Luxury Coach & Transportation

February 2014

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44 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR FEBRUARY 2014 WWW.LCTMAG.COM INDUSTRY TRENDS Keeping You in Motion Transportation Insurance Brokers LOS ANGELES • NEW YORK • BALTIMORE MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL • ORLANDO CA LIC. #0705008 800-248-2877 818-246-2800 that, according to company data, annual- ly costs about $934 in electric recharging compared to $5,182 in gas, based on a national average of $3.80 cost per gallon. In the U.S., Mosaic Express, Angel Worldwide Transportation and other op- erators are testing the Tesla as a potential addition to their f eets. Of course, Tesla's range of 300 miles (depending on driving conditions) and the availability of a national supercharg- ing station network are deterrents, but the Tesla is a breakthrough with its perfor- mance, style, luxury and zero-emissions suitable to the chauffeured transportation industry. Expect to see all automotive OEMs ratchet-up R&D to produce new electric vehicles in the future. Motorcoaches Envisioning the motorcoach of the fu- ture, expect to see more integration of electronics — especially safety technol- ogy — as well as plug-ins for passenger personal electronics and Internet Wi-Fi access, says Dan Ronan, senior director of communications for the American Bus Association. Regarding safety, Ronan said all motorcoaches coming off the assem- a global information company, forecasts total worldwide sales of self-driving cars will grow from 230,000 in 2025 to 11.8 million in 2035. Most will be used for commercial purposes. The report stated that several automakers have self-driving vehicles in the works and project deliv- ery by 2020. Until that time decades from now when such vehicles may be appli- cable for mass transportation and the private transportation industry, there are more fuel-eff cient alternative energy hy- brid sedans — and more coming every year — as well as clean diesel vehicles. And Ford announced in January its f rst sun-powered concept vehicle, the C-Max. In the near future, many industry ob- servers see the future as the Tesla S, the f rst all-electric car, which is gaining trac- tion among operators. Frankfurt, Ger- many-based United Limousines recently added f ve Teslas to its f eet. Company President and CEO Michael Oldenburg says the vehicles will f rst be used for events in Frankfurt then spread out across the country at the company's other loca- tions. With a gallon of gas in Germany averaging about $8 (U.S. equivalent), one can see the advantage of adding a Tesla plied to operations that include tablet mobility, mobile and web app capability, and remote computing on any type of device that creates additional economies for small, medium and large operations. In vehicles, McCoy expects to see more Internet integration that delivers entertainment streaming to passengers; and operations data and communica- tions among dispatchers, chauffeurs and clients at all stages of vehicle runs. In fact, Microsoft, Apple and Google are forming alliances with automotive OEMs to have their particular Internet software embedded in vehicles. Expect to see all vehicles incorporate Internet integration as a common driver/passen- ger app in the near future. "These added technologies will bring opportunities for operations improve- ments especially in the area of paperless order taking, dispatch, logistical electronic communication, and collation and billing … This will also bring opportunities for better marketing and selling advantages to reach customers," McCoy adds. Vehicles of the Future A January report from IHS Automotive, L I M O _ 0 2 1 4 f u t u r e . i n d d 4 4 LIMO_0214future.indd 44 1 / 2 1 / 1 4 1 0 : 1 5 A M 1/21/14 10:15 AM

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