California Gov. Jerry Brown accused Donald Trump of hurting American auto manufacturers by advocating for fewer restrictions on mass polluters in the US. "The big driver besides California is China," Brown told the LA Times on Monday. "The big saboteur is Donald Trump. He's trying to subsidize coal and destroy the electric car."
China announced plans in January to halt the production of more than 500 different types of car models for not meeting the government's fuel economy standard. The Trump administration's effort to boost US coal producers and weaken fuel-economy standards will ultimately help countries like China, where businesses are going all-in on electric vehicles and other clean-energy products.
Read the article at Business Insider.
By Bernie Kavanagh
Imagine waking up one day to no fuel, damaged roads, and unknown damage to your fleet.
It’s the ultimate nightmare for a business with any exposure at all to mobility.
Historically, the most damaging tropical storms and hurricanes have occurred in August and September. But officials who manage fleets, fueling systems and transportation networks should be implementing best practices now in order to avoid a doomsday scenario later.
Los Angeles, where drivers spend 102 hours stuck in traffic jams each year, is one of the most polluted cities in the U.S. But within a decade, smog in L.A.–and carbon emissions–will steeply drop. The region is embarking on an ambitious plan to move toward zero-emission transportation.
In 10 years, according to the Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap, a new plan in development by the City and County of L.A., local utilities, car companies, and several other partners, as many as 45% of private cars and trucks will be electric.
Read the article at Fast Company.
We are excited to announce our initial round of beta partners building with the Mapbox Vision SDK. We’re giving Microsoft Azure, Elektrobit, and Nexar the first set of keys to the future of mapping and navigation.
The Vision SDK processes imagery directly on the device, turning your connected camera into a second set of eyes for your car. We are bringing visual context to our live location platform and redefining how machines and humans alike interact with the driving environment.
The public beta is now available on Mapbox’s site here: https://vision.mapbox.com/
In today’s Safety & Risk column, Art Liggio writes that “effective training must be proactive, not reactive, and supplemented with a steady flow of relevant training to support your training goals.” It's a good read, and truer words were never spoken, and you want to make certain that your drivers are as safe as possible on today’s dangerous roads!
FMW Conducting On-Camera Interviews at AFLA
We’re getting excited for AFLA in Orlando - just over a week and a half from now - and we look forward to seeing many of you there. As usual, FMW will be conducting on-camera interviews of fleet experts at the event. If you’d like to suggest someone for an interview, email me at email@example.com.