The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? The truck wars continue, the trade wars also continue, Elon Musk continues, and, well, Maserati. This is The Morning Shift for Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. 1st Gear: GM Engineers Are Doing Their Best When you think of corporate espionage, you think of documents exchanging hands in dark parking garages, or hackers breaking into company mainframes. But GM is better than all that, and instead opted to walk in the front door in their attempts to best the Ford F-150, the best-selling truck in America. That meant GM engineers joining public factory tours of Ford’s Dearborn plant. The engineers studied Ford’s production methods and said, yeah, we can do better. From Reuters: ... armed with stopwatches and trained eyes, the GM engineers believed they saw problems. “They had a real hard time getting those doors to fit,” Tim Herrick, the executive chief engineer for GM … [Read more...] about GM Engineers Went on Public Tours of a Ford Plant for ‘Intelligence Gathering’ in Their Bid to Beat the F-150
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Does Volkswagen's self-driving cab spell the end for taxi drivers? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Is this self-driving prototype the future of the taxi industry? https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/does-volkswagens-selfdriving-cab-spell-the-end-for-taxi-drivers-37109685.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37109643.ece/74566/AUTOCROP/h342/SEDRIC%203.jpg Email Is this self-driving prototype the future of the taxi industry? Volkswagen has now built working versions of its SEDRIC autonomous vehicle and predicts the first vehicles will be on our streets in three years. Journalists and others have now been given test journeys in the SEDRIC, a so-called Level 5 fully self-driving vehicle. Initially at least, the battery-powered SEDRIC is not designed to be sold to everyday consumers; instead it will be on sale to taxi companies, hire-car firms, delivery agencies and other businesses which need to shuttle people and light goods around cities. VW believes it will only be … [Read more...] about Does Volkswagen’s self-driving cab spell the end for taxi drivers?
We’re heading to Radwood, the fantastic 80s and 90s-themed car show in San Francisco, later this week. We want you rad readers to bring your rad rides, so we’re holding a rad contest to see which rad ride is raddest. Follow? The categories we’re handing out trophies in are: Raddest Wagon/Van Raddest Time Machine, our term for the most well-preserved ride Raddest Truck The winner of each category gets to display their car in the Jalopnik area, gets featured on the site, gets VIP passes to the show and some lovely Jalopnik swag. But most importantly, we’re letting you decide who wins! We’ve culled the original group of submissions down and are now letting you vote on the Jalopnik staff favorites. Submissions were varied and often included many details and pictures, so we’ve taken the liberty of editing them down to one paragraph and one picture. Pick your favorite for each category and vote in the poll below! Raddest Time Machine Michael Brennan, … [Read more...] about Vote For The Raddest Rides Of Our Radwood Reader Contest
This month, it seems like electric trucks are coming coming off the drawing boards and onto the roads, right and left. But Nikola, with its hydrogen trucks, and Tesla with its all-electric models, are hardly the first truck makers to turn to electricity. Commercial Truck company of Philadelphia built 5-ton electric trucks as far back as 1912. We know because two of these C-T Model A 10 trucks showed up for sale on simultaneously on Hemmings Motor News last month. Both belonged to the Curtis Publishing Company, which printed and distributed the Lady's Home Journal, the Saturday Evening Post, The American Home, The Country Gentleman, Holiday, and Jack and Jill. The company maintained a fleet of 22 Commercial Trucks, built nearby, to haul coal and rolls of printing paper to their plant, and to distribute the publications to the post office and to local newsstands. The Model A 10 trucks were rated at 5 tons, but records show they regularly hauled 10 tons of newsprint and magazines … [Read more...] about 1912 electric truck: Take that Tesla Semi!
A UNIQUE Jaguar that was converted into a pick-up truck more than 30 years ago is up for sale - and could go for as little as £2,000. The 1961 wagon began its life as a standard Mark 2 Jaguar saloon but was transformed in the 1970s to look like something fit to cruise the desert wasteland in Mad Max. After being bought by a retailer who sold Tandberg Radios and televisions, the owner removed the back end, creating a truly one-off vehicle as part of a publicity stunt. The back of the car is now completely open and includes a cargo bed, a crane and four enormous exhaust pipes. The owner kept the truck for over thirty years and used it for very occasional deliveries - mostly bringing it out at shows and events. And now the owner has decided to part with the Mark 2 with it due to go on sale with H&H Classics at their auction at The Pavilion Gardens on April 25. The auctioneers have described it as one of the most unusual vehicles they've ever sold and are expecting … [Read more...] about Check out this 1960s Jaguar that’s been turned into a Mad Max-style pickup truck – and could be yours for just £2,000