Central Maine: Transportation museum launches web series ‘Shifting History’ June 30

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.”

Paul Scherrer Institute: Life cycle assessment of cars – new web tool helps consumers and researchers

Paul Scherrer Institute: Life cycle assessment of cars – new web tool helps consumers and researchers. “Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute have developed a web tool called the Carculator that can be used to compare the environmental performance of passenger cars in detail. The program determines the environmental balance of vehicles with different size classes and powertrains, and presents the results in comparative graphics. The entire life cycle of the passenger cars is taken into account, including the manufacture of the vehicles and the environmentally relevant emissions from driving.”

Air Quality News: New database for carbuyers reveals vehicle pollution levels

Air Quality News: New database for carbuyers reveals vehicle pollution levels. “The AIR Alliance has created a database for car buyers that reveals the levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions created by a particular vehicle. Covering hundreds of models, the AIR Index details vehicle emissions information and rates each from A (the best) to E (the worst). The database is the result of rigorous on-road testing according to the legal standard method, CWA17379.”

TopGear Philippines: If your kids are starting to feel cabin fever, Porsche 4Kids might help

TopGear Philippines: If your kids are starting to feel cabin fever, Porsche 4Kids might help. “If these kids have found something to immerse themselves in at home—such as books or art—then good for them (and for you). But if the kids keep asking what else they’re going to do at the start of each day, you’re in deep waters. We have a possible solution here for you, though, and it’s not the usual smartphone app, video game, or YouTube content that might first come to mind. This is Porsche 4Kids, a website filled to the brim with activities, games, and all sorts of enjoyable interactive content for children.”

Pew: Speeders Take Over Empty Roads — With Fatal Consequences

Pew: Speeders Take Over Empty Roads — With Fatal Consequences. “Daily vehicle traffic dropped by two-thirds nationally from March 1 through April 10, according to StreetLight Data, a San Francisco-based traffic analytics company. And while many states, such as California and Ohio, have seen a reduction in overall crashes during the pandemic compared with last year, some are reporting a jump in traffic fatalities that they say is linked to speeding or reckless driving.”

CNET: Coronavirus just lopped 10% off the value of your car

CNET: Coronavirus just lopped 10% off the value of your car. “Automotive News reported Monday dealers find themselves in an odd situation where retail prices are off by just 1%, while wholesale values are down between 10% and 12%. Yes, the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, likely sucked at least 10% of your car’s value away, according to data from Cox Automotive.”

CNET: Ferrari banks on coronavirus testing and phones to restart production

CNET: Ferrari banks on coronavirus testing and phones to restart production. “The scheme starts with blood tests for workers, which works with a smartphone app. The blood tests will give workers a green light to return to work and show there’s no trace of illness. If the blood test flags a disease, workers will then receive a COVID-19 test. All the while, the app tracks those registered and lets other workers know if they’ve come in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. It should help isolate cases and quarantine those quickly and effectively.”

Wakefield Express: New website helps key workers locate open garages near them

Wakefield Express: New website helps key workers locate open garages near them. “Garages and other car maintenance facilities are currently allowed to continue operating but many have chosen to shut down to protect staff and customers, while others are operating altered or limited services. In order to help key workers in need of car maintenance who might be struggling to find a service centre, the automotive insight website Cazana has launched a free garage tracking service at KeyworkerGarages.co.uk.”

Consumer Reports: Coronavirus Is Pushing Car Dealerships Into Online Sales and Home Delivery

Consumer Reports: Coronavirus Is Pushing Car Dealerships Into Online Sales and Home Delivery. “As the coronavirus pandemic intensified this year, foot traffic at the Honda of Hollywood dealership in Los Angeles dried up quickly. To try to keep some business flowing, the dealership started advertising online transactions and free home deliveries that would respect social distancing, says Roland Perez, digital marketing director for Bakhtiari Auto Group, which owns the dealership and others in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Dealership visits are now by appointment only, he says.”

Road|Show: How to effectively clean the inside of your car if you’re worried about COVID-19

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.”

AT Today: New online car search tool to help elderly and disabled people find a suitable vehicle for their accessibility needs

AT Today: New online car search tool to help elderly and disabled people find a suitable vehicle for their accessibility needs. “The Research Institute for Disabled Consumers (RiDC) has launched a new online car search tool, with data on over 1,700 vehicles to help disabled and older people shortlist suitable vehicles using specific accessibility measurements.” This resource is UK-based but I saw car brands from all over the world when I played with it.

9to5 Google: Waymo Content Search can find billions of objects encountered over 20M miles in seconds

9to5 Google: Waymo Content Search can find billions of objects encountered over 20M miles in seconds. “As of early 2020, Waymo self-driving vehicles have driven 20 million miles on public roads. That makes for vast amounts of recorded sensor data to improve the autonomous system. Waymo today detailed its Content Search tool and database with billions of encountered road objects.”