By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
Fleet managers’ future depends on a skill they may have largely overlooked: making a strategic business value case that elevates the influence they have within the organization and secures C-suite buy-in for its initiatives.
The issue was discussed on the third and final day at last week’s NAFA Institute & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, during a breakfast and general session that featured a panel discussion by the CEOs of five leading fleet management companies.
It came in response to the first question posed by moderator Mike Joyce, executive director of the American Automotive Leasing Association, who asked the panelists for their advice on how fleet managers can elevate their positions within their organizations and portray fleet as a driver of success.
By Rachel Bell, VP of Scores and Analytics, FICO
Despite advancements in safety technology, road fatalities are on the rise, with crashes involving large commercial vehicles going up by nine percent.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, human error accounts for 94% of crashes. However, the latest generation of telematics are providing fleet managers with new insights into driver behavior that will have a significant impact on driver safety as well as operational costs in the future.
The latest telematics offer a wealth of new data sources that – when combined with predictive analytics – are helping to identify valuable insights that simply weren’t available before. By capturing the right data, fleet managers can help identify and reinforce safe driving behaviors across the fleet – ultimately leading to safer roads and lower costs for insurance carriers.
Whitepaper uses new Dollar Per Gallon-equivalent rating (DPGe) to directly compare electric and traditional fleet vehicle fueling costs
A recent white paper by AMPLY Power reveals that 25 of America’s largest metropolitan areas could save an average of 37 percent on fuel costs by electrifying their bus and light-duty vehicle fleets.
Additionally, well-managed electric fleets, that optimize electricity charging for off-peak hours, and avoid demand charges, can save as much as 60 percent on fueling versus their internal combustion engine (ICE) or unmanaged EV fleet counterparts.
“The majority of connected vehicles today are still aligned with 2G and 3G networks that provide far greater speeds than previous generations but not the kind of speed 4G and 5G promise the smart automotive industry.”
By: Mike Branch, Vice President, Data & Analytics at Geotab
Since 1996, when General Motors introduced OnStar to enable drivers to call for roadside assistance and emergency services, carmakers have developed highly intelligent technologies to advance the smart, connected vehicle. But, as the automotive and tech industries ramp up efforts to bring autonomous vehicles (AVs) mainstream, some critics argue they may be putting the cart in front of the horse.
Before expecting skeptical consumers to embrace driverless cars, it may require taking a small step back to consider where their confidence hangs in the balance: trusting in the technology currently embedded in their vehicles.
Older cars can be outfitted with aftermarket lifesaving technology systems, similar to the new collision warning equipment in new vehicles.
A new study from the IIHS suggests it can make driving safer for you — or your teenager.
“I never used turn signals as much until I started driving with a lane-departure warning system,” said Ian Reagan, the author of the study and an official at the IIHS.
Read the article at The New York Times.