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USPS taps self-driving big rigs to move mail between cities

The United States Postal Service is teaming up with autonomous-truck company TuSimple for a trial using its self-driving big rigs to transport mail between depots in Arizona and Texas. The post USPS taps self-driving big rigs to move mail between cities appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Texas, News, Cars, Trends, Usps, Arizona, Self-driving Trucks, United States Postal Service, Autonomous Trucks, TuSimple


USPS to use self-driving big rigs to move mail between cities

The United States Postal Service is teaming up with autonomous-truck company TuSimple for a trial using its self-driving big rigs to transport mail between depots in Arizona and Texas. The post USPS to use self-driving big rigs to move mail between cities appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Texas, News, Cars, Trends, Usps, Arizona, Self-driving Trucks, United States Postal Service, Autonomous Trucks, TuSimple


Self-driving truck startup TuSimple will haul mail for USPS in two-week pilot

TuSimple, the self-driving truck startup that reached unicorn status earlier this year with a $1 billion valuation, is getting two weeks to prove its tech to the United States Postal Service. The company announced Tuesday that it was awarded a contract to complete five round trips, for a two-week pilot, hauling USPS trailers more than 1,000 miles between the postal service’s Phoenix and Dallas distribution centers. A safety engineer and driver will be on board throughout the pilot. TuSimple w...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, Texas, China, Tech, Automotive, Usps, Arizona, San Diego, Nvidia, Dallas, Robotics, Weibo, U.s. Government, United States Postal Service


Hollywood Dream Machines Exhibit Takes Us Into The Action!

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is launching an exhibit for car and movie buffs. The new exhibit will feature over 40 memorable Hollywood vehicles, props, costumes, and artwork. From Blade Runner and Terminator to the Marvel Universe and beyond, this is one exhibit worth seeing.  The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles had the very bright idea of partnering with the Comic-Con Museum for an exhibit titled Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Sou...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Robert Downey Jr, Halo, Tim Burton, Los Angeles, Events, Iron Man, United States, Magazine, Ford, Arizona, Gm, Autos, Will Smith, Honda


TXX Interceptor: A custom Royal Enfield 650 from Thrive

The new Royal Enfield twins are a godsend for custom builders. By modern standards, they are simple on both the mechanical and electrical fronts: you don’t need a degree in Electrical Science from MIT to change the instrument panel. They’re also affordable. In the US, prices for the Interceptor start at a mere $5,799, which is well over $3,000 less than a Sportster Iron 883 or Triumph Street Twin. There’s also a lot to be said for starting with a new rather than used motorcycle—because you...
Tags: Facebook, Indonesia, US, Motorcycles, Arizona, Lotus, Aston Martin, Jakarta, Enfield, Kawasaki Ninja, Custom Motorcycles, Royal Enfield, Ceriani, Indra Pratama, Barata Dwiputra, Putra Agung


A Look at Six Car Design Specialties, Part 1: The Stylist

"Just imagine being able to take a thousand different bits of metal; and if you fit them all together in a certain way, and then if you feed them a little oil and petrol; and if you press a little switch; suddenly those bits of metal will all come to life. And they will purr and hum and roar. They will make the wheels of a motor-car go whizzing round at fantastic speeds…."That quote is from Roald Dahl's book Danny, the Champion of the World, where the young car-nut protagonist recounts his fathe...
Tags: Design, Roald Dahl, Cars, Los Angeles, Arizona, Gm, Pasadena, Acura, Danny, Acura Design Studio, ArtCenter College of Design, Randall Smock


Waymo boosts robo-taxi plans with new service center in Arizona

Waymo has announced plans for a facility in Phoenix, Arizona, that will help to service, maintain, and grow its fleet of autonomous Waymo One cars. The vehicles operate as part of the company's robo-taxi ridesharing service. The post Waymo boosts robo-taxi plans with new service center in Arizona appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Business, News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Cars, PHOENIX Arizona, Waymo


Trump’s views about ‘crazy’ self-driving cars are at odds with his DOT

President Donald Trump is an automated-vehicle skeptic, a point of view that lies in stark contrast with agencies within his own administration, including the U.S. Department of Transportation . According to a recent scoop by Axios, Trump has privately said he thinks the autonomous-vehicle revolution is “crazy.” Trump’s point of view isn’t exactly surprising. His recent tweets about airplanes becoming too complex illustrates his Luddite leanings. Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fl...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Utah, Technology, California, Tech, General-motors, AV, Austin, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Automation, Arizona, Transport, Nvidia, Toyota


