FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
January 20, 2015


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Telematics and Technology

This week we focus on two of the biggest forces in Fleet today: Telematics and Technology.

We begin with videos from three top experts in the telematics space: Rob Donat from GPS Insight on the ‘Big Reset’ coming in 2015 and 2016; Ananth Rani from Azuga on how simple GPS fleet tracking can be; and Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics on getting good global telematics reporting.

Next, we have a Fleet Customer Experience column from Jeof Bean on how failure can drive innovation; an article from Mike Sheldrick on what Future Automotive Ecosystems will look like; a piece on how we’ll interact with self-driving cars; and much, much more.

Ted Roberts
COO & Chief Content Officer

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VIDEO: A Big Reset for Telematics

We’re going to see a big reset in 2015 and 2016 when it comes to telematics, because most devices out there are on AT&T’s 2G network, which is ‘sunsetting.’ And that means a lot of fleets that have already adopted telematics will be forced to choose new hardware.

VIDEO: Simple, Easy Fleet Tracking
  A Simple Device for GPS Fleet Tracking

There’s a simple device that provides for easy and inexpensive fleet tracking, and it provides valuable insights into engine performance and driver behavior.

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VIDEO: Getting Global Metrics
  Global Telematics Reporting Made Easy

Fleetmatics offers global telematics reporting, with great flexibility at the user level. So you can easily get metrics that make sense throughout different regions around the world.

Click here to read more

The Fleet Spot

version1 Webinar: 3 Essentials to a Compelling Online Presence

On Wednesday, January 21, GPS Insight is sponsoring webinar with Business Coach Marjorie Geiser speaking on “3 Essentials to a Compelling Online Presence.” Topics include using a real website, and learning how to make simple changes that can produce dramatic results that attendees can easily implement without having to learn code or hire a marketing team.



NAFA Finance Guide NAFA Releases New Financial Management Guide

“At the heart of almost every enterprise is a need to know where and how expenditures are flowing,” said NAFA Chief Executive Officer Phillip Russo, CAE. “The people who succeed are those who have a firm grasp of what their costs are and are continually making sure those costs fall comfortably within budgeted expenses. That’s not always an easy task to accomplish, but NAFA’s Financial Management Guide is a tremendous resource for making this aspect of fleet work for fleet professionals.”


virtual traffic light Traffic Lights on Your Windshield Could Get You Home Faster

Researchers have developed virtual traffic lights which disappear once a junction is crossed

Being stuck in traffic is one of the most infuriating experiences for a driver, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University may have found a solution. They claim they can reduce the commute times of urban workers by 40% by replacing physical traffic lights with virtual traffic lights.


Google protype self driving car Google Won’t Become an Automaker

The Google executive in charge of the tech giant’s self-driving car project came to the Motor City, offering assurances that his company doesn’t plan to jump into the automaking business.

Even more reassuring for Detroit, Chris Urmson, director of self-driving cars for Google, says his company will “eventually” need a partner to build cars using its technology.

How soon that happens, however, isn’t entirely clear.


The Fleet Customer Experience

By Jeofrey Bean

Customer experience leadership: Failure is a regular part of the learning process for innovation

Companies that will lead The Fleet Customer Experience Revolution will be committed to surpassing great customer service, special pricing and customer satisfaction. They will do so with purpose-built customer experience and the desired user experience within it. The leaders will be the ones with that energizing edginess from testing the limits of innovation on the customer experience continuum. They are the ones to set expectations of what customer experience should be, regardless of industry.


Future Predictions

By Mike Sheldrick, Senior Editor

Consumers demanding a role in creating lives within vehicles

Time was when control of the “automotive ecosystem,” went mostly one way. The all-powerful OEMs designed and built cars, with some minimal inputs from consumers, and unloved regulations promulgated by government (e.g. safety and fuel-efficiency). To be sure, consumers could, at least, vote with their dollars. Fins, smaller fins, etc.

But in a new study of the global auto industry, “Automotive 2025: Industry Without Borders,” IBM’s Institute for Business Values predicts that a new industry identity is emerging — more open, inclusive and without borders between itself, consumers and the complementary industries within the automotive ecosystem. “Welcoming this transformation can result in benefits the likes of which haven’t been seen since the automated assembly line,” according to Alexander Scheidt, Global Automotive Industry Leader, IBM Global Business Services.


Virtual Keys

At the 2015 International CES, automotive tech provider Valeo is demonstrating two new ways that we’ll interact with the self-driving cars of the future: with its Mobius adaptive information display and InBlue smartphone and smartwatch virtual-key tech.

Valeo’s InBlue tech is the virtual key system that will allow drivers to ditch their car keys and bulky key fobs and use a smartphone or smartwatch to unlock and start the vehicle.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Honda Introduces Vehicle Powered by Hydrogen

The movement toward alternative-energy vehicles received another push when Honda unveiled a hydrogen-powered car it aims to begin selling in March 2016 in Japan.

While much of the attention on alternative powertrains has focused on electric vehicles — thanks to the success of Tesla’s Model S and the potential of General Motors’ second-generation Chevy Volt (and its concept, 200-mile-range Bolt) — the future is far from set in terms of what may eventually challenge the internal-combustion engine.

Automakers gathering in Detroit for the city’s annual car show have a range of wares for the alternative-energy shopper: hydrogen fuel cells, compressed natural gas, and hybrid or fully electric vehicles.


Ford Won’t be Rolling Out Aluminum Passenger Cars

Though Ford Motor Co. has ballyhooed the benefits of the aluminum used to build its 2015 F-150 pickup, don’t expect to see the automaker start building passenger cars out of the lightweight metal, cautioned a top executive.

The benefits just aren’t as competitive when used on lighter vehicles, stressed Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the Americas, during an appearance at an annual industry confab in Detroit.


Detroit Auto Show: Dude, Where’s My Pickup Truck?

For decades, the American truck has been untouchable—as much a quirk of international tax law as anything the automakers did right. In 1962, frustrated by a glut of U.S. poultry, the European Economic Community began taxing chicken imports.

The U.S., in turn, levied a 25 percent tariff on a wide range of European imports, including potato starch, brandy, and—you guessed it—light trucks. The “chicken tax,” as it’s called, persists to this day, and it has kept foreign car companies largely out of the truck market.


2015’s Most and Least Risky States for Drivers’ Wallets

With the lowest gas prices the U.S. has seen in six years and favorable interest rates driving auto sales that are expected to break records in 2015, WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Most and Least Risky States for Drivers’ Wallets.

What kind of financial risks do drivers take when they take to the road?

To find out, WalletHub ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of several risk factors.

• First, the minimum coverage requirements for the mandatory forms of auto insurance in each state was analyzed.


Knowing All the Rules

Rick Reilly, a sportswriter for ESPN, penned a great column in 1995 entitled, Unwritten Rules. The piece laid out many of the great “known” rules of sports –things that athletes know to be true, but which cannot be found in any rulebook.

There are also “unwritten rules” for business. Those who manage these rules well can be substantively more effective in their interactions with others, and can often achieve their goals by using common sense in appropriate situations.

Here are the Unwritten Rules of Business:

  1. Sending prep materials before a meeting

KEEP READING for 16 more unwritten rules

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.


Saving Kids from Hot Cars

On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year in the U.S. To try to lower those numbers, Intel has developed a device to send an alert to your smartphone to warn you if you have left your child in your car.

The Intel Smart Clip attaches to your child’s car seat harness and can warn you when conditions in the car are potentially dangerous and the harness is fastened.


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