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  • Job seekers are willing to work at dealerships -- but not selling cars. "Any role, other than salesperson, creates a lift in interest" among job hunters asked about working in auto retailing, said Isabelle Helms, vice president of research and market intelligence for Cox Automotive in Atlanta. That is one finding in a new study by Cox. Cox partnered with Hireology, a Chicago hiring and retention technology provider, to conduct the 2017 Dealership Staffing Study. Helms presented the findings Tuesday at Elevate, a conference led by Hireology. In its first such study, Cox surveyed about 800 job seekers and 393 dealership employees, of whom 50 were managers or owners, on hiring and retention. Cox collected the data between late in the third quarter of last year and midway through 2017. "We did it because of the tremendous turnover in this industry," Helms told Automotive News. "We know this negatively impacts the consumer experience and morale of the staff."Dealers' dilemma Helm..

    Wanna sell cars? No, job seeker study finds

    Job seekers are willing to work at dealerships -- but not selling cars. "Any role, other than salesperson, creates a lift in interest" among job hunters asked about working in auto retailing, said Isabelle Helms, vice president of research and market intelligence for Cox Automotive in Atlanta. That is one finding in a new study by Cox. Cox partnered with Hireology, a Chicago hiring and retention technology provider, to conduct the 2017 Dealership Staffing Study. Helms presented the findings Tuesday at Elevate, a conference led by Hireology. In its first such study, Cox surveyed about 800 job seekers and 393 dealership employees, of whom 50 were managers or owners, on hiring and retention. Cox collected the data between late in the third quarter of last year and midway through 2017. "We did it because of the tremendous turnover in this industry," Helms told Automotive News. "We know this negatively impacts the consumer experience and morale of the staff."Dealers' dilemma Helm..
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  • They are the technologies at the heart of a decades-long effort to save fuel and cut emissions around the world: turbocharging, stop-start systems, lightweighting and eco-drive settings. Yet when these methods move out of the lab and into the real world, not all of them actually help. That's according to Emissions Analytics, an independent U.K.-based company that has tested more than 500 vehicles in the U.S. since 2013. Using portable testing gear on real cars in real driving situations, EA has been working to determine what trends in the automotive space actually have a meaningful impact on fuel economy and greenhouse-gas emissions. EA plans to release its full findings on U.S. vehicles in early October. The goal, according to Nick Molden, the company's founder and CEO, is to give consumers an accurate and unbiased look at the true fuel economy and CO2 emissions of the vehicles they're interested in and their true impact on the environment. "You can only decide if y..

    Study questions efficacy of key fuel-efficiency technologies

    They are the technologies at the heart of a decades-long effort to save fuel and cut emissions around the world: turbocharging, stop-start systems, lightweighting and eco-drive settings. Yet when these methods move out of the lab and into the real world, not all of them actually help. That's according to Emissions Analytics, an independent U.K.-based company that has tested more than 500 vehicles in the U.S. since 2013. Using portable testing gear on real cars in real driving situations, EA has been working to determine what trends in the automotive space actually have a meaningful impact on fuel economy and greenhouse-gas emissions. EA plans to release its full findings on U.S. vehicles in early October. The goal, according to Nick Molden, the company's founder and CEO, is to give consumers an accurate and unbiased look at the true fuel economy and CO2 emissions of the vehicles they're interested in and their true impact on the environment. "You can only decide if y..
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  • Your local pizza delivery guy could be out of a job in the next few years. Ford Motor Co. and Domino's Pizza are collaborating on research into self-driving pizza delivery vehicles, and will soon drop off pies with an autonomous Ford Fusion hybrid in Ann Arbor, Mich. The two companies said Tuesday they established the partnership to study customer reaction to receiving pizzas by a self-driven vehicle. "As we increase our understanding of the business opportunity for self-driving vehicles to support the movement of people and goods, we're pleased to have Domino's join us in this important part of the development process," Sherif Marakby, Ford vice president, autonomous and electric vehicles, said in a statement. "As a company focused on the customer experience, Domino's shares our vision for a future enabled by smart vehicles in a smart environment that enhance people's lives." As part of the research, random Domino's customers in Ann Arbor can choose to..

