If there's any indication Germany is embracing car sharing, look no further than the country's Olympic bobsledders. Fresh from two gold medals and one silver, it's clear they're winning experts in "vehicle" sharing (two- and four-man sleds, specifically). Bringing that mindset home, however, seems more difficult.
Several years ago, on a hot summer day, I was dreading getting into my vehicle. Although the unbearable heat inside my vehicle only lasted for a short time as the air conditioner quickly did its job, I wished that my vehicle could sense the need for a cool environment and automatically turn on the air-conditioning system before I got in.
Finally, my dream is being realized. Many automakers are developing vehicles equipped with remote control systems that are enabling the “smart vehicle concept” to become reality.
Each day, every European country gets a little closer to monumental societal change.
That change will come in the shape of automated vehicles; vehicles that will fulfill anywhere from a little to all of the driving responsibilities. The technology is further along than most people realize but a key question lingers: Do consumers want a car that doesn’t have to be driven?
The race towards automated driving is a global initiative to solve issues of traffic congestion, safety and cost of ownership. However, global consumer sentiment is not so aligned. In a previous J.D. Power Mobility Disruptors column, U.S. consumers described an increasing level of skepticism regarding automated vehicles sparked by uncertainty and fear of technology failure.
My family is very intrigued by the TV show, Tiny House Nation, and has been probing my interest level to make that type of home our next move. While I appreciate the minimalist concept behind such a movement, I’m a bit nervous about the lack of personal space that we each appreciate in our day-to-day lives.
For seven months, I endured the high-pitched, panic-inducing beeps caused by the park assist system on my new sport-utility vehicle. Yes, it was helping me park but, at the same time, the noise was making me incredibly nervous.
Recently, a half-cent sales tax increase went into effect in Los Angeles County. The tax increase is estimated to generate $120 billion in revenue over the next 40 years, with much of this money earmarked for a substantial expansion of the county’s rail network.