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Montreal May See an Expansion of Self-Service Vehicles and Car Sharing by @globalsiteplans

Montreal May See an Expansion of Self-Service Vehicles and Car Sharing by @globalsiteplans | fleet management | Scoop.it
We estimate that a car in Montreal spends ninety-five percent of its time parked every week.
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This report shows that car sharing reduced the demand for mass transit and taxi service.

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Car sharing market grows as alternative to transit

Car sharing market grows as alternative to transit | fleet management | Scoop.it
A alternative to transit or owning your own car is gaining in popularity with a cross section of users. According to Modo, the four Vancouver car sharing companies likely have somewhere around 1,500 combined vehicles to service the increasing.
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Ideal for the growing number of people who don't want the burden of car ownership.

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NAFA opens submissions for 2015 Fleet Excellence Awards | Fleet Management content from Fleet Owner

NAFA opens submissions for 2015 Fleet Excellence Awards | Fleet Management content from Fleet Owner | fleet management | Scoop.it
NAFA opens submissions for 2015 Fleet Excellence Awards: The awards presentation is part of an opening night p... http://t.co/PkRaGX4Cyt
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There are many deserving fleet managers who should be nominated for the 2015 awards.

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Car-sharing company car2go expands service to Richmond, YVR - The Province

Car-sharing company car2go expands service to Richmond, YVR - The Province | fleet management | Scoop.it
Car2go is ready to go in Richmond. Richmond has given the car-sharing company the green light to set up shop near Canada Line stations and at a hotel near Vancouver International Airport.
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British Columbia moves ahead with car sharing while Toronto fights it.

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Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) team’s analysis – Uber is going to change everything

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) team’s analysis – Uber is going to change everything | fleet management | Scoop.it
http://t.co/0KZlnPfG3A Interesting review of car rental future @AutoRentalNews @carsharing @AllCarNYC @CarpingoNYC @arcwoodland
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The analysts conclude that the car rental and taxi businesses are in mortal peril. 

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Ryder to Lease 100 Nat-Gas Trucks to Montreal-Based C.A.T. | Transport Topics ... - Transport Topics Online

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Ryder to Lease 100 Nat-Gas Trucks to Montreal-Based C.A.T. | Transport Topics ...
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Did this qualify for accelerated capital cost allowance from the Quebec government?

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San Francisco looks to car-share to reduce city vehicle fleet

San Francisco looks to car-share to reduce city vehicle fleet | fleet management | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco city employees could soon be zipping around the city’s famous hills in car-share vehicles, rather than city-owned cars, under a proposal introduced in the city’s...
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Always having a city vehicle on standby will be a habit that is hard to break.

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New Glasgow selected for provincial fleet efficiency project - NG News

New Glasgow selected for provincial fleet efficiency project - NG News | fleet management | Scoop.it
NEW GLASGOW - The town has been selected as one of two municipalities to take part in the Clean Foundation and Nova Scotia Moves Municipal Fleet Efficiency Initiative.
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New Glasgow and Fleet Challenge combined with Fleet Carma could create a leading green fleet plan.

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Vehicle Fleet Mess at Homeland Security - Cato Institute (blog)

Vehicle Fleet Mess at Homeland Security - Cato Institute (blog) | fleet management | Scoop.it
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These results led the IG to conclude: “we estimate that operating these underused vehicles cost between $35.3 million and $48.6 million.
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If end users actually paid for these under-used vehicles, they would turn them in.

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Municipal Budget 2015: A Time to Be Bold - Torontoist

Municipal Budget 2015: A Time to Be Bold - Torontoist | fleet management | Scoop.it
Photo by barbera* from the Torontoist Flickr Pool. As of tomorrow morning, another budget cycle will be upon us at Toronto City Hall. While the process
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David Soknacki says there are savings in the vehicle fleet. I can help him find them.

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Rise of the car-sharing apps poses threat to auto sector

Rise of the car-sharing apps poses threat to auto sector | fleet management | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - The humble smartphone could throw a spanner in the works of the car sector's post-crisis turnaround, with the big manufacturers facing a long-term threat from apps that make it easier...
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"...every vehicle in the carshare fleet represents 32 scrapped decisions to buy." (from the article)

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Montreal May See an Expansion of Self-Service Vehicles and Car Sharing by @globalsiteplans

Montreal May See an Expansion of Self-Service Vehicles and Car Sharing by @globalsiteplans | fleet management | Scoop.it
We estimate that a car in Montreal spends ninety-five percent of its time parked every week.
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This report shows that car sharing reduced the demand for mass transit and taxi service.

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Electric cars without drivers - Research News November 2014 - Topic 1

Electric cars without drivers - Research News November 2014 - Topic 1 | fleet management | Scoop.it

E-Mobile will park independently in the future and will also be able to find the next charging station without a driver. Researchers are working on electric cars that can travel short distances autonomously. On the basis of cost-effective sensors, they are developing a dynamic model that perceives the environmental situation.


