CNET: The coronavirus pandemic slashed new car sales by 15%, forecast says

CNET: The coronavirus pandemic slashed new car sales by 15%, forecast says. “In the US, when adjusted for selling days, retail new-vehicle deliveries in December are expected to grow compared to the same month in 2019, topping 1.4 million units, a year-over-year increase of 1%. While hardly gangbusters, this is certainly good news given the current situation, however, when non-retail deliveries are factored in, sales are expected to post a year-over-year decline of around 5.1%, clocking in at around 1.6 million vehicles.”

US News & World Report: US Rolls Out Free App for Alerts on Vehicle Recalls

US News & World Report: US Rolls Out Free App for Alerts on Vehicle Recalls. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was scheduled to roll out the free app for both Android and Apple phones on Thursday. Owners key in or scan their 17-digit vehicle identification number, and the app will search the agency’s database for recalls. If there is one, the app will send an alert, the agency says. People also can add child seats, trailers and tires, and the app will check those for recalls.”

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.”

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.

PRWeb: American Hot Rod Foundation Announces the Launch of New Website

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.

Current News: UKPN launches V2G Hub to give full picture of projects around the world

Current News: UKPN launches V2G Hub to give full picture of projects around the world. “UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched a new website showing global vehicle-to-grid (V2G) projects, as it goes ‘full throttle’ in its support of the technology. The website, V2G Hub, shows 66 projects located across four continents. These include thousands of electric vehicles (EVs) and associated charging infrastructure.”

Car and Driver: Volvo Is Sharing 50 Years of Accident and Safety Analysis with Other Automakers—and You

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.”

Computerworld: NZ gets electric vehicle charging database

Computerworld: NZ gets electric vehicle charging database. “The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has launched EVRoam, claimed to be the world’s first live database of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It has been funded under the agency’s $3.4 million electric vehicle programme from the National Land Transport Fund. EVRoam collects, and makes available via APIs to website and mobile app developers and others, information from all safe and monitored public charge points around New Zealand.”

Tire Industry Association: TIA Announces New Online Search Tool to Locate TIA Certified Trainers Nationwide

Tire Industry Association: TIA Announces New Online Search Tool to Locate TIA Certified Trainers Nationwide. “The online search tool is featured on TIA’s official website… and includes a listing of TIA certified trainers from across the country. Users will be able to locate certified trainers in their area by typing in their preferred city, state, or zip code. Each listing will include the trainers first and last name, along with their contact information and specific tire service expertise.”

TechCrunch: Facebook launches Marketplace for cars with dealers and Blue Book pricing

TechCrunch: Facebook launches Marketplace for cars with dealers and Blue Book pricing . “Buy a car through Facebook, and the social network could earn a special place in your heart. So Facebook is creating a special section of Marketplace for vehicles. You’ll now be able to use new search filters to find a ride with a specific type, maker, transmission, color, and more from both people and car dealerships like Edmunds, Cars.com, Auction123, CDK Global, and SocialDealer.”

MIT Technology Review: The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

MIT Technology Review: The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves. “Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous systems. But the U.S. military wants to make sure that this doesn’t lead to blindly trusting in any algorithm.”