According to the American Automobile Association, the number of travelers hitting the road from Wednesday through Sunday, is expected to swell to levels not seen in the last 12 years, triggering record traffic delays in some of the country’s biggest cities, including Chicago.

 

 

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United Airlines is now flying an 18-hour flight between Los Angeles and Singapore that’s now the longest regularly scheduled route ever flown by a U.S. airline and the world’s longest by flying time.
The Chicago-based carrier officially claimed that late Friday, when it launched a non-stop service on the 8,700-mile route between Los Angeles and Singapore. The flight is anticipated to take nearly 18 hours.
The route is scheduled to run from Los Angeles International Airport to Singapore’s Changi Airport. The distance is about 8,700 miles which are about 7,560 nautical miles. More »

The new Nissan Leaf will operate with just one pedal.Less than a month ahead of the official reveal of the 2018 Nissan Leaf on September 6, Nissan announced that the highly anticipated 100% electric car will be launched with only one pedal, the e-Pedal, an innovative technology that will transform the way you drive a car.
More details have been released about the second generation of the electric car.
Nissan’s brand-new version of its electric car, the Leaf, will be fully unveiled on September 6 when the car will showcase its single pedal mode for accelerating and decelerating. The company claims that this innovative concept is being introduced for the first time in a novel way and the e-Pedal is “the world’s first one-pedal operation.” More »

Boeing 787 Dreamliner took a 4,000-mile flight for 17 hours to trace an outline of itself in the skies above the US.
The flight started from Boeing’s Seattle headquarters in Washington at 11 pm last Tuesday. Aviation fans were able to track its unusual route avidly while cruising continually at 41,000 feet when the flight track began to take shape using flightradar24. The outline hit 17 states and spans from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the tip of Texas.
In a staggering stunt that has provoked admiration and amusement, the aircraft managed to draw a perfect outline of a massive Dreamliner in the skies over America. More »

2018 Mustang GT hits 0-60 in under 4 seconds with an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford announced Monday the power and torque figures for the 2018 Mustang lineup. The automaker promises impressive improvements for both models: the V8-powered GT and 4-cylinder-powered EcoBoost.
The 2018 Mustang GT will be the fastest Mustang to date, capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in less than four seconds which puts the GT ahead of the quickest sports cars, including the Porsche 911.
The new Mustang GT features an improved 5.0-liter V8 engine that generates 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. That is an impressive upgrade over the 2017 model with its 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet. More »

‘Space planes’ will soon be used for commercial hypersonic travel.
Private companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are some of the private companies that in recent years have been developing space vehicles designed to launch multiple times.
The way commercial and military entities view orbital missions has been transformed due to the recent development of propulsion and spacecraft design that includes lower-cost, reusable boosters and capsules. The companies develop innovative engine designs, 3-D printing and use the same booster repeatedly. They aim to transform commercial aircrafts into so-called hypersonic space planes that are capable of carrying passengers. The new aircrafts are powered by engines that burn hydrogen fuel with oxygen from the atmosphere but without the moving parts essential of the common rockets. In addition, the planes would travel at least five times the speed of sound, which is about 3,500 miles an hour; in comparison, conventional jetliners typically fly at 500 mph. More »

Autonomous vehicles with no human backup will be put to the test on roads next year.
Seeing a car with no human backup is moving closer to reality after two companies announced a partnership to test fully-autonomous cars on public roads in 2018.
Two companies, Delphi, a U.K.-based company with U.S. headquarters in Metro Detroit which is an automotive electronics and parts maker, and Transdev, a French transport company, are planning to use autonomous taxis and a shuttle van to carry passengers on roadways in France.

 

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Spilled nails left dozens of vehicles stranded on a 15-mile stretch of 91 Freeway, Corona.

Several motorists headed east on the 91 eastbound freeway in Corona were stranded at the border of Orange and Riverside counties after running over spilled nails and screws, according to the California Highway Patrol logs. The incident happened at 11 a.m. Thursday between the Weir Canyon Road and McKinley Street exits and left approximately 40 vehicles stranded with flat tires over a fifteen-mile stretch. According to reports, a construction vehicle possibly had accidentally spilled the nails on the road. The vehicle that spilled the nails on the 15-mile stretch of 91 Freeway has not been discovered yet, the California Highway Patrol said. More »

The largest battery factory in Europe is being built by Daimler.

Daimler, one of the few major automakers developing all-electric vehicles, begins construction on a $562 million lithium-ion battery factory in Germany, officials unveiled a few days ago. The German automaker is planning to spend $11 billion on 10 new electric models that would be brought to the market by 2022.

Mercedes-Benz manufacturer Daimler is currently producing its own battery packs through its ACCUmotive subsidiary. A few months ago, they announced an important multi-million investment in a new battery plant in Kamenz, Germany, which will assemble lithium-ion battery packs for Mercedes and Maybach vehicles, as well as energy storage batteries.

The new production facility will be environmentally conscious. Mercedes says that the factory will be carbon-dioxide neutral. The facilities will be supplied with energy from a combined heat and power plant and solar power – a photovoltaic plant in combination with stationary battery storage units. By the end of 2020, the factory will have a total of over 1,000 employees and thus today’s number will be more than doubled.

The new production facility will stretch across 262,000 feet. It is scheduled to go into operation in mid-2018- just in time for Mercedes’ first all-electric vehicle- the new ‘EQ’ SUV. In addition, the German automaker has several other electric vehicle programs, like its all-electric Urban eTruck. Daimler is also currently building 1,500 all-electric Mercedes-Benz vans for Germany’s largest independent logistic firm, Hermes.

Last week, Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy has entered into a partnership with Vivint Solar to Solar to sell residential storage batteries along with solar panels in California.

Major battery factories are currently under construction in other European countries: Poland, Hungary, and Sweden. However, some of these factories are actually being built by Asian giants planning to move into Europe. There are also eight battery factories under construction in China.

Wildfires that spread across more than 600 acres in central Florida‘s Polk County were being investigated as suspicious, officials said. The Indian Lake Estates subdivision encompasses 800 homes and 8,000 lots. All of them were put under a mandatory evacuation due to the large wildfire The authorities suspect the fire may have been purposefully set, said a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

The mandatory evacuation of the Indian Lake Estates community was lifted Saturday at 4 p.m.
The fire that burned at least 600 acres on Friday and destroyed one business, was 60 percent contained Saturday afternoon. Extremely dry conditions fueled the fire. More »