On Wednesday, a box van running a red light in Pittsburgh struck an Argo self-driving, modified Ford Fusion, sending two of the four occupants to the hospital. .
It is not yet known whether the Argo car was in self-driving mode at the time of the accident, or if charges will be filed against the driver of the box van
"Ford invested $1bn into Pittsburgh-based startup Argo AI in February 2016 with plans for creating the self-driving technology to drive the automotive company’s autonomous vehicles."
Read the article at The Guardian.
There’s a growing global trend to outsource fleet managers versus hiring them to work in-house.
The Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas has traditionally been known as a gadget-fest, but in recent years it has attracted automakers and suppliers.
All-electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles use the latest technology, including the high-level blending of computers, sensors and software.
"While none of the Detroit 3 has announced plans to unveil any autonomous vehicles at the show this week, executives from GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler will be on hand. Ford CEO Jim Hackett is one of the event's keynote speakers Tuesday morning."
Read the article at Detroit Free Press.
Nominations for FLEXY Awards close this Saturday and we urge you to submit a nomination for a worthy fleet professional to be honored with NAFA’s prestigious Fleet Excellence Award. It’s an easy process to nominate someone, and just think how proud you will feel if your special nominee steps on stage at I&E in Anaheim to receive the award. Priceless.
In Safety & Risk, Driving Dynamics president Art Liggio raises some chilling concerns about the risks of drugged driving. We live in California, where the recreational use of marijuana has just been legalized, so clearly we are sharing the road with buzzed drivers. To identify those drivers, Driving Dynamics has a terrific safety bulletin Watch Out for the ‘Other Driver’ – you can download the pdf here and get it in the hands of your drivers.
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The predicted changes in the environment will impact many aspects of the trucking industry from training to infrastructure.
Schedules, routes, fuel costs, technology and emergency training are just a few of the elements that weather will impact.
"Trucking is an industry that has the potential to align its environmental concerns with its business concerns and prepare for an uncertain environmental future. Even if some of the more dire climate change predictions never come to pass, this shift toward environmental responsibility and adaptability are still likely to affect the trucking industry in the years and decades to come."
Read the article at USA Today.
Pictured: Henning Boettcher, VWFS Mexico’s Chief Information Officer
Volkswagen Financial Services in Mexico has selected the Miles platform from global automotive finance, leasing and fleet software provider, Sofico, which currently manages more than 1.5 million vehicle contracts on a global basis, to better service its fleet, retail and insurance business lines throughout the country.
VWFS Mexico is currently in the midst of an intensive full service leasing implementation process with Miles, the leading hybrid fleet and retail contract management system, which it is set to complete in the third quarter of this year.
By Brian Kinniry, Senior Director of Strategic Services, The CEI Group, Inc.
Some fleets believe they have a full-fledged safety program when, in reality, the methods in place keep drivers compliant but never truly involve those drivers in the safety culture. Make sure your fleet is doing more than the bare minimum for compliance and create a true safety culture that engages the workforce.
So, how do you instill a safety culture for your fleet instead of a compliance-focused culture? First, we must define the terms. Compliance in this sense is a bare minimum approach that allows a fleet admin to check off certain boxes without taking the next step. But that is not a safety culture.
A safety culture is an attitude that permeates all levels of business where there is an acceptance and understanding of the role safety plays – to the point that safe practices become second nature.
NAFA I&E is happening in Anaheim in April, where over 2,000 fleet professionals will come together for three and a half days of intense networking, education and fun.