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Employers are in a unique position to directly influence their employees driving habits – and literally save lives. Those with robust road safety programs understand that whether an employee is involved in a crash when driving on the job or off the job, it still affects the employer. Implementing proactive safety initiatives such as defensive driver training and establishing comprehensive policies surrounding distractions, seat belts and fatigue are just a few measures employers can take to reduce employee risk behind the wheel.
With this data, you’ll be able to make the business case to support investment in employee-wide safe driving programs. They say that knowledge is power. In this case, knowledge can help you to reduce risk and save lives. What could be more powerful than that?
As a major oil exporter, it may be surprising to learn that Norway is ahead of the rest of the world with about 52 percent of the new cars sold last year being powered on new forms of fuel.
Norway offers generous incentives that make electric cars cheaper to buy and provides additional benefits once the vehicles are on the road
“I had been wanting an electric car for a long time for environmental reasons, but they were expensive,” said Zanete Anderson Lilley, a senior adviser in Norway at the World Wildlife Fund, an environmental advocacy organization. Lilley eventually bought a Kia Soul, a small five-door electric car, for about $24,600 last summer. “If it wasn’t for the subsidies, I guess most people would still choose fuel,” she added.
Read the article at San Francisco Chronicle.
In a newly filed patent, Mazda thinks it has found a better way to end distracted driving and make driving more fun.
Mazda's proposed system can detect when your attention wavers, knows when it's mostly OK to look away, and when it's really not—just might work. Especially if it can convince you—rather than scold you—to draw your eyes back to the road.
"We still believe fully in the idea that the most powerful computer in the car is an attentive driver, and that the journey is as important as the destination," says Mazda rep Jeremy Barnes.
Read the article at Wired.
Toyota’s autonomous research vehicles can now “see” farther in every direction, thanks to four long-range LIDAR sensors manufactured by a Portola Valley, California-based startup called Luminar.
The Lexus LS 600hl test car now has a 200-meter range around a 360-degree perimeter, which Toyota argues makes it “one of the most perceptive automated driving test cars on the road.”
Engineers at Toyota Motor North America Research and Development improved the car’s appearance with a new rooftop weather and temperature proof panel, cleverly using available space in the sunroof compartment to minimize the overall height eliminating the “spinning bucket” LIDAR sensor that has historically characterized autonomous test vehicles.
Read the article at The Verge.
In this cold, snowy and icy winter, you might be tempted to put hot water on your car's ice-coated windshield - don't do it!
When hot water hits cold glass, the glass expands rapidly, but not evenly, causing cracks in windshields and windows. If you do not have an ice scrapper, a good way to de-ice your windshield starts with warming up the car with the vents blasting on defrost.
If your car is frozen shut and none of the doors will open, you can slowly pour warm (not boiling) water to loosen them up. You can even use a hairdryer, if you don’t have any legit de-icing agents laying around. You can prevent your car from freezing shut by rubbing simple cooking spray along the edge of your doors.
Read the article at Jalopnik.
China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), wants to implement artificial intelligence technology in at least half of all its new cars by 2020 and becoming the world leader in AI by 2025.
The government also plans to cover 90% of its large cities and highways with a wireless network so the cars can talk to each other and the roads, with the goal of China’s automakers being seen as producing quality smart cars by 2035.
The government sees New Energy Vehicles, as a key component to improving the air quality in its largest cities and has floated the idea of banning all internal combustion engine-powered cars by 2040, which would follow the lead of Norway, which is banning them by 2030.
Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.
By: Walter Bond
As we launch into the new year, Bowl games, NFL playoffs, the NBA, NCAA, and NHL seasons are all in full swing. As a former basketball player in the NBA, watching football is still my favorite. Regardless of the sport, though, these events all have something in common: impact players. We can’t talk about teamwork without understanding the role of impact players on the team.
Impact players bring us to the sport in the first place and are what keep us coming back. We are watching to see which NBA player is going to dive across the floor for a loose ball, make the key score, or block a shot at the perfect time. We don't want to miss the moment when a college player leaps over ten people to force himself into the end zone.
At work, we can make an impact too. As a fleet professional, you must be or become an impact player for your team. Our companies need us to be a little more creative, a little more take-charge, to negotiate better, to be more resourceful. Your motto needs to be, "I will do it!"
READ MORE to learn 5 ways you can have more impact for your team!
A new tool has been developed by University of Michigan researcher and the Mcity robotic-car testing facility to determine how vulnerable self-driving cars are to hackers who might want to take control of a self-driving car or lock its systems for ransom.
The tool known as the Mcity Threat Identification Model, could also be used to examine the exposure extending to networks that will connect with autonomous vehicles, such as financial networks that process payments for tolls and parking, or road sensors for cameras and traffic signals.
“Today’s cars have already become computers on wheels and woefully little attention has been paid to ensuring their cybersercurity,” John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s privacy project director, said Thursday. “Too many manufacturers of robot cars hype the supposed benefits the vehicles might someday offer, without adequately addressing the security, public policy and ethical questions the vehicles raise.”
Read the article at The Detroit News.