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Adaptive Cruise Control: Your Questions Answered

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 18, 2019 1:08:04 PM

I-Robot came out in 2004 and introduced its audiences to a dark vision of our future where cars drive themselves, robots are utilized by humans for nearly everything, and Lake Michigan has dried up. Luckily, we're nowhere near the latter two circumstances, but the first was already being realized when the film came out.

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Topics: Driving Suggestions, Driver Safety, Fleet Considerations

Nissan Reveals The 2019 Leaf e+

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 11, 2019 3:35:31 PM

The new year of 2019 sees an automotive industry abound with groundbreaking innovation in the field of electric vehicle technology. Leading the pack, per se, is Nissan's newest EV model, the 2019 Leaf e+. 

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Topics: Driving Green, GreenTechnology, Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

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 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

Chevrolet helps small business owners stay mobile

Posted by Anthony Larsen on Apr 28, 2015 10:17:00 AM

Chevrolet has been helping small business owners get their products to their customers for the last 79 years.  The tradition started in 1936 with the Chevrolet Canopy Express vehicle.  This was followed up thirteen years later with the Chevrolet Canopy.  Both models allowed entrepreneurs to quickly and easily get products to their customers, such as fresh produce and baked goods, to their city neighborhoods around the country.

 

 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

Can diesel power be used to green your fleet?

Posted by Sarah Huber on Apr 16, 2015 5:47:00 PM

In the last few years, car companies focused on becoming more environmentally friendly and there are many alternative fuel source vehicle options readily available for the everyday consumer.   Today, I would like to highlight both the benefits and the downsides of having a car with a diesel engine.  This is the first in a series of articles comparing alternative fuel sources and the impact they can have on your fleet's overall performance.

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Topics: Fleet Considerations, GreenTechnology

To lease or to buy your fleet vehicles . . . it depends.

Posted by Jerry Condon on Apr 10, 2015 11:14:00 AM

...And the answer to the age old question of leasing verus purchasing vehicles is: it depends!  The answer also has a significant impact on your capital resources  Both options have merit depending on your specific financial goals, so we at CARITAS Vehicle Services would like to provide some basic guidelines to help make your decision a little easier.

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

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