Blog Posts by Alice Miles

Are You an Early Merger?

I am blogging from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI. Before I write about something automotive-related, I want to share that this is the first time that I have visited Milwaukee and it is a great city with an impressive conference center. A little-known fact, Wisconsin's official state dance is the polk (who knew???) The conference center escalator boasts, you guessed it, a "Polka Button!" Riding the escalator to the strains...
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Looking for a Premium Electric Vehicle?

Interested in a premium vehicle? How about a premium vehicle capable of getting 100 miles per U.S. gallon? Oh, I need to point out the MSRP of $95,900 USD. Still with me? If so, I want you to know about the Fisker Karma, which meets all of the above criteria.Debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, the Karma launched the premium green car segment that most major OEMs are now pursuing. Capable of delivering a range of over 300 miles and a top speed of 125 mph, the Karma had...Re...
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Toyota Donates 100 Cars in 100 Days

In a nice move utilizing social media, Toyota is giving away a car to a nonprofit organizations each day for 100 consecutive days. Go to Toyota's Facebook page before August 16 and cast your daily vote for one of five charities who will receive the day's donated vehicle. Read the Full Story...Lots of winners in this goodwill-social marketing campaign. Of course, the charity that wins the daily prize is pretty happy but there are other side benefits. Many of the participating charities are...Read...
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Tech Company or Automotive Company?

It's getting harder and harder to separate a tech company from a good old car company. Even though there is still a fair share of old-fashioned metal-bending in the automotive sector, there is also an ever-growing dose of high tech ideas including:Toyota Motor Europe and the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design are working on a concept project that allows a vehicle passenger to use their window like an Etch-a-Sketch to trace objects they see outside, zoom in on distant objects or...Read...
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Handheld Device Use While Driving -- Yes or No?

Just read that Ford has become the first US automaker to back a nationwide ban on the use of handheld devices by drivers. Ford has endorsed a proposal by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D., NY) that calls for national legislation limiting driver device use. Ford states that the ban is a "practical, commonsense approach to a national problem."On the other hand, GM has stated that they have had a simple message for years, "Put the phone down and drive." GM then went on to say, "We're not certain what...Read...
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Secretary of State Offices Balance Budgets and Customer Service

As an Industry Member of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), Polk participates in all of the AAMVA conferences. Last week I attended a regional AAMVA conference held in Charlotte, NC that gave me insight into the issues that various State Department of Motor Vehicle employees are grappling with.The leadership of the DMVs is like any other executive team as they plan to do more with less. Every State is looking at how technology can increase efficiency and also...
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Ford Working on a Better Idea to Keep Us Healthy

We have all come to expect that our vehicles will safely deliver us to our chosen destinations and to protect us in the event of an accident. However, the Ford Motor Company is taking steps to allow us to use our vehicles for overall health monitoring. The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators reports Ford has announced that its research team in Aachen, Germany, has developed a car seat with six sensors that can monitor a driver's heart by its electrical impulses. Such a seat,...
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Beware of Delinquent Tickets!

Where there are automotive vehicles, there is someone driving.  And where there is driving, there is a strong possibility there will be tickets. I understand this equation. However, I never thought of tickets as being a form of global currency. Read on .... and be prepared to be surprised by some rather large numbers!I recently read an eye-opening story from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Regional Newsletter. New York City has recently stated that they want a...R...
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Vehicles Fit for a Prince

Polk is a leader in providing data related to the automotive industry and we thought you'd like to know just WHO will be driving WHAT in the April 29 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Here's the vehicle line-up as reported by The Associated Press:  1902 STATE LANDAU: Prince William and Kate Middleton will make their first journey as husband and wife from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace in this red-and-gold fairytale coach, built for King Edward VII in 1902. The State Landau...R...
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To Text or Not to Text?

If you travel between the States of the U.S., you may have wondered if you can use your cell phone while driving in a certain state. This once simple question becomes more complex as you differentiate between hand held and hands free phones as well as the type of driver you are. As an example, no state bans all cell phone use but 29 states and Washington D.C. ban all cell phone use by novice drivers. On the issues is text messaging while driving – not a good idea. Currently 30 states ban text......
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Study: Teen Drivers Typically Make Common Critical Errors Before a Crash

Polk's Government Relations group is constantly monitoring data and vehicle-related legislation and studies. I just came across this study that I thought many blog readers would find interesting -- Teaching young drivers to scan the road in the distance and anticipate future events on the road is the best lesson parents can give when teaching the rules of the road. According to a recent study on teen driving statistics, several "critical errors" are often one of the last in a chain of events...Re...
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Electric Vehicle 101 -- Brought to You by Ford

We can't seem to get away from the ever-increasing media coverage on electric vehicle technology. Along with the media coverage comes an entirely new language -- quick, what’s the difference between BEV, PHEV and just good old EV? Ford Motor Company has released a three-minute educational video describing the differences between hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles. This is a very high-level look at the various technologies so if you are an accomplished scientist this may be...
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