Reader Editorial: Where’s the Leadership Around Planned January 2019 Closure of SR 99 in Seattle?

January 2019 Closure of SR 99 in Seattle brings nightmares

STATEWIDE MEDIA & BUSINESS ALERT- 
3 WEEK INTERSTATE HIWAY CLOSURE STATE & PUGET SOUND TRANSPORTATION NIGHTMARE. 
WHY THE MADNESS? WHY NO LEADERSHIP? 

Dear Editor:
Hello. You may or may not have seen the friendly reminder emails that state of Washington plans to CLOSE DOWN a major north-south interstate hiway 99 in the middle of Seattle for (a minimum) of 3 weeks in January 2019 (the middle of the winter) while they tear down the viaduct and open the new toll tunnel. What is truly astonishing is that there is absolutely NO help from any government agency to help emergency providers, citizens, business and transporters that drive through this state, the Puget Sound region and the City of Seattle except periodic friendly reminders and a sad list of homey tips- if you happen to subscribe to email from WSDOT-Seattle Area Traffic News.. 
Where the hell is leadership and resources to get this state’s residents through 3+ week closure Hiway 99 viadict? INTERSTATE HIWAY 99 carries 100,000 cars a day. IT’S beyoe APPALLING. NO PLANS NOR no BUDGET FOR ADDITIONAL TRANSPORTATIOM MEASURES HAVE EVEN BEEN DISCUSSED.

This is it folks: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/realign99 . See below for the list of friendly suggestions for geting through this traffic nightmare. And they promise ONLY 3 weeks? Really. Hmmm.
Where are the EXTRA BUSES that should have been brought into the region, staffed and ready to go along with the extra service and additional routes before this closure is put in place? NOTHING has been done. EXTRA TRAINS? NOPE. What’ coordination has been done with major employers to handle commuting traffic? Has the state/region/city reached out to small and medium business? How will this KILL business even further. How about small service providers. How do working mom’s get to daycare before they close? (Editor’s Note: although mom’s definitely have the toughest job in the world, ALL parents’s and citizen’s needs should be met).  What’s the EMERGENCY PLAN? What if we have THE earthquake?

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LA Auto Show Confirmed by Global Automakers

Despite reports of automotive manufacturers pulling out of auto shows around the world, organizers of AutoMobility LA and the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show) announced on September 6, 2018, that they have maintained their roster of leading global automakers. This year, popular brands including Audi, BMW, Ford, Genesis, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Tesla and Toyota will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center along with many others. In addition to the 30 automakers and their more than 1,000 vehicles on display, show organizers have attracted brands to activate and exhibit across one million square feet of indoor and outdoor space.

LA Auto Show Confirmed by Global AutomakersLA Auto Show

Both AutoMobility LA and the LA Auto Show – taking place Nov. 26-29 and Nov. 30-Dec. 9, respectively – will serve as platforms to showcase the ever-evolving automotive and technology industries. Media, auto and tech professionals attending this year’s AutoMobility LA will gain insights from experts from Amazon Alexa, Aston Martin and General Motors among others, network with more than 20,000 attendees and witness vehicle unveilings over the course of four days. A hub for EV-focused premieres and activations, AutoMobility LA will give attendees a look at all-new electric and autonomous vehicles from new brands including BYTON and Rivian.

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Bill Warner ‘s Nicola Bulgari Award

America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) has announced that Bill Warner will be awarded its highest recognition, the Nicola Bulgari Award, as part of its annual Wheels & Heels AnnualGala, taking place September 8 at America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

Bill Warner ‘s Nicola Bulgari Award

Bill Warner

Warner – who founded the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, published countless articles across a wide swath of enthusiast publications and participated in the Cannonball Run, the American Road Racing Amateur Championships at Road Atlanta and the IMSA Firehawk Series – will join the likes of other industry influencers as Bulgari Award recipients.

Since founding the Amelia Island Concours in 1996, the organization has raised more than $2.25 million for charitable organizations including the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the Shop with Cops Program of Fernandina Beach & Nassau County.

“Each year we look at who exemplifies the spirit of our nation’s motoring tradition when choosing a Nicola Bulgari Award winner,” said AAT Vice Chairman David Madeira. “This year, we are proud to recognize the immense contribution Bill has made to the promotion of America’s automotive heritage through the course of his life. He is a tremendous individual who is well-deserving of this recognition.”

Prior Bulgari Award winners include Jay Leno; GM Designer Ed Welburn; Hemming’s publisher Jim Menneto, RM Group founder Rob Myers, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick; McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty; Dr. Frederick Simeone, founder of the Simeone Automotive Museum; and Edward Welburn, former vice president of global design for General Motors.

