TechCrunch: Track autonomous vehicle testing in your state with this new tool from the US government . “The official name of the online tool — Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing Initiative tracking tool — is a jargony mess of a word salad. Fortunately, its mechanics are straightforward. The online tool gives users the ability to find information about on-road testing of automated vehicles in 17 cities throughout the United States. The public can find out information about a company’s on-road testing and safety performance, the number of vehicles in its fleet as well as AV-related legislation or policy in specific states.”
Roadshow: America, your cars are old and COVID-19 will likely accelerate their age. “Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, the research already concluded that Americans are holding onto their cars for a longer period of time: nearly 12 years, the highest figure in almost 20 years. IHS Markit released its latest study analyzing the age of vehicles on US roads on Tuesday, and while you may think it has everything to do with boosting new car sales, an old vehicle fleet on the road also does no good for emissions regulations. Newer cars are (generally) far more fuel efficient than older vehicles.”
Central Maine: Transportation museum launches web series ‘Shifting History’ June 30. “After a year-long production effort, the Owls Head Transportation Museum has announced the release of its first-ever web series, ‘Shifting History,’ set to premiere on Tuesday, June 30, according to a news release from Sophie Gabrion, communications manager for the museum. Written and directed by Assistant Curator Thomas Goodwin, this nine-episode mockumentary follows one millennial’s quest to care about America’s most influential car — the Model T.”
Road|Show: How to effectively clean the inside of your car if you’re worried about COVID-19. “If the coronavirus outbreak has you cleaning up against bacteria and viruses, your car can prove a real challenge. It has lots of fussy nooks and crannies, all crammed into a closed space shared by multiple people. I recently showed you some new tech that will use ultraviolet light to keep cars sanitary, but in the meantime let’s go after germs in your car with solutions we have right now.”
iNews UK: Beaulieu makes 1m historic motoring images available to the public with new website. “Visitors to the new MPL website can browse through more than 120,000 colour images and more than one million black and white pictures covering everything from motorsport and supercars to commercial vehicles and the social history of motoring, plus promotional materials such as posters and brochures.” This is the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
New-to-me, from PRWeb: American Hot Rod Foundation Announces the Launch of New Website (PRESS RELEASE). “The new website not only has the ability to include more content but is also easier to navigate; for instance, in the Photo Gallery viewers can filter photos by decade, location, style and collection. With this new platform the Foundation will be able to provide new content on a weekly basis. Since the inception of the American Hot Rod Foundation in 2002, its Curator, Jim Miller, has collected and archived more than 150,000 images of vintage hot rods from all over the country.” It looks like the images are currently being restored to the site but there are several hundred available already. EDIT: I apparently mentioned the site’s relaunch in 2017, but it had since leaked out of my brain.
ClassicCars Journal: FIVA launches online source for parts for vintage vehicles. “According to the…website, it lists more than 6 million parts for more than 17,000 historic vehicles with information and prices for original equipment and aftermarket parts and qualified experts. The website offers free access through January 31, 2020 if you visit a special… website.”
Ubergizmo: Google Maps Can Now List The Right EV Charging Stations For Your Car. “Google Maps already offers users the ability to look for EV charging stations, but like we said, due to different cars using different connectors, the nearest EV charging station to you might not be the right one. For example, Nissan’s EVs use the CHAdeMO connector, while BMW and Volkswagen use CCS, while Tesla has its own proprietary connector (although in their defense, they also have their own dedicated stations).”
Charity Digital News: Museum to unveil online historical archiving project. “The British Motor Museum is to launch an online project showcasing ‘the art of selling’ vehicles following a £30,000 funding award. Available online will be a collection of sales and press material from British Leyland and other vehicle makers on how cars have been historically marketed.”
Philadelphia Inquirer: Free Library’s $1M auto archives are moving to Philly’s world-famous car museum and to a Hershey attraction. “Let’s say you want to restore your 1973 AMC Gremlin to its original, um, glory, but you can’t find the right factory-installed Levi’s denim upholstery. Where do you go for reliable information on how to keep that car in mint condition? Well, thanks to an extensive and valuable auto archive — officially the Automobile Reference Collection — about to be liberated from the Free Library of Philadelphia, enthusiasts will soon have easier access to important provenance-proving material.”
Car and Driver: Volvo Is Sharing 50 Years of Accident and Safety Analysis with Other Automakers—and You. “Volvo won’t actually be sharing the data that it has collected over the years—no one else would know what to do with it, the company says. Instead, it is releasing more than 100 research papers in an online database, and anyone can access them, not just other car companies.”
Auto Classics: One million historic Petersen museum images to be digitised. “The Petersen Automotive Museum is to digitize one million images from the Petersen Publishing Archive, with a financial injection from the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). The grant will see the Petersen Publishing photo archive digitization project culminate in a public database, preserving Petersen Publishing’s contributions to automotive history and culture.”
Engadget: Yandex begins public tests of its self-driving cars in Russia. “Russia’s Yandex has taken its self-driving efforts one step further, launching an autonomous ride-hailing service in the university city of Innopolis, Russia. The company claims it’s the first such service to launch in Europe. For now, there will be two self-driving vehicles in operation and they’ll provide rides to specific locations, such as the university, the stadium and residential blocks, for free. A safety engineer will ride in the passenger seat and around 100 people have agreed to test the service.”
GM Authority: GM Will 3D Scan Its Heritage Collection Cars To Further Preserve Them. “To further preserve the wonderful cars housed inside of General Motors’ Heritage Collection, the automaker will 3D scan vehicles. The effort comes to further protect the special vehicles in case catastrophe were to strike, Automobile reported Wednesday.”
The Drive: Formula 1 Absorbs Classic Footage Archive For Streaming Service. “Formula 1 announced Friday that it has attained the Brunswick archive, the biggest collection of pre-1981 footage of the sport in existence, which it will digitize for viewing on its F1 TV streaming service. Prior to the announcement, the archive footage collection spanned 1981 through 2001 and consisted solely of the recorded broadcasts from regional stations. Starting in 2002, the global broadcast was standardized, and content rights lay clearly with the sport itself. With the acquisition of the footage, digitization of pre-1981 can begin so F1 TV subscribers may watch it online.”