Posts Tagged ‘limo’

OMG, Those SFO SuperShuttle Vans Soon to Have SmartDrive Safety Cameras – But What About Bauer Transportation?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Let me tell you about back in the day – back in the day, the worst drivers on the road were the nuts behind the steering wheels of those dark blue SuperShuttle airport vans. Well guess what – these vans are getting video cameras that will record unsafe driving practices and then report on drivers wirelessly.

Check it:

SmartDrive measures safety for fleet vehicle drivers by monitoring their driving habits as well as capturing accidents and erratic driver behaviors through video. This is done by installing cameras in the vehicles and reviewing events that are generated by the cameras. A SmartDrive camera includes two lenses—one facing the front of the vehicle and one facing the inside of the vehicle—that capture events generated by the camera’s g-force sensors. These events are professionally reviewed by SmartDrive and reports are created for the fleet managers.”

Best I can figure, these cameras are always on but the video gets recorded over if there’s no activation from the g-force sensors. But once some incident occurs, like a sudden stop or even an uncomfortable-for-the-passengers lane change, then the box will snitch on the driver. It’s like a black box on an airliner.

MUNI has something similar, in a way, but why don’t we have a “Measured Safety Program” for other bad drivers like San Francisco cabbies, or Toyota Prius and BMW owners?

Here’s a partial menu of snitching possibilities:

Now I’ll tell you, SuperShuttles don’t seem to menace the roads as much these days. The title of Worst Driven Shuttle now belongs to poorly-rated Bauer Limousine / Bauer Transportation / Bauer “Intelligent” Transportation.

The drivers at Bauer’s manage to sometimes scare even our hard-bitten taxi drivers, sometimes.

“Boy, I’m so Intelligent, I think I’ll lurch into this lane, all of a sudden, cause, like, time is money or something. “

Now I’m not sure why, but Bauer’s has a corporate cheerleader in “City” “Bright” Zennie62. Hey, maybe Zennie will start cheering for Bauer’s to install this SmartDrive stuff for all of Bauer’s vehicles, from the practical to the uber-cheezy:

City Brights are prominent local citizens and experts with a unique Bay Area perspective that is often enlightening, sometimes infuriating and always thought-provoking.”

Or maybe Bauer’s already has a similar system. All’s I know is that Bauer drivers seem to have issues, for what it’s worth.

Anyway, here are all the deets about SmartDrive. They should have things up and running by the end of 2011.

Tattle boxes for all!

Hurray!

(And what about our Federal employees – do the the Feds drive badly? Well, we’ll find out soon ‘nough…)

Anyway, hurray!

“SmartDrive to Equip SuperShuttle and Other Veolia Transportation Services with the Latest in High Tech Safety and Eco-Driving Systems - SmartDrive Safety and Eco-Driving system works to help improve driving performance – reducing collisions and saving fuel.

SAN DIEGO, June 1, 2011  – Executives from Veolia Transportation’s On-Demand Division, whose SuperShuttle, Compass and Golden Touch franchised brands provide consumer and specialized transport services, and SmartDrive Systems, a leader in fleet safety and operational efficiency, today announced Veolia’s purchase of SmartDrive safety and eco-driving technology for the division’s 1,631 vans and buses throughout the US.

SmartDrive uses video, audio and ECU-connected vehicle data sensors to detect and record risky driving maneuvers, such as sudden stops, hard cornering, aggressive acceleration, and excessive speed. After expert review and analysis, SmartDrive delivers recommendations so fleets can respond quickly to reduce risky driving and collisions.”

All the deets after the jump.

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Former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Former V8 SUV Limousine: It’s Now Working Undercover for the SFPD?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

That’s what you might conclude after seeing a tableau such as this on Market Street:

Seen being driven by a uniformed member of the San Francisco Police Department:

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(Couldn’t tell if there are still holes in the roof from the television antenna installation.)

Or maybe Gavin’s former limo is down in the batcave, fueled up and waiting for the Next Great San Francisco Disaster?

