Going the wrong way on a divided highway against traffic has dire head-on collision consequences. Ford has a relatively simple solution that could help the problem: sign-recognition technology.
Ford simply tweaked its existing road-sign recognition software to enable it to read Do Not Enter signs and alert the driver to their presence. Then it flashes a note to “check driving direction” in the vehicle’s gauge cluster or head-up display. So far, the technology will only be available in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
Read the article at Car and Driver.
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
Despite its highly touted benefits, North American business fleets are lagging behind other markets in embracing car-sharing, still a relatively small but booming phenomenon, especially among younger consumers around the world.
That’s the view from a round of interviews with some key players and observers of the nascent car-sharing market.
One big reason for the lag: for the most part, unlike government and academic fleets, business fleets don’t pool their vehicles – they assign them for permanent use by a single driver. As such, drivers generally regard their vehicle as a benefit, and many drivers are allowed to drive them for personal use, some even by members of their immediate family.
Apart from the possibility of reducing some fleet drivers’ productivity, taking away drivers’ assigned vehicles in exchange for access to a pool represents a cultural change many business fleets don’t want to undertake for fear of losing top employees or reducing their ability to recruit.
Wheels, Inc., a leader in corporate fleet management and mobility solutions, has announced that Norman Din, Vice President of Strategic Sales, will retire August 31.
“I am exceedingly grateful to have spent so much time at Wheels, a great global organization with a thoughtful customer-focused approach to fleet and a team of people I am proud to have worked with,” said Norman. “My experience at Wheels has made me confident in its future success and that it will continue to deliver exceptional client service.”
By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics
Since 2008, the AAA Foundation has published a highly informative, eye-opening report titled: Traffic Safety Culture Index.
Included are annual survey results identifying drivers’ attitudes and behaviors related to traffic safety. Working with fleet safety professionals across the country, I have found that many are not aware of this report. I encourage anyone responsible for, involved in or concerned about fleet safety to become acquainted with the analysis provided in the Traffic Safety Culture Index to better understand the trends in driver behavior and corresponding safety challenges.
This report clearly indicates that our cultural attitude toward traffic safety is being compromised and the worsening crash statistics over the past few years bear this out. As fleet operators, we are in a unique position to change this culture as we have the benefit of managing and communicating with a captive audience.
California has consistently led the way with bold clean energy goals and developed innovative solutions to address air pollution even before the Clean Air Act passed. Multiple states followed our lead.
The Trump administration wants to jeopardize future progress that consumers demand.
It’s bad for safety and it’s bad for consumers. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, "The clean car standards are already saving our families billions at the pump, supporting nearly 300,000 American jobs, and cleaning up dangerous tailpipe pollution."
Read the article at The Hill.