Hurricane Florence and the Way Back Home

On Tuesday September 11, three days before Hurricane Florence was predicted to hit the southeast coastline, residents began stocking up on supplies, preparing their homes, and heading inland. While the storm was re-categorized in severity several times, local ordinances continued to warn residents of the impending damage and urged them to get out while they could. This proved wise. The intense winds and historic levels of rainfall brought by Florence leveled homes and has left entire neighborhoods and swaths of major roadways like Interstate 40 completely submerged in flood water.

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To expedite the evacuation, eastbound lanes on Interstate 26 and southbound Interstate 77 were reversed, doubling the amount of cars able to travel towards safety at one time. The vigilance of our Traffic Operators in tracking weather reports, press conferences, and updates from southern departments of transportation, helped us relay this closure information to residents in timely fashion. These major shutdowns, along with literally hundreds of other smaller road closures, remain high priority for operators across all of our offices at all times of day and night. As could be expected, the roads leading back to the coast aren’t likely to all open up at once so we remain diligent in following and reporting the re-opening of all routes.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to use real time travel-based apps over traditional GPS, since they are more likely to have the most recent routing updates. The TrafficCarma app will indeed have all the latest travel data along with user comments on traffic, accidents, and closures. We’re committed to providing the most up to date travel information for residents eager to return home. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Florence and we wish you safe travels.   

 

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Innovation Roundup: Size, Sound, and Sight

While they seem to take up the lion’s share of space in the spotlight, autonomous vehicles and Tesla gossip don’t wholly define the broad, bright future of the automotive industry. There are countless technologies in production aimed at redefining how we interact with our cars and how our cars interact us and the world around them. But we’ll keep this brief.

The following are three recent innovations that embody the three major areas of automotive innovation: safety, efficiency, and personalization.

The Shrinking Car

Israeli engineers are developing what they call the “City Transformer”. It’s electric and comes equipped with all the standard features found in your current car. But with the tap of a button, it shrinks down to fit in a motorcycle-sized parking spot. Four City Transformers could fit into a standard parking spot.

Separated Sound Zone

A series of speakers throughout the car target specific seats while neutralizing sound coming from all other speakers will allow the driver and passengers to enjoy their respective entertainment unobtrusively.

Jaguar’s Autonomous Pod with Eyes

To address the distrust much of the public expresses towards autonomous vehicles, Jaguar poses a clever, albeit kind of spooky, addition to driverless vehicles. Eyes affixed to the front of a vehicle are designed to provide a sense of predictability by showing pedestrians that it is indeed aware of their presence.

 

 

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