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A store clerk in Mobile is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after attempting to stop an individual from stealing from his store on Wednesday.

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The incident occurred at the Speed Stop gas station on Government Street, according to a release from the Mobile Police Department. An individual stole several items from the gas station, including cases of beer.

After the theft, the store clerk chased the individual and jumped on the hood of the vehicle the individual was using to drive away. The car later took off with the store clerk wedged in between the driver’s door and door jam.

According to police, the vehicle took off towards Government Street and struck another vehicle head on after swerving into oncoming traffic. A second vehicle rolled over, while a third vehicle had minor front end damage.

Mobile police responded to the scene near Government Street and Ellis Avenue around 9:19 a.m.

Police found two children inside of the vehicle at the time of the crash — both were taken to the hospital. The store clerk was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Two other individuals were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Mobile police are still looking for the suspect.

“Three cases of beer stole out of the Speed Stop. Man dropped one. The cashier clutched the car and all this erupted behind it,” a witness, James Smith, told Fox 10.

If you have any information in the case, contact Mobile police at 251-208-7211.


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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is seeking input and feedback on proposed service changes in its Forging Ahead initiative, a plan to define and protect core essential services for those who depend most critically on the MBTA for frequent and reliable service by reducing primarily nonessential services.

All MBTA services will be affected, including bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry. Public comments on the service changes are due by Dec. 4, with the MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board expected to vote on the proposed changes on Dec. 7. The board’s meeting agenda will be posted at, and residents can register to attend.

The MBTA is holding 11 virtual public meetings in November about these proposed service changes.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public transportation ridership has dropped significantly and has not rebounded yet. According to the MBTA, in 2019 MBTA riders took 1.26 million daily trips. This October, riders took around 330,000 daily trips — or 26% of daily ridership compared to 2019. The MBTA has continued to run service at 2019 levels, even though it does not match current demand. In order to protect essential service for those who depend upon it, the MBTA is proposing to reduce service where there are fewer riders. The proposed changes to service would be phased in over the course of early- to mid-2021. The MBTA notes that most service changes are not intended to be permanent, and they will bring back higher levels of service when demand and travel patterns change and there is durable revenue to support it.

MBTA bus service in Arlington will be significantly affected by the MBTA’s current proposal. The following changes are proposed:

• Eliminate Route 79 (Arlington Heights to Alewife Station).

• Eliminate Route 80 (Arlington Center to Lechmere Station), contingent upon completion of the Green Line Extension.

• Consolidate Routes 78 and 84 (Arlmont Village to Harvard Station and Arlmont Village to Alewife Station).

• Consolidate Routes 62 and 76 (Bedford VA Hospital to Alewife Station and Hanscom Air Force Base to Alewife Station).

• The remaining bus routes within Arlington may operate below baseline service levels: 67, 77, 87, 95 and 350.

Systemwide changes to bus service proposed include:

• Stop all service after midnight (early service will continue on essential bus routes).

• Reduce frequency on essential routes by systemwide average of 5% (will vary by route, high ridership will not be changed).

• Reduce frequency on nonessential routes systemwide by 20% (will vary by route based on ridership).

• Consolidate or restructure approximately 10 routes.

• Eliminate approximately 25 routes that served less than 0.5% of pre-COVID riders (about 1,700).

The proposed changes to bus service are expected to become implemented in summer 2021.

There are also proposed changes to subway service and commuter rail service. Starting in spring 2021, the plan calls for stopping all service at midnight and reducing frequency by 20% across all lines. Commuter rail changes proposed including stopping all service


One person is dead after a Metra train struck a vehicle Thursday afternoon west of downtown Arlington Heights, officials said.

The inbound train struck the sedan just after 2 p.m. where the tracks intersect with Euclid Avenue, according to Metra spokeswoman Katie Dahlstrom. The train dragged the vehicle until stopping near the intersection with Walnut Avenue, she said.



The identity of the driver wasn’t immediately released.

Train No. 6444, headed to downtown Chicago on the Union Pacific Northwest Line, was scheduled to stop at the Arlington Heights station at 2:09 p.m. and arrive at the Ogilvie Transportation Center at 3 p.m.

The train was stopped during the crash investigation, but by 4 p.m., inbound and outbound trains were cleared to proceed through the area at restricted speeds, officials said. Those trains operated with extensive delays throughout the afternoon.


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Here at The Drive, we love a good old-school Honda hot hatch or vintage dump truck as much as the next person. But what we’re ultimately concerned about is the future: how will we get around? What will power the vehicles of tomorrow? Will humans even drive them, and if so, how much? And what about our roads, which are terrible everywhere? If you’re a car enthusiast, you should care deeply about the answers to those fundamental questions. 

Even though you’re stuck inside like the rest of us, here’s a great way you can do just that: Next week’s CoMotion LA LIVE event, which has gone virtual thanks to the pandemic. 

While we’ve had a dearth of auto shows and other industry events thanks to COVID-19, this one is shaping up to be a big deal anyway. It brings more than 2,500 participants from 75 countries together to discuss the future of cars, driving, city design, public transportation, mobility and more.

