Hello. This is OnStar – “Are You Hanging Upside Down by Your Seat Belts?”

Has anyone ever had OnStar call them to ask if they were hanging upside down by their seat belts? A while back we (VDI) conducted a training program for an oil company – one of the vehicles was a Yukon Denali. As the student was driving though the lane change and slalom exercise, OnStar contacted the driver and wanted to know if there had been a rollover. The voice coming … [Read more...]

4 Levels of Autonomous Vehicles

There is confusion about exactly what constitutes an autonomous vehicle. The government has eliminated the confusion (I think) by separating vehicles’ levels of driver control This is the government's definition of a no-automation (Level 0): The driver is in complete and sole control of the primary vehicle controls – brake, steering, throttle, and motive power – at all … [Read more...]

The Top 5 Vehicles Used for Secure Transportation

These are the results of a survey sent to Secure Transportation and Protective Services practitioners. The survey was sent at the end of 2013 so it may be a bit dated. A new survey will be available in 2015. The Survey was sent to both the ISDA Network and the VDI clientele. Practitioners who participated in the survey represent over 300 Corporations, plus the High Net Worth, … [Read more...]

Chevy Suburban LTZ – The ISDA SUV of The Year

The ISDA SUV of The Year is the Chevy Suburban LTZ (and its GMC twin, the Yukon XL). The major characteristic that separates the Chevy Suburban LTZ from other SUVs is the vehicle’s magnetic ride control suspension. Combined with 20-inch wheels, the suspension performs the difficult task of improving the ride and increasing the vehicle's handling capability. Magnetic ride … [Read more...]