Stock prices for U.S. automakers rose sharply Thursday amid signs that fuel economy standards could be weakened under the administration of President Donald Trump.
A noted climate-change skeptic is seen as a likely choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency under Trump. And an industry group on Thursday already was urging the president-elect to roll back mandates that automakers achieve a fleet-wide average of 54.5 miles-per-gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by 2025.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which lobbies for U.S. automakers in Washington, said in a Thursday memo to Trump’s transition team that Trump should move quickly to “harmonize and adjust” the stringent gas mileage rules because they “pose a substantial challenge to the auto sector due to the steeper compliance requirements for model years 2017-2025.”
The new process puts the data directly into a fleet’s hands allowing them to pinpoint the right time to replace a vehicle
ARI has empowered fleet managers with direct, online access to data vital in deciding the best time to replace a vehicle with the ARI Vehicle Replacement Prioritization Tool®.
This new technology from ARI helps companies gather and analyze data from their fleets to create a ranked list of which vehicles in their fleets should be replaced first.
By Art Liggio, President, Driving Dynamics
Year after year, reports show that fleet drivers have one of the highest incident and mortality rates related to on-the-job activities.
For anyone who has either direct or indirect responsibility for fleet safety, too often a singular ROI focus results in the unplanned consequence of limiting efforts to create and sustain a culture of safety.
However, when properly understood, a focus on safety can actually deliver significant additional dollars to the corporate bottom line.
A way to address this imbalance is to introduce the Return on Safety (ROS) performance metric when developing your annual business plan. This metric applies to every business and, especially for fleet operators, provides a meaningful and thoughtful balance to ROI.
ROI and ROS do not compete but actually support each other in helping businesses achieve their financial goals. ROS helps management focus on what is truly important: keeping employees safe and productive by eliminating the imbalance created from staying narrowly focused on ROI alone.
Traditional fleet management systems that monitor driver behaviour, maintenance and fuel economy are increasingly being integrated with new Internet of Things (IoT) functionalities and infrastructure such as with the smart city or the smart road.
Automated tolls, traffic light management systems, truck weigh stations and road user charging systems are being increasingly used to make fleet management as well as fuel and traffic management as efficient as possible.
Judging from headlines, one might think dealer lots are brimming with cars that allow drivers to clock out while radar, cameras and other sensors do the navigating.
Though the U.S. market is inching toward that reality, consumers can't buy a fully self-driving car and likely won't be able to for many years.
The idea is tantalizing, not only for the convenience factor but also because it dangles the potential of a crash-free future. While that vision may one day come to fruition, it is far too early to retire the Institute's crash-test dummies. There will be many crashes on the road to Vision Zero.
Ford, GM, Toyota and VW are just a handful of the car manufacturers planning to put self-driving cars on the road in the next five years.
If you ask Uber or Tesla, they might say driverless cars have already arrived… which means we’re running out of time to secure one of the juiciest new targets for hackers.
Hacking a car is easy. Just ask Tesla, Jeep or Mitsubishi. As self-driving cars reach the masses, they’ll dramatically raise the stakes for cybersecurity. If your computer gets hacked, it can be costly. If your car gets hacked, it can be deadly.
The Department of Transportation’s (DoT) recent guidance on self-driving cars is a good start in addressing cybersecurity, but leaves a lot to be desired. Granted, the DoT does admit its lack of technical expertise, and requests special hiring tools to attract security experts who can best vet this new technology.
New research suggests the Earth's climate could be more sensitive to greenhouse gases than thought, raising the specter of an 'apocalyptic side of bad' temperature rise of more than 7C within a lifetime
It is a vision of a future so apocalyptic that it is hard to even imagine.
But, if leading scientists writing in one of the most respected academic journals are right, planet Earth could be on course for global warming of more than seven degrees Celsius within a lifetime.
And that, according to one of the world’s most renowned climatologists, could be “game over” – particularly given the imminent presence of climate change denier Donald Trump in the White House.
Adjusting the acoustics of modern automobiles is not only about comfort or pizazz. There are safety considerations, too.
Advanced driver-assistance features like lane departure warnings, automated braking systems and vehicle or pedestrian proximity alerts generate their own bells and chimes. But such sonic alerts can create dangerous distractions, leaving drivers unable to determine which sounds are critical.
We spend a lot of time tuning those beeps and pings and assessing the quality of the chimes,” said Alan Norton, senior technical leader for audio quality at Ford Motor.