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Ram in­tro­duced spe­cial edi­tions: the luxo South­west­ern ’18 2500/3500 Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo; off-road, tech-friendly ’19 1500 Rebel 12; and ’18 Power Wagon Mo­jave Sand pack­age. Rolls-Royce and Har­vard are work­ing to­gether on some­thing called “swarm” ro­bots that would be able to go in­side an en­gine and do vis­ual in­spec­tions. The live feed of those hard-to-reach places could ul­ti­mately re­sult in quicker ser­vice and lower costs for cus­tomers. This is part of R-R’s In­tel­li­gen­tEngine project. Chevy in­tro­duced the Call Me Out app. It knows when a driver is futz­ing with a phone while go­ing more than 5 mph and un­leashes pre­re­corded au­dio mes­sages from friends and fam­ily with a re­minder to fo­cus on driv­ing.

Is 3D print­ing of ve­hi­cle com­po­nents com­ing? Yes, and mass-pro­duced if Volk­swa­gen has any­thing to do with it. Parts such as gear knobs are VW’s 2- to 3-year plan.

Ap­ple is def­i­nitely work­ing on self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles. How do we know? Their ve­hi­cle was in an ac­ci­dent. It got rear-ended. There’s now a col­lege de­gree in Subaru­ing. Mt. Hood Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Gre­sham, Ore­gon, is where stu­dents can get a 2-year as­so­ciate of ap­plied sci­ence de­gree in Subaru au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy, which will in­clude train­ing with Subaru re­tail­ers. A job post-grad­u­a­tion should also await them.

The largest Ram deal­er­ship has opened in the U.S. HW Hunter Ram of the West Truck Cen­ter is in Lan­caster, Cal­i­for­nia. Blame Volvo, not Jp, for this bad news. The au­tomaker had con­ducted a Har­ris Poll that be­came Volvo Re­ports: Find­ing Fo­cus on the Road. What was learned dur­ing the sur­vey is that distracted driv­ing isn’t just a young per­son thing— it’s a prob­lem with all gen­er­a­tions. Fer­rari’s got an SUV com­ing. Its name will likely be Purosangue. Re­nault-Nis­san-Mitsubishi and Google are col­lab­o­rat­ing on tech. An­droid OS will be em­bed­ded in those au­tomak­ers’ ve­hi­cles start­ing in 2021 for a more in­tel­li­gent-based in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem.

Ford, Uber, and Lyft are now go­ing to share data via some­thing called SharedStreets. “The part­ner­ship gives may­ors un­par­al­leled ac­cess to road traf­fic data, al­low­ing them to make bet­ter plan­ning and in­vest­ment de­ci­sions as shared and au­ton­o­mous mo­bil­ity ar­rive in their cities.”

Like it or not, vir­tual test drives are likely to be in the fu­ture. Volk­swa­gen is al­ready test­ing out soft­ware that sim­u­lates driv­ing in traf­fic.

AAA head­line: “Mis­un­der­stand­ing and mis­use of driver as­sis­tance tech­nol­ogy could lead to a crash.” Mean­ing, re­search from AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safety found that 80 per­cent of driv­ers with blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing “were un­aware of lim­i­ta­tions or in­cor­rectly be­lieved the sys­tem could ac­cu­rately de­tect ve­hi­cles pass­ing at very high speeds or bi­cy­cles and pedes­tri­ans.” Be afraid here: bit.ly/2xUio54.

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