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  • Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles has issued a recall of an estimated 443,712 Ram pickups for potentially defective water pumps. It is feared that defective bearings in these pumps may overheat and cause an engine fire.The trucks being recalled were built between 2013 and 2017. Only trucks equipped with the 6.7-liter engine are affected. Specific models included are the Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, and 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cabs. (To check whether your Ram has been recalled, check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.)FCA's statement makes it clear that there have been no actual fires or injuries in connection with this recall. But warning lights on the dashboard may light up in the event of a water pump failure. The defective water pumps are no longer used in new Ram trucks.This isn't the first fire-related issue these trucks have had. Last year Dan Downey, who helped The Drive's Ryan Symancek at last year's Empire State Performance Ral..

    Fiat-Chrysler Recalls More Than 440,000 Late-Model Ram Trucks

    Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles has issued a recall of an estimated 443,712 Ram pickups for potentially defective water pumps. It is feared that defective bearings in these pumps may overheat and cause an engine fire.The trucks being recalled were built between 2013 and 2017. Only trucks equipped with the 6.7-liter engine are affected. Specific models included are the Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, and 3500, 4500, and 5500 chassis cabs. (To check whether your Ram has been recalled, check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website.)FCA's statement makes it clear that there have been no actual fires or injuries in connection with this recall. But warning lights on the dashboard may light up in the event of a water pump failure. The defective water pumps are no longer used in new Ram trucks.This isn't the first fire-related issue these trucks have had. Last year Dan Downey, who helped The Drive's Ryan Symancek at last year's Empire State Performance Ral..
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  • Despite ambitious plans for electric cars, Volkswagen is taking a conservative approach to electric commercial vehicles, one executive has gone on record saying. While companies like Daimler and Tesla are launching electric commercial trucks, Volkswagen is a "second mover" in this segment, said VW commercial-vehicle boss Andreas Renschler in an interview with German newspaper Tagesspiegel (via Reuters)."Tesla has some important and good impulses in the industry," Renschler said. But he also said Volkswagen "would rather check a couple of times more whether the standards are right."Renschler said that VW "had emissions-free alternatives to to conventional trucks and buses on offer," according to Reuters. At the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles show, Volkswagen unveiled an electric version of its Crafter commercial van and discussed plans for sales in Europe. However, other German manufacturers are taking a more aggressive approach to electric commercial vehicles than VW. Daimler recently..

    VW Is Happy to Let Tesla, Daimler Take the Lead on Self-Driving Trucks

    Despite ambitious plans for electric cars, Volkswagen is taking a conservative approach to electric commercial vehicles, one executive has gone on record saying. While companies like Daimler and Tesla are launching electric commercial trucks, Volkswagen is a "second mover" in this segment, said VW commercial-vehicle boss Andreas Renschler in an interview with German newspaper Tagesspiegel (via Reuters)."Tesla has some important and good impulses in the industry," Renschler said. But he also said Volkswagen "would rather check a couple of times more whether the standards are right."Renschler said that VW "had emissions-free alternatives to to conventional trucks and buses on offer," according to Reuters. At the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles show, Volkswagen unveiled an electric version of its Crafter commercial van and discussed plans for sales in Europe. However, other German manufacturers are taking a more aggressive approach to electric commercial vehicles than VW. Daimler recently..
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  • Related Stories Musk now targets October to unveil Tesla semi truck UPDATED: 9/14/17 12:19 pm ET - adds details DETROIT -- United Parcel Service Inc. will be the first U.S. commercial customer for Daimler AG's new battery-powered eCanter truck, and the company will expand its electric truck production as lower cost, longer-range batteries become available within two to three years. The market for electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks is in its infancy. Manufacturers such as Daimler and Navistar International Corp., as well as electric carmaker Tesla Inc. and a host of other new entrants, are racing to overcome the challenges of substituting batteries for diesel engines as regulators crack down on carbon dioxide emissions and soot pollution. "The game has started," Daimler Trucks Asia chief Mark Llistosella told Reuters in an interview on Thursday. The Fuso eCanter is a relatively small urban delivery truck..

    ‘The game has started’: Daimler delivers first electric trucks

    Related Stories Musk now targets October to unveil Tesla semi truck UPDATED: 9/14/17 12:19 pm ET - adds details DETROIT -- United Parcel Service Inc. will be the first U.S. commercial customer for Daimler AG's new battery-powered eCanter truck, and the company will expand its electric truck production as lower cost, longer-range batteries become available within two to three years. The market for electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks is in its infancy. Manufacturers such as Daimler and Navistar International Corp., as well as electric carmaker Tesla Inc. and a host of other new entrants, are racing to overcome the challenges of substituting batteries for diesel engines as regulators crack down on carbon dioxide emissions and soot pollution. "The game has started," Daimler Trucks Asia chief Mark Llistosella told Reuters in an interview on Thursday. The Fuso eCanter is a relatively small urban delivery truck..
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  • Waymo is suing Uber over the alleged theft of self-driving car trade secrets, but it is also broadening its efforts to compete with the ride-sharing company. Not only is the former Google self-driving car project investigating autonomous trucks, CEO John Krafcik believes such self-driving rigs could be commercialized before robotic ride-sharing, which many companies point to as the first major application for self-driving vehicles."Ride-sharing makes a lot of sense for the world," Krafcik said a Bloomberg-run conference at Cornell University's New York City engineering campus. "For goods transportation, which could travel primarily on highways, there's a good and compelling use case there, too. Either of those two might be the first ones you see."Krafcik said Waymo is looking at logistics and delivery models, but did not disclose specific plans for an autonomous trucking service. Waymo does own one truck that has been fitted with sensors and autonomous-driving software for ..

