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Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla

Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 October, 2018

An Air Niugini Boeing 737 missed the runway but safely landed in the water – see story, below. Good morning First computer problems then medical problems (an ankle) forced an unplanned silence upon me, but here I am, happily back once more and sharing another selection of the great and the grim. Simultaneously on the great and grim side of things, we had a cancellation off our Christmas “Landcruise” of Northern France and Belgium.  As I do in such cases, I’m happy to give half the deposit as a...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Lyft, Europe, Halloween, UK, Indonesia, Australia, France, Miscellaneous, Disney, Cars, US, Newsletter, Bloomberg

Despite objection, Congress passes bill that lets U.S. authorities shoot down private drones

U.S. authorities will soon have the authority to shoot down private drones if they are considered a threat — a move decried by civil liberties and rights groups. The Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Act on Wednesday, months after an earlier House vote in April. The bill renews funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) until 2023, and includes several provisions designed to modernize U.S aviation rule — from making commercial flights more comfortable for passengers to including n...
Tags: Security, Gadgets, Technology, Hardware, Privacy, Congress, Senate, White House, Islamic State, Tech, Law Enforcement, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Automotive, House, Aclu, Eff

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 May 2018

Good morning Spring is in full fling, and I hope your summer, due to officially start in just a few weeks on Memorial Day, is shaping up to be a great one.  But, please, cast your mind a wee bit further ahead, for the early and late fall, too.  What are you doing then? How about a trip to Moldova, to Odessa, to Kishinev, Kiev, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan – yes, our expanded/improved “Quad K” tour, scheduled for mid/late October? And/or, how about northern France, Belgium, and a bit of Luxembourg, ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, Elon Musk, New York, Science, London, Tibet, Mexico, France, China, Air Canada, Cars, US, Newsletter

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 May, 2018

The TSA apologized for the cultural insensitivity of asking a Sikh to remove his turban at airport screening.  Now try walking through with a baseball cap on and see what happens.  Article below. Good morning Spring is in full fling, and I hope your summer, due to officially start in just a few weeks on Memorial Day, is shaping up to be a great one.  But, please, cast your mind a wee bit further ahead, for the early and late fall, too.  What are you doing then? How about a trip to Moldova, to O...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, Elon Musk, New York, Science, London, Tibet, Mexico, France, China, Air Canada, Miscellaneous, Cars, US

If They Can’t Even Sync Traffic Lights

They can’t even get automated traffic lights to work — to sync the green/red cycles in order to smooth the flow of traffic — but we’re supposed to believe that millions of automated cars are going to sync perfectly, whizz along at 100 MPH in tight formation, without a hitch — just like the Blue Angels, the Navy’s precision flying demonstration squadron. In the rain and snow. The heat of high summer, the bitter cold of January. Dirt, sand, potholes. 24/7, year ’round — for year after year after y...
Tags: Technology, Safety, Navy, Germany, Autos, Driverless Cars, Faa, Driver's License, Blue Angels, Eric Peters, Traffic Signals

Chapter 2: Talking With Bob At Lulu’s

The Future In Front of Me, The Past Behind Me is a gasoline-fueled narrative by automotive journalist Tony Borroz. It details the joys, thrills, and even the uncertainties of the car-obsessed lifestyle. In advance of the book’s release, we are previewing the first few chapters. Chapter one here.  I’m in downtown Palm Springs (at least I think it’s downtown, is there a downtown?) at a place called Lulu’s with my old friend Bob. Crossing that border, going either way, always seems to result in som...
Tags: Feature, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Microsoft, Australia, Chicago, Porsche, New Jersey, Joan Rivers, Arizona, Gatwick, Dubai, Autos, Airbus, Lulu, Bob

Kitty Hawk Who? Uber’s Best-Laid Plans for Flying Cars, Air Travel

If all goes as planned for Uber, and the company launches an air-transportation service in 2020, it will need to hire a lot of pilots. Exactly how many is a little unclear: One of the executives leading Uber’s effort to apply its ride-sharing model to air travel contended during a panel at South by Southwest that the company will hire more pilots than any other business in history. That means Uber will need to work with the Federal Aviation Administration to determine training regulations...
Tags: Google, Startups, Uber, Texas, Technology, Trends, Startup, Tech, Tesla, Larry Page, Policy, Drone, Autonomous, Automotive, New York Times, Aircraft

