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30
Aug

Sidewalk Toronto: the smart city seen by Alphabet

To transform a neighborhood of Toronto into a testing ground for the city of tomorrow: this is the ambitious project of Sidewalk Labs,  a subsidiary of Alphabet (Google) specialized in innovating urban planning. The company unveiled mid-august new conceptual illustrations for this “smart city” not quite like the others.


It’s done: the last 31st of July the Waterfront Toronto’s board unanimously agreed to work with Sidewalk Labs to reinvent a part of the city and gives us a glimpse of large cities’ future. The joint project Sidewalk Toronto is officially launched. Continue Reading..

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23
Aug

WLTP: what consequences on fleet management?

Introduced in september 2017, the new anti-pollution norm as well as the new driving cycle WLTP (Worlwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures) are going to be generalized on september 1st. What are the consequences to come for the automotive market and more specifically corporate fleets? We explain everything!


The main objective of this new test, replacing the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) defined in the 80s ? To present far more realistic consumption values for the vehicles, based on « real » driving conditions, and therefore limit long-term bad surprises following the purchase of a vehicle. Of course, it is a standardized protocol, so some differences will still be observed, but the ambition is to reduce the gap to the maximum extent possible for more transparency.

To attain this goal, the driving conditions for the test are more dynamic (longer distance, higher average speed and four different driving phases). As the result, the consumption values should rise of 20% in average compared to the ones calculated with the NEDC. According to the consulting cabinet JATO, the C02 emissions of new vehicles in Europe have raised of 9,6 grams/kilometer.

The WLTP test itself is a procedure implemented as part of the Euro 6c norm, which sets the fine particles emissions at 6×1011 particles/km for direct injection gas engines. For diesel engines, vehicles will have to be certified according to the new WLTP cycle.

For vehicle manufacturers, it’s already a major project to align to the new european standards, both financially and materially. Choices will have to be made concerning the production of certain models that are too pollutant: is it worth to rethink their equipment to make them more environmentally friendly or is it better to simply stop their production cycle? Another big challenge to come is the process of certification of all the new vehicles. At the moment, only 20% of commercialized vehicles passed the WLTP cycle. The road ahead is still long!


What consequences on fleet management?


A raise of the emission values also means an augmentation of fiscality! Indeed, a lot of obligations introduced by european governments regarding pollutant emissions measures are calculated in CO2. As the numbers are raising, being more closer to the reality than before, numerous brand-new vehicles will be subjected to specific taxes and to the ecological “malus”. The fiscal consequences are for the moment impossible to estimate: we will have to wait the beginning of 2019 and the generalization of the procedure in order to establish a first overview.

For fleet managers, the WLTP test is a real concern. According to the last Fleet Barometer published by the CVO (Corporate Vehicle Observatory) this july, 44% of the surveyed european fleet managers predict an impact of the WLTP on their vehicle fleet in the next three years. This percentage reaches 62% for companies with more than 250 employees, their fleet being larger. However, only 18% answered that their car policy is already impacted by this new test cycle (31% in largest structures). Simultaneously,  59% of companies take into account C02 emissions in the elaboration of their vehicle policies.

How to address these new norms? For the interviewed fleet managers, the expansion of alternative energies within their fleet could be a sustainable and efficient solution. 44% of the surveyed consider implementing new energies or technologies in their fleet in the next three years, with a noticeable preference for hybrid (29%) followed by electric vehicles (26%). Other initiative: the development of mobility alternatives, such as carsharing, ride sharing or mobility credit (37%).

For companies facing this big change, there are two distinct choices: to accelerate the renewal of their vehicle fleet in order to conform to the new norms and therefore avoid additional costs; or wait for the consequences to be more clear and extend the current rental contracts for their vehicles. To resume, the management of the fleet will be deeply impact by all these new procedures and will have to evolve to keep being profitable.


Read the CVO 


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17
Aug

Mobility management: an electric, service-based and autonomous future?

As the status of fleet managers is shifting to mobility managers, the definition of a corporate fleet itself is evolving faster than we’ve ever seen before. So long individual company cars and hello to a flourishing corporate Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS).


During the 15th edition of Intelligent Mobility, Frost & Sullivan’s annual conference on mobility trends, the answer has been clear: not only our mobility habits are changing, but it’s also deeply impacting the way we travel when working. IoT and data science have forever transformed mobility management by giving new powerful tools to fleet managers.Continue Reading..

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13
Aug

Nuro: autonomous technology for last-mile deliveries!