    Self-Driving Trucks Might Hit the Streets Before Autonomous Taxis, Waymo CEO Says

    Waymo is suing Uber over the alleged theft of self-driving car trade secrets, but it is also broadening its efforts to compete with the ride-sharing company. Not only is the former Google self-driving car project investigating autonomous trucks, CEO John Krafcik believes such self-driving rigs could be commercialized before robotic ride-sharing, which many companies point to as the first major application for self-driving vehicles."Ride-sharing makes a lot of sense for the world," Krafcik said a Bloomberg-run conference at Cornell University's New York City engineering campus. "For goods transportation, which could travel primarily on highways, there's a good and compelling use case there, too. Either of those two might be the first ones you see."Krafcik said Waymo is looking at logistics and delivery models, but did not disclose specific plans for an autonomous trucking service. Waymo does own one truck that has been fitted with sensors and autonomous-driving software for ..
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  • Related Stories Musk now targets October to unveil Tesla semi truck UPDATED: 9/14/17 12:19 pm ET - adds details DETROIT -- United Parcel Service Inc. will be the first U.S. commercial customer for Daimler AG's new battery-powered eCanter truck, and the company will expand its electric truck production as lower cost, longer-range batteries become available within two to three years. The market for electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks is in its infancy. Manufacturers such as Daimler and Navistar International Corp., as well as electric carmaker Tesla Inc. and a host of other new entrants, are racing to overcome the challenges of substituting batteries for diesel engines as regulators crack down on carbon dioxide emissions and soot pollution. "The game has started," Daimler Trucks Asia chief Mark Llistosella told Reuters in an interview on Thursday. The Fuso eCanter is a relatively small urban delivery truck..

    Daimler delivers first electric trucks: ‘The game has started’

    Related Stories Musk now targets October to unveil Tesla semi truck UPDATED: 9/14/17 12:19 pm ET - adds details DETROIT -- United Parcel Service Inc. will be the first U.S. commercial customer for Daimler AG's new battery-powered eCanter truck, and the company will expand its electric truck production as lower cost, longer-range batteries become available within two to three years. The market for electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks is in its infancy. Manufacturers such as Daimler and Navistar International Corp., as well as electric carmaker Tesla Inc. and a host of other new entrants, are racing to overcome the challenges of substituting batteries for diesel engines as regulators crack down on carbon dioxide emissions and soot pollution. "The game has started," Daimler Trucks Asia chief Mark Llistosella told Reuters in an interview on Thursday. The Fuso eCanter is a relatively small urban delivery truck..
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  • After Congress approved a bill to accelerate the deployment and deployment of self-driving cars, the Senate is working on a bill of their own—one that includes trucks as well as passenger cars. But not surprisingly, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has voiced their opposition to the rapid implementation of autonomous trucks the Senate bill may encourage."I'm concerned about highway safety. I am concerned about jobs," Teamsters head James P. Hoffa said in an interview at Teamsters headquarters, according to Automotive News. "I am concerned we are moving too fast in a very, very strategic area that we have to make sure we are doing it right because lives are involved."Though the loss of truck-driving jobs is certainly a cause for concern for a union representing truck drivers, the safety concerns reflect those that others have voiced about the relaxed regulations for self-driving cars. It's one thing for a two-ton car without manual controls to lose control and caus..

    Teamsters Speak Out Against Self-Driving Trucks

    After Congress approved a bill to accelerate the deployment and deployment of self-driving cars, the Senate is working on a bill of their own—one that includes trucks as well as passenger cars. But not surprisingly, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has voiced their opposition to the rapid implementation of autonomous trucks the Senate bill may encourage."I'm concerned about highway safety. I am concerned about jobs," Teamsters head James P. Hoffa said in an interview at Teamsters headquarters, according to Automotive News. "I am concerned we are moving too fast in a very, very strategic area that we have to make sure we are doing it right because lives are involved."Though the loss of truck-driving jobs is certainly a cause for concern for a union representing truck drivers, the safety concerns reflect those that others have voiced about the relaxed regulations for self-driving cars. It's one thing for a two-ton car without manual controls to lose control and caus..
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  • WASHINGTON -- The head of the 1.4 million member International Brotherhood of Teamsters union is mounting an aggressive effort to pursuade Congress to reject new rules to speed the deployment of self-driving trucks, warning they could lead to the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs and reduce road safety. James P. Hoffa, who has headed the union since 1999, said on Tuesday that Congress could help major trucking companies ultimately get rid of drivers by automating vehicles, which would also pose serious risks to American drivers. "I'm concerned about highway safety. I am concerned about jobs," Hoffa said in an interview at Teamsters headquarters. "I am concerned we are moving too fast in a very, very strategic area that we have to make sure we are doing it right because lives are involved." Hoffa's worries come as technology industry executives and policy makers grapple with the possible impact of artificial intelligence and robotics on jobs and the economy, potentially..

