Pooling vehicles can lower fleet costs for some agencies. But what about eliminating those vehicles altogether? Washington, D.C., is an area known for its congestion. The capital is not very large, but it’s bustling with people, and parking can be hard to come by.
D.C. employees can use an assigned fleet vehicle, or rent one from Fleet Share, the district motor pool. But Fleet Share’s 97 vehicles are first come, first serve, and not always available for the district’s 33,000 employees. Limited parking spots can also mean circling the block looking for an empty space and paying for parking, which can add up quickly.
“While we love our job and we love what we are able to do, the fewer district vehicles on the road, the better,” said Washington, D.C., Department of Public Works Director Christopher Shorter.
Wednesday at CES was all about the outdoors experiences that had gotten washed out in Tuesday’s rain. BMW invited people to compare real and virtual driving with a drifting course that let you do high-speed donuts in the parking lot and a line of simulators so you could try your hand a race-car driving. People were drawn from all over the convention by the sound of squealing tires.
BMW’s entire experience at CES 2018 is designed to explore the driving experience from virtual to ‘in real life.’ During BMW’s panel on “The Future of Racing: The Intersection of Virtual Technology and Real Experience,” there was a provocative discussion about how the goal of virtual reality is not replicating reality.
When attendees look forward to CES each year, they’re just as likely to think about the advances and ideas being showcased by automakers as they are by consumer electronics companies or the startups disrupting everyone’s business—or enhancing, as Postmates is doing for Ford, as they partner to study self-driving technology.
Ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. and self-driving software company Aptiv Plc will show off a fully-automated ride-hailing service at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later this month.
The “point-to-point” ride-hailing system will incorporate Lyft’s app with Aptiv’s automated driving platform, offering rides to attendees of the annual show, the companies said in a statement. Operating in complex areas like the Las Vegas Strip will “accelerate the availability of automated driving platforms for commercial applications,” the companies said.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s is one of the most fun and celebrated times of the year. It is also one of the most dangerous holidays of the year for drivers and passengers. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the average number of fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers increases by 34 percent in the U.S.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that during Christmas and New Year’s season, nearly 95 million Americans will be on the road traveling to visit family and friends. This elevated number of vehicles combined with an increased number of parties and celebrations often times leads to more impaired drivers on the roadways.
People are much more likely to drive impaired around Jan. 1 than during any other major holiday of the year. In fact, almost half of all car crashes on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are due to an impaired driver.