that truck.”

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Cole signed a $324 million deal with the Yankees in December 2019.

Kelley Blue Book estimates the truck would fetch him about $7,836 if he sold it today. (Would have been worth $8,616 if it had four-wheel drive.)

So … why would Cole keep it around?

Well, why wouldn’t he?

“It works, first of all,” he said. “Super reliable. This isn’t a Toyota commercial, but, man, I really haven’t had any issues with it. I’m not here a whole lot. So when we go to the beach or when we lug around Christmas presents or things like that, it comes in handy.”

There’s more to it than that.

The car was a birthday gift from Cole’s father, Mark, when Gerrit was growing up in Newport Beach. Mark Cole had bought it new about 18 months before and used it before passing it on.

Gerrit Cole then took it everywhere. He drove it throughout high school and while at UCLA. After the Pirates drafted him first overall in 2011, Cole drove it to spring training in Bradenton, Fla., and for a while through the minor leagues. He drove it to Pittsburgh.

“It’s got sand in it, I feel like, from almost every beach in Southern California,” Cole said. “At the end of the day, we’re going to roll it down the hill and take the kid to the beach and it’s probably small enough to where you can find a parking spot and you can put a bunch of stuff in the back. Umbrellas and everything.”

It’s mostly the same as when he first got it. He’s fixed up some scratches and dents here and there with original parts. It gets 21 mph per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway. While he fondly remembers burning CDs filled with songs downloaded off LimeWire and bumping them in the truck, he’s since ripped out the factory-installed stereo and replaced it with a Pioneer sound system with Apple CarPlay.

On his way to Tuesday’s game, he brought with him a piece of memorabilia he received while visiting the old Yankee Stadium in 2008. He keeps it with his Tacoma keys.

“I showed (Brett Gardner) the lanyard, actually,”

Sep
2021
8

VW unveils new ID concept that previews its upcoming ~$24,000 electric car

VW unveiled today its new ID Life electric car concept at the IAA Mobility show in Munich.

The German automaker presented it as something that previews its upcoming cheap ~$24,000 electric car.

As we reported last year, Tesla and Volkswagen are currently competing to bring to market the first new affordable electric cars in the ~$25,000 to $30,000 price range.

In September, Tesla announced that it will make a new smaller long-range electric car with its new battery technology starting at $25,000.

Just last week, CEO Elon Musk said that he aims for the vehicle to launch in 2023.

As for VW, the German automaker apparently greenlit a new “small BEV” vehicle program that would start at a price of $24,000-$30,000.

Today, it looks like we are seeing the first glimpse of this new vehicle through the unveiled of the ID. LIFE concept.

If it looks plastic-like, it’s because it is made of recyclable materials.

The exterior is reminiscent of the Mini, but as you can see, this is still very much just a concept show car.

However, Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand, made it clear that it previews the previously mention cheap electric car coming to the German automaker’s lineup:

“The ID. LIFE is our vision of next-generation fully electric urban mobility. The concept car provides a preview of an ID. model in the small car segment that we will be launching in 2025, priced at around 20,000 euros. This means we are making electric mobility accessible to even more people. In creating the ID. LIFE, we have consistently focused on the needs of younger customers. We believe that, even more so than today, the car of the future will be about lifestyle and personal expression. The customer of tomorrow won’t simply want to get from A to B; they will be much more interested in the experiences that a car can offer. The ID. LIFE is our answer to this.”

Through the concept, we also get an idea of the powertrain specs that VW aims to hit with the new ~$24,000 EV.

They are talking about a front-wheel-drive 172 kW drivetrain powered by a 57 kWh battery pack:

“The ID. LIFE is based on a smaller variant of Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix (MEB) that has been developed specifically for the small car segment. This is the first time a vehicle based on the MEB has front-wheel drive. With its 172 kW (234 PS) electric motor, the ID. LIFE accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, while its 57 kWh high-voltage battery enables a range of some 400 kilometres (WLTP).”

A 400 km WLTP range could translate to over 200 miles of EPA range on a single charge, which is also what Tesla is trying to achieve with its own cheap EV.

