Grand Bassa Forging Ahead

first_imgGrand Bassa County Superintendent J. Levi Demah said his administration will not leave any stone unturned when it comes to the issue of undertaking new development projects across the county.Supt. Demah highlighted the construction of the new campus of the Grand Bassa Community College, the completion of the Liberia Opportunities Industrial Center (LOIC) vocational training center, the Buchanan City Hall, the County Service Center (CSC), as well as improvements to the Coastal Defense Project, among others, as projects being undertaken by his administration. The improvement of the Buchanan Seaport, which now operates 24-7, he said, has augmented the status of the county as a revenue generating hub for the country.Supt. Demah expressed satisfaction with the level of development that is currently going on in the county, noting, “Development comes when people work in one accord.” “All of what we are now seeing in Bassa is as a result of the willingness of the Bassa people to embrace development and work collectively,” he said.Supt. Demah made the comments on Monday when a team of Executive Mansion reporters toured major development projects in the county.“With the level of cordiality that currently exists in the country, more development projects will be initiated to better the lives of the people,” the Superintendent said. “I’m very happy about what is happening in this county. We are really forging ahead now.” He added that the community college will indeed become the pride of the country when all of the relevant pieces are put together.Demah said the LOIC center, where scores of young people are currently enrolled, is serving as the center of empowerment for the young people of Grand Bassa and adjacent counties, namely, Margibi, Sinoe and River Cess. The students are being trained in seven disciplines that include masonry, welding, home arts, tailoring, carpentry, engineering and electricity. LOIC training is an 18 month program.Demah said the enrollment level at the center and the seriousness of the students to learn clearly indicates that vocational education will make a difference in the county.The center was built with funding from the county’s social development funds, the Superintendent said, though he didn’t disclose the amount. He praised the president of the Grand Bassa Community College, Dr. Levi Zangai, for his level of leadership that is shaping the college in the right direction. He lauded President Sirleaf for the supports, which he said are making Bassa better.The team of journalists also toured the Port of Buchanan where Port Manager Patrick M. Konneh indicated that the port is now on the right trajectory, being fully operational seven days a week and a 24-hour pilot service following the installation of a Pilot Aid Navigation System. The cost of the navigation aids is being put at about US$200,000.Manager Konneh said as a result of 24-7 operations time, the Buchanan port is experiencing an increase in vessel traffic, which is economically beneficial because there is an increase in revenue generation through tariffs and taxes, as well as royalties.The increase in service at the port is also making the port competitive through timely berthing of vessels, full utilization of all berths and berthing opportunities, and reduction in vessel idle time during berths.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More Legacy OEMs Planning To Follow Suit With Teslas OTA Updates

first_imgBIG AUTO PLAYS CATCH-UP WITH TESLA’S OVER-THE-AIR SOFTWARE UPDATESJournalists have been calling cars “computers on wheels” for at least a decade, but there’s a problem with that metaphor: these days, even the simplest of computers can update their software remotely, with little or no user input required. Other than the ones made by a certain California company, cars don’t do that. Today’s most “advanced” non-Tesla vehicles can do little more than update their software to fix problems, and even that usually requires a trip to the dealership.More Over-The-Air Update Content:: Above: Tesla’s Model 3 has advanced tech not yet found in a multitude of cars from legacy automakers yet (Image: Tesla)As Mike Colias, writing in the Wall Street Journal, reminds us, Tesla pioneered over-the-air updates, which allow it to transmit not only bug fixes, but complex new features to its vehicles, in a process that consumers are familiar with from their computers and smart phones.Now GM, Ford, Toyota and other legacy automakers are playing catch-up. The WSJ reports that GM plans to introduce its first fully updatable vehicle this year, and Ford will offer over-the-air updates on a new electric SUV next year. Auto supplier Harman International is working with “at least 10 major automakers to develop wireless update technology. Research firm IHS Markit forecasts global sales of updatable vehicles will grow from 500,000 in 2018 to 35 million by 2025.It may seem incomprehensible that the auto companies, with their vast resources, are struggling to implement something that’s considered a simple feature in the tech industries. But the wheels of Detroit grind slowly, and the WSJ predicts that “it will take years for car companies to broadly offer the capability, partly because remotely updating major functions on a vehicle is a radical shift for the industry.”Some in the industry sound downright frightened of the not-so-new technology. “We could end up in a bad place if the industry remotely puts out technology that users don’t understand, figuring they can fix any problems later,” said Navigant Research Analyst Sam Abuelsamid. “That might work for a photo-sharing app, but not for cars.”“We’re not going to do this without highly thought-out cybersecurity measures, which I’m not sure gets enough attention,” said GM President Mark Reuss..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: A look at the simple process of getting an over-the-air update in the Tesla Model 3 (Youtube: Kyle Field)Somehow, Tesla has been doing wireless updates since 2012, without any world-threatening problems. But then, Tesla’s Silicon Valley mojo gave it an enormous head start in the connected car competition, as co-founder Ian Wright explained to me in a 2014 interview for my history of Tesla. Whereas legacy vehicles are “a dog’s breakfast” of unconnected and incompatible hardware and software, Teslas are run by a central, logically designed system. “That’s the sort of thing that Tesla gets right in their sleep, and the big guys really struggle with,” said Ian Wright in 2014.One of the things Tesla owners tend to rave about is that over time, their vehicles keep getting better and better. “To get not just bug fixes but new features every few months is like getting a new car,” Model S owner Alexander Chemerys told the WSJ.Tesla has used wireless updates to enable Creep Mode in response to owner requests, to raise ground clearance in order to improve safety at highway speeds, and to temporarily extend range for drivers fleeing natural disasters. In 2018, when Consumer Reports reported that it had found Model 3’s stopping distance to be unacceptably long, Elon Musk immediately promised to look into the matter. Within days, an over-the-air firmware update improved the car’s braking performance. And of course, the famous Ludicrous Mode was also remotely added to existing vehicles.Wireless updates, currently a valuable differentiator for Tesla, could be a boon to legacy brands too, saving on repair costs and improving the rate at which recalled vehicles get fixed. Advisory firm ABI Research said in a report last year that software issues cost carmakers $17 billion a year. Just one example: in 2018, GM recalled over a million trucks and SUVs to fix a bug that caused a steering defect. Owners had to bring their cars to dealerships, and GM had to pay the bills – a cost that analysts say might have been avoided with a simple over-the-air update. UPDATE: Chevy Bolt Finally Gets Its Over-The-Air (OTA) Updates Above: A look inside the interior of a Tesla Model S with its large iPad-like screen capable of software updates (Image: InsideEVs)The majors may be moving slowly, but they see the potential of wireless update technology. “We’ll use it to fix things that go wrong, for sure,” Ford President of Global Markets Jim Farley told the WSJ. “But you can also surprise and delight the customer with an experience that they didn’t expect, that you don’t charge for, and that builds loyalty to your brand.”===Written by: Charles Morris; Source: Wall Street Journal*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Tesla Model 3 Gets More Power, Higher Top Speed With Software Update Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Unlocks V2 Supercharger 145 kW Rate Via New Software Update *This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 29, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more