    Ford, Domino’s to study autonomous pizza delivery vehicles

    Your local pizza delivery guy could be out of a job in the next few years. Ford Motor Co. and Domino's Pizza are collaborating on research into self-driving pizza delivery vehicles, and will soon drop off pies with an autonomous Ford Fusion hybrid in Ann Arbor, Mich. The two companies said Tuesday they established the partnership to study customer reaction to receiving pizzas by a self-driven vehicle. "As we increase our understanding of the business opportunity for self-driving vehicles to support the movement of people and goods, we're pleased to have Domino's join us in this important part of the development process," Sherif Marakby, Ford vice president, autonomous and electric vehicles, said in a statement. "As a company focused on the customer experience, Domino's shares our vision for a future enabled by smart vehicles in a smart environment that enhance people's lives." As part of the research, random Domino's customers in Ann Arbor can choose to..
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  • A lot of people have expressed hesitation towards autonomous vehicles, but it has been unclear exactly how much they were worried about them—until recently, at least. Gartner Consumer Trends in Automotive did a study involving 1,500 people from the United States and Germany on how comfortable they were with using an autonomous vehicle. According to the study, 55 percent said they were not comfortable using a fully-autonomous vehicle, as they felt the inability to take over was a huge issue. Study participants felt uneasy regarding computer reliability and the potential for a malfunction. Gartner research director Mike Ramsey told CNBC, "The big issue is that people are afraid of being in vehicles where they cannot exercise some control."On a more realistic evaluation, 70 percent of participants agreed they would be comfortable using a partially-autonomous vehicle, where the user could take over when desired or necessary. This seems like a happy medium for us The Drive staff, as it me..

    Most People Still Don’t Trust Self-Driving Cars, Study Says

    A lot of people have expressed hesitation towards autonomous vehicles, but it has been unclear exactly how much they were worried about them—until recently, at least. Gartner Consumer Trends in Automotive did a study involving 1,500 people from the United States and Germany on how comfortable they were with using an autonomous vehicle. According to the study, 55 percent said they were not comfortable using a fully-autonomous vehicle, as they felt the inability to take over was a huge issue. Study participants felt uneasy regarding computer reliability and the potential for a malfunction. Gartner research director Mike Ramsey told CNBC, "The big issue is that people are afraid of being in vehicles where they cannot exercise some control."On a more realistic evaluation, 70 percent of participants agreed they would be comfortable using a partially-autonomous vehicle, where the user could take over when desired or necessary. This seems like a happy medium for us The Drive staff, as it me..
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  • Fuel is a major expense for any transportation system. When gas prices rose past $4 per gallon a few years back, many shipping companies added a fuel surcharge to their normal pricing to cover their increased costs. These days, gas is relatively cheap, with an average price of $2.34 per gallon across America as of Wednesday, according to AAA. But while less-expensive fuel makes running trains and buses cheaper, it also makes it more affordable for people to drive themselves instead. So, as it turns out, low fuel prices are actually bad for public transportation.Case in point: Reuters reports that a study by DePaul University says that eight of the 50 most heavily-traveled routes between cities 120 to 400 miles apart in America have lost either express bus or Amtrak service since 2014. Additionally, nine metropolitan areas in the United States with populations above 700,000 now have no Amtrak passenger rail service or express bus service at all. As a result, ridership and revenue on Am..

    Low Fuel Prices Are Hurting Public Transportation Across America, Study Finds

    Fuel is a major expense for any transportation system. When gas prices rose past $4 per gallon a few years back, many shipping companies added a fuel surcharge to their normal pricing to cover their increased costs. These days, gas is relatively cheap, with an average price of $2.34 per gallon across America as of Wednesday, according to AAA. But while less-expensive fuel makes running trains and buses cheaper, it also makes it more affordable for people to drive themselves instead. So, as it turns out, low fuel prices are actually bad for public transportation.Case in point: Reuters reports that a study by DePaul University says that eight of the 50 most heavily-traveled routes between cities 120 to 400 miles apart in America have lost either express bus or Amtrak service since 2014. Additionally, nine metropolitan areas in the United States with populations above 700,000 now have no Amtrak passenger rail service or express bus service at all. As a result, ridership and revenue on Am..
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  • You know how much fun it is to rip on mllennials for not buying houses or having families. Well, guess what: Millennials are now buying houses and having families. According to data from Zillow Group, the 18–34 age group has become the largest group of homebuyers in the U.S. And as they’re shopping for larger living spaces, they’re also shopping for larger vehicles.According to Carsalesbase.com, the large SUV segment is up 11 percent in the first half of 2017 after seeing a 21.8 percent rise in 2016. That makes it the second-fastest growing segment in the industry, after subcompact SUVs. Research firm LMC Automotive predicts this trend will continue, and we’ll see a further 25 percent increase in large SUV sales by 2022.And when we say large SUVs, we mean the really big ones. This segment is dominated by General Motors with the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and the GMC Yukon/Yukon XL. The crosstown rival Ford Expedition/Expedition EL comes in second place.Ford U.S. sales analyst Erich Me..

