Aiming to make the customer experience at to the gas station a bit easier, General Motors and Shell have partnered to offer “Pay and Save” allowing users to pay for and get discounts on gas using an imbedded app in the infotainment system.
Using the GM’s Marketplace app, users can now locate the nearest Shell station and pay for gas without having to get more than a foot away from their vehicle and without swiping a credit card or using a smart phone to complete the transaction. Payment is charged to the payment method on file, with Fuel Rewards savings applied.
Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.
When it comes to drafting a new policy to ease fuel-economy rules, newly released documents show disagreements between the nation's top environmental regulator, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Transportation Department's auto safety arm, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Environmentalists seized on the documents as proof that the Trump administration is making a bad decision. Andrew Linhardt, deputy director of the Sierra Club, said the documents "ignored all the evidence showing the health and safety benefits of the Clean Car standards in favor of destroying clean air and healthy communities."
Read the article at USA Today.
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.
ARI® today announced that Joe Foster has joined the company as vice president of sales for the eastern region.
Foster will manage all new business development activities in the eastern United States and play a vital role in ARI’s on-going strategic growth in the fleet management marketplace.
“Joe’s impressive business acumen and proven leadership skills will be a tremendous addition to our entire organization and will help further our standing as the premier fleet management provider in the industry,” said ARI’s Senior Vice President of Sales Anthony Foursha.
Ford doesn’t want to be the first company to offer self-driving cars to the public; it wants to be the brand most synonymous with the word “trust” and believes their overly cautious approach could help them win over consumers.
That’s what Ford says in its self-driving safety report, entitled "A Matter of Trust," which it delivered to the US Department of Transportation Thursday. The 44-page document outlines the technology and procedures Ford is using to safely deploy its fleet of autonomous test vehicles.
Read the article at The Verge.