Don’t know…

Does SFO Issue Its Own License Plates? Sort Of, Temporary Ones – And Why Does SFO Charge Taxis More Than Limos?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

First up are these temporary blue license plates limo drivers get from SFO – you see them all over town these days. (Is there some kind of scam people pull involving with these plates? Knowing SFO the way I do, I’m sure there is.)

Anyway I think they’re part of the San Francisco International Airport’s Commercial Ground Transportation Operating Permit Pre-Operations Entry Package, or something. Mystery solved.

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Second up is why does SFO charges a taxi driver picking up passengers more than a limo driver? Check out the price list of a trip to SFO:

Taxis $4.00
Taxis (non-San Francisco based short trips) $2.00
Limousines $3.65

Just asking, SFO Bro.

Scheduled Buses $2.80
Share Ride Vans – all zones $2.90
Share Ride Vans – all zones – not implementing Clean Vehicle Policy $8.70
Pre-arranged Vans $3.05
Pre-arranged Vans – not implementing Clean Vehicle Policy $9.15
Off-Airport Parking Shuttles $2.80
Off-Airport Parking Shuttles – not implementing Clean Vehicle Policy $8.40
Off-Airport Parking Shuttles – Hydrogen Blend Vehicles $1.00
Charter Buses $3.05
Hotel Courtesy Shuttles $2.75
Hotel Courtesy Shuttles- not implementing Clean Vehicle Policy $8.25
Hotel Courtesy Shuttles – Hydrogen Blend Vehicles $0.95
Miscellaneous Ground Transportation $3.00″

A and A Limo Driver to SFPD Traffic Cop: “Well, How Am I Supposed to Get Down Market Street?

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The pithy answer? “You’re supposed to go down Sixth and then make a left on Folsom.”

(Now, I’d probably suggest Mission before Folsom but there you go.)

But the driver, who should have gone right at Sixth Street when coming inbound on Market,* made it more than a city block before getting pulled over, so you can consider that some consolation – that’s almost a clean getaway.

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*Are limousines ”commercial” traffic as far as the right-turn-only on inbound Market rules are concerned? Well, I don’t know.

Crappy “Bauer’s ‘Intelligent’ Transportation” Update: “Upgrades” Wedding Limo to Corporate Van – Gets Sued by S.F. Bride

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Let’s just say that long-time Yelper Rosie S is not a fan of Bauer’s Limousine / Bauer’s Transportation / Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation. Why? Well, ’cause they sent a tacky van instead of a proper limo to her wedding a few months back. Check the excerpts:

The 10 passenger limo I ordered did NOT arrive. Instead, they sent us a VAN! The morning of my wedding. Not what I ordered.

I contacted the company when I returned from my honeymoon–note: they NEVER contacted me to explain the situation nor to apologize–and they said:

“I have checked with our operations department as to what happened this day and it appears there had been a mechanical issue with a regular stretch limo so they made the last minute decision to upgrade the vehicle to a limousine van.  This was our next best option at the moment.  I sincerely apologize that a regular stretch did not appear, but this was viewed as a free upgrade to the original vehicle reserved.”

Horrendous company, terrible service, awful fleet of cars if they have seemingly frequent “mechanical issues.”  Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY FROM BAUER’S unless you want to get ripped off and disappointed!  Especially on your wedding day….

Can you believe that? Now, if I were running a crappy limo / transportation / “intelligent” transportation company, I’d feel bad about my fail whale exploding all over a wedding and I’d apologize and then I’d give a full refund, but that’s just me.

Now, speaking of crappy, how about them Bauer limousine van / bus / whatever drivers on the 101?

Speeding? Sure, we’ve got to get you to the church (or wherever) on time! But signaling? Not so much. You see, there’s no money in signaling:

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Rosie says that the Bauer people didn’t respond to her until after she filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court, Small Claims Division. Oh well.

