At the Consumer Electronics Show this year, most of the talk from automakers was about autonomous cars.
That’s not surprising, given the CES audience and the rapid development of self-driving technology. Depending on the automaker, the promises of completely self-driving cars ranged from imminent to cautious, but all agreed that completely or mostly autonomous cars would hit our roadways in the next 10 years.
If you’re a human driver, road construction probably annoys you: one more thing clogging traffic on your way home. If you’re a self-driving car, though, it can be devastating.
Work zones flummox the future rulers of our roads because they override or obliterate the sturdy markers by which the vehicles are taught to navigate.
By Mike Cieri, MSIR, Vice President of Mardac Consultants
Communicating with an angry person is one of the most difficult business challenges a manager can face.
Whether the angry person is a fellow employee, a client, or an outside third party, being on the receiving end of heightened emotions is stressful.
When face-to-face with a hostile person, the natural human response is to respond in kind—to match the level of agitation. In most professional situations, however, this is not an effective strategy. If you match hostility with hostility, the cycle will only perpetuate itself. The key to breaking this cycle is to establish mutual understanding. By finding a common understanding, you can unlock the conflict and begin to build communication step by step.
Webinar "Electronic Logging Devices: Just the Facts," NEXT WEDNESDAY, February 15
The upcoming electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is the biggest technological change fleet managers have faced in nearly 30 years.
Have you read the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's 516-page "Final Rule" doc? There is a lot of technical information out there but a shortage of straight-fact summaries.
When it comes to work trucks, NTEA truly offers a one-stop shop for fleet professionals - at the annual Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
Roads are not cheap to maintain. But bad roads have financial ramifications, too -- they're just pushed onto another party.
Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx, sat down with members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to discuss the state of US roads. The portrait he painted was grim at best.
"Over the past 20 years, our over-the-road vehicles' tire utilization has been cut in half. So we're using almost 100 percent more tires to produce the same mileage of transportation," Smith said. "Why is that? Because the road infrastructure has so many potholes in it it's tearing up tires faster than what was the case before."
Our Fleet Management Weekly team enthusiastically congratulates Jeff Schlesinger on being named CEO of LeasePlan USA. Jeff is a brilliant guy with a wealth of experience and the confident optimism we so admired in his predecessor Mike Pitcher, who retired at the end of 2016. We will miss Jeff’s monthly ‘Guidance for the Multinational Fleet’ columns he has contributed to us, but we will continue to interview him every chance we get.
NAFA International Fleet Academy precedes the annual Institute & Expo and has been expertly evolving each year since its inception. In her video clip, Kate Vigneau, CAFM, tells us more about the upcoming IFA and how it’s shaping up to be yet another outstanding event. IFA is Monday, April 24th, and I&E, the world’s largest gathering of fleet professionals, follows April 25-28th – all in beautiful Tampa, Florida.
The Work Truck Show – March 14-17 – is a must-attend conference for fleet professionals who deal with work trucks. Register by Friday, February 17th, to receive discounted pricing!
Meet us at all of these exciting conferences, including the International Fleet Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, March 8th!
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