Archive for the 'Transportation' Category

Aptera Electric Car is a Go

Friday, December 28th, 2007

The Aptera has a certain appeal. It is an electric car that looks sleek and goes fast. It is competitively priced. I am not sure how the oil companies are going to kill it. It is interesting to note that the company thought outside the box when it came to dealing with present regulations. In the eyes of the DOT it is a motorcycle.

Google Maps at the Pumps

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

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Imagine pulling up to a gas station in a strange town and stepping out of your car to find that the display on the pumps includes a local map from Google with directions to some key points of interest. That sounds pretty cool. Lots of people are reporting on how cool it is. Some people, me included are a little lukewarm about this. Apparently to initial version will allow the owner to choose the points of interest based on their own criteria. You can expect directions to various places that want your money. You might not get directions back out of town.

Source: Information Week

Mexican Trucks To Enter USA

Friday, August 31st, 2007

I have been employed by more than one business that relied on truck drivers from the USA and Canada crossing the border. As an employee of a large lumber mill in the 90s, I took it largely for granted. As a member of a Fair Trade Coffee Roasting Cooperative, there were a few times when the bureaucracy and security measures at the border significantly impacted my working life.

I did not even realize that cross border trucking was not a way of life at the Southern border of the USA until I read his story about the agreements that are being negotiated to allow just that to happen.

The Teamsters union, the Sierra Club and other interested parties have filed a lawsuit against US transportation officials.