Posts Tagged ‘snitch’

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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RAND Corp: GPS Snitch Units in All Cars Could Enforce New Vehicle-Miles-Traveled Tax

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Oh man, you drivers out there, you’re out on the road more and more every year* but the amount of gasoline and diesel ‘n stuff you buy isn’t keeping pace. So when people like you trade in their big old fuel-guzzling SUVs for Toyota Prius hybrids, the amount of gasoline they buy and the concomitant tax they pay to the Govmint goes down, let’s say by a half or two-thirds.

That’s good for Prius drivers but bad for the govmints. This chart from a big new report (free .pdf) out of California’s own RAND Corportation think tank ‘splains it all. See? You people are out there clogging up the roads and tearing up the streets 100% more than you were in 1980, but you’re only buying 50% more fuel:

You drivers are paying more in tax but not as much as if you would be paying if you were taxed by the mile. (That makes you a deadbeat in the eyes of the Powers That Be.)

And things are only going to get “worse” when Tesla Motors’ mainstream Model S hits the streets in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, “late 2012,” right? Electric car drivers pay no gas tax at all, so how are we going to make sure that they pay their fair share to repave our streets ‘n stuff**?

The RANDian eggheads looked at these issues and, out of 15 ideas, decided that these three would be the most practicable: 

What if the authorities put a GPS unit in your car or motorcycle? Not the regular kind of GPS receiver, the good kind, the ones that use differentials or whatever to pinpoint your whereabouts down to a couple yards on a 24-7 basis. 

You don’t like that? Well how about a cell phone in your car next to the engine that would call the government on a regular basis to rat out how miles you’ve driven the past week?

You don’t like that neither? Well how about a system that ID’s your car when you buy gas and then computes your Miles Driven by looking at your particular model’s EPA rating?

And let’s say this all gets implemented in five years. 

Or instead, our electeds could simply raise gas taxes a bit, but that’s not something that they like talking about doing.

Of course they could make this new VMT proposal “revenue neutral” by getting rid of or lowering per-gallon fuel taxes that you pay today. Once a system like this is in place, taxes would correlate more directly with miles driven – it’s up to you if you like that or not.

Welcome to The Future.

Speaking of 1980:

My uncle has a country place
That no one knows about.
He says it used to be a farm
Before the Motor Law.
And on Sundays I elude the Eyes,
And hop the Turbine Freight
To far outside the Wire
Where my white-haired uncle waits.

See how this libertarian, Canadian Power Rock Trio story ends after the jump.

*Not so much this past year or two, but you’ll be out there in force again soon enough.

**And maybe that’s the way it should be. I know all the arguments you’re thinking about - this is a political question, of course.

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KQED SFBG-SFW Throwdown: Two Alt-Weeklies Enter, One Alt-Weekly Leaves

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

This is it – years of competition betwixt the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly will culminate at a free-for-all tomorrow morning in the Thunderdome that is the recording studio of KQED-FM.

KQED Forum host Michael Krasney will play the role of Aunty Entity (seeing as how Tina Turner is unavailable). Expect the bout to begin at 9:00 AM, Friday, January 8th, 2010 on 88.5 FM and online.

It’s on - Friday, Friday, Friday! 

Two Alt-Weeklies Enter, One Alt-Weekly Leaves

UPDATE: On It Goes