CONNECTED & AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Automated and connected vehicle technologies are among the most heavily researched automotive technologies. The vehicle technologies currently available are only a fraction of what is being developed for the future. The technologies for autonomous cars, connected cars, and advanced driver assistance systems overlap.

The introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles will bring changes to the highway driving environment. Connected vehicle technology provides real-time information about the surrounding traffic condition and the traffic management center’s decisions. Such information is expected to improve drivers’ efficiency, response, and comfort while enhancing safety and mobility. Connected vehicle technology can also further increase efficiency and reliability of autonomous vehicles, though these vehicles could be operated solely with their on-board sensors, without communication. While several studies have examined the possible effects of connected and autonomous vehicles on the driving environment, most of the modeling approaches in the literature do not distinguish between connectivity and automation, leaving many questions unanswered regarding the implications of different contemplated deployment scenarios. There is need for a comprehensive acceleration framework that distinguishes between these two technologies while modeling the new connected environment. This study presents a framework that utilizes different models with technology-appropriate assumptions to simulate different vehicle types with distinct communication capabilities. The stability analysis of the resulting traffic stream behavior using this framework is presented for different market penetration rates of connected and autonomous vehicles. The analysis reveals that connected and autonomous vehicles can improve string stability. Moreover, automation is found to be more effective in preventing shockwave formation and propagation under the model’s assumptions. In addition to stability, the effects of these technologies on throughput are explored, suggesting substantial potential throughput increases under certain penetration scenarios.

  • Emissions Testing

    Emissions Testing

    Emissions testing determines the level of air pollutants emitted from the exhaust of a motor vehicle. The first emissions testing was done in California in 1966. Since then, many states began requiring testing for all registered vehicles. If a vehicle fails the emissions test, repairs must be done and the vehicle retested. Pre-purchase vehicle inspections help you make smarter used car buying decisions. Set up a vehicle inspection with CARCHEX today.

    In Massachusetts, for example, vehicles over 15 years old require an annual check for visual smoke only. Some states require annual testing while others require it only once every two years.

    Several factors may influence emissions testing requirements:

    1. Vehicle age
    2. Location (some states only require testing in urban areas or certain zip codes)
    3. Vehicle weight and type
    4. If the vehicle is registered in our out of state
    5. Fuel type (for example, in North Carolina, non-gasoline powered cars are exempt)
    6. Type of use (for example, in New Jersey, taxis must be inspected annually)
  • Fleet Management

    Fleet Management

    Fleet management helps businesses manage their fleet of commercial motor vehicles.

    • Suitable for cars, vans, trucks, and busses.
    • Aimed at the optimization between the business, drivers, and vehicles.
    • Combination of vehicle-based technology and Software-as-a-Service.

    Key benefits of fleet management

     

