Get ready for the engine in your next car to shut off at stoplights, even if you don’t like it.
Pressed to meet tougher fuel-economy and pollutions standards, automakers increasingly are adding engine stop-start systems across their lineups. The systems automatically turn off engines at stoplights and instantly restart them once a driver takes his or her foot off the brake pedal.
The technology is designed to keep your lights, air conditioning, heater and radio running while the engine is cut during a stop. The engine stays on if you turn the steering wheel, if you’re stopped on a steep hill, the engine is still warming up, or the heater or air conditioner are working hard to maintain a desired temperature.
Companies have long pursued strategies to minimize employee travel costs.
That means taking advantage of cost-effective airlines, negotiating better deals with preferred hotels, and booking everything far in advance to lock up lower rates. But even as business administrators work to economize corporate travel, costs continue to rise.
To adapt to the shifting business travel landscape, companies must strategically advance their approach to travel. Runzheimer’s latest white paper, Adapting to a Shifting Business Travel Landscape, discusses specific steps businesses should take to evolve their business travel programs.
It's a common dilemma for any business or government agency that manages a large fleet of vehicles -- what is the optimal window for replacement? Iowa State University researchers have found an answer to that question that could potentially save millions.
Sree Nilakanta and Kevin Scheibe, both associate professors of information systems in ISU's College of Business, partnered with the Iowa Department of Transportation to tackle the problem. They analyzed 10 years of maintenance records for DOT snow plow trucks -- more than a million pieces of data -- to determine when the DOT should replace old ones.
Nilakanta and Scheibe then created a simulation-based decision support system using the maintenance records, purchase price and resale estimates in yearly increments.
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Pulling his Tesla Model S onto Highway 1 from McGill Avenue, Bruce Sharpe clicks a lever on the steering column to engage its adaptive cruise control, which takes control of managing the car’s distance from the truck ahead and watches for vehicles around it.
Click it again, and the car’s sensors and systems start to steer around a slight curve in the road following the centre of the lane. Sharpe’s hands are off the wheel, though hovering nearby in case he needs to take control.
“It does a great job with just tracking (the lane and surrounding traffic), so that you don’t have to do all of that steering yourself,” Sharpe said.
Telogis recently introduced a number of next-generation extensions to the award-winning Telogis Mobile Resource Management (MRM) software platform at its annual Latitude business conference. The new apps and solutions were developed to help customers run safer, more efficient and productive organizations.
The recently introduced extensions include:
Last week, Ford showed off its new, predictive pedestrian detection system, which is slated to debut on the 2017 Ford Fusion. But that's not the only safety technology that Ford's been working on. The automaker has unveiled a host of high-tech features that will soon appear on Ford vehicles worldwide.
Here are some of the ones we're most excited about:
Evasive Steering Alert: This similar to the collision avoidance feature found on some other automobiles. Like them, Ford's Evasive Steering system scans the road ahead for problems, sounds an alert if an obstacle appears, and can even apply the brakes.
With the upcoming launch of longer-range, more affordable electric vehicles the auto industry is taking several critical steps towards making alternative power mainstream, but range anxiety isn’t yet a thing of the past.
Now, the federal government is taking steps to address the other big problem: a lack of places to charge electric vehicles.
The plan announced by the Obama Administration will include 55 different interstates, covering 25,000 miles of highway in 35 states.