FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
January 13, 2015


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

The Flip-Side of Technology

We bought a new car several months ago and are still marveling over – and mastering – its splendid technology, including its award-winning safety features. So, when we read this month’s On Accident Management column: ‘Technology is Driving Accident Repair Costs Higher’ we could certainly relate to its relevance for fleets, which typically have a higher proportion of late-model vehicles featuring the latest technology. Fortunately for fleets, third-party accident management service providers can mightily help fleets mitigate these rising costs.

The Mobile Employee this month focuses on driver safety and the responsibility that fleets have to their mobile workforce who are heavily invested in technology to do their jobs. Matt Betz gives us some sobering statistics, but also some insight into what leading fleets are doing to create a safety culture.

Janice Sutton
Executive Editor

INDEX: Find All of the Fleet News and Information You Need on Newly Redesigned FleetManagementWeekly.com

All recent posts from the newsletter can be found on our newly redesigned web site, FleetManagementWeekly.com,

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Association News — Find out what’s going on at associations of importance to the fleet community.
Fleet Trends & Issues – Check out articles about current fleet issues and trends
Fleet Safety – Read news about various aspects of fleet safety, including interviews of fleet safety leaders
Fleet Videos – Watch video clips of fleet newsmakers
Interviews – Read Fleet Management Weekly’s interviews with industry leaders.
Telematics — Learn about the latest in fleet telematics news

Read monthly columns: Fleet Marketing, Fleet Asset Management, The Mobile Employee, On Accident Management, The Fleet Customer Experience, and Fleet Safety.


VIDEO: Strategic Opportunities and Organizational Realignment for Fleets Today

Many fleets today are working hard on strategic opportunities to improve fleet management practices. And much of the focus is being placed on fleet replacement, plan development, determination of optimal replacement cycles for different types of vehicles — both in the public and the private sectors.

VIDEO: Smart Software to Manage Your Fleet
  Inventory Management via Fleet Guru

FLD’s Fleet Guru inventory management system is a great software-as-a-service program that’s perfect for managing fleets of 100 to 1500 vehicles. The program can help you keep track of cars, drivers, fuel, CO2 emissions, Title & Registration – and more.

Click here to watch video
VIDEO: The One-Second Advantage
  Driving in the Rain

Smart tips for driving in the rain from Driving Dynamics — a one-second advantage can make a world of difference.

Click here to read more

The Fleet Spot

nafa-logo Call for Presentations – Be a Part of NAFA 2015 Webinar Series

NAFA is pleased to announce the Call for Presentations for NAFA’s 2015 Webinar Series. These in-office seminars focus on current industry topics and trends and are delivered by fleet industry experts.

If you would like to be considered, please submit your topic and speaker information here by February 10, 2015.

Selected Companies will be notified by March 1, and webinars will be held the third Wednesday of each month. Selected Companies will pay a $250 sponsorship fee which allows them the use of their Company logo and product/service information in the introduction to the education session.

These webinars are free to NAFA members who can listen in live or get access to the recorded version after the event.

If you have any questions or comments, you can contact NAFA’s Director of Professional Development Kate Vigneau, CAFM®, for further information at kvigneau@nafa.org.

James Wells James R. Wells to Join ARI as General Counsel

The seasoned corporate lawyer will oversee and direct legal affairs for the global company.


ARI announced that James R. Wells, Esquire has joined the company as General Counsel. He will be responsible for managing the legal affairs of the company and for providing guidance and strategic counsel to the senior management team on general business matters.

Vincent Brigidi NAFA Webinar: Enhanced Violation Management Techniques to Identify High-Risk Drivers

Thursday, January 22, 2015- 12:00pm EST – 1 Hour Webinar
Instructors: Adam Draizin and Vincent Brigidi of ATS Fleet Services

Addressing unsafe driving behavior is a top priority for most fleets – if an unsafe driver causes an accident, the fleet will be held liable. Fleets often look to a driver’s motor vehicle record (MVR) to determine if that driver has a safe driving history. However, many tickets, such as red-light and speed camera violations, do not appear on MVRs in most states, creating a significant blind spot, or liability gap, for the fleet.

FordSYNC3 Carmakers Take a Hint From Tablets

Car dashboards have become a bewildering array of screens, buttons and knobs to control functions like the radio, ventilation, advanced safety systems and Internet services.

Looking to simplify such cockpitlike controls, automakers are starting to take design cues from a familiar household device, the tablet computer.

READ MORE to get the details.