Now, judges might be sympathetic to plaintiffs in a situation like this, but you never know how they’d rule. Sometimes what’s in the contract is what matters and sometimes not so much. Oh well.

But I believe the gist of Rosie’s story – I don’t think that she’s committing Yelp fraud, I don’t think that she owns a rival cheesy “intelligent” transportation company or that she’s sponsored by one.

Speaking of which, there’s somebody on Yelp saying how great Bauer’s is but he neglected to add in or update the little tidbit that Bauer’s is a “sponsor” of his. Oh well. I’ll give you one guess how many Yelp stars he gives to Bauer’s IT.

Did you guess cinco?

You’re right, mi amiga/o. (And actually, it appears that purported “Luminary” and “City Bright” writer at the San Francsico Chronicle’s SFGate.com Zenophon / Zennie62 is incapable of ever giving anything less than five stars on Yelp. How sporting!)

Anyway, good luck Rosie!

The Best Way to Get Around Town is This 25-Foot-Long Lincoln Limo with Handicapped Plates – Park Anywhere You Want

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

This aging, second-generation Lincoln Town Car, a pretty lengthy vehicle to begin with, has been stretched by about six or seven feet to become the longest car with handicapped plates in San Francisco.

Just think, with this rig you could take a dozen of your friends along wherever you go.

But, as the license plate holder notes, you might need to remind strangers, “PRIVATE VEHICLE, NOT FOR HIRE.”

Fair enough:

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Sri Rathayatra Festival, the One with the Huge Chariots, Goes Down in Golden Gate Park

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The 44th Annual Festival of the Chariots went down over the weekend down over in Golden Gate Park.  

As you might expect, the Richmond District Blog has all the deets with colorful photos

The Krishnas came out in force…

…from all over:

And everyone was invited to the “FREE FEAST,” of sorts:

This was the race course:

And here are all the deets:

See you next year!

This Giant C5 Galaxy is the Plane that Just Delivered Obama’s Limo to SFO

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

I was headed on down to SiliValley on bidness yesterday and what did I see but this huge C5 Galaxyheading north out of San Francisco International. At first I thought it was an old C141 Starlifter, but no, upon further review, it appears to be a C5 of some sort. Now, I’ve seen military aircraft at Honolulu International HNL (in Hawaii of course, where you can’t drive to the Costco without getting intermixed with active duty military humvees), but never at SFO.

Anyway, you can’t have an Air Force One without a cargo plane or two to come with, right?

Here’s the outside of the flying presidential garage, just after takeoff. It’s a living:

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And this is what it looks like from the inside.

Look for photos of Obama’s visit on SFist.com – they’ll be sure to have some shots and reports posted in a timely fashion.

When Renting a Hummer Limo in San Francisco, Which Color is the Best Choice?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Of course white has to be one the better choices, right off the bat.

As here, where we can see an Arctic White Hummer H2 limousine on McAllister, temporarily blocking San Francisco Bike Route 20, known as the Snick.

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But neon pink is not without its charms. As seen on 5th Street in the SoMA.

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How about this: Black for funerals, white for weddings and hot pink for everything else?

That’s how you should roll in the 415!

Bauer’s Limosuine: How Am I Driving? Not So Hot, Actually

Friday, July 10th, 2009

In a move redolent of Michael Schumacher’s opening lap at the 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix, this Bauer’s Worldwide Intelligent Transportation Executive Shuttle managed to cross three lanes of traffic on the 101 to cut off this poor San Francisco taxi driver.  

Perhaps Bauers’ drivers get paid by the mile?

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And are these slogans really their intellektual propertah?

“Saving the Earth 1 mile at a time”

“Be Clean, Go Green”

Oh dear. Be sure to check out their cheesy website, complete with polar bears, Emperor penguins, and, of course,  Hummer H2 stretch limos.

And Bauer, try to use your signals when you’re changing three lanes at a time, when you’re speeding. You don’t want to give the NIMBYs any more ammo, right?