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Transportation: Three Scooter Companies Apply to Operate in Milwaukee

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Lime, Bird and Spin could all have scooters on city streets in the coming weeks.
'Bird scooter in Milwaukee. Photo by Jeramey Jannene. Three dockless electric scooter companies have applied to operate in Milwaukee. According to Department of Public Works communications officer Brian DeNeve , Bird, Lime and Spin have filed applications to participate in a pilot program to operate scooter systems on Milwaukee streets. “Lime is furthest along in the process and we anticipate them launching soon,” said DeNeve via email. “We recognize there is much enthusiasm around launch so we’re working expeditiously to make approvals happen.” DeNeve declined to identify specific details on the status of each application because the process is on-going. The  Milwaukee Common Council   authorized the program on July 9th that would allow scooter operators to potentially bring up to 1,000 scooters each to Milwaukee streets. The move comes in response to  a new state law  that legalizes their use across Wisconsin. The pilot program requires scooter companies to register with the city and comply with a variety of regulations including insurance requirements and speed limits. The program allows companies, such as last year’s illegal entrant Bird, to place up to 350 dockless scooters each in an area east of Interstate 43 running from W. Oklahoma Ave. north to the city limits near W. Capitol Dr. that includes Downtown, the East Side, Brewers Hill,  Bronzeville ,  Harambee ,  Bay View  and a special cutout west to N. 22nd St. for  Marquette University . \t\t\t The companies would be able to place additional scooters, bringing each company’s total fleet size to 750, in two additional zones which encompass the rest of the city and are roughly divided by Interstate 94. Scooter fleets would be allowed to increase to 1,000 in size if certain performance metrics outlined in the pilot study, including utilization, are met. Sidewalk riding would be prohibited as part of the pilot. An amendment introduced by Alderman Robert Bauman on the council floor institutes a fine ranging from $20 to $40 for the first offense. Second offenses would cost $50 to $100. “Obviously a prohibition regarding sidewalks is only as good as the enforcement,” said Bauman, but  he and others expressed skepticism  at an earlier hearing that the police should spend time chasing down scooter operators. Under the framework, control over the scooter companies, including allowing them in the city or revoking access, is solely held by the  Department of Public Works Commissioner Jeff Polenske . Bauman said he’s taking a “wait and see approach” with regard to how things play out. The city’s pilot study is scheduled to sunset on December 31st, 2019. A representative of the City Attorney’s office said the likely outcome is creating a license for the companies, with the pilot providing guidance on license cost and regulations. If you think stories like this are important, become a member of Urban Milwaukee and help support real independent journalism. Plus you get some cool added benefits, all detailed  here.'

GM presents a radically new Corvette

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'$ post_id)); ? ->\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Tustin, California (CNN Business) - General Motors presented the eighth generation of the Chevrolet Corvette.The model represents, possibly, the biggest change for the Corvette since the sports car was first introduced in 1953.The Corvette has changed a lot over the years, but it has always been a sports car with front-wheel drive.The new 2020 Corvette has the engine behind the seats, a change that radically alters the appearance of the car and the feeling when driving. \'In terms of comfort and fun, it still looks and feels like a Corvette, but it drives better than any other vehicle in Corvette's history,\' said GM President Mark Reuss.Placing the engine behind the driver and the passenger causes the heaviest part of the car to be further back and closer to the driver's seat, allowing the driver to feel as if he were at the center of the car.In addition, the occupants sit further in the vehicle, closer to the front wheels.Without having to look over a domed bonnet that houses the engine, the driver has better visibility.The square-shaped steering wheel allows a clear view of the Corvette's large set of digital indicators.Having more weight on the rear wheels will also help with acceleration.The initial version of the Corvette Stingray 2020 has a V8 engine of 6.2 liters and 495 horsepower.Also an eight-speed automatic transmission with shift levers.Manual transmission will not be offered.The price of the new Stingray Corvette will start at less than $ 60,000, not much more than what the current version costs.That announcement came as a surprise to many analysts who had expected that, given the amount of engineering work that had to be done, the price would increase substantially.But Reuss told CNN Business that it was important that the new Corvette remain accessible to the same customers who could afford the current one. \'What we do not want to do is get away from our customer base,\' he said.The car will begin production this fall at the GM assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t . (tagsToTranslate) autos (t) corvette . The post GM presents a radically new Corvette appeared first on Archy Worldys .'

