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Auto Industry Squabbles With FCC, Promises to Use Allocated Bandwidth

by on 24 April 2020 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Way back in 1999, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set aside frequencies so automobiles could communicate with surrounding infrastructure. Concepts included traffic monitoring, speed mitigation, data analysis, new opportunities for law enforcement, and improved self-driving capabilities. The industry never made much use of it, focusing instead on more independent autonomous vehicles that wouldn’t need help from […] More…

Even the Smallest Amount of Rain Sends Crashes Soaring, Study Finds

by on 13 May 2019 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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It may not be a bombshell report that leaves mouths agape, but it reinforces an age-old bit of driving wisdom: when it starts to rain, slow down and leave a greater distance between you and the car in front. A new study reveals just how much precipitation plays a role in increasing the likelihood of […] More…

California Congestion Bill Could Result in American Autobahn

by on 21 February 2019 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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While California has some of the best driving roads in the country, large swaths of the state suffer from serious congestion issues. For years, the preferred solution was to bolster public transit in San Francisco and Los Angeles while simultaneously establishing high-speed rail lines between the two areas. Unfortunately, costs ballooned and support for the […] More…

VW Group Tells Bentley to Post a Profit or Else

by on 9 January 2019 in Audi News Fourtitude News Industry News

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Volkswagen Group board members Wolfgang Porsche and Hans Michael Piech have warned Bentley that it must post a profit in the coming years or risk facing consequences. Speaking to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wolfgang Porsche said that every VW Group brand must “generate a reasonable contribution margin.” Bentley hasn’t been doing that, however, and his […] More…

New Lawsuit Alleges Wells Fargo Execs Knew About Auto Insurance Scam for Years

by on 7 November 2018 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Roughly a year ago, Wells Fargo got itself into hot water over shady business practices relating to widespread auto insurance and mortgage lending abuse. After a lengthy investigation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency eventually suggested Well Fargo pay $1 billion to “resolve” the governmental probes. President Donald Trump then […] More…

Replacement EPA Boss on Board With California Gas Confab

by on 18 July 2018 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Following Andrew Wheeler’s appointment as acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, he extended an invitation to the California Air Resources Board to discuss emission regulations — a matter which former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt seemed less inclined to discuss with the state. Mary Nichols, chairman of the board, said Wheeler reached out to state officials and […] More…

Trade War Watch: Germany and China Now Best Friends

by on 12 July 2018 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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China and Germany signed a collection of commercial accords valued at $23.5 billion this week. Meanwhile, the nations’ leaders publicly affirmed their commitment to a multilateral global trade order, while the United States adopts a more protectionist policy. “We both want to sustain the system of World Trade Organization rules,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during […] More…

New Tech Could Help Make EV Batteries More Ethical

by on 23 April 2018 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Although battery electric vehicles like the coming Audi e-Tron are a solution to many of the world’s environmental issues, they aren’t without their flaws. New battery technology coming out of UC Berkeley could help make them more ethical. The world of electricity storing is dominated by lithium-ion batteries. Energy-dense and able to hold onto a charge for a long time, the […] More…

Team Trump Eases Demands on NAFTA’s Regional Auto Content

by on 5 April 2018 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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The United States is softening the contentious automotive content requirement mandates pushed by the Trump administration as part of NAFTA renegotiation talks. While the demand is only one of many asks coming from the U.S., both Canada and Mexico said forcing 85 percent of a vehicle’s overall content to be sourced from the three countries (in […] More…

Can Automakers Convince Germany to Skip the Pending Diesel Bans?

by on 19 February 2018 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Europe’s love affair with diesel engines is fading faster than a VHS tape left sitting beneath the summer sun in a car’s rear window. Encouraged by automakers, European governments incentivized diesel cars in the 1990s by taxing them at a far lower rate and suppressing the price of the fuel they burned. Studies came out […] More…

US Chamber of Commerce Pitches Increased Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure

by on 23 January 2018 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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An effort is underway by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Federal Government to increase the gas tax to expand the country’s infrastructure. According to the Washington Post, a new proposal by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calls for a 25-cent increase over five years or a one-time hit to taxpayers, marking the department’s […] More…

Plant-based Carbon Fiber Currently Undergoing Research

by on 22 January 2018 in Fourtitude News Industry News

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Researchers may soon be able to produce a cost-effective and more environmentally friendly carbon fiber based on plants. Currently, carbon fiber is made from petroleum products. It is high strength and lightweight, and used in high-performance cars to help reduce weight and improve handling. Its value is known with more expected to be incorporated in […] More…