Lagonda All-Terrain Concept: The EV With The Floating Key

Aston Martin Lagonda aims to be the world’s first zero-emission luxury brand. The company will leverage electrification and autonomous driving technologies. The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept is set for production in 2022 and includes a floating key. It’s called the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept, and its name is the most uncreative thing about it. Basically, it’s an uber-luxo SUV crossover thingo from Lagonda (i.e. Aston Martin), powered by equal parts electricity and style, and the owners smug sen...
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Arizona, Autos, Concept Cars, Bentley, Aston Martin, Cullinan, Bentley Bentayga, Athan, Aston Martin DBX, Lagonda, Gaydon, Car News, Aston Martin Lagonda, St Athan, Tony Borroz


Daylight Saving Time: Avoid Being a Statistic on the Road

Do you ever notice that you feel energized and drowsy around the same times every day? That’s your circadian rhythm , or your internal clock, at work. The most typical drowsy periods for adults are between 2am to 4am and 1pm to 3pm. If your sleep cycle is off, you will feel those swings between alertness and drowsiness even more intensely. Working night shifts, jet lag and daylight saving time can completely throw off that well-established internal clock, and it can take up to a week to adju...
Tags: US, Hawaii, Arizona, Autos, Road, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Better Protect Your Kids


What State Has the Most Pedestrian Traffic Deaths?

A new report detailing the number of pedestrian traffic deaths in the United States has just been released, and the news is not good. In 2018, an estimated 6,227 Americans died from being struck by a vehicle. That’s the highest number since 1990.Read more...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, Cars, United States, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Idaho, Iowa, Arizona, Wisconsin, Nevada, New Mexico, Automobiles, Delaware, South Carolina, Governors Highway Safety Association


Figuring Out The McLaren 720S Spider In The Desert

McLaren has put together yet another astounding drop-top supercar, and after driving it in Arizona, I'm wondering if it's even worth considering the coupe...
Tags: Arizona, Autos, Mclaren


Inside Tesla’s solar energy astroturfing

Tesla has been masking its lobbying efforts on solar panels and battery storage through the Energy Freedom Coalition of America, a trade association that is little more than a front for the automaker and alternative energy company, public documents suggest. SolarCity, which Tesla bought in 2016, began the practice of using the EFCA to promote its products and services without acknowledging it was the only significant member of the organization. EFCA was initially portrayed as a solar advoc...
Tags: Energy, Elon Musk, Florida, California, Washington, Massachusetts, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, United States, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Tennessee, Arizona, Solar Energy, Las Vegas


Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over fatal Uber autonomous car accident

The family of Elaine Herzberg, the woman struck and killed by one of Uber's self-driving prototypes, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city of Tempe, Arizona. They claim Herzberg jaywalked because she was confused by a brick pathway. The post Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over fatal Uber autonomous car accident appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Uber, News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Tempe Arizona, Herzberg, Elaine Herzberg


Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over deadly Uber autonomous car accident

The family of Elaine Herzberg, the woman struck and killed by one of Uber's self-driving prototypes, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city of Tempe, Arizona. They claim Herzberg jaywalked because she was confused by a brick pathway. The post Arizona city slammed with $10M lawsuit over deadly Uber autonomous car accident appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Uber, News, Cars, Trends, Arizona, Tempe Arizona, Herzberg, Elaine Herzberg


2020 Subaru Legacy: New Platform, New Tech, New Everything

The 2020 Subaru Legacy ushers in the sedan’s seventh generation. A new Touring trim will feature genuine Nappa leather, a first for Subaru. The 2020 Legacy has a stronger, more rigid platform versus the 2019 model.  You can say this for Subaru: their timing is perfect. America just suffered through another polar vortex. The Midwest was turned into a beef locker and the Pacific Northwest got hit with the worst snowstorm in 70 years. But Subaru knew all this when they rolled out a new model at ...
Tags: Boston, America, Jimi Hendrix, Arizona, Autos, Voice, Pacific Northwest, Subaru, TomTom, Boxer, Midwest, Chicago Auto Show, MacPherson, Harman Kardon, Subaru of America Inc, Bellingham Washington


