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January 12, 2021

Cadillac Coming Back To The Future With Visions Of Flying Cars… Wow!

Cadillac is maybe the most ambitious of the automakers nowadays. Like, they put the EV in rEVolution. How so? Is it with their Lyriq? Sure. Their Autonomous Box-Cars? Yeah, okay. Well… Well, how about their flying cars?

…Do you get how crazy the idea of flying cars really is? We still haven’t totally mastered air traffic, thanks to Han Solo, and yet Cadillac is already taking the lead with actually super practical designs! (I’m going to go ahead and assume these flying cars are electric.)

Cadillac Is Giving Drones And Copters A Run For Their Money

They call the concept, which seems a little cramped even for one passenger, an eVOL. It’s their big jump into aerial mobility, as it’s also powered by a 90 kilowatt electric motor. This allows the four motors found on the personal aircraft to land and takeoff vertically. The design itself allows for silent flying over ground traffic. As silent as silent can be anyway.

So, without any more details from Cadillac or parent company, General Motors, the rest of the specs are left up to exactly that: speculation. This leads us to speak at length about the strange cube design Cadillac is attempting to perpetuate.

Onwards to the Next Big Thing!

Cadillac has a self-driving cube that happens to be very strong when it comes to moving folks from place to place. It’s actually totally autonomous to the point where there’s no necessity for pedals or steering wheels. Perfect, if you’ve got a couple of booze-choosers who don’t have the proper prereqs to not wreck the vehicle otherwise. Michael Simcoe, of General Motors, says this of the vehicle: “It’s a social space for a group of friends or family to spend time together on their way to a destination.”

Looks like there’s more to look forward to besides the Celestiq sedan concept and an EV midsize crossover.

December 15, 2020 Western Star

Western Star 4800s Offer Durability Like You’ve Ever Seen Before

There’s a certain performance to love about the 4800 that you just can’t get with any brand that isn’t Western Star. There’s loads of room to perform your duties with as you go around tight spots, plenty of options can suit plenty of jobs and there are about 109-inches of glory with the BBC package alone. It’s the real deal, and it’s about time someone looked a little closer.

What Makes This Western Star So Special?

For starters, how about a wheelbase of up to 448″? It of course comes with the ever reliable Detroit® DD13® engine, packed with a 12.8L exhaustion of 350-505 horsepower. What’s more is that the front axle can handle 12,000 to 20,000 pounds while the rear axle handles around 40,000 – 46,000 pounds. And that’s just the standard Set-Back Axle model.

If safety is what you’re worried about, there is roll stability control enabled as well.

Not to mention the largest door openings ever featured on a Western Star. Grade 8 frame fasteners are part of what makes it possible to add optional equipment on the frame of the Western Star 4800. It can be retorqued as needed. Inside, there’s an understanding that this Western Star will probably go through some snow and mud alike. For such an occasion, the interior is decked with marine-grade rocker switches. They’re large and waterproof enough to operate with gloves on. But even without, the switches are safe from water and salt alike.

Lastly, it’s worth noting how the 4800 has a tow pin to end all tow pins. They’re able to take on about 65k lbs. of line pull, if you happen to be pulling away from a 45-degree angle. The central pin levels the pulling force in-between frame rails.

Furthermore, this is just the type of truck we need to see more of in the world. Wouldn’t you agree?

November 4, 2020 volvo

Volvo Driving E-Motor Research To The Limits… Of China

2020 has had it’s surprises. It’s been an odd year for Volvo, especially. They’ve had recalls, they’ve had deals and they’ve had a whole load of competition when it comes to the booming Electric Vehicle race. But now, Volvo is making the headlines with a new factoid. The fact is, Volvo has been coming up with a new lineup of vehicles which include a gasoline-electric hybrid and a battery-electric vehicle.

There are such models in it’s recharge line that are just itching to get the pole position on Electric Vehicles. For example, the XC40 Recharge EV is an expansive offer. There were even brand plans to release five more EV Volvo models within the following five years.

Where Is Volvo Oozing Out These Experiments From?

Shanghai, China. Their lab is able to augment given research the company has already been conducting within Sweden. This is also to add sugar on the cake of battery research tahat they’ve been doing in both China and Sweden, thanks to Volvo. New e-motors are in use for the upcoming SPA2 vehicle’s architecure, which may be understoon as an underpining. An underpining of newer generations of the XC90, the XC60, the S90 / V90 as well as the S60 and V60. A model from Volvo’s sister brand, the Polestar 3, will specialize in hybrid and electric performance luxury. This is all while it borrows from SPA-2 architecture.

