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June 21, 2016


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Harness the Power of Big Data

One of the frequent topics voiced when fleet professionals get together is how to most effectively manage the plethora of data they have available to them. Focusing on the most important and useful data is a challenge when you’re overwhelmed with a sea of information.

In Safety & Risk, Art Liggio, President of Driving Dynamics, talks about using event-driven big data to support safety improvements—using the driver as the resource in Learning to Stay Ahead Using Data: A Holistic View of Incidents to Achieve Maximum Driver Safety Improvements.

Tom Callahan, President of Donlen, focuses on four vital analytics tools in his Big Data. Big Results. Big Future column: Too Much Data, Not Enough Time: 4 Tools Every Fleet Manager Needs When Managing Fleet Data.

Congratulations to Mr. Callahan for being honored with the Gold Executive of the Year American Business Stevie® Award in the Automotive, Transport Equipment and Transportation Category in the Annual American Business Awards yesterday!

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

Thought Leadership

Fleet Marketing – Guiding principles for fleet providers to improve marketing and increase sales.

Fleet Asset Management – Best practices for work truck management.

On Accident Management Learn ways to save money on your fleet’s collision repair costs.

Safety & Risk — Impactful driver safety and risk management tools and techniques.

The Fleet CX Toolbox – Solid steps to implementing and improving fleet customer experience.

The Sustainable Fleet – Strategic approaches to bring about a smarter, cleaner fleet.

BIG Data. BIG Results. BIG Future– We look at harnessing big data to achieve big results using cutting edge technology.

Talent Management – Smart guidelines to help you manage the talent in your workplace.

TCO Trends – Expert View — A global look at fleet total cost of ownership trends.


VIDEO: Distracted Driving and the Jump in Highway Fatalities

Despite the fact that there are a host of new technologies that are quite proficient at reducing accident rates, the number of highway fatalities jumped dramatically between 2014 and 2015. The culprit? Distracted driving.

VIDEO: The Work Truck Show
  NTEA: A One-Stop Shop for Fleet Professionals

When it comes to work trucks, NTEA truly offers a one-stop shop for fleet professionals – at the annual Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

VIDEO: Fleet Management Today
  The Face of the Fleet Manager is Changing

The face of the fleet manager is changing in corporations around the world, so much so that the primary fleet management responsibilities are often being outsourced.

The Fleet Spot

Tom Callahan Tom Callahan Named Executive of the Year In 2016 American Business Awards

Donlen is proud to announce that Tom Callahan, President was named the winner of the Gold Executive of the Year American Business Stevie® Award in the Automotive, Transport Equipment and Transportation category in The 14th Annual American Business Awards yesterday.

Donlen was also awarded the Silver Company of the Year American Business Stevie Award.

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized by the American Business Awards for this prestigious recognition,” said Callahan. “My ten years at Donlen have been the highlight of my career. It has been rewarding to work with each Donlen employee who is dedicated to the complete satisfaction of our customers. Thank you for this recognition. ”


?????????????????? NETS’ Guide to Defensive Driver Training and NETS’ Recommended Road Safety Practices Launched

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) announces the publication of NETS’ Guide to Defensive Driver Training™ and NETS’ Recommended Road Safety Practices™.

Both are available on NETS’ website free of charge.


BMW-i3 LAPD Goes Green with New Fleet of BMW i3 Vehicles


While Mustang is poised to take over duties with law enforcement agencies in the UK, the next time someone is followed by a cop in LA they may very well see officers driving BMWs now that the automaker has won its bid to supply the Los Angeles Police Department with 100 fully-electric BMW i3 vehicles for use in the department’s every day transportation fleet.


backup_camera_car_and_driver Why Back-up Cameras Haven’t Stopped Drivers From Backing Into Stuff

The Washington Post

With or without eyes in the back of their heads, drivers keep hitting things.

Despite the growing prevalence of back-up cameras, federal data shows that this technology hasn’t significantly cut down on cars backing into people and causing them harm.

That research on so-called “back-over incidents” comes as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration moves to make back-up cameras standard and presses automakers to add a bevy of new technologies — from automatic braking to lane collision warnings — to even entry-level cars to reduce accidents on the road.


Safety & Risk

By Art Liggio, President, Driving Dynamics

Big data is really here. The amount of details we can amass related to drivers’ activities behind-the-wheel is impressive and loaded with powerful, useful intelligence.

However, organizations that have access to this may still face challenges achieving maximum results because a data-driven focus can have an unintentional consequence—To see the driver as a problem to be controlled rather than a resource to be leveraged.

Using, in part, event-driven big data, successful fleet operators also engage in a continuous learning process to understand and address changing risk and organizational issues that may impede future safety performance.

Because organizational safety improvements are driven by learning, let’s look at two different learning approaches.


September in San Diego

Registration is open for the AFLA 2016 Annual Conference Mission:Possible – September 18-21 in beautiful San Diego!

