Cellphone: 1 in 4 Crashes, Mega Trends for Global Fleets, 5 Ways Tesla Pushes Auto Change & Gets Battery Shield

Five ways Tesla Motors pushes technology change in auto industry

Report: 1 in 4 Crashes Involve Phone Use[companyInfo]

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Report: 1 in 4 Crashes Involve Phone Use

Distracted cellphone use now plays a role in 26 percent of all motor vehicle accidents, the National Safety Council has reported in its annual Injury Facts report. Drivers talking on handheld or hands-free phones was a factor in 21 percent of crashes, while texting played a part in 5 percent of crashes, the councip reported on March 25. Both numbers represent…

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10 Universal Mega Trends Impacting Global Fleets10 Universal Mega Trends Impacting Global Fleets

There are dramatic differences between regional fleet markets around the globe. Yet, despite these differences, there are also many similarities. Many of the challenges facing fleet managers are identical to the challenges facing their counterparts managing fleets elsewhere in the world. Universal challenges include vehicle downsizing, fleet rightsizing, cost containment, sustainability initiatives, sole sourcing, fleet standardization, compliance with governmental regulations and taxation…

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Five ways Tesla Motors pushes technology change in auto industryFive ways Tesla Motors pushes technology change in auto industry

Although Tesla Motors sold fewer than 23,000 cars last year, an almost immeasurable amount of the 15.6 million vehicles Americans purchased last year, the electric car company is pushing technological change throughout the auto industry, according to Barclays Capital. In a report to investors, Barclays analyst Brian Johnson identified five ways Tesla’s Model S luxury sports sedan is transforming automotive design and noted other companies that might be good investments as other car companies catch up. “While Tesla has mainly focused investor attention on the…

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Tesla Model S To Get Titanium Battery Shield, Plus DeflectorsTesla Model S To Get Titanium Battery Shield, Plus Deflectors

Tesla Motors announced this morning that it will fit three new underbody components to all Model S electric cars to add further protection against impacts from road debris, which caused a pair of fires in its cars last fall. Those two Model S cars were severely damaged when their battery packs, mounted under the floor, were pierced by road debris and subsequently caught fire. A third Tesla fire occurred in Mexico after a Model S was stolen, run off the road at high speeds, and through a…

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