So, who really trained that applicant you will be entrusting to safely operate your company vehicle?
By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics
Fleet operators are perplexed. In the past few years sizable investments have been made in equipping vehicles with the newest safety technologies, implementing telematics, perhaps trying predictive analytics, increasing the frequency of MVR runs and adding other types of technology sophisticated, magic-button solutions. However, crash rates and traffic fatalities are increasing.
Consider this. The latest estimate is that last year traffic crashes cost employers approximately $67 billion. Five years ago this amount was nearly $57 billion [Note: on-the-job crashes represent about 44 percent of these costs]. That is a $10 billion swing in the past five years. It is the same five years during which fleet operators began taking advantage of all the available safety technologies.
With the extra dollars invested in these technological advancements, shouldn’t the numbers be improving for fleet operators who have done an impressive job focusing on safety using these resources?
By John Wysseier, President and Chief Executive Officer, The CEI Group, Inc.
I’m pleased to introduce a new blog, which is entitled “Disruptive Leadership.”
This theme is prompted by the fact that technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and making sweeping changes to society, markets, and leadership. These changes are creating new competitive and leadership challenges and opportunities every day.
While my perspective reflects my personal and professional experience within the insurance and automotive fleet industry segments, the power of technological advances including but not limited to Big Data, Data Visualization, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Cognitive Natural Language is like a tidal wave. It can either inundate and drown decision-makers or deliver a treasure trove of newfound actionable intelligence from which to create sustainable competitive advantage.
Elon Musk initially promised as many as 200,000 Model 3s by the end of 2017, but mass-producing cars may be the one challenge that defies him. Tesla ended 2017 having made not quite 2,700 Model 3.
He set out to teach the world that consumers would pay for zero-emissions cars in huge numbers. Whatever happens to Tesla, he’s succeeded in that. Tesla is, as Musk says, “a real car company.”
Read the article at Bloomberg.
Geoge Hotz, the 28-year-old CEO of Comma.ai, says "self-driving cars are a scam," declaring that he can override the driver assist systems of any late model Toyota or Honda vehicle, and replace it with his own openpilot software.
Using three gadgets - a modified OnePlus smartphone, the Panda and the Giraffe - allows drivers to use Hotz’s version of lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control — all without having to touch the steering wheel.
Read the article at The Verge.
LeasePlan’s Berno Kleinherenbrink says there’s a new trend that’s seeing fleets move from paying for availability to paying for use
The ability to keep staff moving on a local, regional or national level can be a challenge. Dave Moss looks at how more flexible vehicle procurement options are helping to ease the pain.
“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em – or buy ‘em’”. That appears to be the approach taken by the major daily rental operators when faced with the potential threat posed by the leading car-sharing companies.
According to recent data from Frost and Sullivan’s global Automotive and Transportation practice, leasing is currently the most popular way of financing company cars in 26 European markets, with an estimated 13.3 million units on lease in 2017. Operational or full-service leasing accounts for 18.5% of fleet vehicles in use, and finance leasing another 9.9% – with the EU ‘big five’ countries alone accounting for two-thirds of the European (EU26) leasing market.
Read the full article in International Fleet World