NHTSA, EPA hearing on easing pollution limits

It's a juxtaposition that NHTSA/EPA has picked Fresno, CA to have their first meeting on easing the pollution limits that were set in 2012. Instead of having it at the Capitol in Sacramento, CA, on California Air Resources Board (CARB) territory they have picked the dirtiest county in California, Fresno. The first thought is that [...]

Cars affected by the Takata air bag recall

The New York Times uncovered former employees of Takata that say there was a cover-up. This recall is only going to get uglier folks. Eleven automakers have recalled more than 14 million vehicles worldwide because of the rupture risks, and it was all hidden by the Takata executives. Takata Airbag Recall Takata airbags, courtesy Takata [...]

More recalls, a fine, and a consent order for General Motors

General Motors Recalls The best piece I have seen on the GM Recall has been done by CNBC's Phil Lebeau, entitled, Failure to Recall: Investigating GM. The episode goes through the process of the ignition switch, the lives lost and how quickly they are fixing the problem. GM has said it will take until at [...]

Google’s Chris Urmson Robo Business Symposium

A true visionary San Jose, CA - Chris Urmson leads Google's self-driving car program and is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Urmson was a keynote speaker at the 2013 Robo Business Symposium. Urmson talked about how Google's self-driving vehicles hold the promise of saving lives and reshaping our relationship with the automobile. Urmson [...]

September 27, 2013 car chat Washington Post

Secretary LaHood's claim to fame Good morning Warren and Friends Any of you who read this chat know that whenever you ask about what I would require on a car it would be a back-up camera with sensors. The camera is great, but the sensors alert you that something/someone is behind you that you didn't [...]

backup cameras sensors as standard on vehicles

Backup cameras sensors as standard on vehicles Congress ordered the back-up camera mandated by 2011, but the administration has repeatedly delayed and has now postponed the rule until 2015. This mandate could have been Secretary Ray LaHood’s claim to fame, but he postponed it again and again. According to kidsandcars.org, “By DOT’s estimates, it’s delay [...]

Lexus’s advanced research car at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Driving the Nation

Mark Templin, Mark Templin group vice president and general manager of Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. and recently appointed general manager, Lexus Product Marketing Planning Division, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), and Paul Williamsen, National Manager, Lexus International Training at Toyota Motor Corporation, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, [...]

2012 Terrafugia Transition at the NYIAS on Driving the Nation

Dr. Carl Dietrich, CEO, Terrafugia Transition talked to Lou Ann Hammond at the New York auto show. Hammond has interviewed the owners of the Aerocar, a 1958 flying car, driving airplane. What is the difference between the aerocar and the Terrafugia Transition? How long does it take to convert from car to airplane and back [...]

AHA – An aggregator for content on the John Batchelor radio show

Roderick MacKenzie is the vice president of Automotive Business Development for Aha Radio at Harman International. MacKenzie talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, and John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show, about AHA. AHA is going into Subaru, Honda and Acura. What is AHA? MacKenzie says to think of it as the fourth [...]

Terrafugia’s Transition with Dr. Carl Dietrich on the John Batchelor radio show

Terrafugia on the John Batchelor Radio Show John Batchelor, the host of the John Batchelor radio show and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, talked to Dr. Carl Dietrich, creator of Terrafugia's Transition airplane/car. Batchelor and Hammond have talked about Dietrich's Terrafugia since 2006. The flying car or driving plane was finally shown at the 2012 [...]