Axios AM Deep Dive – June 29, 2019

From getting a license to paying taxes, we routinely give cities granular data on who we are, where we live, what we do and how much we earn, Erica Pandey writes.

  • Why it matters: A smart city can vacuum up details like your location or daily habits — even though you probably haven’t agreed to it.

For example: New York’s LinkNYC WiFi hotspots, which also have cameras, can analyze images of people passing by particular kiosks. Over time, images could be linked to their identity and other sensitive data, like credit scores.

  • Theoretically, that information could then be used to place ads for payday loans around that kiosk, says Katya Abazajian, Open Cities director at the Sunlight Foundation.

The explosion of data and always-connected items — from umbrellas to dashcams — will lead to new, unpredictable applications.

As Gatorade drops Tiger Focus drink, media analysts reveal TV ads suddenly halted Nov. 29

Yates gave no further details about Holmberg’s illness, but the woman who called 911 about her sounded frantic. It was not clear if the caller was Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren, or Elin’s twin sister, Josefin.

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2017 GMC Yukon XL Denali 4WD 8-Speed Automatic

General Motors pretty much owns the full-size SUV segment with its entries from Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac. Sales of the General’s six regular- and extended-length full-size SUVs totaled 255,907 through November; in the same period, Ford found just 63,887 buyers for its four total variants of the competing Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. It can’t hurt that GM covers all the pricing bases from the $48,410 entry-level Chevy Tahoe to the $98,790 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum 4×4. As those hefty MSRPs suggest, these trucks produce lots of profits, especially luxury variants like the one we’ve tested here, the GMC Yukon XL Denali.

Big and Capable

More than a people hauler, the extended-wheelbase Yukon XL can tow and haul heavy cargo, too. Nearly 19 feet long from stem to stern and riding on a massive 130-inch wheelbase, the big GMC has room for up to eight people

... read more at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/2017-gmc-yukon-xl-denali-195400067.html

General Motors under investigation for faulty brake vacuum pumps on big pickups and SUVS

The U.S. government is investigating more than 100 complaints of poor brake performance on 2.7 million General Motors big pickups and SUVs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a brake vacuum pump can deteriorate, causing increased braking effort and longer stopping distances.

The agency has 111 consumer complaints including nine crashes and two injuries.

The investigation covers 2014 through 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. Also involved are Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade SUVs.

The agency will determine how often the problem happens and whether a recall is necessary.

GM is monitoring complaints and warranty claims about the brakes and is working with NHTSA to evaluate them, spokesman Tom Wilkinson said Friday.

Any owner who has a problem with brake performance should have them examined by a GM dealer or independent repair shop, Wilkinson said.

They should keep receipts because they could be reimbursed for repairs if there is

... read more at: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/general-motors-under-investigation-for-faulty-brake-vacuum-pumps-on-big-pickups-and-suvs

What we’re driving: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

  • The “base” QX80 Luxe starts at $66,795, about the same as the fully loaded Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve I drove last December. (They share a platform.)
  • The QX80 Limited will set you back $91,450.

For that price, you should expect to be bathed in luxury. But the Infiniti tries a little too hard: Its open-pore wood accents, faux-suede surfaces, and two-tone color scheme are just too gaudy for my tastes.

  • But there are some nice convenience features, like the telescopic steering wheel that helpfully retracts when you’re getting in or out of the vehicle, and the 360-degree camera makes parking this behemoth a little easier.

Standard driver assistance features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and technology that keeps you in your lane or prevents you from backing over someone or something.

10 Family-Friendly Adventure Destinations

You could go to a theme park. Or the IMAX theater. Or to visit your in-laws. But getting your family out of that rut is what trips of a lifetime are about. We recommend the great outdoors for scenery no virtual-reality setup or video game can replicate, and to cement your kids’ relationship with campfires, fresh air, wildlife, and our nation’s wonders. Oh, and also with you! While the more famous national parks are often mobbed, the United States is an enormous country. Try the less-heralded national parks and state parks, which are less crowded and can be just as spectacular. Here are 10 ideal places to visit for family-friendly adventures:

This content is part of Take On: The Uncharted Path.

... read more at: https://www.caranddriver.com/features/g15378675/10-family-friendly-adventure-destinations/