Last week, Land Rover announced that it is developing the ultimate combination of off-road capability and in-car comfiness: self-driving cars that can go off-road.
The $5 million project, called Cortex, will give customers “autonomous car capable of all-terrain, off-road driving in any weather condition.
The problem with taking self-driving off-road is that you give up the predictability of streets designed for cars. No lane lines, no curbs, no reliably stark difference between the road and whatever’s next to it. “Even working out where you can drive becomes more difficult,” Clarke says.
Read the article at Wired.
The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is underway and Ford Motor Company Fund wants to provide disaster relief teams with the best equipped and most capable vehicles when people need help.
Beginning June 5, Ford Motor Company Fund is accepting applications for the second Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge, an opportunity for nonprofit partners to tap into their expertise and creativity to customize a Ford Transit to fit a particular need in their community.
“When natural disaster strikes, it is critical to move the right people, the right materials and the right vehicles to impacted areas to help people as quickly as possible,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Nowhere is our mission to strengthen communities more urgent than in recovery efforts during the hours, days and weeks following a natural disaster.”
Read the article at Ford Media Center.
Following is an excerpt of the NAFA Foundation’s newest paper. To download a free copy of the full paper, please visit this link.
Driven by increasing demands from executive management to control costs, over the past decade procurement professionals have assumed a position of increasing influence over automotive fleet management.
This ranges from simply being granted a more assertive role in selecting vehicles and suppliers, to the absorption of fleet into the procurement domain.
Subaru is among a small group of automakers setting a casual pace in the global race for electric vehicles, and seem to be satisfied to let other R&D departments perfect the technology while consumer demand slowly merges with accelerating emissions mandates.
Later this year, the company plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid version of its Crosstrek SUV, combining gas engines with electric motors. Currently, Subarus all run exclusively on internal combustion engines, and a fully electric car is still years away.
"If we put one out now, we’re goig to be competing in the teeth of the market with everybody else,” Subaru Corp. U.S. Chief Executive Officer Tom Doll explained in an interview. “This way, we can let them kind of sort it out, then we can come in. I’d rather be last in and get it right,than be first in and destroy my brand image and reputation.”
Read the article at Bloomberg.
Globalization can take on different meanings - but most people want one organization that can be responsible for handling all of their global needs.
When Level 4 autonomous vehicles - those with the ability to drive without human control - get into a jam because road conditions have suddenly changed due to construction, accidents or other complexities, that's when Phantom Auto's remote control "teleoperation" system helps out.
A remote technician seated at a multiscreen Phantom console, with a steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedals, assesses the situation via the car’s cameras over a cellular network connection and drives it out of the situation.
“The biggest barrier to deployment of AVs right now is public acceptance,” cofounder and chief strategy officer Elliot Katz said. “For a century we’ve only thought that humans drive cars. Now we’re doing a complete 180, but most people aren’t ready to completely accept the fact that their lives are in the hands of a machine.”
Read the article at Forbes.
Mobility is upon us, but what exactly that will mean for many fleet managers is still in play.