Volvo is led to believe that the environmental footprint the company has been making on the ecosystems with their products will be improved. In several ways of course. There’s plenty of hope that the company is to become climate-neutral by a least 2040. I mean that’s a realistic goal, isn’t it? Upstream improvements for supply chain workers. Downstreaming the component recycling. There probably will be a forty percent reduction for each of the vehicles and their carbon skid marks by 2025.

Photo Courtesy of Volvo.
October 16, 2020 Einride

Einride Trucking Start-Up Unveiled Brand New Electric Driverless Trucks

The Swedish trucking start-up Einride has recently shown a new line of electric, driverless freight trucks without a cab that can be controlled remotely.

This Thursday, Einride put its line of Pod commercial freight trucks on display in anticipation to get on the road in 2021. Aiming their perogative at companies in transition from traditional diesel trucks, Einride thinks the new Pod trucks are the “future of freight.”

Einride‘s certain these trucks will assist companies in cutting their fuel costs by 70%. Therefore reducing carbon emissions up to 90%.

Founded way back in 2016, the Stockholm-based Einridesuccessfully made an early prototype of electric, autonomous trucks in 2019. These were intent on delivering goods on public Swedish roads. The T-Pod was given temporary regulatory approval to navigate on public roads for stretches without speeding out of their boundaries. Einride is still securing full regulatory approvals for more Pod trucks to drive on publicly, faster.

Truck driving a leading profession in the world today. But it’s running low on fuel. At the end of 2017, the U.S. were missing about 51,000 truck drivers, so says the American Trucking Association. Nowadays, there can only be less truckers. Furthermore, six percent of those U.S. truck drivers are female-indicative. That’s half of the workforce disappearing out of thin air.

Einride’s Pretty Positive This Will Work

Einride believes implementing remote autonomous truck operators will do some good, however. Through Autonomous Electric Transport (AET), the company might be able to:

  • Slash fuel/energy costs by 70% with AET solutions
  • Cut down operation costs up to 60%, increasing productivity by 200%. This being a reason to lengthen time spent autonomously driving
  • Rid CO2 all the way up to 90%

“We are excited to open up an entirely new category of jobs that will not only benefit the industries currently employees with improved hours, working conditions, and knowledge but reinvigorate a dying employment sector for the next wave of job seekers.” This is what Robert Falck, founder, and CEO of Einride. 

Einride | October 14th, 2020
September 28, 2020 Canoo

Canoo Displays Their Electric Vehicle Go-Kart For All To Envy

Driving a car is nice. Driving a truck is nicer. But there’s nothing quite like driving a go-kart. I speak this from experience. Oh, my God. It’s the most amazing feeling to start up the engine, feel the wind blow through your hair and narrowly avoid minivans as you round the neighborhood. It made me feel like the coolest kid in the neighborhood to have that machine at my disposal. I was King Of The Road with that monster powering me through grass and asphalt. Therefore, to drive a go-kart is a tremendous honor and an even bigger responsibility. So in this era, you have to not only match up a proper driver to the machine, but make the machine proper to match with. Luckily, Canoo was able to create just that type of go-kart.

Certainly, one with electric capabilities could be just as fun. And Canoo knows something about fun. The newly-public EV company posted a video of their “skateboard platform,” a fully-operational electric chassis vehicle. It’s decidedly cabin-less for the purpose of showing the finesse of the vehicle. It was driven in this video by X Games Racer, Sara Price.

Price said this of the Canoo’s “skatecart,” lauding it’s abilities: “The overall performance was impressive. [It] felt powerful, with smooth and dynamic handling.”

What Does This Mean For Canoo?

With a self-contained package that offers a bit of something for everyone, the kart’s steer-by-wire system and thermal management set-up is a demo of sorts. Everything that anyone would need to drive is already set-up within the rolling chassis of the kart. Furthermore, this may prove to be helpful for Hyundai, who has assisted Canoo in developing specs of this kart with appropriate funding. They anticipate to get this kart, with customizable changes for different cabins, out on the streets soon.

Canoo | September 24th, 2020
September 8, 2020 Hike Camper

Hike Camper Update: Winnebago

If you’re looking over options to adventure, Winnebago offers a Hike Camper that is perfect for the occasion.

