Passport’s Picks of the Week

From Tesla’s proposed solution to charging ports to 2016’s color trends, get this week’s installment of picks of the week.

Local Government Alarmed as Metro Says It Needs An Extra $1 Billion Over 3 Years

Metro’s general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, announced the need for a 36% jump in annual operating subsidy by 2020, which is three times higher than the 12% increase that was built into the budget. For an organization that is already struggling with low ridership and safety issues, I’m sure this increase will rub people the wrong way.

– Tom Wiese


Elon Musk Receives Product Suggestion on Twitter, Tesla Implements It 6 Days Later

For one Tesla owner, finding an available Tesla charging port was quite difficult, especially since many non-Tesla drivers tend to use them to park. Tesla owner, Loic Le Meur, complained via Twitter that it was difficult to find Tesla charging ports. Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, personally responded to Meur’s complaint via Twitter. 6 days later Elon proposed a solution – charging fees to Tesla drivers who were not in their vehicle while at the charging station. Talk about a great customer experience with an immediate call to action!

– Chris Watt, Client Success Manager

AT&T and the American Center for Mobility Fuel the Future of Automated Driving

Driverless cars have dominated transportation talk for the past year and now AT&T is throwing its hat into the ring. Partnering with the American Center for Mobility, the telecom is working to provide a future where every car is connected, forming a “test-bed” for a vehicle-to-anything (V2X) movement.

– Daniel Bliley, Director of Marketing

Forget Rose Gold. In 2016, Tech’s Big Color Trend Was Ombre

From Instagram’s brand revamp to Pandora’s new app icon – one constant between the two brands: ombre. What exactly is ombre, you ask. Well, it’s a fancy word for color gradient. In fact the ombre trend was not only seen in changing app icons, but for home pages for Spotify and Airbnb, to name a few.

– Kimberly Kufel, Content Marketing Specialist