American roads are deadly. In 2016, 37,461 people died in traffic accidents in the US, a 5.6 percent increase over 2015, according to the US Department of Transportation (DoT). This is down from 1970, when around 60,000 people died in traffic accidents in the US. The addition of safety features such as seat belts and air bags have reduced the number of deaths, and new technology from autonomous vehicles could help even more as driver error is eliminated.

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I have caught myself making this statement many times around the office lately. And that statement is this: There has been more news in the United States on electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure in the last three months than in the past three years. The homepage of almost every industry news site is full of articles pertaining to electric vehicles. The topics span from "what is the single best EV, or electric vehicle, out there" to "what infrastructure is required to support this revolution". As time progresses, it is obvious that this is not just a trend, but rather the future of mobility.

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These days, no one seems to question the inevitability of autonomous technology moving into the mainstream, although there’s little consensus on when exactly it will become widespread. At this point, the main question seems to be which transportation sector will it affect first – passenger cars or commercial vehicles.

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The organizations attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos this month have the potential to erase three million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) by switching to low-emission fleets. That’s one of the key findings in the first annual Sustainable Fleet Benchmark published today by LeasePlan Corporation N.V., a global leader in fleet management and driver mobility.

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This week sees the annual gathering of key decision makers at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos – and one of the big topics they will be discussing is climate change. In our conclusion, the simplest action they could take to curb global emissions is to switch to low-emission vehicles.

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