Indycar In-Car Theatre: Visorcam Chevrolet Indy Dual In Detroit

I would pay a pretty decent sum of money per year to have an official stream or playback with timing, onboard camera, etc. Maybe they could throw in discounts for when the circus comes into town. I just got a job about 1.5 hours from Suzuka so I think I’ll be visiting for as long as I’m here.

The thing that I think might be blocking them, however, is deals with BBC and/or SkyF1. Not sure if FOM just thought their money was better than from all the individuals but the broadcasters could have put in for a block on FOM providing anything via the internet. Could also mean venues would want more of the pie, too.

My guess is that with the Live Timing app, they are sort of feeling the waters as to what the audience would take to. However, that app is horrible and I hope they don’t assume fans wouldn’t pay for packages to watch seasons based on the app’s success (or lack there of).

if one had the option of viewing any of the multiple camera feeds while watching the race live. Would be fantastic to view the race from a favourite driver’s perspective while viewing the main broadcast feed in a side window.

It must be apathy on F1’s behalf that such service does not already exist, because I imagine it would be a great revenue stream. Or is there another reason I’ve over looked?

I prefer the cockpit mounted camera, the image is more stable and the quality is better.

What I would like though is the ability to select the camera you view during the race, just like you can at the track and the handheld things (Formerly KangarooTV, not sure what they’re called now).

It would be much better to pick your own Picture in Picture, and have the full times available rather than waiting for the F1 director for that weekend decide what everyone wants to watch. They could use that to determine what parts of the race have the most interest, so if everyone is watching the thermal cam, or helmet cam, they know to do that in future…or even during that race.

LAPD may roll out a Tesla Model S police car as soon as 2017

A few months ago, we reported that the Los Angeles Police Department was contemplating adding a few Tesla Model S vehicles to their fleet. With Tesla loaning the LAPD two Model S P85D vehicles for evaluation, LAPD Police Administrator Vartan Yegiyan explained that the underlying goal was to determine how the luxury sedan would perform in a city environment and to ascertain any benefits and drawbacks it would introduce as an everyday patrol car.

What’s more, the LAPD also indicated that they were evaluating the Tesla Model S’ capabilities as a high-pursuit vehicle, altogether not terribly surprising the Model S’ reputation for speed.

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Now comes word via NBC Los Angeles that the LAPD’s flirtation with Tesla is progressing quite a bit. Whereas the LAPD previously conducted private testing with the Model S, the latest report relays that the LAPD will now be outfitting a Model S with police equipment and electronics whereupon it will actually use it as a patrol car in the real world.

As part of the LAPD’s effort to become more environmentally friendly, NBC notes that the “LAPD will equip a Tesla sedan for patrol duty and then field test its suitability.” Tesla will reportedly assist the LAPD in its efforts to outfit the Model S with all the requisite police gear.

If all goes according to plan, Yegiyan said that he hopes to have an operational Model S in the field as early as 2017.

The LAPD of course is no stranger to EVs. This past summer, the police department acquired 100 BMW i3s for non-emergency situations. The LAPD notes that while the i3s are helpful, they lack the requisite power and range that the LAPD needs from field-ready patrol car.

Should the Model S perform well, we still shouldn’t expect to see the LAPD fleet become Tesla heavy anytime soon. Yegiyan explained that Tesla’s today are still too expensive but added that once the cost of the cars go down, the LAPD will be ready.

F1 Must Do More For Digital Generation, Says Marchionne

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has urged Formula 1 chiefs to change the championship’s approach to digital platforms in order to help attract younger audiences.

F1 has been slow in reacting to the opportunities available online, and has been left behind by American sports in particular, who have embraced younger audiences on social media.

For Marchionne, he thinks the risks of alienating younger fans through not delivering what they want is made worse by F1 having over-complicated rules which can be a turn-off.

“When a person buys a computer you do not ask how many processors there are on the inside, but I appreciate the performance,” he said at the Chinese Grand Prix.

“If I had to explain how you make up a power unit, I’d be here for hours and everyone would be bored.

“For the public we can simplify things, and it is a change that needs to be done. The regulations are too complex. You need an opening closer to the people, and particularly young people.

“But this is a subject that concerns FOM. To bring the younger audience, you need to speak their language, and to give proper attention to the digital world.”

Toyota Camry (78.5%) and the Honda Accord (76%) both contain more domestic content than the Chevrolet Camaro (68%)

What could be more American than a Chevrolet Camaro? The answer might surprise you: A study by American University’s Kogod School of Business found that the Toyota Camry (78.5%) and the Honda Accord (76%) both contain more domestic content than the Chevrolet Camaro (68%), which barely edges out the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (67.5%) and the Kia Sorento (67%).

The fact is, we live in a brave new world where “American” cars are built in Korea, “German” cars originate in Mexico and “Japanese” cars come from the good old US of A. But that’s not all—parts for cars assembled in America often come from abroad. That means the cars in a city crowded with GM, Ford and Chrysler products might be less American than one filled with Toyotas and Hondas..

With this in mind, we at CarsDirect thought we’d ask which major cities drove the most—and least— American cars.

Some findings weren’t unexpected:–

  • With a score of 80%, Phoenix was the only major city that exceeded the national average of 74%, which Chicago matched.
  • West Coast cities have traditionally embraced imports, so lower scores from Los Angeles (62.3%), San Jose (61%), and San Diego (45%) are in line with expectations.

But there were also some surprises:

  • The American content of cars in Texan cities—Houston (68%), San Antonio (62.1%) and Dallas (46%)—wasn’t just middling. All three drive less American cars than New York City (73%).
  • And it might be the home of the Liberty Bell, but Philadelphia isn’t exactly patriotic in its car-buying habits. The American content in its cars is just 49%.


How the list was assembled: We created a “top ten” list of cars for each of the largest cities in America by looking at traffic to individual vehicle make/model pages where shoppers choose options for cars. We then used data from Kogod to give each city points based on the cars appearing in its top ten list. Each city’s percentage is based on the score they received out of a possible 850 points. (No cars are any longer 100% American.) Please note that the scores are based on a list of vehicles most shopped for and does not necessarily represent the vehicles most sold in the U.S.