As groceries home deliveries become more and more popular and accessible, with numerous offers available out there, it is now time to take the next step. By teaming up with the United-States’ largest supermarket chain, Kroger, the startup Nuro hopes to forever change the experience of groceries delivery.


Founded quite recently (the startup is only two years old) by a couple ex-employees of Google’s self-driving car program, Nuro announced the partnership this june. This is a major milestone for the company which specialized in autonomous vehicles for last-mile deliveries. It is rather a different take on autonomous technology: we’re talking about transporting goods and not people, on very short distances. The keyword is local.

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10
Jul

Car sharing will not kill car rental sector, just as tablets did not kill books.

The car rental market is changing, hire companies now offer a variety of solutions as standard to address their corporate clients’ needs. Indeed, operators have undergone a significant change in their business models to remain competitive and enhance profitability, by including, among other services, car sharing in their offer.


Why car rental turned to offering mobility solutions like car sharing?

Rental companies have decided to look for new income sources for several reasons.

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06
Jul

Autonomous vehicles: technological fantasy or reality?

From the vengeful car, to talkative taxis and road companions with vocal control, autonomous vehicles haunt our collective imaginary since ages. Between a powerful technological dream and an almost ethical concern, all these representations largely influenced the transition we are experiencing today between fantasy and reality, as the race to the autonomy has never been so intense.


Intelligent vehicle as a sidekick


Who doesn’t remember David Hasselhoff, wind in his hair and leather jacket on his shoulders, ever so classy at the steering wheel of KITT? Equipped with an artificial intelligence, it acted like an ideal sidekick in all of Michael Knight’s adventures, both able to get by autonomously and communicate like a real human being. The 80’s tv show then impersonated a phenomenon that already existed in mainstream pop culture: the idea of a vehicle being an extension and attribute of the hero.

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Jun

Do androids dream of cars? Mobility in Detroit: Become Human

Historic birthplace of the american automobile industry, the city of Detroit with its tormented and fascinating past has inspired David Cage and his team for the fourth game of the french studio Quantic Dream, Detroit: Become Human. A forward looking vision of the “Motor City”, heading to 2038, when the problematic of artificial intelligence is omnipresent and where urban mobility plays an active role.


The opening credits of the game unfold on a scene during which the player discovers the city of Detroit through a car window. There we can see elements that strangely seem both distant and familiar: autonomous taxis roaming the streets and looking for passengers, suspended trains transporting users to their destinations, drones discreetly but surely flying over the buildings. The city appears to be a mastered, although complex, entanglement of different means of transportation, real embodiment of a multimodal mobility already emerging nowadays.

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12
Jun

Mobility Tech Green launches e-Colibri Essentials, a first step in corporate carsharing

Today, the way we apprehend our work-related journeys changes tremendously. In fact, traffic jam, CO2 emissions, noise pollution are being expensive, dangerous and harmful to productivity. Mobility as a service solves these issues.


This is why Mobility Tech Green offers a car sharing solution focused on the essential, meeting both economic climate and societal challenges! This service is at the heart of sustainable mobility issues. E-Colibri Essentials is a simple and quick solution to deploy (48 hours). It makes it possible to pool vehicles and to have a full access to all the data concerning the reservations, the vehicles condition and the typology of the park.

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22
May

Car sharing: 60.8 million users by 2022!

In the second edition of its report on car sharing entitled The Carsharing Telematics Market, the Swedish market research firm Berg Insight offers a state of art of the car sharing marketing and foresees an exponential growth.


Specialized in the M2M communication and IoT, the firm puts a particular emphasis on the technological acceleration that will allows an even bigger development of mobility models such as free floating. Telematics devices will be even more sophisticated in order to offer efficient connected mobility services, therefore seducing a larger audience.

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Dec

5 good reasons to choose corporate carsharing for your company

Not so long ago, sharing a vehicle with colleagues was not something natural for employees, used to have their own vehicle to get by. But for new times, new mobilities. With the multiplication of mobile applications and a rising concern for the environment, the vision of corporate mobility is slowly shifting. And shared mobilities, such as carsharing, are full of opportunities and benefits for companies.


1. Give the choice to your employees


The first noticeable advantage of corporate carsharing is the flexibility it offers to your employees. Not only they can book whenever and wherever they want (thanks mobile applications!) but they also have access to a largest range of vehicles. From a two-seats car to a utility vehicle, the offer is adapted to their needs. For fleet managers, it is a golden opportunity to reshape their fleet and thus guarantee an optimal use-rate of the vehicles. Indeed, non-shared vehicles tend to be parked 90% of the time. A waste of ressources, isn’t it?

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