Autonomous Vehicles are Coming Fast


Oh, yes, they are coming fast- but not driving fast. When they hit the roads, you can imagine that they will all be putting along at the same speed. But more on that later. I would like to report that the RPM Bill is coming along right nicely. We currently have over one hundred b-partisan legislators onboard. If you are not familiar with this Bill, it is all about the GearHeads vs. the EPA. Go over to SEMA.com and get educated.

In earlier columns, I have been reporting on EVs and AVs, and providing conjecture as to how all of this may come down upon us. And coming, it is. I am trying hard to keep track of all the new info as it comes down the pipeline, that is becoming overwhelming to track it all. I have already related how there are literally hundreds of corporations jumping into this, feet first. This is without a d doubt the greatest change of this century, so far.

Swatch: Wants to build the batteries.

Uber: Hired a NASA expert for the Airbus A-3 VTOL. Vertical Takeoff Landing Vehicles. Yep, this one flies.

GM in Mexico: Now we are talking about “Giant Motors” in Mexico City who has partnered with Binbo, the largest bread producer in the world. They bought Hostess Twinkies. Now they will be building EVs.

GM: Now a few things about General Motors here in the US. They are building and testing AVs in San Francisco, Scottsdale, and their own proving grounds. They have since expanded in metro Detroit. Their Bolt factory is currently in mass production of the AVs.

BMW: Working with Autonomous Transport Robots and trains to deliver parts between plants.

Mercedes: Jumping big time in EVs. They are pulling their diesel cars from production.

Samsung: Acquired Harman, a huge supplier of in car digital systems.

Verizon Communications Inc.:  Acquired Fleetmatics Group, a global provider of fleet and mobile workforces’ management solutions.

Apple Inc: Setting a gadget ship date of 2019 for their EV cars.
Ford: Has invested one billion into their company, Argo Al, founded by Google and Uber leaders.

Pal-V: Is now selling the Liberty Pioneer and Liberty Sport, commercial flying cars.

Dubai: Passenger carrying drones will be whisking people around the big city later this year.

Hang on GearHeads. There is plenty more to follow.

Bits & Pieces

George-Leago

Last month we had a beautiful green ’52 Chevrolet Panel on the cover and we also had a new subscriber, George Leago of Olympia Washington, whose first issue was that June issue with a picture of that Panel. Well, it just so happened that George also owns one of those panels and he mailed in a picture of his beautiful Red Chevrolet Panel saying how please he was with the paper and the article and that he wanted to share this picture of his panel with Dale, the owner of the green one.

Thanks George, we’re pleased to put your picture in this brand new column called “Bits and Pieces.” We plan to include little tidbits that come our way from wherever each month. It might include pictures of readers rides or “?” So if you have something interesting, a picture of your car, a friends’ car, a funny photo from back when you had hair or whatever, that you’d like to share, please send it to us. We can’t guarantee it will make it into any particular issue or any issue at all, and we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to send it back to you, but if we have the space, we’ll do our best to share your material with all of our readers. This could be fun but, keep it clean, after all, this is a family paper. Thanks, Ed.

This came to us as a “What’s It” last month but we really already know what it is. Here is Chuck Cook’s description:  It’s a “slightly modified” 1963 Sunbeam Rapier, 2 dr. Hardtop. Little known kin to the Alpine and Tiger.
A rapier was 16th 17th and 18th Century edgeless sword made for thrusting.

The car was rescued from the juniper woods near LaPine, Oregon by my teenage son, who preceded to develop the skills and exercise the ambition necessary to create the machine you see before you, using home built and hand-me-down parts over a 5 year time span.
It is licensed and driven on the streets a lot.  It’s powered by a Ford 429/C-6 saved from a 69 Mercury Grand Marquis that was heading to a nearby metal recycling crusher. Chuck Cook, Proud Dad.