Linklist: February 13, 2012

Businessweek: Making the World’s Largest Airline Fly: Cover Story on United Continental merger

Monthly US Total Gasoline Retail Deliveries by Refiners
Monthly US Total Gasoline Retail Deliveries by Refiners

As the figure from EIA shows, and Charles Hugh Smith asks:Why Is Gasoline Consumption Tanking?: In short, peak travel, the recession, demographics, changing travel behavior, staycations, residential relocation, fleet use changes, and rising fuel economy (and ethanol) wouldn’t seem to explain this large a drop, especially the last two points. Is there a methodological problem? Other hypotheses?

Via JW: Green Car Congress: 2013 Cadillac XTS will feature first GM application of sensor fusion; milestone toward semi- and fully autonomous vehicles:

“The 2013 Cadillac XTS will feature GM’s first application of a Driver Assistance Package using sensor fusion, which combines the information of several, generally heterogeneous sensors and positioning technologies to alert drivers more accurately of road hazards and help them avoid crashes. Sensor fusion and the challenges of its implementation have been topics of interest in the active safety community for a number of years.”

The EconomistBuilding competitiveness: A fare fight : “Taxi markets are a perfect test of Europe’s willingness to change.”