NYC Taxi Cab Touch Screen Payment: Tips Went Up By $144,146,165

Once in a while we spot some amazing stat that makes you think for a couple of minutes about how effective something – some process, system, scheme – has been. We spotted this today:

“In 2007, NYC forced cab drivers to begin taking credit cards, which involved installing a touch screen system for payment.

During payment, the user is presented with three default buttons for tipping: 20%, 25%, and 30%. When cabs were cash only, the average tip was roughly 10%. After the introduction of this system, the tip percentage jumped to 22%.

Those three buttons resulted in $144,146,165 of additional tips. Per year. Those are some very valuable buttons.”

Statistics Source: Unwieldy

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Vehicle Sales Statistics: 80 Million Cars and Trucks To Be Sold This Year

We had spotted some interesting stats on the total number of cars in the US – we spotted this today:

“In a world of large numbers, try wrapping your head around these digits: This year, the world is expected to set a new record with the sale of 80 million cars and trucks.

Let me put that into perspective:

- Annual sales: 80 million

- Daily sales: 219,178

- Sales per hour: 9,132

- Sales per minute: 152

Statistics Source: CNBC

152 units per minute. wow.

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Stunning: 1,626 Miles On One Tank Of Diesel

Once in a while you spot some stat that leaves you breathless for a minute. We spotted this today:

“Apparently not happy with collecting over 40 world driving fuel economy records, the husband and wife team of John and Helen Taylor – also known as “the world’s most fuel efficient couple” – have been back on the road to claim the world record for the longest distance traveled on a single tank of fuel. The record 1,626.1 mile (2,616.95 km) journey was achieved in a stock 2012 Volkswagen Passat powered by a 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel inline four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission.”

Statistics Source: GizMag

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2.5 Seconds: Time It Took To Sell Gilt.com’s Half-Price Car Deal

We spotted this interesting stat today:

“Gilt Groupe offered one vehicle at half-price — $27,425 — at noon EST on Monday and one lucky person scooped up the vehicle in 2.5 seconds, said Caitlyn Carpanzano, a Gilt spokesperson. After six minutes, more than 2,000 people jumped on the waiting list, which reached 4,600 by 2:45 p.m. EST.

The brand-new vehicle retails at $54,850. Nissan won’t profit from the sale. Infiniti — a sponsor of NCAA Men’s Basketball — will donate $54,850 to Coaches vs. Cancer, an American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches effort to fight cancer and increase awareness about the disease.”

Statistics Source: Mashable

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1.8 Million USD: The Cost of The Newest Zenvo Supercar

We spotted this today:

“In the rarified air of ultra luxury supercars, the newest model to roll into the US will turn heads. Not because it will fly by you in a blur (0-60 in 2.9 seconds) or because thee price tag of $1.8 million dollars makes it among the most expensive cars in the world. No, the reason jaws will drop when the Zenvo ST-1 50S zips by is because there are so few of these supercars on U.S. roads To be exact, only three have been sold here in the states.”

Statistics Source: CNBC

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Toyota Recalls Half-a-Million Cars Worldwide For A Power Steering Issue

We spotted this today:

“A belt for the cars’ power steering pump can become separated from a pulley, causing the power steering system to fail. If that happens, the car could suddenly become much harder to steer.

The cars involved are some 2004 Toyota Avalons as well as 2004 and 2005 Camrys, Highlander SUVs, Sienna Minivans, Solara convertibles, Lexus ES330 sedans and RX330 SUVs. The 2006 Lexus RX400h hybrid SUV is also included in the recall. All the affected by the recall are powered by V6 engines.

The cars and SUVs are among 550,000 Toyota is recalling worldwide for this problem.”

Statistics Source: CNN Money

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Curbside Carriers 7 Times More Likely To Kill Passengers

We spotted this today:

“The fatal accident rate for curbside carriers from January 2005 to March 2011 was 7 times that of conventional bus operations: 1.4 fatal accidents per 100 vehicles for curbside carriers compared with 0.2 fatal accidents per 100 vehicles for conventional scheduled carriers.

*The exclusion of buses from routine enroute inspections – especially of curbside carriers that don’t operate from terminals – reduces opportunities to discover safety violations.”

Statistics Source: The Consumerist

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$2,900: Average Household Expenditure on Gasoline in 2011

We spotted this today:

“Oil market speculation will cost U.S. households more than ever in 2011, a consumer group predicts, and the drain on household incomes will increase unless government rules to curb it are imposed.

“Speculation will add $600 to the average household expenditures on gasoline in 2011,” a report released Thursday by the Consumer Federation of America said, “resulting in the highest level of spending ever of almost $2,900.”

Statistics Source: CNN Money

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Auto Statistics: Only 5 Percent of New Cars are ‘Connected’ Today

We spotted this today:

““Five percent of cars are connected today,” said Glenn Lurie, president of AT&T’s Emerging Devices business. He was speaking of new vehicles, not all cars on the road. “Three to five years from now, 100 percent will be connected. You’ll see diagnostics, calls when the airbag goes off, real-time traffic reports, entertainment in the back seat.””

Statistics Source: NYTimes

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Auto Statistics: Vehicle Population By Country

We spotted a set of interesting facts on vehicle population today:

“The market explosion in China played a major role in overall vehicle population growth in 2010, with registrations jumping 27.5%. Total vehicles in operation in the country climbed by more than 16.8 million units, to slightly more than 78 million, accounting for nearly half the year’s global increase.

The leap in registrations gave China the world’s second-largest vehicle population, pushing it ahead of Japan, with 73.9 million units, for the first time.

India’s vehicle population underwent the second-largest growth rate, up 8.9% to 20.8 million units, compared with 19.1 million in 2009.”

How do we digest these numbers? Let us try this – we have written about the total number of cars in the US – 246 Million.

So here is the comparison – “What’s stunning is how far countries like China and India still have to go. Right now, there’s one car in China for every 17.2 people, compared with one car for every 1.3 people in the United States.”

Statistics Source: WashingtonPost

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