On Accident Management

Fleets feeling the brunt of the trend

Automotive technology is a two-edged sword. While it’s making vehicles safer and more fuel -efficient, it’s also driving up the cost of accident repairs at a rate faster than the general rate of inflation, a trend that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. That makes it more important than ever for fleet managers to make every effort to manage the collision repairs closely for cost control and to uncover opportunities for savings.


The Mobile Employee

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today” – Abraham Lincoln

As we begin a new year, we often resolve to do things differently. It may be to eat healthier, exercise more, stay in touch with friends, or increase our efforts to help others. My hope for the fleet industry is that we can resolve to look at our responsibility to The Modern Mobile Worker in a slightly different way in 2015.


The Right GPS Fleet Tracking

Fleet executives are turning to GPS tracking technology to help solve some of their biggest business challenges in 2015. If you are currently researching GPS tracking solutions to help take full control of your fleet, it is recommended to follow these steps for purchasing and implementing a solution to see the best results.

Read the “2015 GPS Tracking Purchasing & Implementation Guide” blog to learn more about choosing the best GPS tracking solution for your business or contact GPS Insight!

Fleet Trends & Issues

Study: Drivers Willing to pay up to $1,499 for Tech Features

A majority of U.S. drivers are willing to pay as much as $1,499 to have high-tech entertainment and safety devices in their vehicles as consumers demand more connectivity, according to a Harris Poll.

Back-up cameras, USB ports and smartphone charging are among the top desires, according to the online survey of 1,033 vehicle owners done for researcher AutoTrader.com. About 55 percent said music streaming services such as those of Pandora Media and Spotify make driving more enjoyable.


Fleetmatics Wins Gold for Best in Biz Awards 2014 “Product Line of the Year”

Fleetmatics was named the Gold winner for “Product Line of the Year” in the Best in Biz Awards 2014. Best in Biz is an annual awards program honoring public and private companies of all sizes from virtually every major industry and region in the U.S. and Canada for their business successes in the current and previous year. More than 550 award nominations were received this year. Gold is the top award given in each category.

READ MORE and see which products won Fleetmatics the Gold.

Putting the Mobile Into Automobile

In 2007, Bill Gates stepped onstage at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to help introduce Sync, a combination GPS navigator, digital music player, and speakerphone being introduced into Fords. Mark Fields, then the head of Ford Motor’s Americas operations, joined Gates for the sales pitch. He now recalls being met with incredulity. At a show traditionally dedicated to next-generation gadgets, Fields says, the most common questions for the automaker’s delegation were, “Why are you here? Oh, and by the way, why aren’t your knuckles dragging across the floor?”

At this year’s CES, which began its four-day run on Jan. 6, 10 major automakers showed off their latest in-car electronics and self-driving prototypes in sprawling exhibitions that together took up the space of about three football fields. Consulting firm Accenture reports that technology is the top selling point for 39 percent of U.S. car buyers, almost triple the 14 percent who care most about horsepower and handling.


OnceOVR Pro Allows for More Robust Condition Reporting

FLD, Inc. announced the launch of OnceOVR Pro™, an extension of OnceOVR™, which was released earlier this year on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon for free download.

Also an electronic condition reporting smartphone app, OnceOVR Pro™ includes multiple inspection templates for Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks which give users the ability to select critical data points from an index containing more than 3,000 configurations of engines, transmissions and gear reductions.

READ MORE about the new features.

The Winners in Detroit

Ford’s big move to aluminum for the body of its flagship F-150 truck has helped it garner some additional material: The hardware that comes with the North American Truck of the Year Award.

“Clearly the materials have a lot to do with the story of the truck,” Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs said, though he added he’s “most proud” of what the material does for the vehicle’s capabilities.


4WD vs. AWD in Winter

With shoppers flocking to new-car dealers’ at rates not seen since the onset of the Great Recession, and at the most bone-chilling and snow-ridden time of the year, many new-car buyers are taking a closer look at cars and trucks that fare best under extreme climactic conditions. But what kind of vehicle should a weather-besieged car buyer choose?

Aside from the front-drive setup typically found in most mainstream cars and the rear-drive layout many sports and luxury cars employ, nearly a third of all vehicles sold in the U.S. now offer either all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD) as traction-enhancing alternatives.

READ MORE for the details.

Driving Well on Winter Roads

Driving in the wintertime can be a dangerous prospect. Roads become difficult to navigate due to ice and snow, daylight is shorter, visibility is decreased, and sub-freezing temperatures are hard on your car.

The chances of getting into an accident or breaking down are increased, and the consequences of being stranded by the roadside are much harsher. Be sure your car is well stocked for an emergency.

READ MORE for list of must-have items

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