bp pulse and Hertz have just announced a strategic partnership to transform the future of EV adoption at MOVE America 2022. Vic Shao, CEO at bp pulse and Jeff Nieman, Senior Vice President of operations initiatives at Hertz, took to the keynote stage to announce that they will drive forward the future of mobility and accelerate EV consumer adoption.
Both companies have major global footprints and big legacies in global transport. This partnership will drive forward electric vehicle charging and the electrification and decarbonisation of mobility in the U.S.
The agreement involves the management of Hertz’s charging infrastructure by bp pulse and the customisation of its Omega software to ensure Hertz’s growing fleet of electric rental cars are recharged quickly and efficiently between rentals. Omega supports fleet operations by automating charging when the power price is low, while providing real-time visibility to EVs, chargers, power usage, and more.
Hertz has a national footprint of locations across North America suitable for bp pulse to build and manage a network of fast-charging hubs to serve Hertz customers, including taxi and ride sharing drivers, as well as the general public.
This is the next big partnership for Hertz, as only last week they announced they would be buying 175,000 vehicles from General Motors over the next five years to expand its rental fleet.
Both said in their keynote at MOVE America, they have one goal: low-cost energy with high reliability.
“Hertz is accelerating the adoption of electrification by investing in the largest rental fleet of electric vehicles in North America and expanding the availability of charging stations. We are excited to partner with bp pulse to create a national charging infrastructure for the Hertz EV fleet, thereby growing the number of charging options available to our customers and providing them with a premium electric experience and lower emission travel options.” said Stephen Scherr, Hertz CEO in a statement.
Through large-scale purchases from Tesla, Polestar and GM, Hertz has assembled a fleet of tens of thousands of EVs, which are available at 500 Hertz locations across 38 states. Hertz’s objective is for one-quarter of its fleet to be electric by the end of 2024, with continued growth through acquisitions from various EV manufacturers. Hertz has invested in thousands of charging stations across its locations, and this partnership with bp pulse will enable Hertz to substantially expand its national charging footprint.
“This is a landmark moment. It shows the power of bringing together bp’s digital and operational capabilities with a partner like Hertz. Together with its industry-leading electrification ambitions, we can change the future of electric rental cars.” said Vic Shao,founder of Amply Power and president of bp pulse’s fleet division in the United States.
bp pulse is expanding its global network of high-speed charging for cars, light commercial vehicles, and trucks, with a global target of more than 100,000 chargers by 2030, with about 90% of those rapid or ultra-fast chargers. The company also is partnering with fleet operators to accelerate the electric transformation of their fleets.
Amazon Web Services has announced the launch of its new Smart City Competency, an initiative that “will deliver world-class AWS Partner recommendations to customers searching to build and deploy innovative smart city solutions,” according to a statement.
It’s intended to connect cities searching for expertise with experienced companies, having been “designed to identify, validate, and promote AWS Partners with demonstrated AWS technical expertise and proven customer success,” according to the program’s website. “The AWS Competency Partner Program has validated that the partners … have demonstrated they can help customers migrate applications and legacy infrastructure to AWS.”
Partner companies are selected after undergoing review of their technical skills and operations, and through demonstrated customer success via case studies.
The program is intended to assist communities during a time of unprecedented digital growth, which laces cities at the forefront of economic, social, and global challenges such as energy and water use, traffic management, sanitation, and sustainability.
The statement highlights that “Cities, as well as state and local government agencies, are increasingly leveraging cloud solutions to improve urban infrastructure, spatial planning, and city governance.”
The company have said that the nine partner organisations that collaborated with AWS to develop the program have helped cities around the world: identify and respond to 2,000 traffic incidents each month; deliver a 30 percent reduction in travel times in major intersections; and avoid 230,000 pounds of annual carbon dioxide emissions from solid waste management operations.
Rad Power Bikes has announced that it will start offering ebikes as a subscription service next week. The company is partnering with Cycle, a Berlin-based e-bike subscription service that caters to couriers and last mile delivery, to pilot the offering in Berlin.
Cycle will provide two cargo bikes beginning in September 2022, the RadRunner and RadWagon. Customers will be able to rent with a starting price of €79.90 per month and the choice between a rolling monthly rental or a yearly contract, according to Cycle.
“With this pilot we want to understand the size of the demand and the exact value these customers are looking for,” Saladin told reporters.
“This will help us to determine what the optimum value offer is and the demand potential.”
The subscription is Rad’s first as the company has been hyper focused on direct to consumer sales but also wants to attract a new segment of customers that would prefer to pay for the usage of the bike rather than paying for it outright.
Subscription services are also new for Cycle. The young startup has mainly focused on last mile delivery workers and fleets.
