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Commercial fleet insurance costs continue to rise and present financial challenges to business owners and fleet managers. Insurers are keen on the ability to integrate telematics operational data into their underwriting, pricing, and claims processes for better efficiency and customer service.
Both fleet managers and insurance providers are looking for services that provide the ability to leverage your telematics data within the insurance process through your existing TSP services while keeping you in control.
As automakers add safety and convenience driver aids to their mainstream vehicles, many drivers will benefit from self-driving technology without ever experiencing an autonomous vehicle.
Nissan already offers a system that makes driving easier and safer so subtly that many car owners will never realize how much it’s helping them.
“It’s more relaxed driving,” John Maddox, president and CEO of the American Center for Mobility, the new test track for developing autonomous and driver-assistance systems in Willow Run, just west of Detroit. Maddox uses a CT6 with Super Cruise on his daily commute. “I’m less inclined to speed or weave in and out of traffic.”
Read the article at Detroit Free Press.
If Elon Musk's Hyperloop becomes a reality, commuting from Los Angeles to San Francisco could become a 30-minute ride from what will essentially be a train station.
In addition to the Hyperloop, Flying cars, Loop subway systems, transforming ride-share vehicles and self-driving vehicles are all transportation concepts being explored and developed for the near future.
"If you had an app to request a five-minute flight and skip all the tunnels to get out of New York City, that's a huge opportunity," said Sam Korus, an ARK Invest analyst who has studied flying cars.
Read the article at CNN Tech.
Later this year, the new Chevrolet Silverado will be available in eight different trim levels paired with six engine and transmission combinations, including a surprising new powertrain: a 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with fuel-saving technology.
But if you think it will be underpowered, think again: Chevrolet says the new 2.7-liter engine is more powerful and efficient than the 4.3-liter V6 it replaces, delivering 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.
“A major focus of the next-generation Silverado is expanding the range of choices,” said Tim Asoklis, chief engineer for the Silverado 1500. “With all-new engines and a broader model range, there’s a Silverado for everyone, whether you’re buying your first pickup or your tenth.”
Read the article at Forbes.
When thinking about the future of public transportation, many people skip right to flying cars, jetpacks, electric and autonomous vehicles. Maybe it has to do with the obstacles that stand in the way of making public transportation better.
Fixing public transportation requires cooperation, planning, and the acceptance of the community. Ideas are voted on. Careers are wagered. That sometimes makes it hard to separate the ideas from the politics.
"Meanwhile, flashy “future of transportation” ideas enjoy the freedom of being removed from those burdens. They’re usually proposed with the caveat that mundane problems like “regulation” or “funding” will naturally be solved along the way if the idea is good enough."
Read the article at The Verge.
The success and customization of autonomous vehicles will depend on the needs of the user - the first things that will be deleted are the steering wheel and other controls to allow for more room and more configurations - the sky is the limit.
The price of self-driving cars is predicted to come down enough for it to make sense for someone in a rural area buying a vehicle to make it easier to get around, such as seniors or those who may be physically challenged.
"Ride sharing business is expected to drive down the cost of self-driving cars in the future," Mike Abelson, GM vice president of global strategy said. GM and others have suggested for some time now that the relationship between automakers producing self-driving cars and ride-sharing companies would be symbiotic.
Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.
In transportation, like so many other things, regulators can serve as a friend or foe.
Uber's self-driving car program will definitely have to contend with the FAA before it gets off the ground. The future of new and potentially life-saving semiautonomous vehicle technology faces firm rules about licensing and liability. Tesla defends the safety of its Autopilot feature with American road safety officials.
"Forget self-driving and flying cars, or hyperloops, or monorails" argues columnist Clive Thompson. "The biggest, best innovation in transportation today is the bicycle."
Read the article at Wired.
The 2016 Tesla crash raised questions about sharing the blame and how autonomous vehicles might fit in future liability determinations.
A few manufacturers have publicly stated they will assume liability if their vehicle’s technology is responsible for an accident.
"As of year-end 2017, state legislatures had done little to revise existing auto insurance laws for the potential insurance implications of autonomous vehicles. Uneven state legislative and regulatory progress may hinder insurers in designing and maintaining insurance programs that address autonomous vehicles."
Read the article at Insurance Journal.