News Roundup: Ford says it knows where you’re going to crash

first_img RELATED TAGSFordGeneral MotorsGM PlantNews Unifor president wants to save Oshawa plant by hitting GM with Trump-style tariffsCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Unifor National President Jerry Dias holds a news conference after meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The state of Kansas is recalling 731 license plates that contained three letters forming a racial slur, “JAP.” A California man noticed the inadvertently racist Kansas plate on a car and snapped a pic, which he sent to a bunch of important people including the governor, but it wasn’t until a Kansas couple took up the cause that the plates were recalled. Canada has already cleared this hurdle, believe it or not. Find out which province printed the exact same unintentionally racist plates back in 2013 here.GM shuffles the cards, moves President to take over self-driving unitCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2From left, Cruise Automation’s Dan Kan and Kyle Vogt pose for a photo with General Motors’ Dan Ammann at Cruise Automation offices in San Francisco, California. ‹ Previous Next › Handout / GM Trending in Canada Taking a page out of Donald Trump’s playbook can be risky, but Jerry Dias, president of Canada’s largest autoworkers union, Unifor, is suggesting just that. Following the announced closure of GM’s Oshawa plant and flushing of 14,000 jobs, Dias told media in Washington that not only should Canada slap a 40-per-cent tariff on GMs made in Mexico, but that we should also hold off on signing the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. It’d be a bold move, but would it be justified? Inform yourself. Ford proposes Big Data tech that could predict the location of future accidentsCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Car accident. advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos Dixipix / Deposit Photo We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Cold Start is a roundup of automotive news to get you up to speed in the mornings, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam. Here’s what you missed while you were away.Kansas recalls hundreds of license plates containing racial slurCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A wall of American licence plates in a Maine bar. Fred Chartrand / Canadian Press In what is clearly a vote of confidence for the future of self-driving cars, GM President Dan Ammann is leaving his post at the core automotive company to head up the company’s self-driving unit, Cruise, as CEO. The move comes as GM mines for profit in the burgeoning sector while making drastic cuts elsewhere, like the recent plant closures. Learn more about the new job opening chez GM here. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Traffic lights cycle everyone through with electronic efficiency and the intersection runs on smooth tracks until the inevitable collision, vehicle stall or construction snarl causes both roads to become traffic nightmares. Then all you-know-what breaks loose. Ford is attempting to use data to predict where accidents will happen. They’ve analyzed over 500 million data points gathered by an algorithm tracking 15 vans driven for one million kilometers over a combined 15,000 days in London, and suggest the resulting science could be used to “help authorities proactively investigate high-risk roads and junctions” and “empower city planners to re-design safer streets.” The Data will save us all! That is unless it consumes us first. Read more.How winter weather can disrupt auto start/stop systemsCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The dash design is clean and crisp. Before you bring your vehicle into the shop because its automatic start/stop feature that you’ve become accustomed to has recently stopped working, you might want to read this piece about how and why winter weather can hinder your car’s system. There’s a chance the small battery that powers most auto start/stop systems just needs a little more time to charge as the engine reaches normal operating temperature. The irony of having to warm your vehicle up by letting it run longer so that the very feature meant to reduce idling time will function properly is so very perfect. 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