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Your Car Can Do What... Article #3

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 8, 2015 3:13:16 PM

Our “Your Car Can Do What” series has been created to keep you up to date on the latest safety features in new cars. The new safety features are interesting, but what about the safety features that have been around for a few years? Maybe you have an idea of what they do, but don’t really understand how they work?  Take a look . . .

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Topics: Driver Safety

Your Car Can Do What . . . Article #2 of a 10-part series

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Sep 1, 2015 4:20:49 PM

What are all these new safety features I’m hearing about? New safety technology in cars is advancing so quickly that it can be hard to keep up with all the changes. Well, we’re here to help with our “Your Car Can Do What?” blog series.

Here are some new vehicle safety features for 2016: 

Forward Collision Warning- Sensors have been placed in the front of cars with this feature. The sensors detect cars, and in some cases objects, in front of you and will alert you in case you are too close to the car. This feature is only to alert drivers of a potential hazard and should no be relied on to completely prevent a collision.

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Topics: Driver Safety

Your Car Can Do What?

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Aug 28, 2015 4:06:42 PM

Article #1 of a 10-part series on Driver Safety
Have you heard of all the new advanced safety features that are now available on 2016 model cars? To gain a sense of just how far safety technology in new cars has evolved in the past five years, take a look at your smartphone. Now think of the cell phone you carried 10 years ago. What kind of cell phone did you have 20 years ago? Right! Today's new cars are just as advanced as today's smartphones, and one area where technology is having a major positive impact is in keeping drivers safe. Sure, new cars are quieter, more aerodynamic, they get better fuel economy, and offer more features for your comfort and convenience like Bluetooth and Navigation systems. All of this is certainly impressive, but automakers truly deserve a standing ovation for investing billions of dollars to make our cars safer to drive. 

I have to admit, until I started doing some research, I hadn't even heard of many of the new driver safety features, and I sure didn't know how they actually work? It's really hard to keep up with all of this information.  So, to make it easier for the average consumer to stay informed, the National Safety Council launched a campaign on a new website called, My Car Does What.org where you'll find brief videos and info-grapghics that provide very engaging and easy-to-understand explanations of vehicle safety features for drivers like me who don't have a degree in physics.

Here's a preview of three new vehicle safety features for 2016:

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Topics: Driver Safety

New Vehicle Safety Features for 2016

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Aug 20, 2015 1:53:58 PM

Vehicle Management update! If keeping your drivers safe is a high priority, then you'll be interested in learning about some of the new safety technology that auto companies are introducing for the 2016 model year. Let's consider several General Motors 2016 models for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. These GM brands will offer 22 improved active safety technology features. The improvements will assist drivers in critical situations. “Our comprehensive safety strategy of helping customers before, during and after a crash continues,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM global vehicle safety. Examples of some of these safety features include: 

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Topics: Driver Safety

Cars Of The Future Are Here!

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jul 28, 2015 5:19:00 PM

 

We are all one step closer to driving cars of the future thanks to the University of Michigan, which just opened what they are calling "M City."  Situated on 32 acres, "M City" is a simulated town designed specifically to allow for the testing of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles.  The facility includes realistic traffic features such as merge lanes, stop lights, intersections, roundabouts, road signage, a railroad crossing, building facades, construction barriers and mechanical pedestrians. 

According to the online news source, Automotive Fleet, M City is a joint project between the University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center,the Michigan Department of Transportation, and several major automakers including Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Navistar are closely involved in this groundbreaking initiative.

So, do you think our roads and highways are ready for "autonomous vehicles?"  Are they right for you? 

Read the full article here.

 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Only Seven Vehicles Are Truly American-Made . . . Really?

Posted by Brad Forbush on Jul 16, 2015 12:10:08 PM

You'll probably find this hard to believe, but "American-made" autos are quickly becoming a thing of the past unless something changes.  As the U.S. auto industry becomes more globalized, fewer and fewer cars meet the standard to be labeled American-made, and today there are only seven that make the list. I found this a bit shocking, so I did some digging to find out just who came up with this list and how are they defining "American-made?" 
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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Should you use “driverless vehicles” in your fleet?

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 12, 2015 2:19:00 PM

The cars of the future are here! At least they will be in the coming decade. Google is paving the way for autonomous car technology with its fleet of Toyota Prius hybrids. The cars have recorded a combined 700,000 miles with few reports of accidents, and each accident that occurred was the result of human error from the other cars involved.  Many of the latest car models already offer several autonomous driving features including:


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Should you fix or replace your used car?

Posted by Gabrielle Bobinsky on Jun 4, 2015 4:21:00 PM

When that check engine light goes on in the car it immediately elicits a groan from the driver. In one instance, it was Sister Mary Kay’s car and she was the one groaning about her 2002 Toyota Camry. She was starting to lose her power steering, so she took her car into the small local shop where she’s had her car serviced for the past 10 years. The mechanic found a few other problems and presented a repair estimate of $1,357.  Sr. Mary Kay called her Community’s Vehicle Coordinator, Jerry, who suggested that Sr. Mary Kay obtain a second opinion from a different shop, so she took her car to a local Goodyear shop, which is a large national auto service provider. Goodyear’s estimate was $2,550 for a list of repairs that included everything the local shop found plus several other high cost items.  Now Sr. Mary Kay was confused and unsure of what she should do, so she made another call to Jerry.

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Topics: Maintenance Tips, Fleet Considerations, Driver Safety

Is an Electric Vehicle Right for You?

Posted by Sarah Huber on May 19, 2015 2:07:00 PM

For part two of our series on alternative fuel sources we are focusing on the pros and cons of electric powered vehicles.  Plug-in electric vehicle technology has continued to improve over the last few years.  Because of these technological advances alternative fuel source vehicles are more attractive to environmentally conscious consumers. Electric vehicles are perfect for someone who works in the same city as they live, or someone who doesn’t put a ton of miles on their vehicle. 

 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, GreenTechnology

Vehicle Depreciation Factors and Lifecycle Cost

Posted by Jerry Condon on May 12, 2015 2:43:00 PM

When computing the life-cycle cost of a vehicle,  deprecation is the single biggest fa ctor to keeping the  cost low.  Depreciation should be on a fleet manager’s mind or on the mind of anyone who regularly buys new cars. According to Phillip Reed, senior consumer editor at Edmunds.com, a vehicle can lose 30 percent of its’ value in the first year and as much of 50 percent in the first three years. Given these numbers, it is important to look at what factors can affect resale value and ultimately vehicle depreciation. Read More

Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations

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