From the Archives: Chevrolet Corvette Through the Years

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The Chevrolet Corvette, considered by many to be the definitive American sports car, was first conceived in the early 1950s as a domestic alternative to the imported roadsters gaining favor after..
'Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. The Chevrolet Corvette, considered by many to be the definitive American sports car, was first conceived in the early 1950s as a domestic alternative to the imported roadsters gaining favor after WWII. The first Corvettes were stylish, hand-crafted with fiberglass, and mechanically simple. They helped spark interest in American performance, and they inspired generations of bold, brash machines that excited enthusiasts and won races. The latest step in the car’s evolution is the all-new 2020 Corvette Stingray (also referred to as the C8). Chevrolet is releasing details this week. The C8 is a mid-engine design that emulates the format of exotic supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren. This type of layout promises an ideal weight distribution that contributes to handling agility and balance. As the motoring world anticipates the details for this new supercar-threatening Vette, we looked through CR’s history of original reviews of the first seven generations of the Corvette. Here are some of the highlights. Chevrolet Corvette C1: 1953 to 1962 1955 Chevrolet Corvette V8 Price as tested: $3,112 Engine: 195-hp V8 0 to 60 mph: 9.1 seconds “The design of the Corvette embodies much less compromise toward standard car components and features than the [Ford] Thunderbird’s. Aside from its automatic transmission, it is mostly sports car.” “In the non-racing use CU [Consumers Union, the parent organization of Consumer Reports magazine] gave the car, the spark plugs supplied as standard became fouled and had to be replaced by hotter-running plugs with less tendency to collect a coating of oil and to misfire.” “The Corvette’s chief novelty, of course, is its fiberglass plastic body.” “No one can ride very long in either the Thunderbird or Corvette without appreciating the feeling of security and freedom from the need to brace oneself on curves that a really low, well-balanced car can give.” “The Corvette… not only steered easily and with precision but with excellent road sense.” “..the Corvette buyer finds himself with a car that easily outperforms the Fordomatic Thunderbird, steers and handles better and more easily, and has a more comfortable and better laid out cockpit. ..the Corvette, of the two, should please the true sports car driver more.” —Consumer Reports, October 1955 “Among the specials [meaning low-production sports cars], the Corvette is one of the most thoroughly engineered for high-speed driving.” —Consumer Reports, April 1957 Chevrolet Corvette C2: 1963 to 1967 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Price as tested: $4,784 Engine: 300-hp V8 0 to 60 mph: 7.5 seconds “Since its introduction in 1953, the Corvette has been steadily refined and improved until it is now accepted throughout the world as a true ‘Gran Turismo’ car.” (The term “Gran Turismo” refers to a sporty car that’s also well-suited for long-distance travel, and it is commonly abbreviated as “GT” on many cars.) “..even with the most docile powertrain available, the Corvette demonstrated the most powerful accelerative performance we have ever obtained.” “The Corvette’s well-engineered independent suspensions contributed substantially to excellent handling at all speeds.” “On the sports car track, during the high-speed handling tests, the Corvette’s handling was excellent, even when pushed through the corners much faster than any of our other test cars. The power-steering behavior proved how good power steering can be, and should be, on all cars—the ratio was very quick, the effort moderate, and the feel precise.” “To sum up, if a domestic high-speed road car, seating two persons only, fills your requirements for personal transportation, then the Corvette, with its powerful performance, excellent brakes, and excellent steering and handling may be your best choice.” “The car is expensive, and in many ways impractical, but there is nothing else quite like it manufactured in the U.S.” —Consumer Reports, August 1966 Chevrolet Corvette C3: 1968 to 1982 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Price: $5,192 Engine: 300-hp V8 “The Corvette’s very good handling qualities and four-wheel disk brakes—and, of course, the pleasure of driving a wholly distinctive car that does indeed have many of the attributes of a true high-powered sports car—are balanced against a Frequency-of-Repair record that remains much worse than average. And the Corvette’s basic competence has been crusted over with gimmickry—disappearing headlights, removable roof sections, hidden windshield wipers and a long list of extra accessories, instruments and powertrain options. Dollar depreciation has been greater than average.” —Consumer Reports, April 1970 Chevrolet Corvette C4: 