A Consumer Reports test driver has demonstrated in a new video that, yes, a Tesla vehicle with the Autopilot feature will drive with no one in the driver's seat.
The question came up after a fatal accident in Texas last weekend, said Jake Fisher, head of auto testing at Consumer Reports. In that crash, according to police, no one was in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S when it crashed at high speed, killing two passengers.
The researchers at Consumer Reports said they found that it would be easy to trick Tesla's Autopilot feature into driving without a driver in the driver's seat. "In our evaluation, the system not only failed to make sure the driver was paying attention, but it also couldn't tell if there was a driver there at all," said Fisher, who conducted the experiment.
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Honda is aiming to sell only electric vehicles in North America by 2040, calling it a goal, not a commitment, echoing similar language used by its competitors as they leave open the possibility of selling conventional cars for longer.
The automaker currently sells only one vehicle in America that uses a plug to generate power: the Honda Clarity plug-in hybrid. Virtually all of Honda's lineup is made up of conventional gas vehicles, and it does not sell any battery-electric vehicles after discontinuing the Honda Clarity electric car in 2019.
New EVs are coming beginning with the 2024 model year and ramping up in the second half of the decade.
Read the article at USA Today.
The push to widen the adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S. is driving the conversion of utility poles and streetlights into EV charging destinations.
The idea is to enhance the feasibility of owning and operating electric vehicles in areas where drivers are less likely to have access to off-street garages, driveways or parking lots.
Blink Charging, which builds pole-mounted EV charging stations for both public and private entities, sees streetlight and utility pole charging destinations playing a pivotal role in the company’s business strategy and the overall future of zero-emission mobility.
Read the article at The Car Gossip.
Poznick succeeds retiring longtime Agile Fleet VP Matt Wade
FleetCommander creator Agile Fleet, Inc. has tapped fleet industry veteran Joe Poznick to lead the company’s client success group. He succeeds Matt Wade, who is pursuing a well-earned retirement. (Wade will continue on with Agile Fleet as a Board of Directors member.)
Poznick, who joined Agile Fleet in 2020 as Senior Director of Client Success, brings with him over 20 years of experience working with multi-national fleet operations with business process analysis, fleet solutions development, telematics, systems integration, as well as car-sharing and mobility.
“Joe’s dedication to advancing technology to solve complex fleet challenges makes him a natural choice to fill Matt's formidable shoes,” says Agile Fleet President Ed Smith. “We are confident that Agile Fleet will not only continue to assist our clients with best-in-class service but will go above and beyond.”
Booster announced the expansion of its service to include on-demand electric vehicle (EV) charging. The capability makes Booster the first technology company to expand its platform beyond conventional to renewable energy.
As it grows to meet the demand of mixed fleets serving the last-mile delivery economy, Booster's proprietary telematics enable the company to distribute energy more efficiently, all through the touch of a button. The company is building on its conventional energy capabilities to meet the increased demand for EVs, broadening the benefits of its service to potentially 500,000+ electric vehicles in California.
"As governments and enterprise businesses set aggressive decarbonization targets, Booster's technology is now available to provide the full suite of energy solutions for fleet and retail customers," said Frank Mycroft, CEO and co-founder, Booster. "Our mobile platform serves more than 100,000 customers, and has already eliminated more than 4 million pounds of CO2 emissions. Booster is transforming the way energy is delivered and supporting aggressive climate change goals at the same time."