Whoever got his driver’s license twenty years ago and is back in a car for the first time is going to be rubbing his eyes in amazement. Electronic helpers warn of a possible collision when parking and keep the necessary distance to the car ahead during traffic. There are lane departure, crosswind, blind spot and high beam assistants, not to mention the anti-lock system. The car is taking over step by step in the cockpit. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA are one step ahead: They are dedicated to automated driving and are working on the vehicles of tomorrow, which can drive through traffic without human assistance. In this process, the Stuttgart engineers are particularly keeping an eye on electric cars.

The specialty of the researchers at the IPA is the development of robots. In the institute building, there is a prototype that independently finds its way on its four wheels through unknown territory. The challenges that are to be mastered are similar to those for automated driving. Here, as well, sensors need to recognize the environment so that the vehicle can navigate around obstacles and find its goal. Why not take advantage of that experience and apply it to the car, say the engineers in Stuttgart. That is why, one and a half years ago, an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, mathematicians, electrical engineers and mechatronics engineers launched the project Afkar (a German abbreviation for “autonomous driving and intelligent chassis concept for an all-electric vehicle”).

In a first step, the electric car is intended to learn to find a parking space and to park without a scratch. The idea behind this is that the car should be able to recharge itself with electricity without human help. This would be particularly important for car-sharing. Imagine the following scenario: The driver easily parks the car in a properly equipped parking garage on any randomly available parking space. The car takes care of everything else itself. It communicates via a wireless interface with the charging station and the parking garage management. In this process, it provides information about its charge level and its location. If the battery is empty and a charging station is free, it maneuvers in the corresponding parking bay and is charged inductively, without a cable. Then it makes room for the next electric car and rolls to a free parking space. In this way, the few existing charging stations can be used effectively.


“The technology needed for this scenario is already available,” says Afkar project manager Benjamin Maidel. He is referring to the robots of the institute that find their way easily in a known environment, such as a factory floor. Rebuilding a similar car does not take a lot of effort. Many modern cars already have most of the sensors that are required for this. The data that these devices collect just have to be combined and interpreted accordingly so that they provide a picture of the environment. The Fraunhofer experts are currently developing the necessary technology with the help of complex simulation programs. Soon, they want to test the results in practice on a demonstration vehicle.


The Afkar group will first go with their test car to a cordoned-off test area. For public roads, a special permit is required. “Whether autonomous driving makes a breakthrough will be decided, along with the right price, by customer acceptance and the legal framework. For example, the liability for accidents has to be re-regulated. The technology will probably conquer the market step by step”, says Maidel. The advantages are obvious – particularly for car-sharing vehicles. Any customer could use his smart phone to call a car, which would then drive to the desired location. Car-sharing companies could utilize their fleets more fully than they do today.


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 “Whether autonomous driving makes a breakthrough will be decided, along with the right price, by customer acceptance and the legal framework. " (from the article)

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Trevor's curator insight, December 2, 2014 4:31 PM

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This article caught my eye because of the potential of self-driving electric cars.  For me to enter into this type of field would require an electrical and mechanical engineering degree.  The fact that technology is already advanced enough to develop such vehicles is such a crazy reality for me.  I am curious about how things work and this definitely attracts me because of its relevance to the world.  Engineers are already developing technology that allows for cars to be built, but there are still many other factors that are, currently, holding back the potential of these kinds of electric cars to become popular such as the cost and design.  Further research, however, will soon allow cars to be built efficiently at a reasonable price for the public.  I want to be a part of this design and research someday to help meet people’s needs.  Helping design or study technology that could alter how our world interacts is my dream job.  This article proves that there is so much that engineers are capable of: they can help shape lives, the economy, and the world.

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Uber will eventually replace all its drivers with self-driving cars

Uber will eventually replace all its drivers with self-driving cars | fleet management | Scoop.it
Uber will eventually replace the people who drive its cars with cars that drive themselves, CEO Travis Kalanick said today at the Code Conference. A day after Google unveiled the prototype for its...

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Sooner than later, one hopes.

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NSW government considers ditching car fleet and using Uber and GoGet to save $7 million

NSW government considers ditching car fleet and using Uber and GoGet to save $7 million | fleet management | Scoop.it
STATE bureaucrats could soon travel to meetings in Uber taxis or car share ­services amid an overhaul of the state fleet.
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Profound changes are coming to fleet sales and fleet leasing because of decisions like this.

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The Country That Invented The Car Is Now One Of The World's Biggest Users Of Car Sharing

The Country That Invented The Car Is Now One Of The World's Biggest Users Of Car Sharing | fleet management | Scoop.it
In Germany, the place where driving is considered an art form, car ownership is suddenly a lot less sexy.
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Automakers Daimler and BMW are changing the traditional business model to dominate car-sharing.

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Dubai Adds Some Serious Bling To Its Police Fleet With Lamborghini Squad Car

Dubai Adds Some Serious Bling To Its Police Fleet With Lamborghini Squad Car | fleet management | Scoop.it
At a time when countries around the world are facing huge budget shortfalls that result in police cutbacks, it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that one law enforcement agency has added a Lamborghini to its fleet.
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Speeders in Dubai, watch out!

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