A fascinating study has come out of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Adam Millard-Ball writes in the Journal of Planning Education and Research about how in a world full of self-driving cars, pedestrians may have the run of the street and be able to do whatever they want, since the self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles (AVs) will give them right of way. Now, even though walking people often have the right of way now in intersections, they tend to yield to cars.
Pedestrians know that drivers typically have no interest in running them down. So why not simply step out into the street and assert the right of way?
Government safety regulators have set a new standard that requires hybrids and electric vehicles to generate enough noise so pedestrians and blind people can hear them in crosswalks and parking lots.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the new standard could prevent about 2,400 pedestrian injuries annually once all electrified vehicles are properly equipped.
Dealers going high-tech to keep up with cars, customers.
Buying a car isn’t an easy process these days. As vehicles get more complex, so does the once-simple process of finding the right car, truck or crossover – and then understanding all of its features. That’s why it’s increasingly important for customers to have access not just to the traditional salesperson but vehicle specialists, notes market research firm J.D. Power and Associates in its latest Sales Satisfaction Index.
The annual study delivers a few surprises as it examines how pleased shoppers were with the new vehicle buying process.
Four experts in automotive fleet safety addressed some of the latest developments and trends in fleet safety, including telematics, predictive analytics, negligent entrustment, distracted driving and onboard crash prevention technology, at a free seminar conducted by the CEI Group, Inc. at the Renaissance Schaumburg Conference Center Hotel today.
As we have a president-elect who has called climate change a “hoax,” it’s clear that sustainability is not going to be his focus. His appointment of climate contrarian Myron Ebell to look into the E.P.A. and his vow to withdraw from the Paris Agreement are worrying climate scientists and those who are deeply concerned about the impact of these actions on the life of our planet.
Automakers were quick to call for weaker fuel economy standards, but since fleets have been so prominent in their adoption of eco-friendly vehicles and sustainability initiatives, we are eager to learn how fleets plan to adapt to the new order. NAFA and CALSTART have been in the forefront of working for fleet sustainability – we hope their good work will continue, but will fleets embrace sustainability if the federal government does not?
Multi-national fleets may take a different view of this as they work within countries that are committed to the Paris Agreement and are taking bold steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Trump may turn America’s back on the serious climate turmoil we face now and in the future, but the rest of the world will not.
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By Greg Neuman, CEI Senior Manager of Quality Control
With consumer watchdogs constantly warning about buying used cars that have flood damage, fleet managers may be justifiably skeptical about whether it’s worth repairing one of their own.
At CEI, we’ve successfully managed hundreds of repairs of flood-damaged vehicles, but knowing when it’s possible to return one to completely safe usability is one of the most difficult tasks in the body repair business.
Vehicles are made to withstand a certain amount of exposure to water. It’s deep and prolonged submersion, especially in certain kinds of water, that determines whether repairs are worth the money or you’re better off declaring the vehicle a total loss.
What makes today’s vehicles especially vulnerable to floodwaters are the extent to which they’ve become electronic.