The Computer Who Wore Headlights

Most cars made in 1980 or before didn’t use computers at all. There were a few exceptions—the 1976 Cadillac El Dorado had an engine control computer, and the 1957 fuel-injected Corvette and some 1950s fuel-injected Pontiacs had simple computers that regulated the fuel systems. But today, the average car has as many as 50 computers, and some high-end cars up to 100 with electronic sensors to match and millions of lines of code—more than a Boeing 787!

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Getting Older Vehicles Off the Road

Since we started On the Road Lending, making a positive impact on the environment has been one of our primary goals. Most of our clients who have cars are driving older polluting vehicles. In terms of emissions other than carbon dioxide, those older cars are far more polluting than a modern vehicle.

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Ready to Fly

Shares of  General Motors hit a record high on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 after the automaker unveiled an electric delivery van and revealed potential plans to further explore futuristic flying cars. GM’s potential investment into “personal air mobility” was announced as part of Cadillac’s portfolio of luxury and EV vehicles.

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Suburb Envy

One of the hard things about transportation is addressing needs at different scales. What we want at the neighborhood level can be hard to reconcile with regional needs. If we desire an intimate, walkable neighborhood, certain policies make sense—road diets or lane reductions, two-way streets, large sidewalks and bike paths.

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The First Driver

Our office is full of large photographs of our clients with their cars, smiling with pride by their shining, affordable purchases. By my desk, I have another photo of a woman with her car. It’s Bertha Benz, the wife of Karl Benz, seated on the car he created, which was essentially a motorized tricycle.

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A Safe Ride

There’s a social justice movement built around the concept of transportation equity, which views access as an important human need and seeks to find ways to ensure that lower income people have equal ability to get around their communities, just as higher income people do.

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They Call Me The Car Lady

When I was 15, my dad taught me the basics of the four-stroke engine, how to clean spark plugs and change an air filter. The next year in high school, while my friends were learning how to cook and sew in Home Economics, I was in Auto Tune-up with a camshaft dangling over my desk.

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