Watercooler: Reducing Congestion, Kia for Teens, Goodbye to the Beetle and More

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5Is Reducing Congestion in Cities Possible? New Study Offers Suggestions

Watercooler: Reducing Congestion, Kia for Teens, Goodbye to the Beetle and More

Recently, the National Parking Association (NPA) released a groundbreaking study that demonstrates how parking can be applied as a shared mobility solution to reduce congestion. The study explores the real causes of congestion and highlights how parking, in conjunction with other forms of mobility, optimizes infrastructure to move people and goods in and out of cities.


NPA President Christine Banning, IOM, CAE said, "Livable cities are vital for real estate development, employment and tourism. Together, we can reduce congestion with a new vision for cities that embraces shared solutions and an ecosystem approach to reducing congestion."


Banning added, "The PwC study debunks congestion myths, provides planners and cities with models and levers for reducing congestion and demonstrates how reducing or eliminating parking minimums and applying a park once philosophy can support intermodal transit within cities."


  • Key study findings highlight several parking levers cities can use to reduce congestion, including:
  • Repurpose or reprice on-street parking.
  • Reduce or eliminate parking minimums.
  • Explore new smart parking technologies.
  • Leveraging parking as a "curb extension" or mobility hub.


Private vehicles, public transportation, parking, and infrastructure form the urban transportation ecosystem. Parking is the beginning and end-point of the first and last mile. Understanding how communities are served by this ecosystem can provide new insights into the city of the future and transportation solutions to meet the needs of a growing population.

4On-Site Car Maintenance at the Workplace

Watercooler: Reducing Congestion, Kia for Teens, Goodbye to the Beetle and More

Zippity will be the first workplace amenity for full-service car maintenance. The forward-thinking company recently secured $2.6M in funding to expand their locations, starting in fall of 2018. Since launching in 2017, Zippity has formed partnerships with companies across the New England area to provide over 50,000 employees access to comprehensive repair, diagnostic, and detailing services at their workplace.


"Zippity creates a delightful customer experience, coupled with a platform that has the potential to transform traditional auto maintenance," said Cynthia Kueppers of A3Ventures. This sentiment is echoed by Zippity customers. "I just don't have time to sit around for hours to get my car repaired. The fact that I went to work, dropped my keys off, and knew my oil change was being done made me feel fantastic. One less thing off my to-do list!" said, Jeffrey Garside, an employee who uses Zippity.


Zippity partners with companies at no cost. Once a company selects their monthly service schedule, employees can book and manage their services online. Maintenance services are performed inside completely self-contained Mobile Service Trailers, which allow Zippity to service vehicles year-round and avoid damage to company parking lots. Customers have access to a range of services, including Brake and Wheel Work, Oil Changes, Tire Rotations, Battery Replacements, Filter and Fluids Replacements, Diagnostic services and more.

3Rivian’s Electric Adventure Vehicle Video Debut

Watercooler: Reducing Congestion, Kia for Teens, Goodbye to the Beetle and More

A recent video from Rivian showcases two all-electric adventure vehicles that will debut during the week of the 2018 LA Auto Show. The automaker also confirmed that its all-new pickup will be named Rivian R1T and the all-new 3-row 7-passenger SUV will be named Rivian R1S.


Rivian is a full-scale automaker and leading mobility technology company, founded in 2009 by MIT engineering Ph.D. graduate, RJ Scaringe. The name Rivian is derived from 'Indian River,' the estuary that ran through Scaringe's childhood backyard in Florida. The company's logo is an interpretation of a compass, suggesting the North, South, East, and West of adventure. Rivian expects to double employee numbers as it ramps up to full production.


The two all-new electric drive models promise impressive on- and off-road performance figures and should be top-of-the-line in range, power, torque, and off-road articulation. They aim to prove electric vehicle technology can deliver durable, long-range on- and off-road capability to consumers just as well as its gas-powered counterpart.


Consumers will be able to check out the auto show debuts online at 7.30pm PST on November 26th for the R1T and after 11.50 am PST on Tuesday, November 27th for the R1S. The pickup and SUV will be delivered to customers from 2020.

22018 Kia Sportage is the Best SUV for Teens

Watercooler: Reducing Congestion, Kia for Teens, Goodbye to the Beetle and More

Is a new vehicle on the horizon for the newest driver in your home? If you’re sick of carting your kid from soccer practice to piano lessons, you might be interested in the latest from U.S. News and World Report. The rankings leader, who specializes in school hierarchies, so you know they know young adults, recently awarded the 2018 Kia Sportage Best New SUV for Teens.


Like most parents, you probably want to know whether your sometimes less than responsible teen will be safe behind the wheel. Rest assured, Available Advanced Driver Assistance Features, including Blind Spot Detection System, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert were key contributors to the Sportage's win. U.S. News & World Report was also impressed with Kia's UVO technology, which can be programmed to record when a teen keeps the Sportage out past an established curfew, exceeds a preset speed limit or strays outside geographic boundaries set by parents.


And if you’re also in the market for a great vehicle for when you do have to make the trek to and from activities, Kia has a great pick for a family SUV, too. The 2019 Sorento is a seven-seater mid-size SUV with lots of cool features available in a great range of models from basic to luxe. The entertainment and info system will keep everyone happy, and it tops the list of smooth, comfy rides, too.


Looking for Bluetooth connectivity so you can easily arrange pickups while you’re on the go? The Sorento can hook you up, and also features a great audio system that won’t have your kids sinking down in the seat when you drop them off at school.

1Volkswagen Says Goodbye to the Beetle

Watercooler: Reducing Congestion, Kia for Teens, Goodbye to the Beetle and More

It had a good run. The Volkswagen Beetle has been in production since 1946 and will see its final incarnation in 2019 - more than 70 years on. Many models will be showcased at the Motoring Invitational later this month.


Every year, Volkswagen of America hosts this segment of the Los Angeles Auto Show's. This year's event, entitled "Beetles & Breakfast," will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Technology Pavilion in front of the Los Angeles Convention Center.


Beetles & Breakfast welcomes media and industry professionals from around the world attending AutoMobility LA. The commemorative showcase, which will kick-off a packed day of vehicle unveilings, will have nearly 30 Beetles on display, including the ‘49 Hebmeuller Roadster, the ‘52 Cabriolet, the 1969 rally and wedding cars, and the 1979 Super Beetle Convertible.


Naturally, the event will also feature the 2019 Beetle Final Edition. This turbocharged four-cylinder option has a 6-speed automatic transmission and real leather upholstery with eye-catching diamond pleats. Black and beige trims really make the matching dashboard finish pop. Both the SE and SEL versions will be at the show, the first offering 17-inch multispoke wheels and the second featuring impressive, retro-style 18-inchers.


For nearly 70 years, the Beetle brand has been a mainstay for Volkswagen in the U.S. Over the lifespan of the Type 1 or Beetle, nearly 5 million were sold in the U.S. out of a worldwide total of 21.5 million. In 1998, the new Beetle reintroduced the familiar shape to a new generation of drivers and in 2011, the third-generation version went on sale in the U.S. as a 2012 model. Over its lifetime, the Beetle has been sold as both a two-door coupe and two-door convertible, both of which will be available in this anticipated 2019 version. The brand will produce a limited number of Final Edition models, inspired by the 2003 Ultima Edicion -- reports state the company will make only 3000 vehicles.