There is growing evidence that tomorrow’s urban cars will be “safe, green and connected,” Mary Gustanski, Delphi’s vice president of engineering, recently told Car Talk. “We’re going to see more electrification, and the electric car will merge with automated driving and the connected car.”
Electric vehicles (EVs) now hold just a 1% share of the global fleet on the road, but it could comprise 15% to 35% of total global new vehicle sales by 2040, according to IHS Markit. Worldwide sales are up more than 1,000% since 2010.
In Europe and China, where regulation encourages plug-ins, EVs could be more than half of new passenger vehicle sales by 2040 — the same time fully autonomous cars are expected to rule the roads.
While Lexus and Porsche nameplates lead the industry in vehicle dependability, owners of many high-volume vehicles are also rewarded with excellent long-term quality, according to the J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS), released today.
The study, now in its 28th year, examines problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of 2014 model-year vehicles. Overall dependability is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.
INRIX, Inc. published its all-new Global Traffic Scorecard. Based on a new methodology, INRIX analyzed 1,064 cities – 240 in the U.S. – across 38 countries, making it the largest ever study of traffic congestion.
Based on the findings, the U.S. ranked as the first most congested developed country in the world, with drivers spending an average of 42 hours a year in traffic during peak hours.
For the first time, the INRIX Traffic Scorecard also includes the direct and indirect costs of congestion to all U.S. drivers, which amounted to nearly $300 billion in 2016, an average of $1,400 per driver
The race is on for in-car payment capabilities with tech giants taking on automotive players Shell and Jaguar.
At the grand opening of its $200M (£161M) IBM Watson IoT headquarters last week in Munich, IBM announced that it is teaming up with Visa to extend secure payment capabilities into any connected device on the planet.
That could be a washing machine in a launderette in London. It could be a smartwatch on a wrist in Senegal. It could be the hatchback in your garage.
AmeriFleet has promoted Julie Allen to the role of Director of Sales after serving as Sales Manager over the last year.
An important part of AmeriFleet’s success growing new sales channels in 2016, Allen leaves her previous role as the company embarks on new efforts to increase market share in North America. She will continue to report to VP of Sales and Marketing Ryan Showers, and focus her efforts on growing the company’s significant business in the transportation, licensing and work truck spaces.
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
By Susan A. Lund, President of MR3
Last session, we talked about how selling is a lot like driving. Let’s face it, some drive for performance and others don’t. I have always been intrigued with what’s the difference between those who succeed and those who don’t. What is the difference?
The difference between those who drive for performance and those who don’t is all in how they prepare, plan and focus. What do you do to plan to sell?
Fleet safety is a critical issue for fleet professionals, who are especially challenged when managing fleets with a pool vehicle system where identifying individual driver behavior is not a simple task. Donlen introduced DriverPoint Driver Identification to complement its award-winning DriverPoint Telematics.
To improve safety in fleets that utilize pool vehicles, individual accountability, monitoring, and coaching drivers are all critical to ensure sustained success. With the latest combined hardware and software solution from Donlen, fleet managers can pinpoint risky behavior by driver—instead of by vehicle—in order to increase driver accountability, improve fleet safety, and reduce costs.
What fleet managers need to know about the upcoming FASB accounting rule changes
By Mark Boada, Senior Editor
New rules for how publicly traded companies account for fleet vehicle operating leases start to take effect this year, but it appears that other than complying with the paperwork requirements, the general consensus among both fleet leasing companies and accounting firms is that they won’t change the way core fleet decisions are made.
The real aim of the new rule isn’t to change the way fleets do business, but to provide full disclosure to investors about how much money fleet operators owe by putting both sides of the lease on a company’s balance sheet. To clarify, I offer this little bit of review.