Not only is the overlanding trailer small enough for your travels, but it’s also affordable compared to most. The HIKE starts at $27,513.

The HIKE can sleep three people. The camper provides all the necessities you may need during your time away from home.

The towable build makes for convenience. The new update has made the exterior styling superb for active outdoor lifestyles.

The Hike, with a raised suspension, comes in 20-foot-eight-inch and 25-foot floor plans. The camper comes with off-road tires and heavy-duty fenders for the rougher roads.

The storage system is also super flexible. The exoskeleton allows for kayaks, bikes, and other gear tools to attach to the camper securely. This enables a more stress-free trip. The exoskeleton allows the owners to get creative with bungee cords and clips, rather than buy a Thule-branded roof rack.

In pertains to the interior, the floor plans are versatile. You can pick from five, depending on what fits with your lifestyle. What’s also a plus is that all of the plans provide a roadside slide-out. This makes more room inside when the camper isn’t in motion.

To add to more of the wow factors, the appliances all come with it. The dinette converts to a sleeping place, in addition to the bed that can sleep two.

The 25-foot models (there are two) provide an exterior cook-top and sink that pulls out alongside the camper. This is perfect for cookouts with the family!

Hike Camper Accommodates the Disabled

Yes, you read that correctly! The new and improved Hike Camper does in fact help families with a disabled family member. Ryan D’Agostino has a son in a wheelchair. He talks about what the camper did for his family:

If we need to stop at a rest stop or for food, we have to completely unpack the car to get him out, then put everything back in, go inside, come back out, unpack the car again, wheel him in, then re-re-pack. I don’t mean for this to sound like a complaint, because we’d do anything for the boy, and it isn’t really a burden, but—it’s kind of stressful, I’m not gonna lie. In the Winnebago, not having to do this was one of the biggest sources of relief.

August 5, 2020 mobile app

Trucking Mobile App Makes Drivers’ Lives Easier

A new trucking mobile app provides truck drivers with important information while on the road. DAT Solutions (DAT) recently released an app that helps drivers plan their route amid the chaos of the pandemic.

The company is calling the app DAT One. It’s currently free in the Apple app store and Google Play Store. VIP Nadya Duke Boone said, “This new app is designed to help drivers navigate the uncertainty of the freight market by giving them a single place to find the tools they need most.”

With so many unknowns in the world right now, drivers can benefit from having so much information at the tips of their fingers.

Trucking Mobile App Services

The app does a great many things. But at its core, it’s designed to help drivers find and book loads that need moving. With DAT One, drivers can view available parking for their vehicles, as well as detailed tracking maps. The app highlights top-rated truck stops give information on local fuel prices and will flag weigh stations. It also includes markers for rest areas, hotels, and local truck services. Drivers can track nearby loads and receive assistance in scheduling and mapping delivery.

Both larger enterprises and individual operations can benefit from the information available. Truck drivers that want to be independent can might enjoy the app’s filing services. You can use the app free for a month and will receive a 10% discount for life. DAT One takes care of filing both states and federal permits and offers guidance for independent drivers.

You’ll also be able to connect to brokers with CarrierWatch. An alert system lets you know when things change within your network and the app provides a searchable database of both active and inactive carriers. The company aptly named DAT One, as it’s a one-stop-shop for many trucking needs.

July 3, 2020 July 4th

Best July 4th Family Movies

Stuck inside this July 4th weekend? We know it feels like a bummer. But there are still ways to enjoy yourself and celebrate! We’ve gathered four of our favorite family-friendly movies. Enjoy Independence Day a new way this year.

What to Watch this July 4th

The pandemic is impacting families all over America. And orders to shelter-in-place or else avoid large public gatherings are also taking their toll. Children have lots of energy. And with their tiny growing minds, they also often require a great deal of stimulation.

To help with both of these burdens, we’ve tried to find movies for all age groups. We’ve also narrowed down our options to movies that are already free with a subscription to one of three major streaming services. If you have Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Disney+, you’re in luck! If not, consider looking into their free trial services.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Older kids and teens can be hard to please. Many of them are aware of what is current and what is dated. They like to engage with trendy, modern movies. And storylines that are geared towards younger crowds may bore them. Captain America: The First Avenger has appeal to a wide range of audiences. It inspires laughter, it has great action sequences, and it’s rated PG-13. Watch it tomorrow on Amazon Prime Video!