The Nicola Bulgari Award – named after the famous luxury goods magnate, renowned car collector and AAT board member – is presented annually in recognition of an individual’s lifelong efforts to promote America’s automotive heritage through education, car restoration and/or collecting classic cars.

“Nicola Bulgari’s commitment to preserving America’s automotive treasures are unparalleled as exemplified by his wonderful collection, his efforts to create the NB Center for Automotive Heritage, his long service to America’s Car Museum and America’s Automotive Trust, and his generosity to countless heritage organizations,” added Madeira. “We are proud to once again confer this tremendous honor in his name.”

Warner will receive the Award trophy at the Wheels & Heels AnnualGala, taking place atAmerica’s Car Museum on September 8. Proceeds from the event will support AAT’s commitment to preserving America’s automotive heritage through America’s Car Museum, the RPM Foundation, Club Auto, and the Concours Club.

For more information about the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala, visit americascarmuseum.org/gala.

EchoFlight Radar 's Certification of Echodyne

Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for securing critical infrastructure and guiding autonomous machines, announced on August 22, 2018, that it has received FCC certification for its EchoFlight radar. Previously available only for experimental purposes, the airborne detect and avoid radar is designed for integration into a wide-variety of UAS platforms and provides unprecedented combination of C-SWaP, range, and accuracy. For organizations seeking authorization to operate beyond visual line of sight or autonomously, EchoFlight radar is a significant step forward for UAS mission safety.

EchoFlight Radar ‘s Certification of EchodyneEchoFlight Radar

“Echodyne is excited to receive authorization from the FCC and to make EchoFlight available to the many interested UAS partners in the US,” said Eben Frankenberg, CEO of Echodyne. “Our compact, solid-state, lightweight yet powerful radar offers the ability to scan large volumes of airspace and track other aircraft with sufficient range to maintain safety.”
Gartner estimates nearly 3 million drones were purchased by the consumers and enterprises just last year. We continue to work with NASA and FAA to demonstrate how our airborne radar enables UAS to operate safely among planes, helicopters, and other drones. We believe our EchoFlight radar is one of the key technologies that will enable commercial UAS to conduct missions safely,” adds Frankenberg.
Features of EchoFlight’s high performance radar include:

  • Precision beam-steering radar that minimizes collision risk by tracking aircraft locations at all times across a broad field-of-view, even in dense airspace or over cluttered environments;
  • Best-in-class, search while track radar that scans just like a phased array but at commercial pricing;
  • Compact design with low weight and low power for integration into a wide-variety of UAS platforms; and,
  • Long-range, all-weather detection and tracking for Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) missions.

To learn more about how Echodyne is radically reinventing radars, visit echodyne.com.

Diesel Trucking Technologies Adoption California Rank

California remains among the slowest states in the nation to adopt near-zero emission diesel trucking technologies, says new research and analysis from the Diesel Technology Forum(DTF).

Diesel Trucking Technologies Adoption California RankDiesel Technologies

According to analysis by the Diesel Technology Forum of 2017 U.S. vehicles in operation data (GVW 3-8), provided by IHS Markit, the state ranks 43rd out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia on a percentage basis for the adoption of the newest and lowest-emitting diesel technologies (MY 2011 and newer engines) in the larger commercial vehicle fleet (Class 3-8 vehicles). While California truckers are buying 33 percent more new diesel-powered trucks than in 2016, only 29 percent of California’s commercial diesel trucks are equipped with the latest generation diesel engines.

Nationwide, diesel remains the technology of choice for commercial trucking, from the ubiquitous white box delivery trucks on up to the largest 18 wheelers, with adoption of the newest, cleanest diesel technologies now at 36 percent – a six percent jump in one year. These clean diesel trucks now make up more than one-third of all trucks on the road, delivering substantial clean air and climate benefits across the United States. In comparison, about 20.4 percent of Class 3-8 trucks use gasoline, 0.4 percent use natural gas, and those powered by other means amount to only 3.8 percent.

“It’s pretty clear that California’s truck and bus fleet rules adopted several years ago have disrupted the natural acquisition and replacement cycles of diesel technology, delaying investment in new technology vehicles until the 2023 compliance date,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “The result is that older, higher emitting trucks are staying on the road longer in California, and California’s new-technology adoption rate remains well below the national average.”

California maintains the largest fleet of Class 3-8 commercial trucks in the nation, with more than 1.4 million vehicles on the road. Nearly 70 percent of these are powered by diesel or renewable biodiesel fuel, while 28 percent use gasoline, 1 percent use natural gas, and 1 percent rely on other means.

