Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByJack Ewing April 12, 2018 WOLFSBURG, Germany — Herbert Diess has one big advantage as he takes over as the chief executive of Volkswagen after his official appointment Thursday. He is not a product of Wolfsburg, the carmaker’s base. Mr. Diess also has one big disadvantage. He is not a product of Wolfsburg. As a relative newcomer to the company, a former BMW executive who joined only two months before an emissions scandal erupted, Mr. Diess is not associated with the wrongdoing that continues to weigh heavily on the company’s image and finances, and that remains the subject of major criminal investigations by German and United States authorities. That sets Mr. Diess apart from his predecessor, Matthias Müller. While Mr. Müller denies having known of illegal software that evaded … [Read more...] about Volkswagen’s New C.E.O. Is an Outsider. That’s an Asset, and a Liability.
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Speed cameras have dipped below the surface of the news cycle, yet the programs often remain a nuisance. New Orleans resident Donald Schultz provides the latest example of municipal malfeasance: A speed camera has issued at least ten speeding citations since 2011 to the Nissan Frontier that Schultz parks in front of his house. A car doing more than the posted 35-mph limit triggers the camera, located in the median of Canal Boulevard, but the camera reads the stationary Frontier's license plate instead of the one on the speeding vehicle. The issue has been a seven-year hassle for Schultz because he has to go to City Hall to get each ticket overturned. He told Fox News, "It got so bad that years ago I even had a [telephone] number of a person [in the traffic violations office] so that if I called them directly I didn't have to go down there." The problem ended for a time - in 2016 a contractor repositioned the speed camera away from Schultz's car. When city workers moved the camera back … [Read more...] about New Orleans resident keeps getting speeding tickets for his parked car
Traffic cameras are bad. They are almost always naked schemes to raise government revenue, as opposed to devices that are intended to improve safety and driver behavior. Sometimes, though, they are bad for simpler reasons, like a traffic camera in New Orleans that has been giving speeding tickets to parked cars. The camera in question is on Canal Boulevard in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood, according to WWL. The camera mistakenly snapped the photo of resident Donald Schulz’s license plate on his 2017 Nissan Frontier nearly a dozen times since 2011, instead of, he says, the actual speeding car rolling by. Schulz says he’s successfully gotten the tickets overturned, but each time it’s a trip to city hall. More troubling, the tickets were authorized by actual humans. From WWL: NOPD officers signed off on these tickets before sending the fines out. “Whoever is responsible for reviewing these violations is not doing their job,” Schulz said. The City … [Read more...] about A Speed Camera In New Orleans Keeps Ticketing This Guy’s Parked Car
Just days after lacrosse brand STX unveiled its first helmets for the fast-growing sport, the helmets of two bigger rivals in the category were deemed unsafe.The turn of events for STX wasn't a fluke. The Baltimore company tipped off the organization that sets safety standards for the equipment. STX, maker of lacrosse sticks and other equipment, was testing its Stallion helmet last summer when it found that two competitors' models failed to meet performance standards.The response has been swift. The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment voided certifications for those helmets last month. Then US Lacrosse, the national governing body of men's, women's and youth lacrosse, warned coaches, parents and players not to use the two helmet models or allow them to be worn in games, and alerted tournament officials to remove any players wearing the gear.The stakes are high. Companies are not only vying for the millions of dollars spent on helmets each year but for … [Read more...] about Lacrosse brand STX flagged competitor flaws, launches new helmet
Over lunch years ago, a man who ran a successful marijuana business in California complained to his friend Arnold Heckman about how hard it was to find the right packaging materials.Heckman thought the answer was simple: “It seems like you could just go offshore and have what you want made.”His friend replied: “Why don’t you go offshore and have what I want made, and I’ll buy it from you?”That conversation years ago was the beginnings of Cannaline, which sells custom bags and jars and other containers from its Elkridge headquarters to marijuana retailers in states where the drug is legal.Now Heckman is poised to take advantage of business in his own backyard.Maryland is licensing 15 growers, 15 processors and 102 dispensaries for the launch of the medical marijuana industry. Cannaline represents the next tier: the firms to be started or expanded to support the trade.Analysts don’t expect marijuana to rival the state’s biggest industries, … [Read more...] about Jobs, economic spinoff expected from Maryland’s new medical marijuana industry
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Tweet TweetIt´s already a common practice for automobile makers to resurrect old cars, brands and models. It might seem a little bit odd to dig up an old figure and try to restore it´s glory, for some cars may look almost like a sacrilege, but in some cases the idea paid off. Our new economic paradigm is to cut costs almost beyond rational and try in the same time to sell as much as you can. In the car industry this philosophy translated itself by common platforms, body parts and, at the end of production line by cars that look alike almost beyond recognition. So it is normal that all the design work goes around brand identity and all car designers are desperately trying to squeeze some personality into the new models. With all of this said, resurrecting an old model is not such a bad idea after all. It started a few years ago with Fiat, Abarth and the little 500, Toyota with GT86, the famous Hachiroku, and a couple of weeks ago Renault presented the new Alpine. But I had … [Read more...] about Burt Reynolds Presents The New Trans Am 2016
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators have recently expanded their use of controversial databases containing billions of license-plate records, and privacy advocates fear the widespread use of these records will embolden the administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants. While the federal agency previously has used the information in a more limited scope, an agreement signed last month grants ICE unprecedented access to private databases containing data generated by automated license-plate readers (LPRs) that detail the whereabouts of vehicles.Mounted on police cruisers, tow trucks, tollbooths, and elsewhere, license-plate readers are capable of snapping photos of thousands of license plates every hour. Information from these photos, including plate number, time, and location, is stored in databases run by private companies including West Publishing and Vigilant Solutions, the ones ICE is now accessing.Investigators can utilize this access in two ways: … [Read more...] about License-Plate Readers May Help Target Illegal Immigrants, Or You
Kylotonn Games has deployed a new update for WRC 7 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The main motivation behind the patch is to prepare the game for its use in the upcoming WRC Esports series.The patch brings a variety of technical upgrades under the game’s skin. Kylotonn has made a few key tweaks to tracks in the game, in order to stop potential cheating during online qualifying. The stage designs have received various alterations to stop players exploiting certain sections of impacted tracks. For example, where a driver could use jumps or hills on a track to skip sections, this should no longer be possible. Kudos to Kylotonn for getting the patch out before the issues could influence the upcoming Esports series.There are also other minor fixes relating to the overall presentation and authenticity of WRC 7. These changes include fixing nationalities of those who compete in the series and the names of some teams and cars. We suppose if you’re going to have a fully … [Read more...] about WRC 7 Gets a New Esports-Ready Patch
The Fusion Motor Company in Chatsworth California, manufactures “Eleanor” Mustangs that mimic the one from Gone in 60 Seconds. It’s safe to say these cars have become one of the most popular movie cars in the world, so much so that “Eleanor” is one of a handful of cars given movie character status. Though it is nothing new to own this piece of tinsel town, Fusion’s appointment as exclusive manufacturer takes these cars to the next level. HistoryYoel Wazana, president of Fusion, was inspired to start building these cars because he was a proud owner of an early Eleanor tribute car. He saw where improvements could be made, but his disappointment with the car ultimately lead to him selling it. “I loved the way it looked, but it had many issues,” said Yoel. “I like the Eleanor concept but wasn’t happy with the execution.”Yoel was later introduced to Denise Halicki through a mutual friend. If the name sounds familiar, she … [Read more...] about Order Your Own Eleanor, Before They’re Gone In 60 Seconds!