Merchants Fleet Management knows how to put a keen focus on storm preparation when necessary - as they recently did - helping clients get out of the way of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Ford Motor Co. and Lyft — which is partially owned by General Motors Co. — have formed a new partnership to work together on self-driving vehicles the companies announced today, further blurring the lines of autonomous vehicle ownership between OEMs.
The partnership involves a deployment of human-driven vehicles from Ford on Lyft’s network for testing, followed later by connecting those self-driving vehicles to Lyft’s network for public use, Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president of autonomous vehicles and electrification, said in a press release.
“When ready, we’ll have self-driving cars operating alongside Lyft’s current community of drivers to help accommodate times of significant consumer demand to ensure that transportation remains timely and affordable,” Marakby said.
Cadillac’s demonstration of its “Super Cruise” driver assistance technology suite has begun a coast-to coast-run across 16 states.
This demonstration of the automaker’s “hands free” semi-autonomous tech which competes with Tesla’s Autopilot marks five years of development of the system.
Participating in the run are 12 pre-production Super-Cruise equipped Cadillac CT6’ that left the Cadillac House in New York City yesterday on its way to California. In total, the convoy will cross 16 states, making the following stops: Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Memphis, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Santa Fe, New Mexico and Phoenix, Arizona.
New Fuel Solution, Combined with Runzheimer’s Existing Mileage Capture App, Results in More Accurate and Efficient Reimbursement of Fuel Expenses
Runzheimer announced today that it has launched a revolutionary new fuel expense solution called Equo Fuel. This is a fair and accurate mileage-based alternative to traditional fuel cards.
Dyson, the engineering company best known for its vacuum cleaners and fans, plans to spend £2bn developing a "radical" electric car.
The battery-powered vehicle is due to be launched in 2020.
Dyson says 400 staff have been working on the secret project for the past two years at its headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
Yesterday, the news broke that both Ford and GM are phasing out the internal combustion engine and are aiming toward on an all-electric future. In addition to Norway, France, the U.K. and others, China, with a severe air pollution problem, is pressuring the auto industry to make the switch, and now California is considering banning fossil-fuel powered vehicles.
At the recent AFLA Conference, we talked with a number of fleet service providers about the effect of the electric-powered fleet on their business models and on fleets themselves. In many cases, it is a revolution.
If you’re new to fleet or want to sharpen your skills, NAFA’s Essentials of Fleet Management Seminar – October 16-18, 2017 in Philadelphia – is still open for enrollment. This is a timely and perfect venue to talk with experts in the business about how you can position your fleet in the face of this revolution.
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You know a topic is trending when the likes of Tesla’s Elon Musk and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg publicly bicker about its potential risks and rewards.
In this case, Musk says he fears artificial intelligence will lead to World War III because nations will compete for A.I. superiority. Zuckerberg, meanwhile, has called such doomsday scenarios “irresponsible” and says he is optimistic about A.I.
But another tech visionary sees the future as more nuanced. Ray Kurzweil, an author and director of engineering at Google, thinks, in the long run, that A.I. will do far more good than harm.