General Motors’ Maven personal mobility initiative has chosen Element Fleet Management to provide maintenance and accident services for Maven’s fast-growing car-sharing fleet across the United States.
Element will help Maven reduce vehicle costs and downtime, ensuring that vehicles are available for car-sharing as requested by Maven members.
Launched in January 2016, Maven has evolved into one of the fastest-growing mobility brands in North America. Maven is a personal mobility app that provides hassle-free, on-demand vehicle access for travel, work and everyday life. With offerings in 17 cities across North America, Maven members have covered more than 125 million miles to date.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has taken notice that the language from its proposed robot car regulations suggested by General Motors would have let self-driving car automakers escape liability for crashes and shift the burden to consumers.
Sec 228.28 of the proposed regulations stated that a robot car manufacturer is responsible for technology failures only when the robot car has “been maintained in compliance with manufacturer’s specifications..."
“DMV’s removal of GM’s proposed text is a major victory for consumers,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy and Technology Project Director, “but the proposed regulations still remain a threat to safety on our highways. They simply do not enact any enforceable safety standards, but rely on totally voluntary federal policy. The Trump Administration can’t even be bothered to appoint an administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”
Read more of the original article at Consumer Watchdog.
Stay alert! More than 50,000 crashes occur in parking lots and garage structures annually, resulting in 500 or more deaths and more than 60,000 injuries.
Thousands of pedestrians end up with broken bones, tissue damage or even worse because of cell phone or other distractions in parking lots.
During the hectic holiday season, drivers and pedestrians also are likely to be distracted by extensive to-do lists and are hurriedly trying to get from one place to another.
Read more of the original article at National Safety Council.
The ALD Automotive | Wheels Global Alliance is announcing the launch of GlobalFleetReporting.com (GFR), a new global data visualization and reporting solution that consolidates fleet management data from multiple sources, including third-party data, in a secure and confidential manner.
“Global clients often work with multiple partners around the world and are frequently challenged to compile a complete and aggregated picture of their fleet,” adds Dan Frank, President and CEO of Wheels. “We’re excited to help clients gain control of their own data with our new tool that generates meaningful insights and facilitates optimal decision making.”
Available for clients of the ALD | Wheels Global Alliance, GRF brings together operational performance metrics and consolidated fleet data to help clients manage their fleet on a global scale. Highly flexible and easy to use, GFR allows clients to assemble and analyze consolidated fleet inventory at a vehicle level and cost data at an aggregated level.
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GM wants to get a jump on the autonomous car market and revealed its growing fleet of driverless, battery-powered Chevrolet Bolts in San Francisco to industry analysts who say that the self-driving program is key to long-term growth.
Journalists rode in the self-driving Bolts, traversing the hilly, narrow and congested streets of the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood — stopping for pedestrians, slowing to pass double-parked vehicles, navigating gently away from bicycles - without a hitch. The vehicle's onboard computer said it encountered 265 people, 49 bicycles and 489 cars.
“We are working fast and furiously,” said Doug Parks, an engineer who has worked for G.M. for 33 years. “It is super exciting, and I love what the company is becoming.”
A blend of financial resources, automotive experience and management determination allow GM to compete with other automakers and big tech companies. It also has a history of failures to triumph over — none bigger than its collapse into bankruptcy in 2009.
Read more of the original article at The New York Times.