Weekly Roundup, Friday 9 February, 2018

Why this photo? Read the article below about my bad advice. Good morning It has been another ‘interesting’ week; more of that below, of course.  And after writing a very lengthy piece about a nice program to improve headphone sound last week, I’m now offering you a lengthy piece about a subject that seemed even harder to grow into a 3,000+ word article – USB connecting cables.  It turned out to be a surprisingly interesting topic (I hope you might agree!) and it was fun to resurrect some of my ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, UK, New York City, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Siri, Tesla, Earth, Thailand, Britain, Current Affairs, Paris

AeroMobil 4.0 Flying Car

The idea of cars that can fly has been around since at least 1940 when Henry Ford said flying cars were on the way. What he didn't know was that it would take until now for one to get beyond the prototype stage and go into production. AeroMobil 4.0 If Slovakian company AeroMobil is correct, that barrier will be broken when its model 4.0 flying car goes into production later this year. With space for a driver and one passenger, it will be capable of speeds up to 100 mph on the ground and 240 m...
Tags: Design, Cars, Aeromobil, Faa, Henry Ford, Vtol, Civil Aeronautics Administration, Design Business, Lilium, U S Terrafugia Transition AeroMobil, Lilium VTOL, VTOL Uber, Moulton Taylor Aerocar

Flying Car Company Terrafugia Sold to Chinese Automaker Geely

Terrafugia, a Boston-area company that has been working on flying cars since 2006, is being acquired by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, an automotive manufacturer based in Hangzhou, China. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The news was first reported by the South China Morning Post, but Xconomy has independently been tracking rumors about the acquisition. According to a source with knowledge of the deal, the transaction size is modest, but Geely plans to invest in flying-car techno...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Transportation, Hardware, China, Boston, Trends, Mit, Vc, Larry Page, Automotive, Venture Capital, Manufacturing, Robotics, Flying Car

For Uber, Are On-Demand Flying Cars the Next Frontier?

One of my favourite childhood cartoons was The Jetsons, an animated sitcom where technology had transformed the world into a futuristic utopia. The intro of every Jetsons episode features the family commuting in a flying car. Last Thursday, Uber published a white paper promising flying cars in the next decade. After 60 years as a cartoon, […] The post For Uber, Are On-Demand Flying Cars the Next Frontier? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Technology, Tesla, Autos, Taxi, Flying Cars, Faa, News Blog, Future Vehicles

No Fixed Abode: The 1955 Auto-Buying Experience Is Available To You In 2016, But You Won’t Like It

It was called The Automobile Information Disclosure Act of 1958 and it was sponsored by Almer Stillwell Monroney, the Senator from Oklahoma who preferred the colloquial nickname “Mike” and whose other legislative priority in 1958 was to create the FAA. We owe Mike Monroney a lot. He was from that long-discredited and long-forgotten breed of […] The post No Fixed Abode: The 1955 Auto-Buying Experience Is Available To You In 2016, But You Won’t Like It appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Oklahoma, Faa, Consumer Protection, Mike, Car Dealers, No Fixed Abode, Monroney

Drone Regulations

Flying a drone aircraft is something that many individuals are taking part in, though few do the research to discover the rules and regulations of operating such a machine. It is extremely important to be up to date on drone laws, especially those which govern where a drone can be flown and where it must avoid. Doing your due diligence and researching the specifics to your area will prevent unnecessary complications and allow you to enjoy your drone to the max. What are Drones? A drone is an unm...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Tips, Autos, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Faa, Helpful Information

Fixing it twice

Five years ago my brake system sprung a leak. I had enough fluid left to drive it to my mechanic, who replaced corroded front brake lines. For four years I had no trouble, and then the letters started arriving. GM had belatedly ordered a recall and my car is legally a rolling time bomb. I haven’t had a dealer officially declare my car safe. One of the perks of being a dealer is getting paid $80 to glue two little plastic bits into my keys. My car used to be a legal death trap because I might str...
Tags: Miscellaneous, Recalls, Gm, Autos, Faa, John Carr, National Motorists Association, NMA Foundation

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