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Jp Magazine - - Dispatch -

Two years ago, Audi brought Traf­fic Light In­for­ma­tion to Las Ve­gas. Now, it’s be­ing used in 10 cities (that’s 2,250-plus in­ter­sec­tions) in the U.S. and al­lows cer­tain ’17 and ’18 Audi mod­els to talk to the in­fra­struc­ture—like, spilling the de­tails on the time re­main­ing at a red traf­fic light.

The Rolls-Royce Cul­li­nan SUV is ex­pected at the end of 2018 (or pos­si­bly early 2019)…and it’ll start at just a bit un­der $350,000.

In Oc­to­ber 2018, Toy­ota will open a closed-course test fa­cil­ity for R&D of self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles. “One Voice is made up of OHV grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tions, local clubs, busi­nesses, trade or man­u­fac­tur­ers pro­vid­ing a unique cross-sec­tion of 4WD clubs, snow­mo­bile clubs, statewide or­ga­ni­za­tions, and the off-road in­dus­try.” Sound good? It should. Go here to learn more and get in­volved: orba.biz/onevoice.

It’s 10 years for Mopar Ex­press Lane, so that means a new lo­ca­tion had to open for the oc­ca­sion: Pu­laski, Vir­ginia. More than 30 coun­tries have Ex­press Lane ser­vice. Subaru and the Cen­ter for Pet Safety have an an­nounce­ment based on their study of SUVs with three rows and un­re­strained pets: Never put the four-leg­ger be­tween the cap­tain’s chairs. It’s per­haps the most dan­ger­ous place for them to travel.

Strange bed­fel­lows? Uber and the U.S. Army are work­ing to­gether on “quiet” tech for po­ten­tial use in fly­ing cars and air­craft? One more ques­tion: the Pen­tagon? As in, de­vel­op­ing its own va­ri­ety of self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles?

There’s now a Dodge Du­rango Pur­suit. The ’18 SUV for law en­force­ment has the 5.7L Hemi.

AAA said one out of five peo­ple driv­ing around in the U.S. re­ally wants an elec­tric ve­hi­cle.

Semi-re­lated note: Dana and Work­horse have cou­pled on de­vel­op­ment of a de­liv­ery rig us­ing the axle-maker’s new Spicer Elec­tri­fied e-Drive axle. Some­thing Jp Mag­a­zine wouldn’t nor­mally ut­ter: Hear, hear, Honda. It cre­ated the Shift­ing Gears pro­gram to get driv­ers ex­cited about man­ual trans­mis­sions, es­pe­cially the younger gens.

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