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Let’s say you’re driving down Main Street and your brakes give out.
As the terror hits, a gaggle of children spills out into the road. Do you A) swerve into Keith’s Frozen Yogurt Emporium, killing yourself, covering your car in toppings, and sparing the kids or B) assume they’re the Children of the Corn and just power through, killing them and saving your own life?
Any decent human would choose the former, of course, because even murderous kiddie farmers have rights.
But would a self-driving car make the right choice? Maybe yes.
by Eliot Bensel
It’s an alarming statistic. According to the CDC, each day over eight people are killed and 1,161 are injured in crashes that reportedly involve a distracted driver. In an effort to combat these staggering figures, more fleet managers are looking to acquire vehicles with advanced safety features. Automakers acknowledge that technology previously reserved for more expensive vehicles is now becoming widely available across less expensive models; and how we keep drivers safe is continuing to evolve.
Advances in Overall Vehicle Safety
Because of advancements in technology, today’s vehicles and drivers are much safer than ever before. Safety-related technologies include emergency braking and collision mitigation, automatic tire pressure monitoring, blind spot detection and side assist, rollover mitigation and even occupant sensitive seats.
U.S. computer chip and processor giant Intel will acquire the Israeli smart car tech firm Mobileye in a deal valued at $15.3 billion.
Supplying such automotive giants as General Motors and Volkswagen AG, Mobileye is one of the key producers of the onboard vision systems that anchor current advanced driver assistance systems – as well as tomorrow’s autonomous vehicle technology.
The acquisition will help position Intel as a major player in the development of smart and driverless car systems.
Fleet expert Michelle Davis becomes newest member of LeasePlan USA’s client acquisition team and offers practical advice on fleet cost savings.
LeasePlan USA has announced Michelle Davis as new regional sales vice president for the Southeast.
Davis has more than 12 years of successful fleet experience, including 11 years at Enterprise Fleet Management as a senior account manager. Most recently, Michelle was the district sales manager at Supreme Corporation, helping clients find solutions to improve their driver experience. Throughout her career, she was repeatedly recognized as a sales leader and fleet expert.
For fleet managers in Europe, as elsewhere, the easy gains in safety performance are over
By Mark Boada, Senior Editor
While Europe’s roads remain among the world’s safest, the latest figures show that the European Union’s goal of cutting traffic fatalities in half by 2020 is at risk of slipping away. Worse, the underlying causes indicate that, as in the United States, traffic fatalities and accidents may be poised for a dramatic increase.
In 2011, the 28-nation European Union, in concert with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, formally adopted the goal of halving the E.U.’s motor vehicle deaths from 31,500 in 2010 to just 15,750 by the end of the decade. Considering that fatalities had been reduced at nearly that rate over the prior 10 years, the goal seemed reachable.
From 54,900 in 2001, over the first decade of the 21st century, E.U. road fatalities declined by 43%, an average of 5.4% year. A number of factors contributed to the trend, including advances in road design and repair, traffic enforcement and automotive safety technology. But it’s apparent now that another factor made a healthy contribution: fewer people on the road due a slower economy.
ARI® announced today the publication of its 2017 Industry Outlook.
Unique to this year’s publication, ARI’s subject matter experts examined each step in the vehicle life cycle process to determine where the most significant trends will impact fleet professionals’ business operations in the next twelve to eighteen months. Advanced technology applications, data analytics and data integration impact every topic discussed in this year’s publication.