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viernes, agosto 18, 2017

The BMW Concept Z4 (2017).





Have a look at the BMW Concept Z4: Dynamic, progressive and an irresistible purveyor of thrills. The new direction taken by BMW’s design language can be seen here in just a few precise lines that form clear surfaces, while the body’s volumes are powerfully sculpted. The surfaces and forms therefore create an extremely modern and emotionally engaging impression. The sporty and progressive BMW Concept Z4 encapsulates the BMW Group’s vision of a modern roadster and offers a look ahead to the series-production version of the car set to be unveiled over the course of next year.



BMW M EXPERIENCE 2017





TWO CONTINENTS – ONE FASCINATION. In April and May of 2017 the BMW M GmbH welcomed guests from Asia and Europe to the BMW M Experience. The guests dived into the world of BMW M for 1.5 days. Adrenaline-filled experience on the race track of the BMW Driving Center in Seoul and on the legendary Brands Hatch Circuit in London let every heart beat faster.


viernes, agosto 11, 2017

USDOTFHWA // Colorado Analysis Quantifies Safety Performance





Several challenges can arise during environmental review and permitting of transportation projects, leading to project delay or halting the project altogether. Integrating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and permitting processes allows the various environmental reviews and permitting procedures to be performed concurrently, saving time and cost for the agencies involved.


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Integrating NEPA and Permitting

Integrating National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and permitting allows the various environmental reviews and permitting procedures required for Federal-Aid Highway Program projects to be performed at the same time rather than sequentially.
The resulting synchronization can help transportation agencies shorten project delivery time, increase efficiency, save resources, and produce better environmental outcomes:
  • Integrating NEPA and permitting processes reduces the time and complexity of project development while ensuring projects receive appropriate coordinated review.
  • Synchronization improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the project development, mitigation, and decision-making process.
  • A synchronized review process reduces duplicative efforts, leading to time and cost savings.
NEPA and Permitting Spotlight
Integration of NEPA and permitting processes is not just for use on large projects. This flexible, scalable approach can also be applied at the program level, to small projects, or to parts of large projects.
View an Innovation Spotlight video on integrating NEPA and permitting.

Colorado Uses Analysis to Quantify Safety Performance

Before proceeding with a project to remove a 2-mile bottleneck on I-225 by restriping the road, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) wanted to know how the project would affect the I-225 and downstream I-25 corridors. The Every Day Counts (EDC) data-driven safety analysis (DDSA) team worked with CDOT on a predictive analysis using the Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM), software analysis tools that support DDSA, to quantify the potential change in safety performance. For information on using IHSDM for DDSA, contact Jerry Roche of the FHWA Office of Safety or John McFadden of the FHWA Resource Center.

South Carolina Explores Community Connections

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is pursuing the EDC community connections initiative by considering new ways to accomplish transportation improvements. FHWA staff delivered a workshop on performance-based practical designthat challenged participants to think beyond cost-based choices on projects and use performance data to make informed decisions in balance with community needs. The workshop showcased results of implementing practical design to improve safety and operations on Arizona State Route 264Kansas State Route K-177, and Minnesota Highway 10. Contact Robert Mooney of the FHWA Office of Infrastructure to bring a workshop to your State.

Road Diets Increase Business in Retail Shops

Business owners cite road diets as a reason for increased business in their retail shops, according to a New Jersey video that highlights the effect of roadway reconfiguration on commercial growth. The video is one of the technical assistance materials FHWA provided to Bike Walk RVA, a Virginia program that supports bike- and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, to introduce potential road diet projects to Richmond residents and business owners. Other resources on how road diets can improve an area’s economic vitality and livability include Road Diet Economic ImpactsDebunking Road Diet Myths, and Road Diet Case Studies. For technical assistance on bringing road diets to your area, contact Becky Crowe of the FHWA Office of Safety.






jueves, agosto 03, 2017

BMW M xDrive Jumping Jack







When Jumping Jack puts on his racing suit, the innovative M xDrive drivetrain system of the all-new BMW M5 allows complete control over driving dynamics and traction. More at: https://BMW-M.com/BMW-M5-MxDrive.
BMW M5 – Fuel consumption (combined): 10.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions (combined): 241 g/km. Further information: http://m-power.com/disclaimer/.






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