The Gasoline Powered Vehicle and the Canadian Economy

The last vehicle on display in Lisbon’s National Coach Museum — a ‘must-see’ museum amongst the many wonderful museums in Lisbon — is the first automobile to appear in Portugal, a “4-seater vehicle of French origin” acquired by the fourth Count of Avilez, in 1895.  Suddenly then, in a matter of steps, the museum-visitor crosses …

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From Roman Roads to Paving Paradise

Most tours of the main modern cities of Europe at least point out or, more commonly, start with their Roman foundations whether these be roadways, bridges, aqueducts, city walls or major buildings such as basilicas.  And even without mastery of a timeline of ancient history, this likely comes as no surprise. After all, we know …

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Penalties for Bad Behavior

This week Road Rules is following up on recent developments in a couple of important stories addressed in previous articles. In July 2017, in “Crazy Speeding,” Road Rules reported the apprehension by the West Vancouver police of a West Vancouver resident, age 22, for excessive speeding when in the early hours of July 4th at …

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Who Sets Carbon Emission Standards for a Nation?

Since the OPEC crisis in the 1970s, improving fuel efficiency has been an ongoing regulatory requirement for car companies around the world.  As supply conservation became less problematic, environmental impact issues moved to the forefront: less fuel consumed per kilometer traveled also means less particulates and other emissions created per kilometer traveled. For decades now, …

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It Never Ends

The cover of the Spring 2018 issue of the BCAA Magazine—BCCA stands for the British Columbia Automobile Association—is an eye-catching set of green keys on a fuchsia background fanned out in the shape of what appears to be a drug plant.   It makes the point.  The headline in the lower left “Riding High, Why cannabis …

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The Different Mentality of a Passenger vs. Driver

The testing of self-driving or autonomous vehicles (AVs) is not proceeding without serious incident.  In some cities authorities have halted real world testing as investigation of the various incidents is underway.  Automotive journalists are paying close attention and asking questions about the ‘bigger picture.’ Lorraine Sommerfeld, an automotive journalist regularly featured in the National Post …

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Maybe Slow Down?

Since the previous Road Rules article on the April 6th crash that occurred north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan killing 16 of the 29 passengers in the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus, Dayna Brons, the 24-year-old trainer has succumbed to her injuries, raising the fatality count to 16. Because we want to learn how to prevent such …

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Life is Uncertain

On Friday April 6th at 5 pm at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 about 30 km north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan a two vehicle crash occurred that became international news. The Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team was traveling by bus from Humboldt to Nipawin, Saskatchewan for Game 5 of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League …

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Teething Problems with Self-Driving Technology

In the past few months there have been a number of misfortunes for autonomous vehicle (AV) development.  Recently Road Rules detailed the crash on March 18th in Tempe, Arizona, in which an Uber car driving in autonomous mode killed a pedestrian.  On March 23rd in Mountain View, California, a Tesla Model X SUV crashed into …

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The Self-driving Vehicle – Not Ready for Primetime?

On Sunday March 18, 2018 at 10 pm in Tempe, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb, Elaine Herzberg, 49 was struck by a northbound Uber self-driving car—a Volvo SUV— while walking her bicycle mid-street and not in a designated crosswalk from west to east across the road.  When the crash happened the Uber car was in autonomous mode …

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