And your favorite car website (us, The Drive) has been tapped to be an official media partner for the event. We hope you’ll join us for some of the discussions that will take place next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 17-19

Sign up here for tickets: the limited access general admission tickets are free, but for the full experience, access to all sessions, speeches, panels, and demos, archives and recordings and networking opportunities, it’s $145. 

Here are a few events that you may care about: 

  • Peter Rawlinson, CEO of EV startup Lucid Motors, will sit down with the Los Angeles Times’ Russ Mitchell to discuss the company’s ambitious plans and the “mobility revolution” 
  • The “critical mass” around EV companies in California like Karma, Fisker, Canoo and more, and what needs to be done to sustain and support them
  • How moped sharing and bike sharing may be the next big thing for mobility, and what North America can learn from Europe on that front
  • What happens to the future of urban design in the age of COVID-19 and beyond

All things we care about. We hope you’ll tune in. Click here for more, and check back on The Drive next week for more coverage. 

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This article appeared in Machine Design and has been published here with permission.

What you’ll learn:

  • Stefan Issing, global automotive industry director and senior solution architect, IFS, discusses business and operational impacts stemming from the pandemic.
  • How will cars be sold in the future? (Hint: at your fingertips.)
  • Enterprise resource planning is undergoing a transformation.

When the last Chevy Cruze rolled off a General Motors assembly line in Lordstown, Ohio back in March, the assembly plant’s closure had little to do with the pandemic. The move was instead indicative of changes already underway in the auto industry.

Yet, by July, when GM’s U.S. second quarter vehicle sales declined about 34% compared to a year ago, the automaker reported the results were impacted by reduced demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as tight dealer inventories resulting from production shutdowns earlier in the year.

Similar reports of disruption would trigger temporary closures across North America. From Ford, Fiat Chrysler and Honda to Toyota and Nissan, automakers moved to idle their factories, forcing hundreds of parts and component producers to come to a temporary standstill.

Unplanned shutdowns raised unique challenges, the effects of which have spurred the need for contingency plans that enable operational effectiveness, argued Stefan Issing, global automotive industry director and senior solution architect, IFS, a global enterprise applications company.

Stefan Issing, global automotive industry director and senior solution architect, IFS.Stefan Issing, global automotive industry director and senior solution architect, IFS.

Shipment or supply chain delays during lockdowns rate high on the impact leaderboard, according to Issing. “Whether you talk about Asian suppliers delivering to European automakers or to North American automakers, components were not being delivered,” he said. “The supply chain was disrupted badly in the beginning, and when they started up again, OEMs closed their plants, causing a wave effect that impacted different regions of the world.”

Disruptions can be a baseline for risk mitigation and future planning. One business practice that Issing said gained ground during the pandemic is Demand Driven Materials Requirement Planning, a lean planning method that can help manufacturers offset spikes in demand. In their quest to return to productivity, manufacturers can make better decisions with the use of management tools, particularly when complemented by reliable ERP solutions, he explained. 

In the following abridged version of an interview with Machine Design, Issing reflected on lessons learned during the pandemic and considered industry shifts in its aftermath.

The impact of the pandemic shifted the collective frame of mind. As we close out the year and plan ahead, which events might be relegated to the past and what changes will persist?

One [development] could be how cars will be sold in the future. I think Tesla was the first mover in selling cars via the Web. So, you can buy a car on an online shop, like Amazon, and you’d go to a car dealership just to have a test drive. I’m not sure if dealerships will need big rooms just to have 100 cars to touch in different colors. Why


To Tom Demagall, bicycles represent freedom.

“When you’re a kid and you leave your parents’ house on a bike for the first time, that’s life-changing,” he says. “Riding is as exciting now as it was when I was 8.”

Demagall and his business partner Bryan Heller are opening Unison Bike Lab to help other people capture that freewheeling feeling.

Bryan Heller of Unison Bike Lab. Photo courtesy of Unison Bike Lab.

The shop, which opens next month at The Highline on the South Side, will specialize in custom builds for novices and seasoned cyclists alike. Inside the 2,500-square-foot space, folks can shop for clothing and gear, peruse a selection of ready-to-ride contraptions or sit down with the pros and plan out their perfect machine, from the frame down to the accessories.

Riders also can stop in to get a flat tire fixed.

The 33-mile Three Rivers Heritage Trail, which is parallel the Monongahela River, runs by The Highline, an office and retail complex on East Carson Street. Since Covid hit, more people than ever before are pedaling their way through Pittsburgh and beyond.

For 25 years, Demagall has operated the Downtown-based Golden Triangle Bike, renting bicycles by the hour, leading city tours and serving as a travel agent for people who want to take a multi-day trip on the Great Allegheny Passage, which connects Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.

Heller, who is general manager of Golden Triangle Bike, is currently building a recumbent e-bike for Demagall’s 77-year-old father that will allow him to zip around town with ease.

Like Demagall, Heller has been riding for most of his life. He spent many years wrenching on bikes and braving New York City traffic on his two-wheeler.

“I feel like when I first started riding here there wasn’t nearly as much infrastructure,” Heller says. “But, on the whole, Pittsburgh has always had a strong bike culture.”

