by Tim Runner New Class of Carmakers: Replicars Congress passed the Highway Bill which had buried in it a provision for the establishment of a new opportunity for kit car makers by legitimizing replicars. When it was signed by President Obama, it enabled low-volume car manufacturers to produce and sell ...Read More »
A cyber security and privacy bill, a vehicle safety bill, and this month’s Automotive Aftermarket Myth.
by Tim Runner Cyber Security Bill In past columns I have reported on the risk of hackers invading automotive computer systems to take over the operation of the vehicle and monitoring of what’s going on. The new systems in the labs call for cars to communicate with one another for ...Read More »
The Postal Service is looking for new mail trucks, repo men are using social media, and Verizon is going after OnStar.
by Tim Runner Mail Trucks Thirty years of delivering the mail through sun, rain, sleet, and snow has taken its toll on the U.S. Postal Service’s special vehicles, which are called “Long Life Vehicles.” Back when they were purchased from, not Ford, GM, or Chrysler, but rather from Grumman, an ...Read More »
Emission Controls The myth: “Emission controls have hurt performance and fuel economy.” I was involved in California when the emission controls were first being put on cars. I was a partner in a company that did testing for the EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). We also built ...Read More »
This month’s news includes auto data privacy, a new data option, and joyful noises in cars. by Tim Runner Auto Data Privacy Consumer groups have raised concerns about the privacy of data being recorded and used in smart automotive on-board systems. Most of us have seen crime shows where the ...Read More »