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10 Jul by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Old Dominion’s Baseball Trailer Promotes Series Sweepstakes

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Plexiglass panels reveal the trailer's load of baseballs. Each of the 14 panels, six in each side and two in the rear, weighs 300 pounds. Photos: Old Dominion Freight Line 

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Plexiglass panels reveal the trailer's load of baseballs. Each of the 14 panels, six in each side and two in the rear, weighs 300 pounds. Photos: Old Dominion Freight Line

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Major League Baseball bills itself as the “national pastime” and, notwithstanding the popularity of football and basketball, baseball is a fixation in the USA and several other countries. And did you know that MLB has an Official Freight Carrier?

It's Old Dominion Freight Line, which is stepping up to the plate with a special promotional trailer holding an untold number of baseballs. It's making its debut this week in Miami, where the annual All-Star Game will be played, starting at 7:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday night.

The vehicle promotes the sport and Old Dominion's “OD Seats to the World Series” sweepstakes. OD will award a pair of tickets to one game of each of the next three World Series to the person who can come closest to guessing the number of baseballs it would take to fill this customized trailer.

“We're helping our customers and fans celebrate the national pastime by delivering the ultimate premium experience – tickets to three consecutive World Series,” said David Carter, Old Dominion's vice president of marketing communications, in a press release. “This prize underscores our daily promise to our customers, delivering premium service.”

Wabash engineers designed the 28-foot by 102.3-inch pup trailer and workers at the plant in Lafayette, Ind., assembled it, OD says. It's a Duraplate model modified with 14 plexiglass inserts, two in the rear and six in each side.

Each panel is 2 inches thick and weighs 300 pounds. Thus the trailer's tare weight is much more than a standard pup van, 15,760 pounds vs. 9,700 pounds. And no, they're not revealing the payload, so you baseball fans can't divide that by the weight of an official MLB baseball, ...Read the rest of this story

10 Jul by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Goodyear rolls out autonomous vehicle tire

Integrated sensors within this tire sends road and weather data directly to a self-driving vehicle's computer system.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. recently introduced a new tire dubbed the “Intelligrip Urban” concept for autonomous vehicles (AVs): a tire that can gather and directly input data on weather and road conditions into AVs computer system.

The global tire maker officially unveiled this concept tire at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.

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