Autonomous truck startup TuSimple hits unicorn status in latest round

Another autonomous vehicle unicorn has joined the herd. TuSimple, a self-driving truck startup running daily routes for customers in Arizona, has raised $95 million in a Series D funding round led by Sina Corp. as the company prepares to scale up its commercial autonomous fleet to more than 50 trucks by June. The startup, which launched in 2015 and has operations in San Diego and Tucson, Arizona, has a post-money of $1.095 billion (aka unicorn status). TuSimple has raised $178 million to date...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Uber, Hong Kong, Texas, China, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Arizona, Shanghai, San Diego, Nvidia, Self-driving Cars, Weibo


Softbank’s next bet: $940M into autonomous delivery startup Nuro

Nuro, the autonomous delivery startup, has raised $940 million in financing from the Softbank Vision Fund, a whopping amount that will be used to expand its delivery service, add new partners, hire employees and scale up its fleet of self-driving bots. Nuro has raised more than $1 billion from partners including SoftBank, Greylock Partners and Gaorong Capital. “We’ve spent the last two and a half years building an amazing team, launching our first unmanned service, working with incredible ...
Tags: Transportation, Softbank, Tech, Automotive, Arizona, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Greylock Partners, Kroger, Phoenix, Starship Technologies, Ike, Dave Ferguson, SoftBank Vision Fund, SoftBank Investment Advisers


Coyotes Weekly: A Powerless Power Play

Last week, we touched on how important it would be for the Arizona Coyotes to get off to a good start in the second half of the season if they had serious aspirations of making a run at a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Well, after a 0-2-1 road trip in the first week of play following the All-Star Break, it’s safe to say things aren’t off to a great start. Coyotes Week in Review After a nine-day layoff from game action due to the All-Star Break, the Coyotes traveled to the site of the ...
Tags: Column, Usa, Sport, Car, Glendale, Arizona, Kings, Dallas, Nashville, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Pacific, Ducks


Piston Slap: A Winter Tire for All Seasons?

Ryan writes: Esteemed Mr. Mehta, what tires should you use when going from cold to hot weather? Imagine you were driving from Canada to Arizona in March. Earlier this year, my parents drove their shiny new 2018 CR-V AWD to Phoenix in order to attend the Vintage Stunt Championships. The event happens in March, a […] The post Piston Slap: A Winter Tire for All Seasons? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Canada, Arizona, Autos, Phoenix, Ryan, Mehta, Long Journey, News Blog, Piston Slap, Snow Tires, Winter Tires, M+S tires


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 60: Returning to Colorado

Left Quartzsite this morning and ended up near Tucson by 5:00 PM. Long day behind the wheel but it's time to get back home and get some stuff done, Scarlett repaired or sold or both, and get Uma the URRV ready for another trip.I did stop by my FIL's home to pick up the camera/lens and meds I'd forgotten to bring with me in the flight back to AZ from Denver.Warm day, sunny skies, and I was in the RV driving...oh well.So now spending the night at the Snyder Hill BLM site near Tucson.  It's becomin...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Denver, Sunset, Tucson, Scarlett, Az, Quartzsite, FIL, RV Trips, Snyder Hill BLM


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 59: Hanging with the Machidas

Spent the day hanging out with RichardM and Bridget at the campsite near Quartzsite, AZ.The weather was warm and not windy at all which made it quite enjoyable to sit in the sun and chat about whatever was on our mind.  It would have been a perfect setting, but the large number of RVs surrounding us tended to ruin things a little bit.  Here's three views from the top of my URRV: We did take RichardM's truck into town to check out e-bikes for Bridget but nothing suitable was found.  One plac...
Tags: Verizon, Motorcycles, Arizona, Honda, Bridget, Scarlett, Quartzsite, RV Trips


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 57: Linking up with RichardM in Quartzsite, AZ

Broke camp early and left the State Trust Land near Congress, AZ. Leaving last night's campsite area A couple of hours later, I was in the traffic zoo that is apparently Quartzsite in late January!Holy Cow, never seen so many RVs and cars crammed into so small a town.  The BLM areas looked quite saturated as well.  December is definitely the time to be at Quartzsite, not late January when there's a Gem Show, Hamfest (Ham Radio gathering), Schoolie-Palooza (RVs converted from old school bus...
Tags: Alaska, Motorcycles, Arizona, BLM, Denver, Sunset, Lightroom, La Paz, Bridget, Scarlett, Quartzsite, Scarlett Repairs, RichardM, RV Trips, Quartzsite AZ, Congress AZ Leaving


