Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What Stops Them (1935)

A Clear Explanation Of Hydraulic Brakes And Of Their Use On The Modern Motorcar.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

FedEx Work Trucks

FedEx contractors sing praises of the Durashell 370 by Fleetwest Transferable Truck Bodies on a Chevy Silverado pickup truck as a van alternative. A pickup truck provides 4x4 capability not available with the old work vans. The Durashell also has 130 cubic feet greater capacity than the AWD Chevy Express vans. Drivers enjoy easy access to cargo thanks to the stand-up height of the Durashell 370.

Durashell Vs. Van
    Durashell 370 for FedEx Contractor
  • The Durashell factory availability is 3 weeks or less while a new full-size transit van could take 4-10 months
  • Ownership costs for the Durashell are much less than a van because of lower maintenance costs and a 3+ pickup truck lifecycle
  • The residual value for pickup trucks are higher than a van. The Durashell service body provides the added benefit of transferability with no-holes drilled installation, making the resale value of both the pickup and service body higher
Call your Fleetwest representative toll free at 866-497-7200 to GET A QUOTE for the Durashell 370.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Security Top of Mind for 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

Anti-theft advances and 360 degrees of safety designed for owners’ peace of mind

DETROIT – Customers of the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe will get a vehicle that offers a new level of security and one designed to deter thieves who target vehicle parts.

Thwarting theft was a design focus of Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs. New standard features include a steering column lock that deters push-away and tow-away theft – a significant portion of today’s stolen vehicle incidents; side cut keys that deter lock picking and more robust door lock cylinders and shields to prevent access with slim jims and other tools.

Also new for 2015: Creative and hidden storage, such as a compartment behind the available infotainment screen; and third-row seats that are bolted down, all but eliminating theft of third-row seats, which are removable in the current generation full-size SUVs. In 2015 models, the second and third rows fold flat to make storing cargo easier.  

Available on the Tahoe’s LT and LTZ models is a Theft Protection Package, which features   glass breakage sensors, interior motion sensors, and an inclination/tilt sensor – all of which sound an alarm if the vehicle is lifted off the ground, attempted to be broken into, or if motion is detected within the vehicle when the alarm is armed. Additional features reinforce key control systems to make it more difficult to start or move the vehicle without an authorized key.

“We have engineered a layered approach to vehicle security,” said Bill Biondo, General Motors’ Global Vehicle Security lead. “With new standard features and the available theft protection package, we are making the all-new 2015 Tahoe a less attractive target to thieves and more secure for our customers.”

If a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is stolen, standard OnStar can help. Stolen Vehicle Assistance consisting of Stolen Vehicle Location, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown and Remote Ignition Block all   can assist law enforcement in stolen vehicle location and recovery.

360 degrees of safety
Tahoe incorporates new technologies – including radar – that contributes to 360 degrees of crash avoidance and occupant protection. Standard and available features include forward collision alert, front park assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.

With lane change assist, the Tahoe’s warning aid helps drivers avoid crashes with vehicles in the next lane. Radar technology coverage is one lane over from both side mirrors and extends back approximately 70 meters from the side mirror. An orange vehicle symbol in side mirrors illuminates to alert the driver against changing lanes.

Chevrolet’s available Safety Alert Seat offers directional vibrations to alert the driver about potential crash threats. The GM-patented seat allows a driver to better grasp the direction of a potential crash threat than beeping that can compete with other noises in the vehicle.

The Tahoe also offers the segment’s only front-seat center air bag, in bucket-seat models. The front-seat center air bag is engineered to provide additional protection for drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.

In addition, the all-new Tahoe has more high-strength steel in its frame, providing customers with greater protection in a crash.

“Safety and security are our customers top purchase considerations,” said Mark Clawson, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban marketing manager. “With all new standard and available safety and security features, we’re able to provide 360 degrees of crash avoidance, occupant protection and greater theft protection.”

The new 2015 Tahoe and Suburban will be built at GM’s Arlington, Texas assembly plant. Both vehicles are scheduled to arrive in dealerships in the first quarter of 2014.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Beyond ‘Boss’: GM, Carnegie Mellon Build on Success

