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March 26, 2011

Six Sigma goal for taxis in London?

This week at work we had a communication meeting. Despite the fact that it let me down there was one interesting topic. We were considering new emission standards for cars that are going to affect automotive industry pretty soon. It's all about the emission of CO2. Currently all new cars have to comply with so called Euro 4 standard (I can't remember what is the limit, to be honest) and soon there will be Euro 5 for all new cars.

The interesting thing is that someone said that if we thought of all current taxis in London (with Euro 4 and older) and then we assumed their altogether emission is 100, if all of those cars were scrapped and changed for Euro 5 cars only, then the emission level would be roughhly... 4. I don't have any evidence for that, but the first thing that came to my mind is that in this way London's taxis would reach nearly 6 sigma level :D Anyway the improvement is supposed to be massive (regardless the numbers) which is good for London and its environment.

There was one more interesting statment. Someone said that before current Mayor of London, the vision for city's transport was completely different than it is now. This made me think that elections and politics are rubbish as there's little point in changing vision and strategy as people come and go. Sometimes it's needed, I know, but still politics are disappointing. My opinion about that will always be biased I guess ;)

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