    Large SUV Sales Expected to Jump 25 Percent by 2022 Due to Millennials, Study Claims

    You know how much fun it is to rip on mllennials for not buying houses or having families. Well, guess what: Millennials are now buying houses and having families. According to data from Zillow Group, the 18–34 age group has become the largest group of homebuyers in the U.S. And as they’re shopping for larger living spaces, they’re also shopping for larger vehicles.According to Carsalesbase.com, the large SUV segment is up 11 percent in the first half of 2017 after seeing a 21.8 percent rise in 2016. That makes it the second-fastest growing segment in the industry, after subcompact SUVs. Research firm LMC Automotive predicts this trend will continue, and we’ll see a further 25 percent increase in large SUV sales by 2022.And when we say large SUVs, we mean the really big ones. This segment is dominated by General Motors with the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and the GMC Yukon/Yukon XL. The crosstown rival Ford Expedition/Expedition EL comes in second place.Ford U.S. sales analyst Erich Me..
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  • Car research site iSeeCars has come out with a new study showing the most-depreciated modern cars on the market today. With off-lease cars constantly entering the used vehicle market, you can get a newish car for close to half of what the MSRP was when the car was new. The values for all 11 of the cars on the list are measured for when the vehicles are three years old—which means several of them are from the current generation of their respective model. Here’s the list with the percentage their values have gone down. Cadillac CTS - 51.4 percent depreciationCadillac ATS - 50.4 percent depreciationMercedes-Benz E-Class - 48.4 percent depreciationMercedes-Benz C-Class - 48.3 percent depreciationBMW 5 Series - 48.0 percent depreciationNissan Maxima - 47.9 percent depreciationBMW 3 Series - 46.9 percent depreciationInfiniti Q50 - 46.9 percent depreciationVolkswagen Jetta - 46.4 percent depreciationFord Fusion - 45.1 percent depreciationFord Focus - 45.0 percent depreciationFor reference,..

    Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Rank Among Best Values in Modern Used Cars, Study Says

    Car research site iSeeCars has come out with a new study showing the most-depreciated modern cars on the market today. With off-lease cars constantly entering the used vehicle market, you can get a newish car for close to half of what the MSRP was when the car was new. The values for all 11 of the cars on the list are measured for when the vehicles are three years old—which means several of them are from the current generation of their respective model. Here’s the list with the percentage their values have gone down. Cadillac CTS - 51.4 percent depreciationCadillac ATS - 50.4 percent depreciationMercedes-Benz E-Class - 48.4 percent depreciationMercedes-Benz C-Class - 48.3 percent depreciationBMW 5 Series - 48.0 percent depreciationNissan Maxima - 47.9 percent depreciationBMW 3 Series - 46.9 percent depreciationInfiniti Q50 - 46.9 percent depreciationVolkswagen Jetta - 46.4 percent depreciationFord Fusion - 45.1 percent depreciationFord Focus - 45.0 percent depreciationFor reference,..
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  • A new battery electrode design from a highly conductive, two-dimensional material called Mxene could pave the way for fully charging your smartphone in just a few seconds, a new study says.The design, described in the journal Nature Energy, could make energy storage devices like batteries, viewed as the plodding tanker truck of energy storage technology, just as fast as the speedy supercapacitors that are used to provide energy in a pinch - often as a battery back-up or to provide quick bursts of energy for things like camera flashes."This paper refutes the widely accepted dogma that chemical charge storage, used in batteries and pseudocapacitors, is always much slower than physical storage used in electrical double-layer capacitors, also known as supercapacitors," said lead researcher Yury Gogotsi, Professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US.Photo Credit: Drexel University"We demonstrate charging of thin MXene electrodes in tens of milliseconds. This is enabl..

