January 19, 2021

states

The state’s new computer system designed to process vehicle licenses and registrations is up and running, and by all accounts things are off to a good start.

Agents from across Minnesota handled more than 21,600 transactions on Monday, the first day the MNDRIVE system went live. No major hiccups were reported as customers conducted business both in person and online, said Megan Leonard, a spokeswoman with the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS).

“The launch is off to a smooth start overall,” she said.

MNDRIVE replaces MNLARS, the troubled vehicle licensing and registration system on which the state spent more than $100 million before deciding to abandon. The Legislature directed the Department of Public Safety and the state’s IT department to replace MNLARS by the end of 2020.

MNDRIVE is being used at 15 exam stations, deputy registrar offices and driver’s license agent offices across the state. Most offices were closed last week to allow for the switch-over and to train personnel on how to enter customer information.

Officials warned Monday that in-person transactions might take longer than usual as offices caught up on the backlog and clerks became used to MNDRIVE.

“The Burnsville License Center is operating under a new computer system. Wait times may become lengthy,” the office’s voice message said. “We encourage you to make an appointment for driver’s license or title transfers.”

But that was not the case in most places Monday, Leonard said. The average wait time statewide for title registrations was 13 minutes. New driver’s license applications were taking about 9 minutes to process, and services such as tab renewals were taking no more than 5 minutes, she said.

Many skipped the trip to DVS offices Monday and instead logged on to drive.mn.gov/, where they filed 4,858 vehicle registration renewals, 2,536 applications for driver’s licenses and 1,515 renewals.

MNDRIVE is designed to process transactions “smoothly and efficiently,” state officials said, and has features MNLARS did not.

For instance, MNDRIVE automatically calculates registration taxes and fees to ensure that drivers are paying the correct amount. It also allows users to upload and submit documents required for some transactions online, eliminating the need to visit an office.

The system allows auto dealers to print a special 21-day license plate onsite, eliminating the need for drivers to display a temporary paper permit in the back window. Auto dealers submitted 850 title and temporary permit applications on Monday, DVS said.

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The “United States Automotive Pneumatic Actuators Market – Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2020 – 2025)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The United States Automotive Pneumatic Actuator Market is anticipated a register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period (2020 – 2025).

The growth of fuel-efficient vehicles and the inclusion of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), majorly braking and throttle systems (like adaptive cruise control (ACC) and autonomous emergency braking features), in new vehicles and existing vehicles, are the major driving factors for the automotive actuator market.

Owing to the rising penetration and replacement rate of the pneumatic actuator with pure electric and electro-pneumatic actuators, the market studied is expected to grow at a slow rate, especially for the passenger car segment.

However, demand for the automotive pneumatic actuator in the commercial vehicle segment is expected to grow due to an increase in production and sales of trucks and semi-trailers globally.

The use of fuel injection actuators and throttle actuators in diesel engine vehicles help comply with the Euro VI standard. The market for actuators for fuel injection that are directly related to diesel engines is expected to grow with the development of advanced diesel engines.

Key Market Trends

Growing Demand for Throttle Actuators

Conventional diesel engines implement sophisticated fuel management systems, such as integrated throttle control units. These engines are popular due to their increased efficiency, enhanced functionality, increased operational safety, and reduced carbon emissions.

Autonomous throttle control actuator is being implemented in the latest 2018 Audi A8 which consists of radar, electronic sensors, and cameras integrated to the actuators to control vehicle speed, without the driver having to pay attention or keep their hands on the wheel.

Advanced throttle actuators provide the ability to integrate control with other vehicle functions. These systems in SUVs allow the engine speed to be monitored for smooth driving over different terrains.

Products, such as the Electronic Throttle Control 12 by Continental, have high performance, low weight in a small package, low leakage, and are capable of turbo applications, due to their high torque.

Failures in throttle actuators systems have occurred, such as accidents reported in cars by Tesla and Toyota due to faulty sensors that may lead to a lack of response from the throttle actuators, due to high resistance to acceleration given by the driver.

United States to Dominate the Automotive Pneumatic Actuator Market

The United States is leading the global Automotive Pneumatic Actuator Market

In United States, commercial vehicle sales increased. This increase can be attributed to diesel vehicles meeting the emission standard, along with the rising demand for commercial vehicles. The increase in demand for commercial vehicles can be attributed to an increase in construction and industrial activity, road freight movement.

Some of the key players in the supply of automotive actuators globally are Denso International, Hella Automotive, Robert Bosch, Mitsuba Corporation.

The most prominent actuator application in the region is wiper motors, power window motors, door actuators, seat motors, and brake actuators. Rear

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Thanks to advocacy efforts across the country, the number of bicyclists on American roads has increased substantially over the past decade. As more riders are on the road, the likelihood of bicycle-related accidents increases. While many cities have taken steps to make roads a safer place for bicyclists, others have not. Until all cities embrace bicycle culture and initiate changes to the infrastructure, bicycle-related accidents will continue to be problematic.