The sluggish turnover of the state’s oldest trucks to the newest generation of diesel technology represents a significant missed opportunity to make substantial progress toward the state’s ambitious clean air and climate goals.

Upgrading the oldest trucks on California’s roads has removed 2.4 million tonnes of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 139,000 tonnes of particulate matter (PM) from the air since 2007, and saved 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 490 gallons of fuel since 2011, according to the Forum’s analysis of IHS Markit research.

If California’s new-technology diesel adoption rate were to reach 75 percent of the state’s total fleet, in one year the state would remove about 300,000 tonnes of NOx and 15,000 tonnes of PM from the air, and save 2 million tonnes of CO2 and more than 200 million gallons of fuel.

“Even California’s lackluster adoption of the newest-generation diesel technologies has delivered impressive real-world benefits to many of California’s most vulnerable communities: cleaner air, fewer carbon dioxide emissions in the communities in which they operate, as well as dramatic fuel savings to truckers,” said Schaeffer. “If the state were to prioritize – even incentivize – more truckers to move to newer, cleaner diesel technologies, imagine how quickly California could move closer to full clean air compliance. This is why diesel truck and engine manufacturers continue to work closely with the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. EPA on future steps for advanced heavy-duty diesel technology in California.”

The U.S. trucking fleet is transitioning to newer diesel technology which means immediate fuel savings, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner air. According to Fleet Advantage’s latest Truck Lifecycle Data Index, the newest Class 8 diesel trucks can save truckers up to $26,600 in fuel costs over a 2012 model – a 7.9 percent increase in savings, despite higher average diesel prices. These newest trucks also offer significant clean air benefits: NOx emissions that are 99 percent lower than previous generations, along with 98 percent fewer emissions of particulate matter. Beginning in 2011, all new heavy-duty trucks are equipped with selective catalytic reduction and particulate control technologies, which combine to achieve stringent new EPA emissions requirements for NOx emissions of no more than 0.20 grams per brake horsepower hour (g/BHP-hr.). This is in addition to particulate emissions levels of no more than 0.01 grams per brake horsepower hour (g/HP-hr.) established in 2007.

“Especially for the largest of trucks, no other fuel matches what the newest generation of diesel technology continues to improve upon: efficient performance, low-emissions, reliability, durability, low-cost operation, and maximum flexibility in utilization, routing and fueling,” said Schaeffer. “Over the last decade, truck and engine manufacturers and their suppliers have fundamentally transformed diesel technology to near-zero emissions performance while also increasing its fuel efficiency. Diesel’s continued dominance as the technology of choice for heavy-duty trucking reflects the technology’s proven record of continuous improvement and low-cost operation.”

Uber and Serko Partnership for Better Travel and Expense

Serko Ltd and Uber are proud to announce a new partnership that will give Serko Zeno users an even easier way to process expense claims for Uber trips.

Serko and Uber Partnership for Better Travel and ExpenseUber

The integration enables trip information to be sent directly from an Uber for Business account to a Serko Zeno user’s expense report and removes the burden on travellers to capture or forward email receipts.

The deal means Serko Zeno users can manage their door to door travel experience and post-trip expense management seamlessly in Serko Online or Zeno.

Serko CEO Darrin Grafton said “Our focus is all about making corporate travel and expense smarter, by reducing friction for the traveller, maximising data integrity and giving the CFO greater visibility on the entire cost of travel. We’re excited to partner with Uber to bring a whole new level of simplicity to corporate expense management. This integration is a smarter way for organisations to enable their people to be mobile, as the whole payment and reconciliation process happens seamlessly.”

Georgia Foster, Head of Uber for Business, Australia & NZ, added: “More and more businesses are realising the benefits of using Uber for corporate travel. We operate in more than 60 countries globally and enable safe, affordable and reliable trips around a city – no matter how familiar you are with the local language or road rules.

“This integration with Serko Zeno makes it even easier for businesses to have transparency and control over their employees’ ground transportation spend, while delivering a better employee experience. Taking away cumbersome administration elements to streamline expense reporting where possible is better for everyone. This means no more having to sift through your email or wallet to find your receipts, and users can easily set up personal and business travel profiles to balance their travel needs.”

With more than 6,000 organisations around the world using Serko’s platforms for travel management, the integrated expense management solution in Serko Online and Zeno is an intelligent way to gain visibility and control over corporate expenses such as Uber trips.

About Serko
Serko is a leading travel and expense technology solution, used by over 6,000 corporate entities and Travel Management Companies (TMCs) who combined book more than AU$6bn of travel a year through Serko’s platforms.