In another nod to Tesla, which just launched the Model S Plaid with a video game console in the back, VW says that the ID. LIFE comes with its own video game

Sep
2021
7

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
7

Ahead of Hurricane Ida, Mississippi police find goat, dog and car abandoned at empty bank

Local officials in Moss Point, Mississippi, warned locals to get prepared ahead of Hurricane Ida. According to the local police department, one person apparently took some unusual steps ahead of the storm.

The Moss Point Police Department posted a picture on its Facebook page of a goat, a dog and an empty pickup truck at an abandoned bank’s drive-thru. The goat was tied to one of the pillars, although the dog appeared to be free.

“Things are getting a little weird,” the police department wrote. “If you relocated your goat to the abandoned bank on Kreole Avenue for safe shelter, please come back for it.”

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The post continued, “If you are the owner of a grey Nissan Titan at same location, goat is eating your bumper. Please come move your vehicle.”

Several locals commented on the post to let the police department know that they were willing to take the animals in to keep them safe during the storm. According to an update from the police department, the goat was eventually rescued.

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The police also believe that the dog was a stray and that it eventually ran away. No update has been provided for the car, however.

Ida was downgraded to a tropical depression Monday afternoon after making landfall Sunday near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane. Millions have been left without power, and at least one person is dead, FOX News reported.

Moss Point was struck by flooding due to the hurricane. The police department posted warnings on its Facebook and announced that several roads were flooded, including roads that don’t normally flood.

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The department also reminded locals that emergency workers were having trouble making it to calls, and may not be able to respond to calls from drivers stranded on flooded streets.

The storm prompted evacuations, and not just for humans.

A large group of dogs and cats were airlifted to Delaware after being evacuated from Louisiana. Officials from Brandywine Valley SPCA confirmed to FOX 29 that over 100 dogs and cats were airlifted to a shelter in New Castle County on Saturday. Many of the animals had come from the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter.

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The flight was thanks to Wings of Rescue, which had been sponsored by Petco Love and the ASPCA. The animals will be made adoptable at the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

Sep
2021
6

Amtrak might add more than 50 new routes. But they still won’t be faster than a car

Amtrak has proposed spending its share of the infrastructure funding on more than 50 new routes, but those routes are significantly slower than typical car travel between the cities — sometimes as much or more than 40% at certain times of day.

A trip between Boston’s train stations and Albany’s train station would take 4 hours 20 minutes, more than an hour longer than a typical car trip between the destinations. A trip between Milwaukee and St. Paul’s train stations will take 6 hours 45 minutes, sometimes two hours longer than a car trip.

Amtrak told CNN Business that to calculate trip times for most of its proposed new routes it researched passenger train times in the mid-1950s to early 1960s and chose the best trip time. Amtrak said it picked that era because it gave a frame of reference, but it declined to say why it didn’t pick a more recent comparison.

Routes between major cities (like Charlotte to Atlanta, San Antonio to Dallas, and Chicago to Cincinnati) will average speeds of less than 50 mph. That’s slower than new trains in Europe and Asia, which have approached 200 mph since the 1960s, and Africa, where a 200 mph train was introduced three years ago. The new Amtrak speeds even lag historic American trains, like the Hiawatha, which reached 100 mph and ran between Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Minneapolis more than 50 years ago.

Fast trains are more expensive to operate, including the advanced safety equipment that’s needed for the highest speed to be possible. Amtrak is also slowed because it generally shares tracks with freight railroads that prioritize their own trains, forcing Amtrak trains to wait.

Transportation experts say Amtrak speeds that lag car or air travel may make it more difficult to attract new riders and build lasting political will for building world-class rail in the United States. Rail travel has long been disadvantaged in the US as the federal government invests far more in infrastructure that supports car and air travel. One of train travel’s selling points is that it’s greener and safer than other modes, like car travel, according to research.

Amtrak declined to say why it is not proposing faster trips on its new routes.

“Congress created Amtrak for the purpose to connect America by rail on behalf of the federal government,” Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods told CNN Business in an email. “Amtrak is the only entity that offers a comprehensive national rail network. We have the national capabilities and expertise in place to operate these new routes.”

Woods said that Amtrak’s expansion would expand or improve rail service for 20 million more riders, and could efficiently serve 160 additional diverse communities. Amtrak declined to make executives available for interviews.

“This expansion provides reliable transportation for people who couldn’t afford air fare, who don’t have cars,” Billy Terry, director of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University, told CNN Business. “A low to moderate income family can go to a family reunion,