With connected and autonomous or self-driving cars hitting the news and government dockets, auto legislation has become a trending topic. It’s also a complicated web of regulations and “what ifs.” And this glut of laws, bills and more not only affect automobile dealers and the industry as a whole, but drivers, passengers and even pedestrians. The motor vehicle world is becoming more digitally enabled. No surprise there, but local, state and federal judiciaries are facing both technologies and a public that are shifting faster than current codes and laws can regulate. Add to that the changing face of mobile tech.
Fleet management just got a bit easier thanks to technological advances in fleet tracking systems. These advances come courtesy of an interdisciplinary IT field known as telematics. Telematics represents the marriage of two technologies: telecommunications and informatics. In simplest terms, it involves the combined use of mobile devices, satellite technology and the internet to track, compile and analyze data about remote objects such as vehicles. Telematics and fleet tracking systems Fleet tracking systems integrate a special type of management software that includes GPS (Global Positioning System) technology.
In 1945, a blind engineer named Ralph Teetor invented cruise control, the popular automobile feature that most modern citizens can’t live without. Since that time, cruise control systems and their technology have evolved into even “smarter” technologies called adaptive cruise control (ACC). ACC employs radar sensor technology to automatically adjust a vehicle’s speed based on its surroundings. In support of collision avoidance, a car with ACC automatically slows down if it senses that the car in front of it is too close. Patented by General Motors in 1991, this technology, which was once reserved for luxury vehicles alone, is far more common, having been embraced by the likes of Honda, Subaru and Kia Motors.
In a climactic moment from the film, SPEED, Keanu Reeves makes a stunning discovery as to how Dennis Hopper’s bad guy knows their every move. He’s installed a video camera on the “don’t go below 50” bus. That moment was terrifying, invasive and prescient of a growing focus of today’s government surveillance: your vehicle. There are so many things we do in our cars that we take for granted. We put on makeup, sing our hearts out, argue, cry and more.
In the age of the connected car, it’s hard to believe that just two centuries ago, Francois Isaac de Rivaz invented the first internal combustion engine that would later fit into an automobile. From Charles Kettering to Ralph Teetor, innovators across the decades have improved upon the original model—adding seat belts, power steering, cruise control, power locks and keyless ignition, for example. And more modern innovations are proving to be especially impactful, offering a host of positive safety implications. Today’s cars are more powerful, efficient, automated and connected. The contemporary car is enhanced with automated vehicle technology features that have the computing power of 20 PCs, according to McKinsey & Company.
Winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Economics, William S. Vickery introduced the U.S. to the concept of electronic toll collection (ETC) in the early 1960s. When birthing his brainchild, Vickery had to fight hard to convince Americans that this seemingly complicated method of toll payment would improve the existing system. Today, after seeing the fruits of his labor in play on roadways across the country, few would argue against Vickery’s vision.
Government oversight of the automotive industry was established more than a century ago with the passing of the Vehicle Act of 1915. Despite the time between then and now, change has been slow to happen. However, the ever-increasing automation of vehicles has forced automakers and government entities to collaborate like never before in an effort to create a workable and reliable process of laws and governance in this industry. One tool that has made this collaboration more manageable and productive is eGovernment. Over time, more governments and government agencies around the globe are embracing technology and making strides towards establishing eGovernments that provide services to and for protection of their citizens via digital channels.
If drivers quite literally drive your business, awareness of—and adherence to—Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations is critical. This detailed set of regulations: Governs commercial drivers, including bus and truck drivers Governs who coordinates transport, including managers and supervisors Protects goods transported Protects the general public While largely unknown to consumers, this agency’s policies are critical to commercial enterprises. With autonomous trucks and self-driving cars gaining prevalence, auto legislation is only expected to rise. So whether your company relies on a fleet of rigs or buses, it’s important to familiarize yourself with these regulations to ensure FMCSA remains a friend and not a foe. Below are five ways that failure to meet FMCSA regulations could kill your business.
While there are many catalysts to this growth—not the least of which is public demand—one of the factors requiring the further movement of government services into the digital environment has been the growth of emerging auto technologies. For quite some time, the government has partnered with the automotive industry in a regulatory capacity. However, due to these emerging auto technologies, the degree to which the government will need to both support and oversee this industry will only continue to grow. There are two primary industry shifts necessitating increased involvement from eGovernment: Modifications in the ways vehicles are powered An increase in vehicle automation While it will likely be some time before we stop using fossil fuels, the tide is turning on this front, with more makes and models running partially or even entirely on electricity. The benefits of this shift are obvious, since the effects of carbon emissions on the environment are now well documented.
A drive on countless deteriorating highways and bridges around the country reveals the dire state of the nation’s network of roads. Some states are taking action to increase their infrastructure funds with new taxes based on miles driven, rather than gallons of fuel purchased. Find out how such a tax scheme might affect you from MVSC: http://bit.ly/1oTwsFs.