Zeno is Serko’s next generation travel management application, using intelligent technology, predictive workflows and a global travel marketplace to transform business travel across the entire journey.

Listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange Main Board (NZSX:SKO) and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:SKO). Serko supports customers in 35 countries worldwide, with its HQ in New Zealand, and offices across the US, Australia, China and India.

Visit www.serko.com for more information.

Turkish Airlines and Skift Release 2018 GBT Report

Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, and Skift, the largest industry intelligence platform providing media, insights and marketing to key sectors of travel, launched on August 15, 2018, the 2018 Global Business Traveler Report.

Turkish Airlines and Skift Release 2018 GBT ReportTurkish Airlines

Based on industry feedback and interviews from U.S.-based corporate travel managers and international business travelers, the report examines how factors ranging from disruptive new technologies to personal preferences continue to impact the rapidly-evolving world of corporate travel planning and policy.

The report aims to show ways that corporate travel managers and business travelers can find balance in their common purpose and mutual mission despite the gaps and differences in their objectives, expectations, priorities and realities.

M. Ilker Aycı, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, said the 2018 Global Business Traveler Report was an important part of their research and development process to continually improve the quality of the airline’s services.

“We regularly monitor existing and future aviation trends, and consumer demands, to develop and evolve our products and services,” he said. “The results from this business traveler research provide an invaluable glimpse into the important motivations in the corporate travel space that will contribute to our growth in the years ahead.”

“Changing traveler habits and disruptive technologies are impacting all aspects of today’s business travel experience,” said Skift President Carolyn Kremins. “This new report that we conducted with Turkish Airlines provides data-driven insights to help travel suppliers and corporate travel managers evolve their corporate travel offerings for this new environment.”

Key corporate travel trends for 2018 identified by the Global Business Traveler Report include:

Employees are taking control over their business travel: Increasingly self-reliant on mobile technology and personalized tools in planning and managing personal travel, corporate travelers increasingly want the same freedom and flexibility for their professional trips. Showing no signs of slowing, this macro trend of consumerized business travel is irresistibly shifting travel management trends and policy.
There is a new partnership model for managers and travelers: Disruptive new technologies and other resources are emboldening employees to be more assertive in their travel planning and decisions, including stepping outside of company policy. Rather than looking to fit this new reality into existing policy norms, travel managers have the opportunity to architect flexible new frameworks that protect company objectives while providing employees with the freedom they desire.
The frontiers for technology-supported travel are expanding: Corporate travelers are not quite ready to go full-tech. While embracing automated and digital solutions for basics like checking travel details and checking in for flights and hotels, they still want live, real-time human support for more advanced or urgent needs and concerns. As use and acceptance of improving chatbot, artificial intelligence, and other next-generation technologies grows, however, greater traveler dependence on tech is foreseeable.
The sharing economy is heading into the mainstream: The disruptive power of the “sharing economy” cannot be ignored, as business travelers increasingly embrace the alternative transportation and lodging options offered by leading players like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. With major corporations and travel management companies beginning to formalize their relationships with these operators, CTMs, along with the taxi and rental car industries, will face a mix of new opportunities and challenges.
A deeper understanding of loyalty is emerging: Business travelers are rethinking and reassessing why they should be loyal to travel industry suppliers and brands. Among the ties that bind: a deeper understanding of their priorities and preferences, and personalized, customized rewards. For brands, it’s a prime opportunity to listen to the corporate customer and evolve new ways to strengthen and further relationships in this important segment.
The 2018 Global Business Traveler Report presented by Turkish Airlines and Skift can be viewed here.

Largest Automotive Show Returns to Los Angeles

Car enthusiasts and fans of the Los Angeles Automotive Show can now purchase tickets for this year’s event at LAAutoShow.com. Last year, the global show had 1,000 of the latest models, vehicle debuts, and concept cars on display and this year, the expectation is no different. Alongside vehicles of all kinds, attendees of the 111-year-old show will experience a stellar lineup of family-friendly activations, including simulators, gaming attractions, and interactive driving experiences.

Largest Automotive Show Returns to Los AngelesAutomotive Show

Tesla will be returning to the LA Auto Show this year, exhibiting their latest vehicles in South Hall. Hyundai and Porsche will have racing simulators for use and a life-size Lego car for a “Kids Zone” area, respectively within the South Atrium. Attendees will also be able to test drive numerous makes and models, including the latest from Acura, Alfa Romeo, Buick, Cadillac, FCA, Ford, GMC, Honda, Mazda, Toyota, and Volvo. Electric vehicle brands BYTON and Rivian, along with Genovations – the world’s first street legal electric car to exceed 220mph – will bring theirlatest concepts and creations. In the West Atrium, visitors can experience live, interactive demonstrations and new autonomous vehicle concepts from companies including ICONA Designs.