    MXene Could Help Make Batteries That Charge as Fast as Supercapacitors: Study

    A new battery electrode design from a highly conductive, two-dimensional material called Mxene could pave the way for fully charging your smartphone in just a few seconds, a new study says.The design, described in the journal Nature Energy, could make energy storage devices like batteries, viewed as the plodding tanker truck of energy storage technology, just as fast as the speedy supercapacitors that are used to provide energy in a pinch - often as a battery back-up or to provide quick bursts of energy for things like camera flashes."This paper refutes the widely accepted dogma that chemical charge storage, used in batteries and pseudocapacitors, is always much slower than physical storage used in electrical double-layer capacitors, also known as supercapacitors," said lead researcher Yury Gogotsi, Professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US.Photo Credit: Drexel University"We demonstrate charging of thin MXene electrodes in tens of milliseconds. This is enabl..
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  • If more people use ride-sharing services instead of driving their own cars, traffic will be reduced, according to Lyft. Less traffic means less need for wide city streets with multiple lanes, and the company has an idea of what to do with that extra space. To that end, Lyft teamed with architecture firm Perkins+Will and transportation consultancy Nelson/Nygaard to remodel Los Angeles's Wiltshire Boulevard for a hypothetical future full of autonomous ride sharing. The concept, shown to CNN, reduces the street's 10 lanes down to three narrower lanes for cars, and adds dedicated lanes for self-driving buses. Lyft thinks this will incentivize the use of shared autonomous vehicles.What did designers do with the extra space? Some of it is taken up by wider sidewalks; there's also added green space and bike lanes. It's not too far off from the remodeling of New York City's Times Square, where traffic flow has been reduced to make room for pedestrian plazas and bike ..

    Lyft Wants Streets With Fewer Lanes, So More People Will Use Ride-Sharing

    If more people use ride-sharing services instead of driving their own cars, traffic will be reduced, according to Lyft. Less traffic means less need for wide city streets with multiple lanes, and the company has an idea of what to do with that extra space. To that end, Lyft teamed with architecture firm Perkins+Will and transportation consultancy Nelson/Nygaard to remodel Los Angeles's Wiltshire Boulevard for a hypothetical future full of autonomous ride sharing. The concept, shown to CNN, reduces the street's 10 lanes down to three narrower lanes for cars, and adds dedicated lanes for self-driving buses. Lyft thinks this will incentivize the use of shared autonomous vehicles.What did designers do with the extra space? Some of it is taken up by wider sidewalks; there's also added green space and bike lanes. It's not too far off from the remodeling of New York City's Times Square, where traffic flow has been reduced to make room for pedestrian plazas and bike ..
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  • Dealers and their ad agencies have been asking Google for more transparency and guidance as they work to keep pace with the tech giant's growing portfolio of marketing tools. Google heard them and is releasing what it calls its first dealer "playbook" to lay out the basics and best practices for its platforms. The playbook, which will evolve alongside Google's products, was set to be unveiled today, Sept. 18, during the Digital Dealer Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Automotive News was briefed on the document in advance. Google plans to release the playbook later this year. Google says the playbook will help dealerships maximize their digital-marketing performance and capture consumers who are increasingly turning to mobile devices to research vehicles. The playbook will break down what consumers are expecting from dealerships in the digital age, while providing information on Google's platforms such as search and YouTube. It also will dig into Google's measuremen..

    How best to use Google? Now, there’s a playbook

    Dealers and their ad agencies have been asking Google for more transparency and guidance as they work to keep pace with the tech giant's growing portfolio of marketing tools. Google heard them and is releasing what it calls its first dealer "playbook" to lay out the basics and best practices for its platforms. The playbook, which will evolve alongside Google's products, was set to be unveiled today, Sept. 18, during the Digital Dealer Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Automotive News was briefed on the document in advance. Google plans to release the playbook later this year. Google says the playbook will help dealerships maximize their digital-marketing performance and capture consumers who are increasingly turning to mobile devices to research vehicles. The playbook will break down what consumers are expecting from dealerships in the digital age, while providing information on Google's platforms such as search and YouTube. It also will dig into Google's measuremen..
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