Those of us with an older car might be feeling a bit jealous of all the new cars with their fancy smart phone apps. But if you have a 1996 or newer vehicle, you may soon be able to bring your car closer to those new-fangled models.
Via Motors, the extended-range plug-in hybrid utility vehicle maker that unveiled the VTrux at the Detroit Auto Show this January, has reached an agreement to provide Verizon Communications with a test fleet of vehicles.
If you're on an Android 2.1 device with Google Maps, it might be hard to justify spending $9.99 a month on another navigation app. Verizon knows this, so it shot its VZ Navigator app full of features that would make TomTom and Garmin blush.
Verizon has placed what is likely the largest order to date for Chevrolet Silverado hybrid pickup trucks to add to its service vehicle fleet. A total of 576 of the two-mode hybrid trucks will be used by Verizon technicians for service calls in urban areas around the country. The Silverado and its GMC twin, the Sierra are the only production hybrid pickup trucks available and although they are very fuel efficient at 21 miles per gallon city and 22 mpg highway, they have not sold well.
Verizon has decided to save some gasoline and greenhouse-gas emissions by adding 100 hybrid sedans to the company fleet as it replaces old models. The company expects to reduce emissions by 263,000 Metric tons and save 30,000 gallons of fuel annually
Phone companies may not like to actually provide service to their customers but that doesn't mean they don't have a lot of service vehicles running around. Verizon apparently has the second largest vehicle fleet in North America and in order to save enough money on fuel to hook up three more houses to their FIOS network they are retrofitting some of the vehicles with hybrid systems.
You've probably seen the reports that claim using mobile phones while driving is just as bad as driving drunk. That hasn't deterred Verizon's marketing department from targeting drivers concerned with saving gas, high fuel prices and traffic congestion. In a press release titled Save on Gas and Avoid Traffic This Fall With Verizon Wireless, the telecom giant endorses three of their mobile phone services: VZ Navigator, FuelFinder and TXT Traffic Alerts.
You would think that Ford Motors would be but a whisper on anyone's tongue with all the merger talk about an alliance between General Motors and Renault/Nissan. But according to the Keller Fay Group, the Blue Oval is actually the most talked about brand among in America at the moment. The marketing research and consulting company, which measures brands via word of mouth advertising, ranks the automotive company ahead of wireless company Verizon and computer maker Dell.