From ushering in an era of decreased car ownership, to narrowing streets and eliminating parking lots, autonomous vehicles promise to dramatically reshape our cities. But after an Uber-operated self-driving vehicle struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was crossing the street with her bike in Tempe, Arizona on March 18, 2018, there are more questions than ever about the safety of this technology, especially as these vehicles are being tested more frequently on public streets. Some argue the safety record for self-driving cars isn’t proven, and that it’s unclear whether or not enough testing miles have been driven in real-life conditions. Other safety advocates go further, and say that driverless cars are introducing a new problem to cities, when cities should instead be focusing on improving transit and encouraging walking and biking instead. Contentions aside, the autonomous revolution is already here, although some cities will see its impacts sooner than … [Read more...] about Are self-driving cars safe for our cities?
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Marvin Runyon saw something in Smyrna when the car executive from Detroit rolled into the quiet backwater town outside Nashville 40 years ago. And what he saw there paved the way for the state's most powerful economic engine. In a part of Middle Tennessee where you were always driving up or down a hill, Runyon found flat fields around Smyrna. And below the thin layer of soil was a solid shelf of limestone. Level land and bedrock might not mean much to most folks, but if you were looking for a reason why the production of automobiles — and especially the parts that go into them — now represent the Volunteer State's largest industry, you would start with the limestone in the ancient sea bed under Smyrna. Tennessee now ranks by some measures as the No. 2 automotive state after Michigan and is decidedly the leading automotive state in the Southern industrial spine running from Louisville to Birmingham and over to Atlanta. Tennessee’s automobile … [Read more...] about How Tennessee became Car Country, USA
Carlos Ghosn was tired. At 64 years old, the chairman of an auto empire that spanned several continents and included Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi wasn’t bouncing back from jet lag the way he used to. Melatonin wasn’t working anymore, and he had bouts of insomnia, phoning his children in the middle of the night or going on long walks around his Tokyo or Paris neighborhood. He planned to retire soon, stepping back from spending his life on an airplane, albeit a luxurious one paid for by Nissan. Last month, just before Thanksgiving weekend, Mr. Ghosn headed to Tokyo to meet his youngest daughter and her boyfriend and attend a board meeting. He was scheduled to land at Haneda Airport at 4 p.m. The daughter, Maya Ghosn, 26, had spent most of her childhood in Japan and wanted to introduce her boyfriend, Patrick, to her favorite places. Bringing a boyfriend home is a common rite of passage, but a particularly intimidating prospect when growing up Ghosn — a child of one of … [Read more...] about The Rise and Fall of Carlos Ghosn
Three metro-Detroit car dealerships run by women are growing sales and service revenue after hiring more women. While women still make up only 7 percent of top dealership jobs in the U.S., Molly Williams, Rhonda Jensen and Carrie Way are running dealerships in metro Detroit. "This industry is a great opportunity for women to have a career. It's just not known," said Williams, chief operating officer of Matick Auto Group, which owns George Matick Chevrolet in Redford and Matick Toyota in Macomb. "When women meet me in the interview process, it shows them that they don't have to be the first woman." Here is what Williams, 45, and the other female dealership leaders are doing to improve the car buying and service experience for customers, especially women, and hire and retain more women in car dealership careers. Old boys club Women running car dealerships is rare, but not new. Irma Elder was CEO of Elder Automotive Group before … [Read more...] about Key to improving metro Detroit car dealerships? Women
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