Electric scooter-share systems are getting noticed in cities as an affordable commuting alternative to cut down on pollution and traffic congestion.
Santa Monica, California has become the first U.S. city to have an electric scooter-share service where users find and unlock one of the more than 1,000 scooters with a smartphone app.
"It took a couple years for the mass market to realize this is not a toy industry or for rich people," said URB-E CEO Peter Lee. "But this solves an everyday commuter problem, no matter your social class or how much you make. It was seen as a novelty three years ago, but now it's seen as a necessity."
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Pictured: Thilo von Ulmenstein, Managing Partner of fleetcompetence europe GmbH
For the fifth year, the International Fleet Meeting took place as part of the Geneva International Motor Show. Participants were hosted by top-class speakers including Michael Müller, Senior Director Head of Mobility & Facilities, Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH, and Marc A. Odinius, Managing Director, Dataforce GmbH. An exciting panel discussion and opportunities for informal networking rounded off the event.
March 8th, the second media day of the motor show, was dedicated to the fleet sector where 250 fleet managers and representatives of the automotive, leasing and service industries from all over the world met at the International Fleet Meeting. The two co-organizers, fleetcompetenceeurope GmbH and the Swiss fleet magazine aboutFLEET, offerred the international fleet industry ia unique, English-speaking platform.
According to CEO Mary Barra, General Motors will increase production of the Chevrolet Bolt later this year as global demand continues to grow.
The Bolt, which has a range of about 238 miles, was the top-selling electric vehicle in California last year, with 13,487 registered in the state.
"In the U.S., electric vehicles from all manufacturers have access to about 17,000 public charging stations, but additional stations will be needed as more consumers discover the benefits of EVs. This is particularly important because the growth of the electric vehicle market will support other innovative and advanced mobility solutions like car-sharing, ride-sharing, and self-driving vehicles," Barra said.
Read the article at Newsweek.
As the end of the week approaches, do you start feeling the panic rise as you review the remaining to-dos on your never-ending list?
You’ll sit there at your desk, staring at the list, and rack your brain for where you should start and how you should finish. Ten minutes later, you’ll probably still be there.
Instead of making yourself do the work later (when you’d rather maintain some workday momentum and just get started), write down a next step (i.e., an “action item”) for every project on your to-do list in advance. Every time.
Read the article at Fast Company.
Elon Musk's tunneling startup, the Boring Co. has begun digging test sites for its hyperloop plan - a tunnel-based transportation system.
The Boring Co.’s “urban loop” would have thousands of small stations, each about the size of a parking space, where people can hop on and off, getting passengers closer to their destinations and “blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city, rather than a small number of big stations like a subway.”
The system “will still transport cars but only after all personalized mass transit needs are met,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “It’s a matter of courtesy and fairness. If someone can’t afford a car, they should go first.”
Read the article at Bloomberg Technology.
The Obama administration received pledges from twenty automakers committing to voluntarily equip all of their passenger vehicles with automatic emergency braking by September 2022.
Only four of 20 automakers in 2017 equipped at least half of their U.S. models with standard automatic emergency brakes, which automatically apply the brakes when a front collision is imminent.
Safety advocates say the remaining automakers have little incentive to keep their promises regarding safety technologies because the Trump administration has shown no urgency about enforcing the deadline or pushing for other life-saving technologies.
Read the article at The Detroit News.
This week in Atlanta, Waymo's fleet of autonomous semi-trucks is pushing ahead to move both people and goods with self-driving technology in order to turn a profit.
Working with Google, Waymo will develop its systems and integrate them into shipping operations and a network of factories, distribution centers, ports and terminals.
“Trucking is a vital part of the American economy, and we believe self-driving technology has the potential to make this sector safer and even stronger,” Waymo’s public relations team wrote in the blog post. “With Waymo in the driver’s seat, we can re-imagine many different types of transportation — from ride-hailing to logistics.”
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Autonomous vehicles could initiate some big changes in where we live and work, thus affecting the real estate market in addition to the transportation and tech industries.
The proximity of office and residential buildings to public transit hubs has traditionally been seen as adding value to the property by making commuting easy, a phenomenon that would seem to be bolstered by the low car-ownership rates of millennials.
“Clearly, any sort of big transit infrastructure program can act as a huge stimulus for the development of surrounding real estate,” said Scott Homa, a director of United States office research for real estate firm JLL. “It’s starting to emerge as a universal theme across the U.S.”
Read the article at Forbes.