General Motors has released their 2017 Sustainability Report, which outlines a series of core objectives regarding future mobility. While it addresses forthcoming product lines, it really goes beyond only producing cars. The report reflects GM’s careful examination of society’s more challenging issues and pressing concerns, adopting a series of socially responsible objectives to address said challenges. With Teeth When looking at these initiatives from GM, Nobel Prize winning economist Kenneth Arrow and his writings in Social Responsibility and Economic Efficiency come to mind. In my engineering studies this past semester at Wayne State University in Detroit, we read this very piece from Arrow in my Professional Ethics class. Dr. Ryan Fanselow, who taught our section, likened Arrow’s position to one that “had teeth.” During lecture, Dr. Fanselow said Arrow’s work supports the notion that corporate social responsibility is … [Read more...] about An Exercise In Building The Future: General Motors & The Art of Sustainability
Normally, winter is the season associated with a good book. There are the usual images: rolling fire, fuzzy blanket, easy chair, warm tea, and that quintessential book resting on a small table. Summer, by comparison, may not be as glamorous for our book-loving friends. One might have a noisy and cranky air conditioner, or worse, no AC at all! And reading outside might warrant you a visit from that one rogue wasp that makes a dive bomb for your head. That aside, summer can be a great time to get caught up on your reading. So head out to the patio, grab the iced tea or your favorite cold brew coffee, and get situated in that old deck chair. For your summer reading pleasure, here are three entries from our Book Garage series that really stand out. Top Muscle This is one every performance and muscle car enthusiast needs to own. Author Darwin Holmstrom has crafted a masterpiece of horsepower, documenting the cars so well they nearly leap off the page. Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars … [Read more...] about Automoblog Book Garage: The Three Best Car Books For Summer
Autonomous vehicles seem like a science fiction topic more so than an automotive one, but industry experts are plugging away, refining the technology and determining its role in society. That is the abbreviated version anyway. Those working on autonomous cars are, essentially, trying to make them viable, scalable, and ultimately profitable. Autonomous cars usher in a flood of headline commitments from manufacturers and companies. The benefits of driverless cars – far more than the risks – are communicated, and it seems almost too Utopian at times. This is not to say autonomous cars don’t have benefits – they certinately do – and this is not to say autonomous cars won’t one day hit the road – they certinately will. Yet how quickly they will, and how quickly society will realize those benefits is another matter. And how does the public feel about all this? The short answer is not so good. Photo: Alex Hartman for Sense Media. Survey … [Read more...] about New Study: Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars Less & Less
Are We Witnessing The Automotive End Of Days? As someone whose youth, fancy-free love life, musical taste, and motoring education is steeped in the bygone days of the 20th Century, I feel totally confident in my assertion, made not for the first time, that the Golden Age of Motoring is long gone. We shall not see its like again. It has also made me rethink my vehicle road-testing for the future. Rules & Exceptions It is not one single thing that has brought me to this pass, no; it is my recent experience of the latest cars and automotive advertising that I have had to endure. Most of the cars I have driven of late here in the blighted, benighted British Isles, have been perfectly fine in terms of build quality and the like but otherwise just so dull, dull, dull. To be balanced, I am currently driving the Peugeot 5008 which is attractive, versatile, and a decent drive (sorry, you can’t have it. The French brand is not returning to American shores for some time yet, if at … [Read more...] about Letter From The UK: End of Days?