Cycle has the on-the-ground operations, bike maintenance and subscription infrastructure in place to make it work in Berlin, so all Rad has to do is deliver the goods. Customers will be able to collect their fully assembled e-bike from Cycle’s workshop in Kreuzberg, Berlin.
Service is included, and repairs can be booked using the Cycle app. Paranoid customers can add on a “peace-of-mind” package that would significantly reduce the excess in case of massive damage or theft.
NXP Semiconductors has partnered with Elektobit to co-develop the software platform that supports NXP’s newly introduced high-voltage battery management system (HVBMS) reference design.
Using Elektrobit’s Classic AUTOSAR tooling and software, the new software platform of the HVBMS reference design eases the development of HVBMS architectures for electric vehicles (EVs) by abstracting the communication and controlling interactions between the BMS microcontroller and the battery cell controllers.
Elektrobit has been collaborating with NXP for more than ten years. Elektobit is a leader in embedded and connected software products and services for the automotive industry.
“Our EB tresos AutoCore is the implementation of the Classic AUTOSAR®standard and our tooling environment, called EB tresos Studio, is used to configure these basic software modules with NXP’s software modules.” said Michael Robertson, Vice President, Head of Strategy & Product Management, Elektrobit
“Elektrobit will additionally offer support to customers that use NXPs HVBMS platform when configuring and integrating EB tresos AutoCore into their environment and will continue working with NXP in the second development phase of the HVBMS reference design software.”
As the demand for electric vehicles continue, so does the demand for improved performance, faster charging time, increased range and battery life, and improved safety.
As these batteries become more powerful and complex, more sophisticated BMS architectures are needed to ensure the safety and reliability of EVs. NXP’s HVBMS RD is a scalable ASIL D architecture composed of three modules: battery management unit (BMU), cell monitoring unit (CMU) and battery junction box (BJB).
NXP’s wide portfolio of battery cell controllers, battery junction box devices, and devices for its electrical transport protocol link (ETPL), along with production grade software drivers for these silicon devices, makes it easier for OEMs and Tier 1 customers to enter the growing market of HVBMS and enables them to focus effort on their unique application features.
STEER has announced that its electric vehicle subscription service, STEER EV, has added Florida as a new service area with an operational hub in Tampa.
STEER is now expanding its geographical footprint and growing its EV fleet to support the new regions in operation. From the beginning STEER EV has aimed to challenge the traditional car ownership model and accelerating the general public’s switchover to environmentally friendly transportation through an automobile subscription service.
Having transformed the platform into one of the leading providers of subscription-based EV services, the Company feels its turnkey month-to-month model – which includes insurance, maintenance, vehicle swaps and concierge delivery – presents an attractive alternative for customers seeking a time-efficient and hassle-free transportation solution.
The company sees STEER EV focusing on two main trends. Firstly, focusing on increasing eco-consciousness on part of individuals and governments alike, as well as a general shift away from traditional car ownership in favor of more flexible options such as per-use and also subscription servcies, particularly among the younger generation.
The global car subscription market was valued at $3.55 billion in 2019, and is projected to reach $12.1 billion by 2027, representing a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.1%.
As an ESG ecosystem, STEER is confident that its commitment to working alongside responsible governments, businesses and individuals in addressing environmental, social and governance concerns positions it well to capture growth in the electric vehicle subscription services market in the years to come.
“We are excited to bring our EV subscription services to Florida, which is our third market in the USA and fifth overall. Florida is home to diverse and vibrant communities, and we are looking forward to assisting them with their green transportation needs. This is also STEER’s third consecutive month adding new operational areas to its service network, with Texas added in July and British Columbia in August.” said Suman Pushparajah, CEO of STEER.
“This reflects our team’s hard work and dedication to delivering on its commitment to offer new sustainable personal transportation options to more communities in North America this year. Shortly after Florida, the STEER EV service should become available to the residents of California.”
Florida represents a key market to the STEER EV platform, strengthening its leadership position in the Southern region of the USA and providing for greater fleet management efficiencies. The Company also feels this expansion strongly aligns with the commitment of the US Government to build out a network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers along America’s highways and in communities by 2030 as part of a shift towards cleaner fuels and a general decarbonisation of the country’s transportation sector.
Tesla is now partnering with electric vehicle charging reliability platform ChargerHelp! To survey the status of various chargers in the company’s Destination Charger Network.
ChargerHelp! is an app-based dispatch and deployment system that helps to resolve issues with downed or inoperable electric vehicle charging stations. The company offers on-demand repairs and maintenance support from local workforces, which can come and service a malfunctioning EV charger in Tesla’s Destination Charger Network.
Teslas Destination Charging Network includes 35,000 wall connectors at Destination Charging Sites which include hotels, restaurants, and resorts. They are not as powerful as the Tesla Superchargers as they only offer 22kW of power.
