Over the past couple of decades, Amazon has slowly conquered the online retail space. The Seattle-based e-commerce company has made it possible to purchase any thing from books to live ladybugs within seconds. But the site hasn't seen the same success with groceries. With AmazonFresh, a monthly subscription for pantry items, the one-click convenience became available for food but consumers continue to stay skeptical of purchasing fruits and veggies online. Now, the company has launched AmazonFresh Pickup, essentially a drive-through, so shoppers can grab their groceries in-person but they never have to leave their car.You can order the items online, pick a time to drive up to an AmazonFresh location, and an Amazon employee will bring the groceries to your car when you get there. The service, which requires a Prime membership, is limited to two outlets in Seattle for now.The Pickup locations are indicative of the company's online efforts to make a mark on the booming supermarket … [Read more...] about Amazon drive-through grocery pickup: Never get out of your car
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Formula E's New York City e-Prix will take place in Brooklyn. With lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty as its backdrop, the race will play out on a 1.21-mile, 13-turn course on the streets of Red Hook. Formula E revealed the location at a press conference at the site of the circuit, at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on the New York Harbor. "New York City is where technology, sustainability and commerce collide," says NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We are thrilled to be the new home of the ePrix." The race is scheduled for July 29, 2017. Watch the video above, and read more from Formula E.Hyundai is debuting its H350 Fuel Cell Concept at the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany. The hydrogen-powered commercial van offers emissions-free (except for water vapor) driving without the lengthy recharge times of a plug-in vehicle. It has a driving range of 262 miles on a single tank, and refuels in just minutes. It can be configured with a cargo area of up to 456 cubic feet, … [Read more...] about Recharge Wrap-up: Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell van, Formula E in Brooklyn
An overview of what happened in other parts of the world while you were in bed. TTAC provides round-the-clock coverage of everything that has wheels. Or has its wheels coming off. Note: This week-end, BS will change his location to Berlin for a few weeks. WAS will be filed as time allows— or not, as RF fancies to say.Daimler may buy Opel plant: Opel has contacted Daimler over plans to sell its Corsa-building Eisenach plant. The Financial Times Deutschland [via Reuters] bases its story on “government sources,” who also claim that Opel’s Astra and Zafira-producing Bochum plant is on the chopping block. Daimler management board member, Thomas Weber, said a takeover of Opel is not on the cards. “That also goes for Volvo or Saab,” Weber told Reuters. Meanwhile, Opel’s management is about to present their supervisory board with a restructuring plan. It’s expected to call for thousands of job cost and closure of one or more plants. … [Read more...] about While America Slept. Friday, February 27th, 2009
Selling a car or truck is a question of time versus money: Do you go for quick cash by trading it in at a dealership or wait it out and sell your vehicle privately to secure a higher price? Neither option is particularly pleasing. The trade-in process at a dealer always feels like it’s lacking in transparency and the private market is full of time-wasting tire kickers who don’t seem intent on buying. Fortunately, the latest online dealership platforms, as well as startup companies such as Beepi and Vroom that have created peer-to-peer automotive sales networks, have devised new ways to buy and sell cars online that better serve consumers’ needs. Most of these modern tools require users to do little more than answer a few questions about their vehicle and upload a handful of photos in order to receive a price quote or offer. In return, these services promise to make or secure offers for your vehicle higher than those from traditional dealerships. If … [Read more...] about How to Sell Your Car the Modern Way: We Put Seven Online Services to the Test
Remember Y2K? Remember before Y2K? It seems like a century ago, but those were the days: Anthrax was an obscure heavy-metal band, and Al Gore-remember Al Gore?-was busy inventing the Internet. Remember the Internet? It was going to change everything. Even the automobile, that old-tech fossil, would be chipped up, digitized, and wired into the World Wide Web. Driving in the future, the Nostradamuses of the Internet Age foretold, would go something like this: You're stuck in morning traffic, sipping a latte. A voice materializes from the ether: "Dude, better get off at the next ramp. There's a toxic-waste spill ahead that's gonna shut down the slab big time. And check it out, Enron's up to 300-wanna sell?" As your digital deity guides you to work, it also helps you make a few Nasdaq trades, catch up on your e-mail, and reserve a table at Casa Maison. And soon you arrive at the office richer, wiser, and, like, totally prepared for another day of all-pro multitasking. … [Read more...] about Can You Hear Me Now?
