FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
July 12, 2016


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Technology & Cybersecurity

Sophisticated technology is a theme in a number of our articles in this week’s issue. In CEI’s monthly column On Accident Management, we discover why collision repair costs are rising so quickly – a major contributor: hi-tech auto parts. In our interview with Simon Marsh, managing director at UK’s VisionTrack, we are introduced to their cutting-edge 3G telematics camera, which is capable of transmitting a ten-second clip of a road incident using only 350kB of data and reporting information on speeds, location and G-force. Impressive.

Now for the dark side of technology. Reporting on cybersecurity, Mike Sheldrick says that it’s becoming increasingly clear that automakers have yet to get a handle on fully protecting their products from hackers. Cybersecurity is going to get a great deal more attention and as major stakeholders, fleets are going to have an increasingly significant voice in this conversation.

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: The Year of the Global Fleet

Element Fleet Management is seeing that more and more of its customers have truly gone global.

VIDEO: The Bid and Evaluation Process
  Bids and Evaluations That Will Impress Your Manager

More than ever, fleet managers are being asked to show their managers that they’re bringing the best deal to the table. One great place to do that is during the bid and evaluation process.

VIDEO: Fuel Card Reporting
  Centralized Fuel Card Reporting That’s Truly Global

Shell has a fuel card product in pretty much every country where global fleets operate, and they can offer centralized reporting solutions that combine information from all of those fuel cards.

The Fleet Spot

Art Liggio Art Liggio, Driving Dynamics President, to Speak on Coaching Techniques for Non-Safety Professionals at the at the 2016 Fleet Safety Conference

Driving Dynamics President Art Liggio will present at the 2016 Fleet Safety Conference in Schaumburg, IL.

In his session, E-Z Coaching Techniques for Non-Safety Professionals, Liggio will share a coaching method designed to remove the barriers of communication between a supervisor and fleet driver regarding issues that can directly put that driver at risk.


San Diego AFLA 2016 Annual Conference — Mission:Possible

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!

webinar NAFA’s Next Webinar: Advanced Use Cases – The Next Generation of Telematics

Get ready for NAFA’s next webinar in the 2016 series, Advanced Use Cases – The Next Generation of Telematics, which will take place July 20.

While telematics has already proven to be a resourceful tool for many fleets, there is far more to the story than just real-time vehicle locations, idle time, and speed monitoring.

The fleet industry has stopped looking at telematics as dots on a map; fleet professionals are using this data to enhance operations. Register now by clicking here!


Safety-first Driving Dynamics Launches New Mobile-Friendly Registration Portal for Its Behind-the-Wheel Driver Safety Training Courses

Driving Dynamics customers can now have their drivers enroll in a behind-the-wheel driver safety course and self-manage their training schedule from www.mydrivingdynamics.com.

Driving Dynamics Inc. announced the launch of a new mobile-friendly website dedicated to facilitating registrations for all of its behind-the-wheel (BTW) driver safety training programs comprising multi-employer/open enrollment, dedicated and specialty courses.


On Accident Management

By John Wolford, Director of Vendor and Client Services, CEI

If you seem to notice that collision repairs are costing more than they used to, you’re right.

According to CCC Information Systems, a source of data for the auto insurance industry, since the end of 2008 the average cost to repair a damaged vehicle rose more than 13%, from $2,399 to $2,766 in 2015.

What’s the cause? Greg Horn, a vice president at Mitchell International, another provider of auto insurance claims data, attributes most of the increase to the rising cost of parts. “Even when adjusted for inflation,” Horn wrote in Mitchell’s latest report, “we found that new, popular passenger cars do cost more to repair than they did five years ago. Despite multiple variables, including the cost of…service hours, parts has had the highest impact on collision repair costs overall.”


Telematics Cameras

By Janice Sutton

VisionTrack, a UK in-vehicle CCTV specialist, brought its cutting-edge 3G telematics camera to market back in January. Capable of transmitting a ten-second clip of a road incident using only 350kB of data and reporting information on speeds, location and G-force, Managing Director Simon Marsh says the VT2000 is the future for fleets looking to increase safety and reduce costs.

Fleet Management Weekly headed across the pond to talk with Simon about the importance of this technology and why he feels telematics cameras are the ‘Holy Grail’ in camera technology.


Talent Management

By Mike Cieri, MSIR, Vice President of Mardac Consultants

Writing a good vision statement isn’t difficult. Think about what your business does and what, in an ideal world, you would like it to do and how you would like to appear.