ChargerHelp! has said that its partnership with Tesla will begin in California as the platform will survey Destination stations to provide critical data points and insights connected with the station’s overall performance.
“Trusting that a charging station will work and knowing that if there is an issue it will be fixed in a timely manner is essential to EV drivers and paramount to the success of the industry,” said Kameale C. Terry, ChargerHelp! Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer.
The biggest challenge facing EV adoption is charger reliability and accessibility. The issue pushed California Governor Gavin Newsom to write the “EV Charging Reliability Transparency Act,” a bill supported by ChargerHelp!, which could help solve most of the issues with EV charging maintenance.
A lot has been put into charging infrastructure as The White house announced over $700 million in private sector commitments for EV charging infrastructure. Many others industry giants such as Toyota, Honda, LG Energy Solutions and Ford Motor company have used this investment to build manufacturing facilities for EVs and batteries.
New innovation is welcomed by all EV owners as the transition to electrification is arguably halted by its infrastructure.
ChargerHelp! was founded in 2020 and operates at a fixed monthly price per EV charging station.
Terbine has announced today an open initiative to digitally bring electric vehicles and EV chargers from all manufacturers as well as power utilities into a unified system called TerbineLink.
The system is designed to synchronise the core elements involved with charging to maximize efficiency and provide a consistent and reliable experience for all EV drivers and fleet operators across America.
Charging will now be painless for drivers regardless of their location. For utilities, the upcoming loads from large groups of high-powered chargers will be made predictable to avoid blackouts, while also enabling vehicle-to-grid transfers.
Newer DC fast chargers use vastly more electricity than older units, leading to large, unpredictable loading and potentially resulting in problems that are new to utilities.
To solve this, TerbineLink will monitor the progress and charge-state of consumer and commercial vehicles, most critically long-haul electric trucks with very large batteries.
Predictions about which vehicles are likely to charge soon and at which charging stations is determined by the TerbineLink system using machine learning technology, which can then be applied by power utilities to load-balance the grid and thus avoid regional brownouts or blackouts. This is also useful to states for planning purposes.
The $900 million in federal money focused on EV charging is called the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program, or NEVI.
This month individual states will begin receiving funding allocations intended to increase the number of charging stations along major highways and other key areas. The TerbineLink system brings states the management and operational tools needed to implement NEVI-compliant charging networks.
XPeng has announced that the company has launched the pilot program City Navigation guided Pilot making it the first Chinese auto company to launch a high-level Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) functions for complex urban driving scenarios.
The company is one of the leading smart electric vehicle makers in China and its new system will challenge tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta-software. The system is now available in the area of Guangzhou, China.
The ADAS platform is made possible by XPeng’s combination of sensors to deliver a 360-degree fusion perception through cameras, LiDAR, millimeter-wave radars, and high-precision positioning units.
“With the rollout of City NGP, XPeng is spearheading a strategic road map to complete our ADAS coverage from highways and parking lots to much more complex city driving scenarios, offering our customers enhanced safety and an optimized driving experience,” said He Xiaopeng, chairman and CEO of XPeng.
“We believe the continuous evolvement of City NGP, and the expansion of its coverage will accelerate the transformation of the driving experiences of our customers.”
A number of Guangzhou-based XPeng P5 customers can now access City NGP through over-the-air updates before launching to other cities. To ensure sufficient knowledge of safety procedures, City NGP requires a seven-day familiarization period, and 100 km of driving before its functions can be used on all available roads.
The vehicle is able to perform a full range of driving tasks. It is able to cruise at a safe distance from leading vehicles, changing lanes due to navigation or vehicle overtaking decisions, handling merging/splitting roads, getting around stationary vehicles or obstacles, and maintaining an appropriate speed.
It can also automatically detect and react to traffic lights, make lane change decisions and inform drivers, take left or right turns, navigate through intersections, roundabouts, viaducts, and tunnels, as well as avoid obstructions.
The company has been deferring the wide release, keeping the customers waiting for it to make good on its promise of fully autonomous driving.
RCD Espanyol de Barcelona and Moovit has announced a joint venture to improve the mobility of pericos fans. Blanquiazul supporters will receive detailed information on how to get to the stadium efficiently and sustainably via public transport. In addition, they will also have information on the options around the grounds of other LaLiga teams to be able to support the team in away games.
The RCDE Stadium is near train, railway, metro and bus lines, and, with this agreement, Moovit will help fans to select the best route in real time to get to and from the Stadium.
The information provided by Moovit is said to be extremely accurate and will give various details to users for a better and faster journey.
The Moovit app is available on iOS, Android and on the website. RCD Espanyol fans can enjoy real-time traffic updates and a multitude of options available to select the best route. If a faster route is found during the journey, they will be notified by the app.