The way the story goes, the idea for General Motors’ Parade of Progress sprang from the mind of Charles Kettering, GM’s vice president for research and the inventor of the first practical electric self starter for automobiles, as he walked through GM’s exhibit at the 1933 Century of Progress world’s fair in Chicago. Looking at the demonstrations of the science and technology used in his company, he thought, why not put the show on the road and take the displays to towns across America?The first Parade of Progress was in 1936, starting in Lakeland, Florida (perhaps not coincidentally, the Detroit Tigers started conducting spring training that year in Lakeland) and ending at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, stopping at 251 towns and smaller cities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and even Cuba in between, and it was seen by 12.5 million people. By comparison, less than 9 million people attended Major League Baseball games that year. If you think of how much … [Read more...] about Days of Futurliners Past – General Motors’ Parade of Progress Buses
From the March 1964 Issue of Car and Driver TESTED Most knowledgeable enthusiasts reacted negatively when Pontiac announced that their new Tempest sports model was to be called the GTO. They felt, as we did, that Pontiac was swiping a name to which it had no right. Like Le Mans, Grand Prix, Monza, Spyder and 2+2, this was another of those hard-to-digest bits of puffery from the Detroit/Madison Avenue axis. Our first look at the car made us feel a little better, because it is handsome, and then we got a call from correspondent Roger Proulx, raving about the car's acceleration and handling, so we arranged to test a Pontiac Tempest GTO. This was the most exhaustive and thorough road test we have ever done. We used two nearly-identical cars, the differences being that one car had the shorter-ratio manual steering while the other had power; the manual steering car was also equipped with metallic brake linings. We drove our two cars unmercifully. One was driven … [Read more...] about 1964 Pontiac Tempest GTO
The automotive world and beyond is buzzing about the massive airbag recall covering many millions of vehicles in the U.S. from nearly two dozen brands. Here’s what you need to know about the problem; which vehicles may have the defective, shrapnel-shooting inflator parts from Japanese supplier Takata; and what to do if your vehicle is one of them. LATEST UPDATES 1/18/2018, 6:00 p.m.: The Associated Press reports that another person has died as a result of a defective Takata airbag. The latest fatality was Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida. According to AP and the lead investigator, Chester T. Everett, she “was struck by metal pieces that burst through the Takata airbag, causing a six-by-three-inch gaping wound to her left temple, a fractured skull, and bruising and bleeding on her brain.” On July 19, 2017, Barker was driving a 2002 Honda Accord at about 30 mph when it collided with a car that had turned left in front of her. … [Read more...] about Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including Full List of Affected Vehicles
(Note to readers: This was the piece on Clessie Cummins that should have appeared first. Unfortunately, Part 2 of the series ran first and will be rerun later this afternoon — Aaron.)admission by Volkswagen that it has been using a software device to cheat on government emissions testing of at least some of its diesels may taint compression ignition, oil-fired engines in the passenger car market. The trucking industry, however, will continue to use diesels. That’s mostly because of a guy named Clessie Lyle Cummins.If you’re an automobile or truck enthusiast you likely know his last name, but just as likely know nothing about him.His accomplishments date to building a working steam engine for his family’s Indiana farm as an 11 year old in 1899, casting the engine parts from molten iron poured into hand-carved molds. As a teenager, he started to take odd jobs including fixing machinery, which led to a job at the maker of Marmon automobiles — Nordyke and … [Read more...] about Clessie Cummins Made Diesels the King of the Road … and Almost at Indy Too. Part One.