Meghan Markle was glaring at her love interest. She leaned forward, fury clear in her expression as she asked the question: Was it so hard to believe one of her parents was black? “You think,” she spat, “this is just a year-round tan?”Portraits of Meghan Markle from eighth, ninth and 12th grades. From her childhood in Los Angeles to her acting career, Markle has said her "ethnically ambiguous" appearance shaped her identity. (John Dlugolecki/Contact Press Images) He stammered. She grimaced. The opening credits began to roll. It was just the scene of a television show, a few lines from the script of the law drama “Suits.” But Markle would later describe it as something more: the moment she was no longer playing the role of “ethnically ambiguous.” That was the description assigned to so many of the jobs for which she had auditioned. Others asked her to be white, like her father. Or black, like her mother. Finally, in “Suits,” … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s bride: A ‘confident mixed-race woman’ marries into the Royal family
Meghan Markle was glaring at her love interest. She leaned forward, fury clear in her expression as she asked the question: Was it so hard to believe one of her parents was black? “You think,” she spat, “this is just a year-round tan?”Portraits of Meghan Markle from eighth, ninth and 12th grades. From her childhood in Los Angeles to her acting career, Markle has said her "ethnically ambiguous" appearance shaped her identity. (John Dlugolecki/Contact Press Images) He stammered. She grimaced. The opening credits began to roll. It was just the scene of a television show, a few lines from the script of the law drama “Suits.” But Markle would later describe it as something more: the moment she was no longer playing the role of “ethnically ambiguous.” That was the description assigned to so many of the jobs for which she had auditioned. Others asked her to be white, like her father. Or black, like her mother. Finally, in “Suits,” … [Read more...] about The making of Meghan Markle: A ‘confident mixed-race woman’ marries into the Royal family
It’s a known fact that new vehicles will start losing value as soon as you drive off the lot. This is the reason why some prefer to lease rather than buy, especially luxury vehicles that are prone to lose half their value in less than three years. Prime examples are the Cadillac CTS, Volkswagen CC, BMW 7 Series, and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The aforementioned vehicles are expected to lose approximately 58 to 64 percent of their value in a 36-month period. While this is good news for used car buyers, it’s a different story for potential new car owners. Thankfully, the 2018 Hagerty Hot List of Future Collector Cars is here to save the day. Hagerty is one of the largest membership, insurance, and media organizations dedicated to collectible vehicles and car owners globally. Their list is home to 10 new vehicles that are projected to be highly collectible 30 years from now, and each have an MSRP less than $100,000. These vehicles are expected to retain their value in … [Read more...] about 2018 Hagerty Hot List of Future Collector Cars
The data is conclusive. Distracted driving is dangerous and can increase your chances of getting involved in a potentially debilitating or life-threatening vehicle crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving accounted for 3,450 deaths in 2016. Distracted driving can also be blamed for the 391,000 reported injuries in vehicle crashes in that same period. Sobering Statistics Think about that for a second. If you break it down, we’re talking nine people killed and 1,000 injured in vehicle crashes each day in the United States alone, all caused by texting, calling, or browsing the Internet while driving. Distracted driving is a worldwide problem. Are you aware that one in four Australians have a nasty habit of multitasking while driving? A survey conducted by Carzoos found that 75 percent of Australians like to eat while operating a vehicle and 55 percent use a mobile phone while driving. The study even concluded that 25 percent of … [Read more...] about Distracted Driving Kills: And It’s A Worldwide Problem
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. Below is the first half of chapter 4, Leaving Palm Springs. We will announce the book’s release later this year on our Twitter page. I fill my tank with gas at the unattended station. The cool morning desert air is still and the sun is somewhere over there, on the other side of a ridge of rocks that could be from a movie set. Late January in the desert southwest is pleasant in the extreme. It’s cold now, of course. Sand and dirt and what passes for plants out here hold as much heat as a sieve, but by midday, it’ll be warmer than 90 percent of the country. Driving here, now, at this time of day gives the whole place an odd ghost town feeling. By the time I am out of Palm Springs, … [Read more...] about Chapter 4: Leaving Palm Springs
Here at this publication, we love animals as much as we love cars. However, a new study from Volvo found some pet owners are hesitant to take a road trip with their best friend. Volvo Reports: Dogs, Cars and the People Who Love Them was recently conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo among 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and above, including 1,342 pet owners. “Our survey showed that pet parents want to travel with their furry friends, but worry about safety,” explained Jim Nichols, Product and Technology Communications Manager, Volvo Car USA. Survey Says The study found that more than a third (38 percent) of millennial pet owners worry about driving with their dog. Among all demographics, nearly a quarter (24 percent) say they keep their dog at home because of safety concerns. Not surprisingly, a majority of Americans (69 percent) view their pets as family members, with millennials being the most pet-conscious generation. Over 50 percent of millennial … [Read more...] about New Study: Pet Owners Worry About Safety, Can Automakers Respond?