Self-driving cars might make your future commute a lot more pleasant, but they won't eliminate traffic.
Execs like Google cofounder Sergey Brin have touted traffic reduction as one of the many benefits of having self-driving cars on the road. The idea is that autonomous cars will eliminate accidents caused by human error, a major contributor to traffic.
But experts say the vehicles' impact on traffic will either be minimal or negative.
A new study from Intel and the research firm Strategy Analytics claims that driverless vehicles will be behind $7 trillion worth of economic activity and new efficiencies annually by 2050.
That activity, according to the report, will include nearly $4 trillion from driverless ride-hailing and nearly $3 trillion from driverless delivery and business logistics.
The big number also includes $203 billion from new use cases for pilotless vehicles in sectors like tourism and healthcare. These previously unimagined applications could include, to cite just two examples, mobile hair salons or rolling restaurants.
Geotab’s data tools have been reenvisioned and improved, with fleet managers in mind.
Elon Musk’s perpetual joker grin is probably a little wider today. The Chevrolet Bolt, the proletariat machine that beat his nascent Model 3 to market by the better part of a year, is, well, not bolting at all.
Creeping would be a better word.
After six months on the market, only 6,529 Bolts have found their way out of dealerships and into the wild. That’s far less than sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf and either of the existing Tesla models over the same period.
By Mark Boada, Senior Editor
At the SmartDriving Summit at Princeton University this past month, host Professor Alain Kornhauser asked why Americans weren’t buying more hybrid vehicles: “Their fuel efficiency and their resale values are better, so where are all the hybrids?”
The question is justified. Since they were introduced into the U.S. market in 1999, hybrid vehicles have accounted for a bit more than 2 percent of the passenger cars sold. This is despite the fact that for the consumer who keeps his or her new car for 6.5 years (the national average), a hybrid makes financial sense. Its better fuel economy can save the owner thousands of dollars over that period compared to a gasoline-fueled car, and hybrids retain their value better when resold. Combined, these factors more than offset a hybrid’s higher initial price.
But for sedan fleets, it’s a different story.
When an American policeman pulled over a Volkswagen (VW) Jetta in 2013, he suspected that the array of pipes sticking out of the back of the car and the grey box and portable generator in the vehicle were a sign of something fishy.
He was right.
The West Virginia University researchers inside the car had nothing to hide. But the tests they were conducting on the exhaust fumes, meant to prove the cleanliness of modern diesel engines, uncovered one of the biggest and boldest frauds in corporate history.
Wheels, Inc. was named one of Chicago Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association of Business Resources (NABR). The NABRs annual "Best and Brightest" list recognizes Chicagoland organizations that deliver exceptional human resource practices and an impressive commitment to their employees.
Wheels joins an elite list of organizations dedicated to both employee engagement and exceptional service. Wheels understands the deep connection between employee satisfaction and our clients success, said Mary Formosa, vice president of human resources at Wheels. Through our ongoing commitment to creating a positive and fulfilling workplace, we are, in turn, able to deliver premier levels of service for our clients and their fleets.
Donlen has been recognized by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) as one of Chicago's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For for the third year in a row.
"Employee satisfaction and development drives our award-winning culture here at Donlen," Donlen's Human Resources Business Partner Kelly Elliott said. "We promote an empowering environment that gives our employees the resources and opportunities they need to find success, grow, and contribute to the exceptional fleet experience that Donlen provides our customers.
"We are honored to be recognized by the Chicago's Best and Brightest organization and we thank our employees for their dedication and efforts to make Donlen a desirable and productive workplace.