The Sandlot

The Sandlot may feel like a throwback. However, it still stands up to the test of time. This movie will have kids and parents alike laughing out loud. It works as a baseball flick and a coming of age story. Plus it includes an iconic fireworks scene! Sit back this 4th of July and watch the boys play baseball as fireworks light up the sky over their heads. The Sandlot is rated PG. You can watch it with a Hulu subscription.

An American Tail

An American Tail follows Fievel, a mouse in search of his family and the great American Dream. This movie focuses on the immigrant’s journey and how America became a nation of many different cultures. So if you want something fun but informative, this is your train stop. Families with young children will especially enjoy this classic, as it’s rated G and available on both Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.


If you’ve checked your social media feed recently, you’ve probably seen someone talking about Disney+ dropping Hamilton today. This version features the Original Broadway Production, with nearly all original cast members. It has some crass language in it but the producers and writers cut down on expletives to be able to stream on Disney+. The story follows the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton. It covers topics such as the American Revolution, what it means to build a democracy, and how history remembers us all. Modern musical references and a whole lot of swagger make this a standout. Plus, the diverse ensemble sparked important discussions about how we cast media today.

Stay Safe!

Time together might seem abundant right now. But time is the one thing we can never get back. So spend yours as joyfully as you can manage this holiday weekend.

June 16, 2020 san jose international airport

San Jose International Airport Hit by Covid-19

San Jose International Airport typically sees millions of passengers passing through each year. Specifically, 2018 saw 14.3 million flyers. In 2019, 15.7 million passengers used the airport. But with pandemic-related shutdowns, the airport is seeing a jaw-dropping decrease in activity.

In April of 2019, 1.3 million people passed through the airport. In April of 2020? 37,600 people. That decrease measures out to a whopping 97.1%. Signs of a downturn began as early as March 2020 with 508,100 flyers. March and April’s drop in numbers has affected the airport’s first quarter of business. At 2.81 million travelers in the first four months of 2020, this year’s commerce is already down 39.4%.

San Jose International Airport: Where Is Everyone?

It should be noted that the coronavirus has deeply impacted nearly all air travel. At the virus’ peak, nations began shutting down their borders. Countries refused flights to non-citizens. Thus, the total number of people traveling at all came to a grinding halt.

Forbes projects that Covid-19 could cost airlines up to $113 billion. Other sources cite even higher numbers.

Because of Shelter in Place orders, even domestic travel has slowed considerably. The risk of catching the virus climbs with public exposure. People are scared to leave their homes. Nonessential businesses have closed their doors.

As states begin to reopen, we may see numbers begin to climb again. Airfare is currently much lower than usual. Still, even that is subject to change and could impact flight statistics. The rules about social distancing, for instance, mean flights cannot sell to their full capacity. Eventually, as people return to the skies, we may see ticket prices increase due to this.

Given so many unknowns, it’s hard to predict when SJ International will hit its stride again. We still have a long way to go in protecting ourselves against the coronavirus. Some people are speculating that air travel may never return to exactly what it was before.

May 8, 2020 oil

Big Oil Expected to Reach $100 Per Barrel

Big Oil is expected to bounce back in the next 18 months. With the current global crisis putting a glug in the pipeline, gas prices have been lower than $0 per barrel in some places.

Countries Dual For Oil

At the beginning of the year, both Saudi Arabia and Russia went into a production war. This meant each country would be able to remove the limitations on how much they could produce.

With the events unfolding, each country wanted to be the largest producer. Things were going well until a major stick with thrown into the spoke of consumers.

COVID-19 Crashed Industry

COVID-19 is currently sweeping across the globe. With each country enacting “stay-at-home” policies, this means limited driving (if any) and a travel band in and out of certain countries.

With so many people staying inside, gas purchases were down disparagingly. This did not stop either country from making a cut to their production. While many other oil companies around the world were scrambling to find extra storage for their fuel, Saudi Arabia and Russia kept production rolling.

The industry took such a huge hit that for a time, the price for one barrel of crude oil was less than $0.

With so little demand and such a high surplus, things were looking dire. The virus had inadvertently crushed many businesses and the closing of some major benchmark companies began to happen.

Fortunately, the future is in sight for the world. With many largely effected areas now flattening their curve, lesser restrictions have been made for traveling.

People are going back to work and thus need to refuel their vehicles. The process will take time, but it will evolve with the slowly lessening of current travel restrictions. Until then, oil will have to sit back and wait for the surplus to be sold off before they can adjust their prices.

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