The auto industry is going to look dramatically different in the next 15 years than it does now, according to McKinsey & Co. Senior Partner Hans-Werner Kaas, largely due to the technological leaps that will occur between now and then.
Kaas, speaking at Autoblog’s UpShift conference in Detroit this week, said that the advancement of electric vehicles, in-car connectivity, autonomous vehicles and mobility services are the forces driving diversity and change in the industry.
Perhaps the key component to all of this “convergence” as Kaas described, is the improving range of electric vehicles.
The more connected cars become, the more data they need at faster speeds and greater reliability.
This is the promise of 5G and the founding purpose behind the new 5G Automotive Association, a joint collaboration between global telecoms and carmakers.
The founding members are Germany's big three of Daimler, Audi and BMW, along with Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Nokia and Qualcomm. The association says that it's open to more partners.
ARI will participate in two presentations at the Fleet Technology Expo Oct. 17-19 in Schaumburg, Illinois.
ARI Director of Sales North and West Mark LeGrand will showcase ways a company can ensure the vehicles in its fleet are on the road supporting positive revenue flow instead of spending unnecessary time in the shop.
“All too often, a fleet is seen as an unavoidable expense – just another cost of doing business,” LeGrand says. “But ARI has a new data-driven approach that will turn that perspective on its head.”
Most motorists know that driving while distracted is extremely dangerous, yet they continue to do it anyway in frightening numbers.
You might consider it a case of collective cognitive dissonance if distracted drivers felt stress or mental discomfort over the contradiction.
Dr. Breeda McGrath, Dean of Academic Affairs at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, explained that people are lulled into feeling that driving doesn't require their full attention. As modern cars become more automated and less dependent on driver inputs to operate smoothly, that false sense of security is only reinforced.
This result is motorists' belief that they've got this driving thing handled so they can perform other tasks simultaneously — which they decidedly cannot.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,154 people in 2013 were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. That's in addition to 424,000 injuries linked to distracted driving, a 10 percent increase since 2011. All told, distracted driving was implicated in nearly 1 out of 5 crashes.
"Most drivers feel safe and in control, and therefore act accordingly," McGrath told Cars.com. "Driving can feel like a passive, automatic activity that doesn't require thinking, so in that state, people are free to think [about] a variety of other activities, things they want to do, people they need to connect with. It's essentially about multitasking."
AmeriFleet President John Norris talks about the importance of diversity in his organization, and how it can lead to good business decisions.
There's little question that autonomous vehicle development will do more to spur electric vehicle sales than $6-a-gallon gas, but would a surge of EVs on our roadways bring an environmental benefit?
That depends on where you live. In Michigan and most of the industrial Midwest the answer is no, according to a study conducted by Stephen Holland, professor of economics with the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
In Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and the larger cities of Texas, the answer would be a resounding yes. In New York, it's basically a wash.
The OnceOVR Pro app from FLD can actually create negative days to sale! For example, the vehicle could actually be sold before the driver parks the vehicle and picks up a new one.
Did you know you are three times more likely to be in an accident when changing lanes? Watch this video from Driving Dynamics for tips on how to avoid these dangers.