An Electric Car in Your Future

Climate change, an issue of debate for many decades now, indeed a fixed point in the world view of millennials, continues to be a matter of discussion on many fronts.  Canada had one of the largest ‘teams’ of delegates at the Paris climate change conference in 2015 where, along with 194 other countries Canada suggested …

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End of the Classic VW Beetle Design – Maybe?

The International Geneva Motor Show has been held annuallyin Geneva, Switzerland since 1905. Organized by theOrganisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles, as Wikipedia describes it: “it is considered an important major international auto show having hosted almost all major internal combustion engine models in the history of the automobile, along with benzene- and steam-powered cars from the beginning of …

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Driving Into the Danger Zone

The Coquihalla highway connecting Hope and Kamloops BC is a 186km-long modern freeway (completed in 1987) through mountainous terrain but of such quality engineering and surfacing that its speed limit—after much debate and re-assessment—was increased in July 2014 from 110 to 120 kmh. Approximately half way along “the Coquihalla” is the city of Merritt BC, …

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Asleep At the Wheel?

Twenty years ago, in 1998, the (US) National Center on Sleep Disorders Research and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) co-produced a report based on the results of a literature review and the opinions of the Expert Panel on Driver Fatigue and Sleepiness on the key issues around the thousands of motor vehicle crashes …

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Falling Short of Perfection

Relatively soon after Henry Ford began building automobiles ‘for the great multitude’ (the Model T went on sale in October 1908 for $950), the courts ruled automobile manufacturers were liable to persons injured by their defective automobiles.  These would be persons with whom the manufacturer did not have a direct contractual relationship but to whom …

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Serious Risks to Cyclists

  On Saturday February 10, 2018 thousands of cyclists including many Canadians who winter in California’s Coachella Valley participated in the 20th annual Tour de Palm Springs, a charity bike ride that over the years has raised millions for many local non-profit organizations. The cycling event includes various distances: short rides through the City of …

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Reducing the Truth About Reducing Emissions

Netflix’s recently released series, Dirty Money is being hailed as a portrait of remorseless capitalism, of companies so greedy that they engaged in “truly historic acts of grift.”  The lead episode, Hard NOx, directed and produced by Alex Gibney, tackles Volkswagen’s use of a defeat device in its diesel engines, which Road Rules has been …

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Triumphs and Challenges of the Electric Vehicle

It’s hard to get a fix on Tesla.  On the one hand, the January 23rd, 2018 announcement of founder Elon Musk’s new “all or nothing, long-term performance award” confirming he will remain chief executive for the next ten years aiming to make Tesla one of the most valuable companies in the world and Mr. Musk …

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Mobility Pricing. A New Type of Taxation

Recently in the National Post newspaper, Andrew Coyne began by calling the January 16th initial report of Metro Vancouver’s Mobility Pricing Independent Commission ‘good news.’  “The good news in Tuesday’s initial report,” he wrote, “is not just that it has put mobility pricing — road pricing, tolls, or as the commission calls it, decongestion charging …

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Texting While Driving Is For Many Just A Form of Entertainment

News of a recent anti-texting-and-driving campaign in Citrus County, Florida prompted Road Rules to google images for ‘university student who died in a texting driving crash.’  This search retrieved a bottomless set of loops: a personable woman or man followed by mangled vehicles, a screen shot of a ‘final text’ punctuated, periodically, by a diagrammatic …

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