RCD Espanyol has incorporated the Moovit web planner into its website, which is available in 45 languages and will allow fans to compare all routes to get to the RCDE Stadium as quickly as possible.
In addition, Moovit will make a series of tools available to the club to improve the mobility of fans, such as smartlinks and QR codes that will be shared on social media so that fans can find out how to get to the stadium in one click.
“RCD Espanyol knows that the fan experience begins from the moment a fan sets off for the stadium and ends when they return home. We are very pleased that RCD Espanyol has chosen Moovit and its global experience to make traveling around the LaLiga stadiums more comfortable and more sustainable for fans.” said Yovav Meydad, Moovit’s Director of Growth and Marketing.
A common concern of most is the environment when moving place to place, and now Moovit will allow accessibility to sustainable mobility among fans.
TeraWatt Infrastructure, a company that builds electric vehicle charging infrastructure for fleets, has secured over $1 billion in a Series A round to build out its portfolio of commercial charging centers.
The recent injection of capital follows a $100 million seed round from Keyframe Capital and Cyrus Capital, which both followed on into the current round alongside Vision Ridge Partners.
The infrastructure for charging private passenger EVs is becoming easily accessible and well developed. But as more electric vehicle models for fleets begin to come to market, the commercial sector will need its own charging centers, and that’s where TeraWatt comes in.
“The future of electrified transport is at a critical inflection point, whereby solutions for large-scale EV charging infrastructure must be established to meet the increasing demand for electrification of all fleets,” said Paul Luce, managing director at Vision Ridge Partners.
TerraWatt came out of stealth in May 2021 and has since managed to gain real estate in strategic locations that are relevant to fleets and built out a growing network of charging centers.
The $1 billion in funding will help TeraWatt both develop charging infrastructure at its current portfolio of properties, as well as acquire new properties.
“We plan to more than double the number of new employees over the next year to fulfill needs across charging operations, real estate, sales, marketing and more,” Palmer told TechCrunch.
“In the coming weeks, TeraWatt will announce the largest and most ambitious charging project to date for the electrification of long-haul transportation along a major highway corridor.”
TeraWatt currently has sites across 18 states, some of which the company is actively developing into charging centers.
The company intends to initially deploy charging centers in the western United States, with some additional sites in the east.
TeraWatt works with companies that have EV-first business models, as well as established companies that are starting to transition to EVs — and it works with fleets across light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
Lightning eMotors designs, engineers, customises, and manufactures a variety of EVs to support a wide array of needs for its fleet customers. The company began in specialized electric conversions of existing platforms developed by other OEMs like Ford and Chevrolet, including a specialty vehicle manufacturer (SVM) contract with GM.
Earlier this year, however, the company began offering customers purpose-built EVs on its own proprietary platform. In addition to building EVs, Lightning eMotors also works with other EV technologies like integrating autonomous capabilities, as well as charging infrastructure under its Lightning Mobile arm.
In terms of electric conversions of transit buses, Lightning eMotors deployed its first generation model in Boulder, Colorado, back in 2018. The bus is still in operation today and has helped provide a proof of concept to fleet customers.
Meanwhile, Lightning has grown and established certified repower programs for motor coaches, school buses, and recreational vehicles with major commercial vehicle manufacturers like Blue Bird, Forest River, and ABC Companies.
Today, Lightning eMotors has shared details of its second-generation conversion program catered specifically to deliver electric versions of 40-foot, low-floor transit buses.
The EV automaker shared details of the second-generation conversion program outlining several of the perks available to fleets that make the switch. Lightning eMotors states that by converting existing transit buses from diesel or CNG internal combustion to battery-electric powertrains, its customers can electrify their fleets at less than half the cost, and with one-third the lead time, compared to purchasing brand new electric buses.
Furthermore, the company states that customers who choose its converted transit buses will qualify for the same federal and state funding as those who purchase new electric buses, which includes the Federal Transit Administration’s Low and No Emission Vehicle Program. The company says it will even advise customers on how to maximize the government incentives currently available to them.
“Lightning’s transit bus repower program provides transit agencies a significantly more affordable and faster way to electrify their bus fleets and ensure clean and quiet operation for passengers and pedestrians alike. With increasing pressure to reduce carbon emissions and offer clean transportation solutions, we are confident fleet operators will see the sustainability benefits of converting existing diesel-powered vehicles to electric power rather than letting them end up in a landfill.” said Lightning’s director of product management Mac Burns.
Lightning eMotors says it will convert the buses at its Loveland, Colorado, facility or at one of its authorized partners across the United States. For large fleets looking to convert a large quantity of buses toward all-electric, Lightning says it can train the fleet maintenance teams to install the company’s electrification kit on their own.
