Autonomous Commercial Vehicles Closer to Hitting the Road After New Developments

By Lawrence J Hamilton II, David C Whitestone, Joel E Roberson

The release of new federal guidance on autonomous vehicles, as well as the recent consideration of federal autonomous vehicle legislation in Congress, increases the likelihood that the introduction of autonomous commercial vehicles (ACVs), including commercial trucks, on our nation’s highways is drawing closer to fruition.

However, the SELF DRIVE Act as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives creates a new regulatory pathway for autonomous passenger vehicles only. The Teamsters, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and other labor unions and groups have publicly opposed the inclusion of ACVs in the draft legislation due to the potential impact on the more than 3 million U.S. truck drivers.

Although many powerful groups oppose the inclusion of ACVs in any federal legislation or regulations enabling self-driving vehicles, proponents of ACVs – including safety organizations, truck manufacturers, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and other large companies – also have considerable clout. Proponents tout safety and also argue that including ACVs will benefit the economy and lead to the creation of new jobs.

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F&I and Generation Z

By Jamie LeReau 

Generation Zers are nothing like their millennial predecessors, experts say. As customers, they will be more technologically familiar and transparency-conscious. As employees, they will be competitive more than collaborative.

“Some of the biggest collisions on the horizon [will be] between the millennials and Gen Z. If people try to treat Gen Z like the millennials, that will backfire,” said David Stillman, co-founder of consultancy Gen Z Guru in Minneapolis and co-writer of the book Gen Z @ Work: How the Next Generation is Transforming the Workplace with his Gen Z son Jonah.

The distinctive traits of Gen Z’s 72.8 million members — born 1995-2012 — mean that the way finance and insurance products are sold must evolve, Stillman said. The process has to be more streamlined and rely on technology and transparency. “Gen Z can quickly look on their phone as to where they can buy the products cheaper, and it’s not scary to them. It’s probably easier for them to do that,” he said.

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Time for workers’ comp fee schedule is now

By Bridgetower Media Newswires

Daydream with me for a moment.

Imagine a world where you price a job only after you’ve completed the work. If the project owner doesn’t like your price, their only recourse is to consult a state-certified database of prices you have charged for similar work, and pay you the average. Knowing this, you continue to charge more than the average, driving that number up over time. Your customers’ costs – and your revenue – grow and grow.

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Mark Walls: The Myth of Predictive Analytics

By Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, Safety National

Because many adjusters are handling too many claims to be optimally efficient, we hold the insurance companies accountable, ensuring claims are handled properly from the start to finish reducing costs etc.

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Insurers brace for business-interruption claims after hurricanes

By Suzanne Barlyn 

Companies affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma have begun submitting claims related to business interruption, flooding and other damage. Business-interruption claims are often complex, with direct physical damage usually a condition of coverage, and can take months or years to handle, according to industry experts.

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Catastrophic Weather Events…..Trigger Insurance Companies to Raise Rates?

Make sure your business is proactive at insurance renewal time and don’t wait until it is too late to react to a premium increase!  If your business would like help managing your insurance renewal process please reach out to ACG to discuss a partnership with our insurance advocacy team!

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Hurricane Harvey ravaged cars and trucks — bad for drivers, good for automakers

By James F. Peltz & David Montero

With hurricane season in full swing and the tally from Irma just beginning, Harvey has been projected to be one of the costliest disasters in U.S. history, with experts estimating damage could exceed $100 billion. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has even suggested that damage could reach $150 billion to $180 billion.

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