 Renew agreement to develop automated vehicle technologies

DETROIT – General Motors recently renewed its five-year agreement with research partner Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh to continue developing technologies that could allow future production vehicles to drive autonomously.
The collaborative work builds on GM and Carnegie Mellon’s development of Boss, an autonomous Chevrolet Tahoe named for GM R&D founder Charles F. “Boss” Kettering. In 2007, Boss navigated 60 miles of mixed traffic, intersections and stop signs in less than six hours to win the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, Urban Challenge competition.
Following that success, the partners established the GM-CMU Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab in 2008 to focus on key automated vehicle technologies, including sensor fusion and system controls. The lab’s multiple projects are aligned with GM’s next-generation advanced crash-avoidance technologies.
“We have a rewarding, tight-knit relationship with the researchers at GM,” said Raj Rajkumar, George Westinghouse Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Robotics at CMU and co-director of the collaborative research lab. “Together, we are taking automated driving capabilities beyond those of Boss, with practical considerations that only an automotive OEM like GM truly understands and can provide.”
For the past two years, Rajkumar and his team have been designing, developing and testing a variety of advanced crash-avoidance technologies on a Cadillac SRX luxury crossover test vehicle. GM researchers conduct technology reviews and provide directional guidance and regular feedback to the CMU team, which operates in a repurposed railroad service station known as Robot City Roundhouse.
“The work we’re doing with Carnegie Mellon is speeding the development of technologies designed to enhance the driving experience,” said John Capp, director, GM R&D’s Electric and Control Systems Research Lab. “This collaboration is just one example of how GM is leveraging strong partnerships to bring innovative technology to market that will benefit our customers around the globe.”
GM challenged its CMU research partners to integrate automated technologies that would meet customer expectations for exterior styling and interior packaging. Seamless integration of advanced sensors will be a key differentiator between current test vehicles and production-viable automated vehicles. Unlike Boss, which was easily identifiable as a test vehicle by the array of bulky sensor equipment attached to its exterior, the SRX test vehicle looks similar to a production model, because sensors are integrated into the vehicle body.
Automated driving requires the fusion of input from advanced sensors to provide 360 degrees of crash risk awareness. Advanced sensor technologies work together to detect objects, pedestrians and bicyclists in the roadway, determine the best following distance behind other vehicles, handle stop and go with the flow of traffic, heed traffic signals and navigate a pre-determined route.  
Some of the building block technologies for automated vehicles, such as full-speed range adaptive cruise control and automatic braking, are available on Cadillac’s latest models, the 2014 Cadillac CTS, XTS and ATS luxury sedans, as part of the available Driver Assist Package.
“Automated vehicle technologies have the potential to improve driver performance, enjoyment and safety by easing workload when traffic and road conditions allow, but ultimately vehicle operation will always be the driver’s choice and responsibility,” Capp said. “GM and Carnegie Mellon are making rapid progress toward making these technologies production viable.”
About General Motors Co. 
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com  

About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (http://www.cmu.edu/) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology, engineering and business to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 11,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by the focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. The university is in the midst of a fundraising campaign, titled “Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University,’’ which aims to build its endowment, support faculty, students and innovative research, and enhance the physical campus with equipment and faculty improvements.


Monday, December 16, 2013

GM Focuses on Logistics to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Joins EPA SmartWay Partnership to gain insight from carrier data

DETROIT – General Motors is joining the voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Partnership, which will drive benchmarking of fuel consumption and reduction of emissions by its freight shippers and carriers with the goal of further shrinking the company’s carbon footprint.

“Our environmental impact extends from our supply chain to the use of our products,” said Mike Robinson, vice president of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs. “This EPA SmartWay Partnership provides a useful tool to help our company and carriers – who already share our environmental commitment – to reduce emissions and save fuel and money. It’s a significant win-win situation.”

GM will collect its shipping activity data, including which carriers the company uses to ship freight, the number of miles traveled and freight weight. Combining this information with carrier data, including equipment and service type, GM and its SmartWay partner carriers can develop plans to further reduce carbon emissions.

GM will encourage its logistics carriers that are not part of the SmartWay partnership to become members and take advantage of tips and training to help save fuel and money, and reduce air pollution and emissions that contribute to climate change. 

According to the EPA, 28 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the transportation sector. Of that percentage, approximately 30 percent is freight related.

“By joining SmartWay, GM is on the road to improve the environmental performance of goods movement and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain," said Christopher Grundler, director for EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality.  

In its 2012 Sustainability Report, GM identified its supply chain as one of 10 material issues facing the company with respect to its economic, environmental and social impacts. In 2012, the company engaged its logistics suppliers to make the most of routing, reducing greenhouse gases by 62,000 tons. This is the equivalent of the CO2 emissions from the annual electricity use of 8,530 homes.

GM is committed to localizing its supply chain and sharing best practices through forums such as Suppliers’ Partnership for the Environment, the Automotive Industry Action Group and the EPA ENERGY STAR® program.

For more information on the company’s environmental commitment, see its sustainability report and visit its environmental blog.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com