Overview of Bicycle Accidents in the United States

Statistics show that while the overall number of bicycle accidents in the country is declining, the number of fatal bike accidents is on the rise. In 2015, there were 45,000 reported bicycle accidents in the United States, down from 50,000 reported accidents in the prior year. However, the number of fatal accidents increased by more than 12 percent during this same time.

Overall Decline in Bike Accidents

If more bicyclists are on the road than ever before, why are bicycle accidents happening less frequently? The answer may be due to the fact that advocacy groups have been successful in getting towns and cities across the country to embrace the bicycling culture.

“An increasing number of cities have added safety features – including bike lanes and protective medians – to its existing infrastructure,” says Sherwin Arzani, an attorney who handles bicycle accidents in Los Angeles, CA. Others have also ramped up efforts to engage the community about bicycle safety.

Drivers are encouraged to be alert of bicyclists and careful when sharing the road. Bicyclists have more information available to them about their legal obligations on the road and how they can help to prevent bike accidents.

Significant Increase in Fatal Bike Accidents

Fewer bike accidents are happening on American roads. However, a larger percentage of these accidents tend to be fatal. Why?

Reasons that the number of fatal bike accidents has risen include:

  • New bicyclists are less familiar with safe biking practices
  • Drivers are not using caution when sharing the road with bicyclists, and
  • Cities are planning, but have not implemented changes to infrastructure to support bicyclist safety.

Urban Bicycle Accidents

Statistics show that urban bicycle accidents (1) tend to happen more frequently and (2) result in more serious injuries. In fact, approximately 70 percent of all fatal bike accidents happen in our nation’s cities. Cities tend to have much more heavily-traveled roads and less flexibility to install bicycle safety features than suburban and rural areas.

Most Dangerous Cities for Bicyclists

Statistics show that the following cities tend to be the most dangerous for bicyclists:

  1. Albuquerque, NM
  2. Tucson, AZ
  3. Las Vegas, NV
  4. Phoenix, AZ
  5. San Jose, CA
  6. Columbus, OH
  7. San Francisco, CA
  8. Memphis, TN
  9. Philadelphia, PA
  10. Los Angeles, CA.

Most of these cities have seen a staggering increase in the number of bicyclists on the roads. San Francisco, for example, saw a 13 percent increase in riders between 2011 and 2016. The number of riders in Albuquerque has risen by more than 46 percent since 2000.

Safest Cities for Bicyclists

Smaller cities tend

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The Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) enforces the exemption of eligible foreign missions and their members from payment of any taxes when purchasing, leasing, registering or titling a vehicle. The following procedures are associated with requesting and obtaining a tax exemption on purchases or leases of official or personal motor vehicles by eligible foreign missions and their members in the United States. A “motor vehicle” is defined as any self-propelled vehicle, including but not limited to automobiles, motorcycles, boats, and aircraft.

The exemption of sales and use taxes imposed on purchases or leases of motor vehicles in the United States on the basis of the diplomatic or consular status or accreditation of the purchasing foreign mission or accredited mission member and their dependents is solely authorized via the issuance of a Motor Vehicle Tax-Exemption Letter by the Department’s Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) to the seller or lessor of such motor vehicle. Note that Diplomatic Tax Exemption Cards are not valid for exemption from taxes imposed on purchases of motor vehicles.

Therefore, prior to finalizing a purchase or lease of a motor vehicle, all foreign missions and their accredited members must instruct the seller/lessor to directly contact OFM during normal business hours to request the issuance of a Motor Vehicle Tax-Exemption Letter.

Motor vehicle sellers/lessors may make such requests by electronic mail or telephone.

Sellers/lessors in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia should direct requests to [email protected] Sellers/lessors outside this area should direct requests to the nearest OFM Regional Office:

Sellers/lessors must provide the following information to OFM:

1. The seller/lessor’s name, mailing address, and telephone and fax numbers;

2. The color, year, make, and model of the motor vehicle that the mission or accredited mission member is planning to acquire; and

3. For official motor vehicles: the name of the foreign mission that is purchasing or leasing a motor vehicle; or

4. For personal motor vehicles: the name (as it appears on their current “A or G series” visa) of the accredited mission member or their dependent who is purchasing or leasing a motor vehicle, the name of the foreign mission to which the individual is assigned, and the individual’s Department-issued Personal Identification Number (PID). (Note that individuals must present proof of accreditation to the seller/lessor – i.e., valid passport which contains their current “A or G series” visa, or Department-issued protocol identification card, or Department-issued driver’s license, or Department-issued Diplomatic Tax Exemption Card.)

OFM strives to transmit Motor Vehicle Tax-Exemption Letters to the requesting seller/lessor by either electronic mail or facsimile within two hours of receiving the request.

Sellers/lessors are required to send all original ownership documents directly to OFM so that the motor vehicle can be properly registered and titled. Auto dealerships and state motor vehicle administrations should treat this transaction as an out of state registration. OFM will issue a registration card and federal license plates once proper documentation is received. Also, a title will be sent to the indicated lien holder to protect

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