    1. Know where your vehicles are
    • Always know where your goods and vehicles are, in real-time.
    • Get proof of delivery and provide insight on time spent at a customer.
    • Identify where to make savings by comparing previous trips.
    • Improve productivity by monitoring working-time.
    1. Reduce fuel cost
    • Reduce fuel usage and improve driver behavior by providing real-time feedback.
    • Decrease mileage and therefore fuel by optimizing routes and avoiding traffic.
    • Prove environmental responsibility by demonstrating your efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.
    • Gain visibility on your fuel spend by integrating fuel cards.
    1. Reduce fleet labor cost
    • Send new jobs and order details straight to the driver’s terminal.
    • Automate working time registration and receive accurate, real-time records of working hours.
    • Reduce admin time and human error with automatic mileage registration.
    • Eliminate unnecessary stop times.
    1. Improve productivity
    • Deliver more orders/ do more jobs by optimizing routes and avoiding traffic.
    • Do more jobs by spending less time on administrative tasks like mileage registration?
    1. Improve driver safety
    • Your drivers receive real-time feedback and advice on safer driving, resulting in fewer accidents and less downtime for maintenance.
    • Reduce driver’s stress, by them knowing they are on the best possible route.
    • Professional truck navigation will ensure your drivers that their large vehicle will fit the road ahead.
    • Instant access to the working hours of any of your drivers.
    1. Improve driver safety
    • Your drivers receive real-time feedback and advice on safer driving, resulting in fewer accidents and less downtime for maintenance.
    • Reduce driver’s stress, by them knowing they are on the best possible route.
    • Professional truck navigation will ensure your drivers that their large vehicle will fit the road ahead.
    • Instant access to the working hours of any of your drivers.
    1. Increase customer satisfaction
    • Increase transparency by providing real-time information about the location of assets and precise ETA’s.
    • Respond quickly to customer emergencies by sending the closest driver with the quickest estimated arrival time.
    1. Connect your fleet with existing systems
    • Easily use APIs to integrate fleet management with your current software and applications.
    • Capture additional vehicle data, such as temperature sensors and tire pressure and transmit these to your back office.
    • Run your specific business applications on the driver terminal.
    1. Stop unauthorized vehicle use
    • Instantly flag movement of your vehicles during non-working hours.
    • Easily detect and confirm that planned stops were made.
    • View any journey made by your vehicles.
    • Confirm that only your employees are driving your vehicles by using driver identification.
    1. Vehicle tracking

    Always know where your vehicles are. Register time, mileage and the location of each of your vehicles historically and in real-time.

    Features

    • Real-time vehicle tracking
    • Informative tracing
    • Instant alerts
    • Mileage registration (logbook)
    • Tachograph Manager
    1. Fleet optimization

    Improve fleet efficiency. Make smarter decisions with extensive reports and real-time dashboard information about your vehicles.

    Features

    • Dashboard
    • Reporting
    • Notifications
    1. Workforce management

    Keep your team and customers happy. Dynamic communication between your mobile workforce and office makes your business agile.

    Features

    • Job and order workflow
    • Dynamic dispatching
    • Working time registration
    • Optimized planning
    • TomTom Traffic
    • Remaining Driving Times
    1. Green & Safe driving

    Cut costs, reduce carbon emissions and improve safety by improving driving behavior.

    Features

    • OptiDrive 360
    • Driving behavior
    • Fuel monitoring
    • Schedule maintenance tasks
    1. Business integration

    WEBFLEET integrates seamlessly with your existing software and business applications.

    Features

    • App Center
    • Office solutions
    • Mobile solutions
    • WEBFLEET APIs
    1. Mileage logbook

    Reduce your tax burden by using an electronic mileage log.

    Features

    • Smartphone and Tablet App
    • Trip data generated automatically
    • Easy validation of trip information
    • Trip type suggestions
    • Compliant trip report
    1. Professional navigation and traffic avoidance

    The best miles are the ones not driven. Efficient fleet management starts with professional navigation that can avoid traffic.

    Features

    • Extremely accurate traffic info
    • No delay from closed roads
    • Fastest routes
    • Less time on the road
    • Personalized large vehicle navigation
    • Locate speed cameras
  • Telematics

    Telematics

    Telematics refers to the use of wireless devices and “black box” technologies to transmit data in real time back to an organization. Typically, it’s used in the context of automobiles, whereby installed or after-factory boxes collect and transmit data on vehicle use, maintenance requirements or automotive servicing. Telematics can also provide real-time information on airbag deployments or car crashes and locate stolen vehicles by using GPS technology. In addition, telematics can serve as the platform for usage-based insurance, pay-per-use insurance, pay as you drive (PAYD) insurance, pay how you drive (PHYD) programs for fleet insurance, or teen driving programs for retail business.

    Telematics has expanded beyond personal line deployments, and can also be used by commercial auto insurers for fleet products, driver data, and vehicle monitoring. New models are emerging, however, called “mobile telematics,” in which smartphones connect to the car’s computer system to pull data and send this to the insurer using the phone’s wireless network.

    Today there is practically no limit to the different applications for telematics. The world is becoming more connected every day, and new ways to use location-based information are being developed constantly.

     

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