Rubicon technologies has announced that it has entered a technology partnership with Samsara to unlock new value for shared municipal customers.
Together, Rubicon and Samsara’s complementary technology suites will help enable heavy-duty municipal fleet operations to optimize routes and citizen services, which will improve efficiency, empower drivers, lock in community safety gains, and save tax-payer dollars.
Samsara is the pioneer of the Connected Operations Cloud, built to access, analyze, and act on the world’s vast expanse of operations data. Thousands of customers spanning transportation, government, food and beverage, and more use mission-critical insights from Samsara to shape their operations.
Streamlined data sharing made possible by Samsara’s open API provides customers with a single source of truth to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and maintain operational resilience.
RUBICONSmartCity is a proprietary, cloud-based technology suite that helps municipal governments run faster, smarter, and more effective waste, recycling, and heavy-duty municipal fleet operations. As part of this partnership, RUBICONSmartCity is now available on the Samsara App Marketplace to further improve efficiency and sustainability in government fleets.
Shared municipal customers will have access to fault code, speeding, fuel level, and GPS data as well as complete visibility into vehicle diagnostics information and full operational data across the platforms, which will result in increased safety and transparency.
“Rubicon’s mission is to end waste,” said Conor Riffle, Senior Vice President of Smart Cities at Rubicon. “Our mission refers to waste in the physical sense, but also to wasted time and, in the case of Rubicon’s smart city technology products, wasted government resources. This technology partnership with Samsara allows both companies to deliver a superior solution for city solid waste departments and fleets as a whole, while continuing to save tax-payer dollars.”
Waste is a global challenge and a global opportunity. Rubicon partners with businesses and governments around the world to advance its mission through zero-waste, landfill diversion, and smart city solutions.
The Company’s suite of cloud-based products helps waste collection organizations to digitize their operations, confirm service, optimise routes, and deliver exceptional customer service while improving sustainability outcomes.
Neovolta, a manufacturer of Smart Energy Storage Solutions, has announced thatits systems will be deployed in electric vehicle charging stations at select national gas and convenience store locations, starting in Georgia.
This initial phase of installations is part of an expected nationwide rollout of NeoVolta batteries in 1,000 EOS Linx EV charging stations at various gas stations, convenience stores, and hotel chains across the country.
This introduction of charging stations will allow EV owners to recharge their EV while shopping at selected stores. This U.S. franchise presence consists of roughly 7,000 brand sites, along with more than 1,000 convenience stores. The first installation recently took place at a service station in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City.
“In NeoVolta, we have found the smart energy storage solution that meets our high standards for reliability and performance,” says EOS Linx CEO Blake Snider.
“We are excited about our nationwide rollout with their battery in our network of EOS Charge stations.”
Through its partnership with EOS Linx, NeoVolta will provide customised energy storage systems and intelligent power management for EOS charging stations. The clean solar energy stored in the NeoVolta battery can be used to power the charging stations even when the sun isn’t shining. Each EOS Charge Station is also equipped with a minimum of two chargers and a 55- or 75-inch digital advertising display.
“We are extremely proud to provide the clean energy storage solution for EOS Charge stations,” said Brent Willson, CEO of NeoVolta Inc. “With the rapid adoption of electric vehicles, we welcome the opportunity to bring NeoVolta technology to American drivers.”
The NeoVolta systems provide high storage capacity and power output, along with high-cycle battery life. Engineered with a lithium iron phosphate battery chemistry, these systems are a safe, nonflammable alternative to ordinary lithium-ion batteries. In 2022, NeoVolta was recognised by Solar Power World’s Top Solar Storage Products for the third year in a row.
The all-in-one charging management platform, Monta, has announced today that it has secured an additional EUR 30 million as part of a series A+ round led by Energize Ventures, a leading global investment manager accelerating digital innovation for energy and sustainability, with participation from returning investors Creandum, Pale Blue Dot, byFounders, and Headline. The latest financing brings Monta’s total to EUR 50 million.
Lack of charging infrastructure is a big hurdle for the mobility industry to address. While EV sales are increasing, Europe will need to produce 3,000 new public charging points each week to reach its target of one million charge points by 2025.
Led by a team of seasoned entrepreneurs with experience managing large software development organisations, Monta is delivering an all-in-one EV charging platform that simplifies and streamlines deployment, use, and management of EV charging infrastructure.
Through the Monta platform, charge point owners have full visibility into charge point use, pricing, access, and transactions. For EV drivers, Monta provides reservation, virtual queuing, and payment features under one platform as well as access to public charge points.