He credits organizations such as BikePGH with transforming the Steel City into a destination for out-of-state riders, who take advantage of urban and off-road trails year-round. Pittsburgh even boasts a pedal-powered food cart called Soul Biscuit.

When planning Unison Bike Lab, Heller and Demagall initially envisioned a business that was part retailer, part workshop, part coffee shop, part brewery. But The Highline already has Astroid Café and will soon welcome a Sly Fox Brewing Co. taproom.

Photo courtesy of Unison Bike Lab.

The pair want to collaborate with the Philadelphia-based beer maker this spring. Sly Fox is deeply rooted in outdoor activities such as running, cycling, golfing and hiking.

In addition to building a recumbent bike, Heller is helping Demagall create the mountain bike of his dreams.

“There’s something that happens when all the parts are working in unison,” Demagall says. “The bike becomes an extension of yourself.”

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(Bloomberg) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, one of the carmakers that was slowest to embrace electrification, is signaling it’s serious about making a shift.

a close up of a car: A plug-in electric vehicle charges on the forecourt of an automobile dealership, operated by Pentagon Motor Group, a division of Motus Holdings Ltd., in Lincoln, U.K., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. As the earnings season picks up pace, an improving outlook for carmakers may further boost the sector thats already leading Europes stock rebound since March.

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A plug-in electric vehicle charges on the forecourt of an automobile dealership, operated by Pentagon Motor Group, a division of Motus Holdings Ltd., in Lincoln, U.K., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. As the earnings season picks up pace, an improving outlook for carmakers may further boost the sector thats already leading Europes stock rebound since March.

The automaker announced plans Thursday to form a joint venture with the Italian energy-storage unit of French utility giant Engie SA. The two will offer a suite of products for plugging in at home and flat-rate subscriptions for using public chargers.


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The venture is the latest indication Fiat Chrysler has changed its tune on EVs after years of doubting their ability to catch on with consumers. The company plans to complete a merger early next year with Peugeot maker PSA Group, which has been relatively bullish about battery-powered cars.

“This deal is another asset that Fiat Chrysler will have to bring a dowry to Stellantis,” said Pietro Gorlier, chief operating officer of the carmaker’s European operations, referring to the group Fiat will form with PSA.

Fiat expects there to be about 15 million electric and plug-in hybrid cars on Europe’s roads in 2025, Gorlier said. The company’s Italian unit will own 50.1% of the venture with Engie EPS, which will own the rest.

Engie EPS, which has been advised by Lazard Ltd., expects about 5.5 billion euros ($6.5 billion) in annual spending on energy for transportation by the middle of the decade, Chief Executive Officer Carlalberto Guglielminotti said on a call with Gorlier.

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DUBLIN, Oct. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Global Bicycle Tires Market Size, Market Share, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Trends, Key Players, Competitive Strategies and Forecasts, 2020 To 2028” report has been added to’s offering.

The report offers strategic insights into the global bicycle tires market along with the market size and estimates for the duration 2018 to 2028. The said research study covers in-depth analysis of multiple market segments based on product type, application, and cross-sectional study across different geographies and sub-geographies.

The study covers the comparative analysis of different segments for the years 2019 & 2028. The report also provides a prolific view on market dynamics such as market drivers, restraints, and opportunities. In addition, the report covers a section providing production and pricing trends in some of the major markets.

On account of lower costs and ease of installation, the tubed bicycle tires have experienced higher adoption over the years. However, rising demand for more durability and usability has led to the increasing adoption of tubeless and airless (solid) tires across the world. Based on applications, the overall bicycle tires market has been segmented into on-road and all-terrain applications.

The on-road bicycle tires segment comprises various sleek and precision tires that enable higher acceleration and manoeuvrability over blacktop roads and tracks. The all-terrain tires segment comprises various wider tires with deeper threads that offer enhanced grip and durability over the uneven and rough surface making them highly popular for adventure sports and off-road applications.

The bicycle tires market has been majorly driven by increasing users of bicycles in recent years. Various factors such as environmental concerns, health, and fitness, among others have compelled pedestrians to make use of bicycles for their regular commute. Thereby, the market has witnessed an increasing demand for new bicycles for various applications such as regular on-road use, off-road biking, and sports.

As a result, the bicycle tire market has been witnessing an increased demand for various types of on-road and off-road tires. Moreover, with ongoing product innovation in the tubeless and airless tires segments, the market is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period.

In order to help strategic decision-makers, the report also includes competitive profiling of the leading providers of bicycle tires, market positioning, and key developments.

In 2019, the overall bicycle tires market is led by the tubed tires segment. The segment contributed to nearly 70% of the total market revenue in 2019. A tubed tire is the oldest design of bicycle tires and hence enjoys a prolonged presence in the market. Over the years, tubed tires have been adopted by numerous leading bicycle manufacturers on account of their ease of installation and low cost to the assembler. Thereby, the segment is projected to remain dominant in the market throughout the forecast period.

On the other hand, the tubeless tires segment is estimated to portray the highest growth rate in the following years. These tires offer puncture resistance and are more durable as compared to tubed