Preece travels early to assist after No. 47 hauler fire: ‘We’re in it as a team’

first_imgThe driver and co-driver of the No. 10 hauler were both treated and released from a local hospital and are now back at home.Kaulig Racing was able to get another car out to Kansas in time for Friday’s Xfinity Series practice sessions prior to Saturday’s Kansas Lottery 300 (3 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), using its primary car originally slated for use at Texas Motor Speedway in November. KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ryan Preece made sure to step up when his team needed him this weekend at Kansas Speedway.After the JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 hauler sustained significant damaged due to a fire en route to the 1.5-mile track Thursday morning, the team opted to use the No. 37 team’s backup car of teammate Chris Buescher as its own primary vehicle. That led to an early Friday morning, as NASCAR officials allowed the team to make the necessary changes before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage was open for business at noon local time.While Preece wasn’t required to arrive at the track until later for the Hollywood Casino 400 (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) opening practice, he made it a point to travel early with his crew members to offer a helping hand.“I came in with them this morning at 7 (a.m. CT),” Preece said. “I think we’re in this as a team, and I wasn’t just going to show up later in the afternoon to just show up and drive. I wanted them to know I’m right there with them. … I know some of these guys haven’t had much sleep, so I’m pretty proud of them.”The focus of Preece’s assistance was mainly interior parts, getting the No. 37 backup car up to snuff and switching out the seat that was originally installed for Buescher since the two drivers race with different styles of carbon-fiber seating. The team missed roughly 10 minutes of opening practice in its efforts.“It just goes to show how strong of a team JTG Daugherty actually is,” Preece said. “I don’t even know what time they started making plans to make this all happen, but it was less than 36 hours to figure it out. My hat’s off to them because I know what it takes to even plan a regular weekend and when you have something like this that comes up, nobody can plan for something like this.“… I wanted to help in any way I could.”JTG Daugherty wasn’t the only organization to experience hauler incidents. The No. 10 Kaulig Racing Xfinity Series team hauler of Ross Chastain crashed Wednesday going westbound on Interstate 40 in McDowell County, just east of Asheville, North Carolina, after the driver experienced medical issues, sending the tractor trailer through a guardrail and down an embankment.last_img read more

Rohde & Schwarz to Demonstrate an End-to-End tester for V2X Applications

first_imgThe V2X end-to-end tester for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) applications is based on the fully automated R&S TS-ITS100 RF conformance test system from Rohde & Schwarz. The RF conformance test system is augmented by the Vector CANoe application and communications test system, which monitors radiocommunications and internal vehicle buses and even simulates some of them. The Commsignia ITS-OB2-M onboard unit for 802.11p serves as the DUT. The overall system is the first to enable automotive manufacturers and their suppliers to verify the functionality and performance of vehicle-to-vehicle applications with an end-to-end test – from transmitting RF signals over a simulated channel to receiving the RF signal via an onboard unit and subsequent presentation on an in vehicle display.Future intelligent transport systems (ITS) will be implemented using standards such as IEEE 802.11p WLAN. IEEE 802.11p enables vehicles and infrastructures to share information in order to warn drivers of hazards such as accidents, construction zones and slippery roads. At the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, Rohde & Schwarz, Vector and Commsignia will jointly present a V2X end-to-end tester. The tester demonstrates how, for the first time ever, an onboard unit in a simulated vehicle environment receives 802.11p-based messages under real-world conditions and subsequently displays them on a simulated in vehicle screen.During the demonstration, an 802.11p message “Warning, vehicle braking” will be transmitted via an RF signal. The R&S TS-ITS100 will generate an 802.11p RF signal with the required content and transmits it to the Commsignia onboard unit. The Rohde & Schwarz system uses fading to impair the signal and simulate real-world propagation conditions. The ITS-OB2-M receives the RF signal, converts the message to CAN bus format and feeds it to the vehicle bus monitored by the CANoe system. CANoe verifies whether the RF signal was correctly transmitted from the onboard unit to the CAN bus despite fading. The message is then forwarded to an in vehicle display simulated by the CANoe system.last_img read more

Zipcar fleet flits onto Aurora’s Anschutz Campus

first_img Zipcar has brought their services to Aurora by adding six cars to the Anschutz medical Campus on Monday Sept. 19, 2016.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Zipcar, who has brought their services to Aurora by adding six cars to the Anschutz medical Campus, gives an individual name to each of their cars on Monday Sept. 19, 2016.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Zipcar has brought their services to Aurora by adding six cars to the Anschutz medical Campus on Monday Sept. 19, 2016.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel AURORA | Getting onto and off of the Anschutz Medical Campus is getting a little easier for students or patients who don’t have wheels of their own.Zipcar this month announced that its car-sharing service was coming to the campus in north Aurora with a fleet of cars. The company, which allows members to rent a car for drives of up to 180 miles, started serving the campus on Labor Day. Nicole Dalmy, general manager for Zipcar, said the company has more than 100 cars around the metro area and has been looking to expand into Aurora for a while now. center_img Zipcar has brought their services to Aurora by adding six cars to the Anschutz medical Campus on Monday Sept. 19, 2016.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel “We’ve been trying to figure out how to get into Aurora because its such a big city,” she said. The booming campus at East Colfax Avenue and Interstate 225 was the ideal spot for that expansion. For one, the company has already heard from members there itching for Zipcar to come, she said. Plus, the company has long used college campuses as one of its main hubs for its cars. While Zipcar regularly works with colleges and universities, Dalmy said the Anschutz campus’ hospitals are also a good fit, especially for patients who fly into Denver for treatment at the campus. “Sometimes sick people don’t want to ride on a train,” she said. But Dalmy said there was more to it than just the hospitals and schools. With RTD’s Aurora light rail line set to open with stops near the campus next year, Dalmy said the services will be a good fit for commuters who want to use public transit, but might need a car for part of their workday. The big barrier lots of people have to using public transit or some other way to get to work is that they could need their car at some point during the day. Dalmy said car-sharing services give commuters the confidence to use public transit knowing that if something comes up and they need to drive themselves somewhere, they have that option.Zipcar isn’t the only car-share option on the campus. Car2go has been at Anschutz since last year with a fleet of cars parked in the same lot at East 16th Avenue and Victor Street where Zipcar has some of their vehicles.Michael Pletsch, car2go Denver General Manager, said his company launched at Anschutz in August 2015. The two company’s have different business models — car2go uses uniform Smart cars while Zipcar has a varied fleet. Zipcar has roundtrip options that require a car to be returned to Anschutz, as well as an option to drive the car to another Zipcar “pod.” Car2go meanwhile allows drivers to leave the car wherever they need. Pletsch said car2go doesn’t have a set number of cars at the campus. Instead, as members use the 330 cars they have around the metro area, some of them are steadily rotating through the campus. “Our members just hop in the car2go closest to them and drive to or from campus as needed,” he said in an email. “Our unique model provides the flexibility and freedom of car ownership without the costs and responsibilities.”So far the program has been a hit at Anschutz, he said. “It has been very popular and continues to grow,” he said. “… We are very excited to be on campus and provide a convenient and affordable transportation option to faculty and students alike.”last_img read more