1984 to 1996 1985 Chevrolet Corvette Price: $24,403 Engine: 230-hp V8 “The Corvette was extensively redesigned in 1984 but still has a fiberglass body and rear-wheel drive. The standard engine is a 5.7-liter V8 with fuel injection. A 4-speed automatic transmission is standard; a 4-speed manual transmission is a no-cost option. Predicted reliability: much worse than average.” —Consumer Reports, April 1985 “This heavy two-seater … doesn’t change much from year to year—except that it gets more and more powerful and expensive.” —Consumer Reports, April 1990 1992 Chevrolet Corvette Price as tested:  $33,635 Engine:  300-hp V8 0 to 60 mph:  5.5 seconds “The Corvette accelerated far faster than any other car we’ve tested, charging from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. It covered a quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds, reaching a speed of 103 mph.” “Routine handling is smooth but not nimble; the Corvette’s size and weight make it a bit awkward to steer. On bumpy roads, the tires don’t stay firmly planted on the pavement. It’s not a car you can thread easily in and out of traffic or along a winding country lane.” Our Corvette arrived with eight defects, including: “The power steering leaked, an antilock brake sensor failed, and a side window leaked rain. The tires were out of balance, and the headlights were misaimed.” —Consumer Reports, September 1992 Chevrolet Corvette C5: 1997 to 2004 1998 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Price as tested: $47,914 Engine: 345-hp V8 0 to 60 mph: 5.6 seconds “The best Corvette yet.” “Ferocious acceleration may be the Corvette’s main attraction, but handling and braking are also impressive.” “Besides its shattering acceleration, the Corvette provides responsive handling, especially on smooth, wide roads. But this fiberglass-bodied two-seater is large for a sports car—as wide as the big Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight sedan and only 175 lbs. lighter.” “When pressed at our track, our Corvette, with its computer-controlled active-handling system, behaved predictably and gripped the road tenaciously. It threaded our avoidance maneuver safely, though its width limited its performance.” —Consumer Reports, August 1998 Chevrolet Corvette C6: 2005 to 2013 2005 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Price as tested: $57,520 Engine: 400-hp V8 0 to 60 mph: 5.0 seconds “The Corvette provides abundant torque and power on demand, and sounds invigorating when pushed. It’s both a comfortable cruiser and an exciting sports car.” “The ride is compliant and quiet for a sports car.” “The Corvette feels agile enough, but suffers from light steering that lacks the feedback and quickness expected of a sports car. At higher speeds, response improves.” — Consumer Reports, October 2005 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Price as tested: $76,730 Engine: 505-hp V8 0 to 60 mph: 4.3 seconds “Behind the wheel of the Z06, you feel like you’re driving a loaded weapon. It’s always at the ready and has a thrilling exhaust note to match its explosive performance.” “This is a super car, with awesome acceleration and stable, well-balanced handling.” “At the track, it holds its own against the Porsche 911 and Dodge Viper, though handling is less precise than the 911.” “..this kind of power needs to be treated with respect. It can throw you back in the seat in any gear you choose, but it can also make the tail step out abruptly with too much throttle in the corner.” (To “step out” is when the rear of the car swings wide in a turn, as demonstrated in the C7 photo below.  This is a trait associated with powerful, rear-drive cars. Done properly, and in a safe environment, it can be fun for a skilled driver. Done poorly, it can lead a driver to lose control of a car.) — Consumer Reports, October 2006 Chevrolet Corvette C7: 2014 to 2019 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Price as tested: $73,260 Engine: 460-hp V8 0 to 60 mph: 4.3 seconds “The new Corvette is a bargain among high-performance cars, delivering ferocious acceleration, precise handling, and excellent braking for thousands of dollars less than competitors such as the Porsche 911 and Jaguar F-Type. And the driving experience can be fairly refined or wild, depending on your mood.” “From a start, our Stingray shoots forward with seemingly boundless torque and a throaty bark. This Vette also offers quick reflexes, flat cornering, fantastic brakes, and less of the old nose-heavy sensation of older models.” “The Corvette’s thrills come with a price, however. The shifter for the seven-speed manual transmission feels somewhat vague, and the clutch is heavy.” “Gripes aside, this is clearly the best Corvette ever, with a satisfying driving experience and an improved cabin.” — Consumer Reports, August 2014 Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with consumers to create a fairer, safer, and healthier world. CR does not endorse products or services, and does not accept advertising. Copyright © 2019, Consumer Reports, Inc.'