“We are aiming to fully digitalize the EV ecosystem to tackle all the immediate challenges within the industry and build toward a more transparent and flexible future. By partnering with hardware OEMs we can deliver new features straight out of the box, like our new feature that allows operators to set a percentage on top of the spot price in order to follow the market fluctuations and automatically offer a fair price for charging.” said Casper Rasmussen, Monta CEO.
“The investment from Energize and our returning investors is a strong vote of confidence in our vision, team, and software as the cornerstone of the mobility infrastructure of the future.”
Monta will leverage the additional investment to open up new markets including North America, while consolidating its position in Scandinavia, the UK, and Germany, all of which have legislation in place slated to ban new ICE vehicle sales by 2025, 2030, and 2035 respectively.
To further support the needs of the EU and the US – which has set a goal for 50% of its car sales to be EVs by 2030 – Monta will ramp up its product innovations and develop critical features to help EV drivers and charge point owners seamlessly navigate the industry.
There is no better time to be in the world of artificial intelligence, especially within the mobility industry. AI is poised to restructure the fundamentals of safety and technology throughout the world and as time goes on, we are seeing more intelligent technology shape how we handle data and manage fleets.
We had the pleasure of catching up with Verizon connect about their new AI dash cam technology. The company are guiding a connected world on the go by automating, optimising and revolutionising the way people, vehicles and things move through the world.
Q: How does your new AI Dashcam benefit fleets?
A: Verizon Connect’s AI Dashcam can help to provide peace of mind to fleet managers by giving them a greater range of insight into dangerous events and in-cab coaching to alert drivers in real time of high-risk driving behaviors, while helping to keep drivers safe. The new AI Dashcam includes advanced features that are designed to boost safety and provide greater insight for fleet managers. The new technology provides a significant step to help Verizon Connect customers future-proof their fleets.
Using fleet management technology and in-cab dashcams, managers have access to near-real time data on driver behavior, and near real-time alerts when harsh driving events like hard braking, hard cornering or rapid acceleration take place. Visual clarity for distracted driving and harsh driving events benefits businesses not only to manage drivers, but tailor their coaching to reward and encourage.
Dashcam footage can also be used to help defend drivers’ behaviorand mitigate risk. Proof of no wrongdoing can help to lower insurance costs.
Q: How does the AI technology work?
A: The new Verizon Connect Dashcam utilizes advanced AI to enable real-time detection of potentially dangerous driving events and boost driver safety. Verizon Connect’s AI Dashcam uses Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to help monitor tailgating, pedestrians and cyclists, while the Driver-Monitoring System (DMS) detects distracted driving, phone usage, fatigue and more. Verizon Connect AI Dashcam comes in a single and dual-camera model hardware with multiple features including:
● Modular design: Easy to upgrade from single road-facing camera to dual camera functions with the driver-facing add-on.
● Smaller and sleeker: Single device for both road- and driver-facing footage and easy to self-install with less cables or wires.
● Future-proof: The hardware will enable valuable enhancements in the near future.
● Privacy-by-design: The new hardware comes with lens caps for privacy when video recordings are unwanted or not needed.
● In-cab audio alerts: Drivers will be alerted of unsafe driving events in real time.
Verizon Connect’s AI Dashcam provides audible alerts to drivers when it detects unsafe driving, including signs of tiredness, distraction and phone usage and then tells drivers to take corrective action. This audible alert does not come from the fleet manager themselves, but rather from the AI dashcam technology. Cloud-based AI distills data into useful insights and video footage is automatically analyzed for severity and tagged with context so that managers know what is important and actionable to improve driver safety.Video footage for incidents is automatically uploaded to the platform so that it can be reviewed by the appropriate people and managers. In the case of a driver recklessly driving, the manager can use the footage to coach and discuss safety habits.
Q: As you have developed such technology, does Verizon Connect see further potential in technology in something other than driver safety?
A: Verizon Connect’s technology helps businesses prioritize driver safety, efficiency and productivity through the management of its vehicles, people and work.
We recently partnered with premier fleet electrification analytics firm Sawatch Labs. SawatchLabs helps fleets with more than 10 vehicles plan their EV strategies. Sawatch integrates vehicle data from Reveal to perform a range of EV analytics, including feasibility and infrastructure planning. Based on duty-cycle analytics that clearly identify how an EV can meet your drivers’ needs and provide customizable suggestions to help ensure that customers have the right size fleet to make accurate procurement and assignment decisions.
Reveal, another solution offered by Verizon Connect, utilizes GPS technology to help fleet managers manage their fleet vehicles, people, and jobs in a variety of ways beyond just locating equipment. Reveal tracks odometer readings, fuel usage, idle time, driver behavior and more, delivering rich analytics key information to help manage a fleet of vehicles and assets.