“The LA Auto Show has been a staple in Los Angeles for more than a century and we continue to pride ourselves on being an annual destination for so many people,” said Lisa Kaz, President and CEO of the LA Automotive Show and AutoMobility LA. “Being located in the largest car buying market, we are excited to provide guests with entertainment, fun activations and for those looking for their next vehicle, shoppers will have a hassle-free car shopping experience.”

The breakdown for LA Automotive Show tickets are as follows:

· Any Day: Good for any one day between November 30 – December 9. Pricing is $5 for children, $10 for seniors and $15 for adults (kids under 6 are free with a paying adult)
· Monday-Thursday: Lower priced tickets available December 3-6 only. Pricing is $5 for children, $10 for seniors and $12 for adults (kids under 6 are free with a paying adult)
· Early Entry: Allows entry into the show one hour before the general public on any Saturday or Sunday (December 1-2 or 8-9). Tickets are available for purchase online only. Pricing is $10 for children, $20 for seniors and $35 for adults. (kids under 6 are free with paying adult)
· Group Ticket Packages: This is a single day entry November 30 – December 9 and valid for groups of 20 or more. Pricing is available upon request at LAAutoShow.com/groups
· Guided Tours: Taking place December 1, 2, 8 and 9 beginning at 7:45 AM, the two-hour tours are led by automotive experts and include headsets and a continental breakfast. Following the tour, participants will have full access to the show floor until closing. Tickets are available for purchase online only. Pricing is $35 for children and $85 for adults

Similar to years past, guests will have the opportunity to explore The Garage, located under South Hall, which is a substantial part of the one million square foot LA Automotive Show campus. Within The Garage, visitors can experience the latest in automotive technology and enjoy a large collection of customized rides, exotics and more.

Additional information on vehicles and on-site activations will be announced in the coming months.

Immediately preceding the LA Auto Show is AutoMobility LA, one of the world’s largest events for major automotive and technology news, taking place November 26-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

For additional information on the LA Auto Show or AutoMobility LA, please visit LAAutoShow.com and AutoMobilityLA.com.

Flight Disruptions Interactive New Tool Launched by Lumo

Lumo Launches New Interactive Tool will Proactively Manage Flight Disruptions. Flight disruption forecasts and analytics provider Lumo announced, last August 8, 2018, the official launch of its Navigator dashboard to serve the managed travel industry. This tool is an interactive dashboard that gives the travelers real-time information on the flight delay risk. This is a revolutionary way to book and view the flight travel. The introduction of the Navigator will allow travelers to increase the productivity, travel ease, and keep potential delays to a minimum. The hope is that soon all the travelers will be using the Navigator dashboard when booking a flight.

New Flight Disruptions Interactive Tool Launched by Lumo
Flight Disruptions Too

Some Key features of Navigator include:
The Dashboard Home Page that contains a brief overview of all the flights, potential flight risks, and missed connections of your entire organization.
Navigator also has an Itinerary landing page that will allow you to see each individual in your organization’s flights, connections, and delay risk.
Push Notifications are also available to assist all the travelers in staying up-to-date on their individual flight.
Each flight, before and after booking, is rated on a scale that predicts the risk of a flight delay. Some flights are on higher risk than others. This information allows travelers to be more efficient with their time, money, and resources.
Bill Hogate, the Vice President of Business Development, has found our early adopters are in need of a data visualization tool to easily identify those travelers either from a group travel event or as a subset of a group of travelers who require immediate attention. “Predictive analytics brought to bear on the proactive handling of flight disruptions, as being pursued by Lumo, promises to bring significant value to managing large groups and meeting events,” said Steve Clagg of Microsoft.

Read more of this at Bellevue Business Jounal.

Gant Travel Cuts Time a Disrupted Traveler

Gant Travel reported on August 10, 2018, that they reduced the total time a
traveler spends with their agents by a third during major flight disruptions, as a result of integrating
FlightGlobal’s Travel Waiver Services.

Gant Travel Cuts Time a Disrupted Traveler Spends with AgentsGant Travel

“With an average decrease of 10%, Gant drove a cost reduction just by giving agents an automated
process for knowing when a traveler’s flight qualifies for a waiver. How can you put a dollar amount
on having smarter (well informed) agents, and without having to do any extra training at that?”
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