Privacy Principles For Vehicle Technologies and Services

Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers have issued Privacy Principles for Vehicle Technologies and Services (“Principles”).

The automotive industry is developing innovative technologies and services that promise to deliver substantial benefits and enhance the driving experience. These technologies and services may assist in enhancing safety, reducing the environmental impacts of vehicles, diagnosing vehicle malfunctions, calling for emergency assistance, detecting and preventing vehicle theft, reducing traffic congestion, improving vehicle efficiency and performance, delivering navigation services, providing valuable information services, and more.

Many of these technologies and services are based upon information obtained from a variety of vehicle systems and involve the collection of information about a vehicle’s location or a driver’s use of a vehicle. Consumer trust is essential to the success of vehicle technologies and services. Global Automakers, and their members understand that consumers want to know how these vehicle technologies and services can deliver benefits to them while respecting their privacy.

The Principles provide an approach to customer privacy that automakers can choose to adopt when offering innovative vehicle technologies and services.

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Jetsons-style commute may be in Toronto’s not-so-distant future

Author: Peter Gorrie

Niagara Falls startup plans to build test version of award-winning SkySmart pod system, which would carry one- to 12-person pods along overhead rails strung between towers along city streets.

One way or another, big change is coming to city transportation.

Everyone hates congestion, and economists frequently bemoan its huge cost in jobs and business activity.

Concern is growing over greenhouse-gas emissions and climate change, as well as toxic air pollution.

Younger urbanites want connectivity more than cars.

Public transit is inadequate and maddeningly slow.

All this suggests we need new ways to move around increasingly large and crowded cities.

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Subsidizing Congestion: The Multibillion-Dollar Tax Subsidy That’s Making Your Commute Worse

Subsidizing Congestion: The Multibillion-Dollar Tax Subsidy That’s Making Your Commute Worse, by Frontier Group and TransitCenter, is available for download at

Executive Summary:

The federal government provides subsidies through the tax code for employer-provided and employer-paid automobile parking, transit passes, and some other commuter expenses, but it does so in ways that run counter to the nation’s overall transportation goals.

Ultimately, the effect of the tax benefit for commuter parking is to subsidize traffic congestion by pu#ing roughly 820,000 more cars on America’s most congested roads in its most congested cities at the most congested times of day. It delivers the greatest benefits to those who need them least, typically upper-income Americans, and costs $7.3 billion in reduced tax revenue that must be made up through cuts in government programs, a higher deficit, or increases in taxes on other Americans.

The tax benefit for commuter transit only weakly counteracts the negative impact of the parking tax benefit. The transit tax benefit reaches too few people, and the drop in its value compared to that of the parking tax benefit at the beginning of 2014 limits its potential to get cars off the road.

We estimate that the parking and transit tax benefits together account for an estimated $8.6 billion total in forgone federal and state income tax and payroll tax revenue each year. The high cost and significant transportation impact of commuter tax benefits demand that the federal government undertake a detailed evaluation of the benefits and initiate reforms to ensure that they support, rather than hinder, achievement of the nation’s transportation policy goals and fiscal priorities.


The world’s first solar bike lane

Author: Shane McGlaun

The world’s first solar bike lane has been installed in The Netherlands and it is capable of producing an impressive amount of power. In fact, the bike lane produces enough green electricity to power three homes and it’s the world’s first bike lane capable of doing so. Krommenie, a city about 25 kilometers from Amsterdam, is where the bike lane was installed.

The bike path is 70 meters long and will be extended to 100 meters by 2016. Rectangular concrete models are used in the construction for the path and those modules contain the solar cells encased in a one-inch thick layer of glass that is strong enough to withstand a truck.

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Meeting of the Minds 2014 final report

The final report includes statistics from the event and lead-up activities, a synopsis of the Detroit sessions with links to videos and slidedecks, media coverage, photos, and a full delegate list.

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New Report Shows Mounting Evidence of Millennials’ Shift Away from Driving

Author: Phineas Baxandall

A new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) Education Fund and the Frontier Group shows mounting evidence that the Millennial generation’s dramatic shift away from driving is more than temporary. While the 2000s saw a marked decrease in the average number of miles traveled by young Americans, the study explains that those trends appear likely to continue even as the economy improves – in light of the consistency of Millennials’ surveyed preferences, a continued reduction of Millennials driving to work, and the continued decreases in per-capita driving among all Americans.

“Millennials are different from their parents, and those differences aren’t going away,” said Phineas Baxandall, Senior Analyst at U.S. PIRG and co-author of the report. “After five years of economic growth with stagnant driving, it’s time for federal and state governments to wake up to growing evidence that Millennials don’t want to drive as much as their parents did. This change has big implications and policy makers shouldn’t be asleep at the wheel.”

“Millennials are trying to send a message to policy-makers: We want convenient, walkable neighborhoods with many options for how to get around,” said Tony Dutzik, Senior Analyst at the Frontier Group and co-author of the report. “Unfortunately, many of our nation’s transportation policies work to ensure just the opposite result.”

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