The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 54 -56: A Wedding in Denver, and now back in Arizona

Friday, Jan 18.Didn't get much riding done, wasn't feeling it I guess.  The weather wasn't great, light snow and snow-covered streets.  I had ridden Fiona to the auto parts store to get a 35mm socket wrench that I will be using to seat the replacement oil seal for Scarlett's leaking final drive.Saturday, Jan 19.Today was Eric L's and Danielle F.'s wedding day at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver.   It was a lot of fun seeing all of Eric's daughters together in one place again, they'd all...
Tags: Colorado, Motorcycles, Arizona, Denver, Sunset, Eric, Bridget, Martha, Scarlett, Danielle, Fiona, Quartzsite, Phoenix AZ, State Trust, RV Trips, Brown Palace Hotel


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 52: Back in Sun City

Left the boondocking site near the Painted Rock Petroglyph campground today just before noon.  I should probably have waited a bit longer for the water that fell yesterday to dry up.Getting out of the site was no problem, there was a layer of rock laid on top of the sandy ground.The dirt road leading back to the campground was another story.  I could feel the wheels wiggling a bit in the softer spots that "looked OK" but the worst parts were the large puddles.Some of them were wide enough, long ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sun City, Denver, Scarlett, RV Trips, Painted Rock Petroglyph


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 49: Uraling along Rocky Point Road

Today's riding involved exploring the trails around the campground.Not much to report, I kept encountering either "no motorized travel" signs or private property signs and ended up turning back.  Looking west from near the campground, that't Oatman Mountain on the right. I decided to head west, along Rocky Point Road, past the turn off for Oatman Mountain I'd explored earlier. Went as far as 17 miles, to Hyder Road where it parallels a railroad track that was marked as "out of service"....
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Google Maps, Sunset, Rocky Point Road, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Oatman Mountain, Hyder Road


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 49: Uraling along Painted Rock Dam Road

Today's riding involved exploring the trails around the campground.Not much to report, I kept encountering either "no motorized travel" signs or private property signs and ended up turning back.  Looking west from near the campground, that't Oatman Mountain on the right. I decided to head west, along Painted Rock Dam Road, past the turn off for Oatman Mountain I'd explored earlier. Went as far as 17 miles, to Hyder Road where it parallels a railroad track that was marked as "out of serv...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Google Maps, Sunset, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Oatman Mountain, Painted Rock Dam Road, Hyder Road


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 48: Gila Bend Museum and other sights

This morning, I rode Scarlett the 25 miles or so to the nearby highway junction town of Gila Bend after a pretty good sunrise: The town, as I understand it, has basically been the junction point of travel technologies over the history of the region.  From wagons, to trains, and now auto highways, Gila Bend, has functioned as a meeting point.I got some groceries and then toured the museum at the city's visitor center.It's a small museum, basically contained in one large room that is part...
Tags: Mexico, US, Alaska, Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Bulls, Martha, Scarlett, Gila Bend, Oatman, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Oatman Mountain, Gadsen Purchase, Sisson Road


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 47: Painted Rock Petroglyph Campground, Day 2

Decided to hang out another day at the campground after all.  It promised to be a sunny and warm day with some clouds.Dawn came and while started clear, a low layer of fog moved through the valley as I waited for the sun to show itself.  It made for some nice lighting in spite of the lack of clouds overhead: As the fog grew thicker, it made the nearby hills and distant peaks appear to be afloat on clouds.  Oatman Mountain  The fog got higher and partially blocked the sun as it finally...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunrise, Sunset, Dawn, Gila River, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips


The Southwestern Sojourn - Day 46: Painted Rock Petroglyph Site and Campground

Left the Cottonwood Canyon Road BLM campsite today and found a spot at the Painted Rock Petroglyph Site and Campground about 15 miles west of Gila Bend, AZ.It's a BLM campground, featuring nice big spots with space between the sites and pretty level as well.  For the $8 camping fee, there's pit toilets and a garbage dumpster along with a camp host.  Not bad.  It wasn't crowded, perhaps slightly less than half full.It's right next to the Painted Rock Petroglyph site itself.From wikipedia:  LINKTh...
Tags: Motorcycles, Arizona, Sunset, Scarlett, Bureau of Land Management BLM, Scarlett Rides, RV Trips, Cottonwood Canyon Road BLM, Gila Bend AZ, Theba Arizona, Oatman Mountain, Painted Rock Dam, Corps of Engineers Returning



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