Fleet managers can also use Verizon Connect for compliance services. Verizon Connect offers integrated all-in-one ELD solution where fleet managers and dispatchers can access daily and weekly hours logged, time remaining, hours of service (HOS) status, violation alerts and Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR). Verizon Connect helps make compliance less of a burden for commercial drivers with fleet management system integration and 24/7 mobile app support.
Lastly, Verizon Connect Reveal allows fleet managers to set up geofences. By setting up virtual boundaries on the Reveal platform fleet managers can see when their assets or vehicles enter or leave a certain geographical region, helping them keep time traveling between jobs to a minimum and ensure the safety and security of their vehicles.
Q: How impactful do you believe AI technology to be within the transport industry? Should other companies be implementing similar technologies?
A: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hugely impactful technology in the transport industry given its ability to help keep drivers safe. With AI, business owners and fleet managers have insight into driver behavior, driver safety, location data and more in a near real time capacity.
Verizon Connect serves customers in a multitude of industries including landscaping, HVAC, supply chain, automotive and more. A recent Verizon Connect release showed that customers have seen significant improvements through cost reductions, a focus on driver safety and reduction of vehicle idling. Customers experienced significant reductions including up to 87% in harsh driving events, up to 86% in speeding and up to 81% in engine/vehicle idling. We expect these improvements to continue for customers. It would be beneficial for any company, inside or outside of transport, to implement these technologies to see benefits in cost reduction, driver safety, vehicle idling, workforce management and more.
Q: What else can we expect to see from Verizon Connect in the next 12-18 months?
A: Verizon Connect dashcam sales year over year have increased by almost a third, demonstrating that business owners and fleet managers are continuing to prioritize investments in technology to improve driver safety. The solutions will evolve, as they always have, to meet the needs of our customers.
If you had to choose one, what was the single most influential factor driving development in the world of connectivity within the mobility industry?
Fleet managers have a number of responsibilities – their company’s vehicles, the services or goods they provide, but above all, their top priority is getting their team of drivers home safely after their shift concludes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driver assistance technologies hold the potential to reduce traffic crashes and save thousands of lives each year. Safety is the single most influential factor driving development in the world of connectivity within the mobility industry and that’s why Verizon Connect launched the AI Dashcam to provide fleet managers with a greater range of insight into dangerous events and in-cab coaching to alert drivers in real time of high risk driving behaviors.
Mexico and the United States plan to take advantage of the Biden administration’s massive investment in semiconductor production to push the integration of their supply chains and cooperate on expanding the production of electric vehicles through Mexico‘s nationalised lithium industry, officials from both countries said Monday
Both efforts seek to eat into Asia’s advantage in semiconductors and batteries needed for electric vehicles and promote North American production.
“Major elements of the semiconductor supply chains are already well established in Mexico, with U.S. based companies like Intel and Skyworks conducting research and development, design, assembly and test manufacturing in parts of Mexico,” said U.S. Secretary Antony Blinken.
Blinken and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimundo had spoken earlier in the day with Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador about the opportunities for Mexico to take advantage of recently passed U.S. legislation that would provide $28 billion in incentives for semiconductor production, $10 billion for new manufacturing of chips and $11 billion for research and development.
“This means more jobs for Mexico, more integration,” said Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard.
“We think Mexico could grow twice as much with what was proposed to Mexico today and this means we can reduce poverty even faster in our country and that the infrastructure of Mexico can grow faster.”
This new venture is a big opening for Mexico’s economy. The global shortage of semiconductors has slashed into production of autos, household appliances and other goods, fueling high inflation and therefore the partnership between the two countries a huge step in the market.
Tesla has announced that it is turning to the public to help decide where to locate its next Superchargers as the automaker continues to expand its network of EV fast-charging stations in North America, Europe and Asia.
Tesla Chargings twitter account wrote in a tweet on Friday: “Supercharger Voting coming soon. Reply with location suggestions — replies with the most likes will be included in the poll.”
The online poll comes as Tesla prepares to open up its Supercharger network to other electric vehicles by the end of the year.
The rollout could help Tesla attract new buyers while boosting traffic and profits across the Supercharger network. It could also put pressure on the network, particularly in areas like California where there is a higher percentage of Teslas and other EVs.
Replies to the tweet have suggested Alaska, Hawaii and Vancouver Island in British Columbia. This is along with U.S National Parks as holidaymakers generally travel long distances through rural areas.
Tesla already operates more than 35,000 Superchargers worldwide, allowing drivers to add up to 200 miles in 15 minutes. Tesla have also talked of expanding their supercharges beyond Tesla’s and allow other car brands to use their infrastructure.
Google announced today it is expanding its options for eco-friendly routing on Google Maps to 40 more countries across Europe.
Eco-friendly routes were first introduced to U.S.-based users last year to show more fuel-efficient routes instead of the fastest ones. Users can see the eco-friendly route marked with a leaf label.