    Teamsters chief fears self-driving trucks may be unsafe, hit jobs

    WASHINGTON -- The head of the 1.4 million member International Brotherhood of Teamsters union is mounting an aggressive effort to pursuade Congress to reject new rules to speed the deployment of self-driving trucks, warning they could lead to the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs and reduce road safety. James P. Hoffa, who has headed the union since 1999, said on Tuesday that Congress could help major trucking companies ultimately get rid of drivers by automating vehicles, which would also pose serious risks to American drivers. "I'm concerned about highway safety. I am concerned about jobs," Hoffa said in an interview at Teamsters headquarters. "I am concerned we are moving too fast in a very, very strategic area that we have to make sure we are doing it right because lives are involved." Hoffa's worries come as technology industry executives and policy makers grapple with the possible impact of artificial intelligence and robotics on jobs and the economy, potentially..
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  • Related Stories U.S. House unanimously approves sweeping self-driving car measure WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee plans a hearing next Wednesday on the future of self-driving commercial trucks that will include the chief executive of Navistar International Corp and safety advocates. A U.S. House bill aimed at speeding self-driving vehicles to market that faces a vote Wednesday does not include changes to allow fully autonomous commercial trucks on U.S. roads, but some senators want to include commercial trucks. The Teamsters union has praised efforts to keep self-driving commercial trucks out of a proposed bill aimed at speeding deployment of the advanced technology for cars, warning that truck driver jobs may be at risk. "Self-driving technology for trucks and other large vehicles has emerged as a pivotal issue in Congress’ attempt to help usher in a new era of transportation," said..

    U.S. Senate panel to look at self-driving commercial trucks

    Related Stories U.S. House unanimously approves sweeping self-driving car measure WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee plans a hearing next Wednesday on the future of self-driving commercial trucks that will include the chief executive of Navistar International Corp and safety advocates. A U.S. House bill aimed at speeding self-driving vehicles to market that faces a vote Wednesday does not include changes to allow fully autonomous commercial trucks on U.S. roads, but some senators want to include commercial trucks. The Teamsters union has praised efforts to keep self-driving commercial trucks out of a proposed bill aimed at speeding deployment of the advanced technology for cars, warning that truck driver jobs may be at risk. "Self-driving technology for trucks and other large vehicles has emerged as a pivotal issue in Congress’ attempt to help usher in a new era of transportation," said..
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  • Related Stories AutoNation braces for Irma as storm poses threat of 1-2 punch » Rental-car rates surge for few vehicles available in Houston » Complete Hurricane Harvey coverage HOUSTON -- How do you remove hundreds of thousands of damaged cars from a massive city still mired in water and muck? Tow-truck driver Alex Toll will tell you: one vehicle at a time. Toll is part of an army of more than 1,000 tow truck pilots contracted by Insurance Auto Auctions Inc (IAA), a unit of Carmel, Indiana-based KAR Auction Services Inc. Their job is to extricate vehicles swamped by Hurricane Harvey so insurance companies can begin the claims process. Along with rival Copart Inc., IAA dominates the U.S. auto-salvage auction market. The company has a dedicated team that handles hurricanes and other large disasters for its insurance customers. IAA set in motion a massive logistical operation in Houston before Harvey hit last we..

    An army of tow trucks tackles Houston’s flood-damaged cars

    Related Stories AutoNation braces for Irma as storm poses threat of 1-2 punch » Rental-car rates surge for few vehicles available in Houston » Complete Hurricane Harvey coverage HOUSTON -- How do you remove hundreds of thousands of damaged cars from a massive city still mired in water and muck? Tow-truck driver Alex Toll will tell you: one vehicle at a time. Toll is part of an army of more than 1,000 tow truck pilots contracted by Insurance Auto Auctions Inc (IAA), a unit of Carmel, Indiana-based KAR Auction Services Inc. Their job is to extricate vehicles swamped by Hurricane Harvey so insurance companies can begin the claims process. Along with rival Copart Inc., IAA dominates the U.S. auto-salvage auction market. The company has a dedicated team that handles hurricanes and other large disasters for its insurance customers. IAA set in motion a massive logistical operation in Houston before Harvey hit last we..
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