Dec 5, 2018
The ISDA Secure Transportation and Executive Protection News Podcast for Monday, December 3, 2018
In Vehicle News
2018 Ford Expedition Platinum Drivers' Notes Review
The 2018 Ford Expedition is the fourth generation of Ford's full-size SUV offering. It replaced a model that traced its roots to the early 2000s, though it received several heavy refreshes along the way.
This new model is a huge leap forward in nearly every aspect. Yes, it's still a giant on the road, but it's lighter and more fuel efficient than before thanks to aluminum bodywork and an improved aerodynamics. It's powerful, too, thanks to Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6. In our tester's Platinum trim, it makes 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Inside, the new Expedition looks and feels a lot like a higher trim Ford F-150.
Also, from Autoblog
External airbags on cars can reduce occupant injury by up to 40 percent
We've heard about manufacturers developing external airbags in the past, but ZF, which is short for Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen, a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology, just presented some testing data and its strategy for the safety tech going forward. Through testing, ZF found that its external airbag could reduce the injury severity of an occupant by up to 40 percent.
Making the airbag deploy as intended will be the biggest challenge for external airbags like this one making it to the market. A vehicle must be able to detect when a crash is about to happen, then fire a split second beforehand. Some vehicles already offer predictive systems that prepare for an imminent impact, but an airbag going off is a lot more drastic than seatbelt tightening or suspension adjustments happening in real time. Nobody wants an airbag to go off when it isn't needed — there are many examples of this occurring in the past.
In Driving News
Bob Bondurant driving school reopens for business
Working to honor all deposits during the closure and future classes
As we reported in a previous podcast episode The Arizona racing school filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early October, the paperwork claiming a debt of somewhere between $1 and $10 million owed to between 50 and 99 creditors. In mid-November, the school closed suddenly, in the middle of classes, with instructors telling students to go home and everyone packing up belongings. Someone put a sign on the door saying "School is closed." Then, a week later, personnel were back at the school answering phones, and saying Bondurant was back. On November 28, the school and its new administrator, Timothy Shaffer, put out a statement confirming the re-opening.
In Terrorism News
Terrorism deaths down in 2017, but far-right terrorism rising, report says
Deaths from terrorism declined in 2017 for the third straight year, but far-right extremism was on the rise, according to a new report released Wednesday.
The 2018 Global Terrorism Index found that deaths resulting from terrorism decreased 27% worldwide last year. Ninety-six of the 163 countries tracked by the index saw an improvement; 46 had declined. Sixty-seven countries had at least one death from terrorism in 2017 -- a drop from 2016's record high rate of 79 countries, according to the report.
Europe saw its deaths by terrorism drop by 75% in 2017, a number that Institute for Economics & Peace executive chairman Steve Killelea called "absolutely dramatic."
The report found that far-right terrorism was on the rise in Western Europe and the United States, calling it "a growing concern."
"In the four years between 2013 and 2017, there were 66 deaths and 127 attacks caused in Western Europe and North America by far-right groups and individuals," the report stated.
Lastly, just a quick reminder that the ISDA has put together its annual Holiday Gift Guide for the executive protection and secure transportation professional. In the gift guide, we include recommended books, gear, and tech. To visit our gift guide go to https://isdacenter.org/giftguide
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