If you have attended a previous AFLA Conference, you will not need us to tell you what an integral part it plays in the fleet calendar of exceptional events.

Year after year AFLA offers its conference attendees an outstanding slate of educational presentations, superb speakers on vital, up-to-the-minute topics, exciting networking activities, and so much more.

The annual AFLA conference truly is one of the must-attend events in our industry. Preview the agenda and Register today!

Big Data. Big Results. Big Future.

By: Tom Callahan, President, Donlen

If there is one thing that all fleet managers have in common, whether they have a 50-vehicle fleet or a 3,500-vehicle fleet, it’s that the amount of data they have to deal with can seem overwhelming.

And to manage this data efficiently as it relates to far-reaching corporate goals, you as a fleet professional are even more challenged. So how can you make due with such little time? We hear this question throughout the industry often, and the first thing we tell fleet professionals is that they need to understand their company’s critical goals. From there, you can identify fleet goals that will support your corporate goals.

Once your goals are aligned with the company objectives, the first step is to set up key performance indicators (KPIs). KPIs allow you to measure how you are performing relative to achieving your company/fleet goals.

Let’s look at four vital fleet analytics tools that will help you save time and add value to your fleet program.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Death of Star Trek Actor Highlights Concerns About Faulty Electronic Shifters

The Detroit Bureau

It could take months to complete the investigation into the accidental death of Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old actor best known for his role in several recent Star Trek movies – but it appears that the vehicle involved in his death was a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, an SUV recently recalled because of problems with its electronic shifter.

A Los Angeles coroner’s spokesman said the cause of death was “blunt force asphyxia” in which the actor was pinned against a gate at his home. The vehicle appears to have been one of the models involved in a large recall initiated by Jeep parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in April.

FCA recalled three different models — covering a total of 1.1 million vehicles — following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency found the shifter could confuse motorists by not giving clear feedback as to what gear the automatic transmission was in.


Building a Weed Breathalyzer Requires the Best Study Ever


In states such as Washington and Colorado, the legalization of recreational marijuana use has brought a shadow market into the open.

If you’re into this sort of thing, it’s probably made you a lot less paranoid. But as more people legally smoke up, state and local law enforcement face a buzzkill: There’s no quick way to know if a driver is stoned.


Global Software Source Sofico Reaches New Milestones

Sofico, global software provider to the automotive finance, leasing, fleet and mobility industry, has reached a new milestone with the recent completion of its 30th Miles implementation project.

Gémar Hompes, Sofico Managing Director, said: “Obviously, we are delighted to hit some of these latest milestones in our ongoing development. We believe Miles offers a unique proposition as a hybrid fleet and retail management system, perfected to meet the needs of our customers and their own customers’ expectations as the automotive market continues to grow and develop.”


Volkswagen Plans Massive Electric Vehicle Rollout By 2025

Investors Business Daily

Volkswagen laid out a far-reaching strategy Thursday to become a leader in the electric vehicle market — with more than 30 new EV models rolling out by 2025 — and is looking at annual sales of 2 million to 3 million units a year, as it tries to recover from a test-cheating scandal.

In a presentation at the company’s Autostadt exhibition center in Wolfsburg, Chief Executive Matthias Mueller announced sweeping changes under a program he called Together-Strategy 2025, as the automaker tries to compete with Tesla Motors, General Motors, BMW, Nissan Motor and others in the clean energy auto market.


A 3-D Printed Driverless Vehicle

A small Phoenix auto design, development and manufacturing company with big partners and customers — think Siemens, IBM, Airbus, and GE — has introduced what could arguably be called the first commercial self-driving vehicle.

It was done, moreover, in just three months from concept to product, using 3-D printing technology.

Jon B. Rogers, CEO and Cofounder of Local Motors, introduced Olli, a 12-passenger jitney-like autonomous EV on June 16, which he noted was a significant date in automotive history — June 16, 1903 was the date of incorporation of Ford Motor Company.



The Detroit Bureau

As the big Mercedes-Benz sedan roars down U.S. 101 south of San Francisco, it closes on an old pickup truck cruising along in its lane.

The driver flicks the turn signal for a pass, but then, unexpectedly, takes his hands off the wheel. The new sedan pauses for two seconds and then completes the maneuver on its own.

While it could be another five years or so until automakers roll out the first fully autonomous vehicles, they’re already beginning to introduce semi-autonomous features like the Auto Lane Change system on the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300, as well as Tesla’s new AutoPilot system.


Letting Go of the Wheel?

The New York Times

The technology to make autonomous cars a reality may be ready, but American drivers don’t seem to be.

From smartphone-addicted teenagers to researchers designing the next generation of self-driving vehicles, there’s a fair amount of skepticism among consumers when it comes to letting go of the wheel and allowing a car to do the driving, several surveys over the last year have found.

Even engineers have some qualms.


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Offering a nationwide vehicle delivery and relocation service; serving the corporate and commercial fleet industry.
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