To adjust settings for eco-friendly routes, users can tap on their profile picture on Google Maps, head to Settings > Navigation Settings, then scroll down to Route Options. Users can tap on the “Prefer fuel-efficient routes” option to turn on or turn off fuel-efficient routes.
The company is also launching a new feature for car owners to choose their vehicle’s engine type to get personalised suggestions for fuel-efficient routes best suited for the engine.
In the coming weeks, users will be able to head to the settings mentioned above, and select the engine type — petrol or gas, diesel, hybrid or electric vehicle (EV) — for navigation.
“This technology is made possible thanks to insights from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and data from the European Environment Agency.”
“By pairing this information with Google Maps driving trends, we were able to develop advanced machine learning models trained on the most popular engine types in a given region,” the company said in a blog post.
Google have said that since the introduction of their eco-friendly routes in the U.S, they have been able to save carbon emissions equivalent to 100,000 cars.
Over the years, Google has tried to encourage people to take more eco-friendly navigation options by introducing new features in Google Maps.
In 2018, the firm first introduced EV charging station information to the app. In July, the company rolled out features for bike navigation with details like the amount of car traffic and types of roads along the route.
Mayor Michelle Wu and the Boston Transportation Department have announced a 9.4-mile expansion of bike lanes providing key connections within the City’s existing bike network and the launch of a Citywide design process to bring safer streets to every neighborhood.
This new project is part of the mayor’s plan to build on her commitment to create safe streets for all modes of transportation. To execute this plan, Boston is expanding Bluebikes to accommodate rising demand, designing traffic-calmed streets by building speed humps and raised crosswalks, and hiring more staff to aid in the design process.
The mayor made the announcement at a press conference with community organizers from Bikes Not Bombs and Mattapan Food and Fitness, and representatives from BTD, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), the Equity and Inclusion Cabinet, the Environment Department, the Community Engagement Cabinet, the Mayor’s Office of Housing, and the Office of Economic Opportunity & Inclusion.
“Now more than ever, the health, well-being, and economic empowerment of our communities depend on people having safe, reliable ways to get where they need to go,” said Mayor Michelle Wu.
“We’re working to transform our streets so all road users are protected, and everyone can benefit from the opportunities across our city. Building out a safe, connected cycling network will help close transportation gaps across our neighborhoods and advance our efforts to make Boston a city for everyone.”
“Bikes and e-bikes will play an important role in increasing access to reliable, affordable transportation in Boston and in helping to address the climate, safety, and congestion impacts of our overreliance on automobiles,” said Chief of Streets Jascha Franklin-Hodge.
“Today’s announcement moves us closer to a future where biking is a safe and convenient option for people of all ages and abilities in every neighborhood of Boston.”
The next three years will see the expansion of their bike network, growth of their public bike share by 40%, raised crosswalks and additional speed bumps, help for 600 women to gain confidence in riding bikes in Boston’s free learn to bike workshops for women and gender diverse adults.
Enabling more trips by bike is essential to reaching our climate and public health goals. Approximately one-third of Boston’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. Of that, 65 percent comes from passenger vehicles.
These emissions create public health and environmental dangers for our residents and disproportionately harm marginalised and environmentally justice communities. Delivering the Mayor’s vision will create a space where people can move, safely, reliably, and efficiently by transit, on foot, or by bike.
Proterra Inc have announced a new collaboration to power ENC’s second-generation electric transit buses with Proterra’s industry-leading battery technology.
Under a new, multi-year supply agreement, Proterra will supply its S-Series battery system to power ENC’s Axess Battery Electric Bus (EVO-BE) that will be available to transit agencies in 32-foot, 35-foot, and 40-foot models. Delivery of the first Proterra Powered ENC Axess EVO-BEs is expected to begin in 2023.
“Public transit is at the forefront of electrification. Along with our partners at ENC, we’re delighted to help power this critical transformation with our battery technology and help bring cleaner air to cities and towns across the United States through zero-emission transportation,” said Chris Bailey, President of Proterra Powered & Energy.
“ENC is excited to work with Proterra to provide the next-generation Axess EVO-BE with best-in-class battery technology as part of our ongoing focus on delivering zero-emission transportation solutions,” said Jason Moore, Vice President and General Manager, ENC.
Proterra Powered battery systems are designed and manufactured in the United States, have industry-leading energy density to meet the demands of commercial vehicle applications, and undergo rigorous testing to withstand the toughest operating conditions.
Proterra’s battery systems have been proven through more than 30 million service miles driven by Proterra Transit vehicles and selected by world-class commercial vehicle manufacturers to power zero-emission electric delivery vehicles and work trucks, semi-trucks, construction and mining equipment, school and coach buses, and low-floor cutaway shuttles.