Andrew Salzberg, Uber’s Head of Transportation Policy and Research, this week declared the company’s support for road pricing, a plan that would have cities or transit authorities charge drivers for using roads during peak times.
Urban planners in recent decades have discovered that building more and bigger highways, surprisingly, doesn’t do much to reduce congestion (a phenomenon known as "induced demand"). Instead, as Salzberg puts it, “the cost of driving ultimately needs to reflect its cost to our cities.”
Such programs, also known as congestion pricing, have already helped reduce traffic in cities across Europe and Asia, but haven’t really caught on in the U.S.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a member of the National Safety Council, is working to drive awareness of the dangers of distracted driving by encouraging the public to take the pledge to drive phone-free during Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.
Technology allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media while driving – all actions that are proven to increase crash risk.
The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic.
The rumble of a car’s internal combustion engine is so pervasive few people even notice it anymore.
Now consider what cities might sound like in the not-too-distant future when they teem with electric vehicles. The streets will be quiet—too quiet. And that presents a problem.
“Sound helps people be aware of cars,” says Kota Kobayashi, a designer at the studio Ustwo. “There’s a safety element to it.”
Electric cars emit only a faint hum, a problem Kobayashi and his colleagues spent two months pondering.
How to Make Big Data Practical for Your Fleet will be presented by Bernie Kavanagh, SVP & General Manager for North American Large Fleet, WEX Inc., Katherine Ferguson, VP, Marketing, WEX Inc., and Kurt Thearling, VP, Analytics, WEX Inc.
Big Data and analytics are changing the way fleet managers run their fleets. Rich data provided by companies through the use of analytics programs, GPS tracking solutions, and mobile applications allow fleet managers to measure how their fleet’s vehicles are performing in real time. These data points are altering the fleet industry on a massive scale.
By Mark Boada, Senior Editor
Fleet managers around the world, take note: you are about to enter the most innovative and tumultuous period the automotive world has experienced since the invention of the internal combustion engine, and you need to start preparing yourself for it now.
Be ready to change your identity from “fleet manager” to “manager of mobility.”
That’s the message from Lukas Neckermann, a London-based consultant and author of two highly regarded books, The Mobility Revolution and Corporate Mobility Breakthrough 2020.
Neckermann is the keynote speaker later this month at NAFA Fleet Management Association’s International Fleet Academy (IFA) in Tampa, Florida. The IFA will be held on Monday, April 24, the day before NAFA’s annual four-day Institute & Expo opens at the Tampa Convention Center.
The Element-Arval global alliance is geared to raise the bar for clients at the local level, using international expertise.
The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and we are gratified that fleets like PG&E are on board with their mission. We scarcely need reminding that we are experiencing an epidemic of distracted driving. Just last week, it was heartbreaking to hear about the young driver in rural Texas whose pickup truck collided with a minibus, tragically killing 13 people. “I’m sorry. I was texting,” he said.
If that young man had been driving a fleet vehicle, in addition to the deep remorse a company would experience for the lives lost, can you imagine what the financial implications would be?
NAFA has been encouraging all of its members and associates to take the Distracted Driving Pledge: When the Engine is On, the Phone is Off. It’s that simple.
Editor in Chief
NAFA I&E continues to broaden its appeal - and is now reaching out to people who don’t do fleet 100% of the time.