A vision statement focuses on the potential of the organization, or what it intends to be. In other words, future-based, and are meant to inspire and give direction to the employees of the company, not anyone outside of the company.

Consider the services and characteristics that your company provides, then imagine how it would be if you provided the very best version of them possible. List those visions, and incorporate them into a brief statement that gives a good overview of the kind of image you want to represent.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Manheim Reports Used Vehicle Prices Up for Third Consecutive Month

Wholesale used vehicle prices increased for the third consecutive month in June, resulting in wholesale prices at their highest level in four years.

“Despite the second quarter’s uptick in pricing, there’s no doubt that the overall long-term trend for wholesale pricing is still down,” said Tom Webb, chief economist for Cox Automotive. “With this in mind, the recent rise in pricing should be taken advantage of now, as well as appreciated, given that the gains will likely raise the floor to which prices will fall in this cycle.”


Speed Up, Slowpoke, or Get a Ticket

The New York Times

Slowpokes, beware: More states are cracking down on drivers who dawdle in the left lane.

While all states require slow-moving vehicles to keep to the right, laws that went into effect in Tennessee this year, Indiana last year, Georgia in 2014 and Florida and New Jersey in 2013 are setting harsher penalties for dawdling drivers.

The new penalties, proponents say, are aimed at reducing congestion, frustration and accidents.


All New Cars To Have Significant Autonomous Vehicle Technology


When 20 automakers announced this spring they would include Automated Emergency Braking Systems as standard equipment in all cars, they effectively standardized autonomous vehicle technology, an expert said in Chicago Monday.

Currently offered as an option on some cars, automated braking systems use many of the same components as fully autonomous vehicles, said Jim Barbaresso, national practice leader for intelligent transportation systems at the infrastructure design firm HNTB.

So as they become standard in all cars, the cost of autonomous technology will drop.


Self-Driving Cars Could Flip the Auto Insurance Industry on its Head

Los Angeles Times

As the driverless car gets closer to reality, so too does the dilemma of how to insure the car and its owner.

The auto insurance industry faces upheaval in the next 25 years as the migration to autonomous safety features — and ultimately a self-driving car — shifts more of a car’s accident risk from the driver to the vehicle, analysts said.

The number of accidents is expected to drop sharply because currently more than 90% of accidents are caused by driver error. That could lower insurance bills for consumers.


Vehicles and Cybersecurity

By Mike Sheldrick

Now that cars have become rolling laptops — or tablets, or smartphones, take your pick — it’s becoming increasingly clear that automakers have yet to get a handle on fully protecting their products from hackers.

In the latest incident, a car thief equipped with a laptop was able to steal a Jeep Wrangler. Hacking has become the 21st century’s carjacking.

This is just the latest in a series of worrisome incidents over the last couple of years. The most unnerving might have been the incident where a couple of hackers demonstrated that they could remotely penetrate a Jeep’s control system, and drove it into a ditch — just to show that it could be done.


Hydrogen Power

Detroit Free Press

I have a lot of conversations about advanced technology vehicles and alternate fuels. About half of them end somebody saying, “Sure, fuel cells sound great, but who can live with a car that needs special fuel you can only get at a few stations?”

So you can imagine that when somebody who does exactly that e-mailed me, I wanted to talk.

“I love it, and I feel like I’m part of the solution” to climate change, said Mark Mobley of Garden Grove, Calif. “I went from a 2005 Corolla to the Mirai. I skipped the whole hybrid step and went from a car with roll-up windows to all this new technology. People stop me in the grocery store parking lot to talk about it.”


Summertime Thievery

USA Today

Summertime is when Americans take their cars on family road trips. For auto thieves, it’s just time to take cars.

July and August are the months when motorists are at greatest risk of having their car stolen, according to anti-vehicle-theft device manufacturer LoJack.

“Vehicle theft is a very expensive crime, with the cost of stolen vehicles pegged at more than $4.1 billion — that’s billion with a ‘B,’ ” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement. “And July is one of the months when more cars are stolen than any other month.”


Fleet Management Resources
AFLA – Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association
Providing the advanced forum for corporate fleet professionals to network with industry leaders.
The CEI Group Inc.
CEI is North America’s largest provider of fully integrated fleet accident management, driver safety and risk management services.
NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location, or fleet composition.
Offering a nationwide vehicle delivery and relocation service; serving the corporate and commercial fleet industry.
Since 1965, Donlen has been the fleet management industry’s leading provider of comprehensive, integrated financing and asset management solutions — and that spirit of innovation continues today.
PARS' mission is to provide you with high-quality service at competitive prices for all of your transportation needs.
Driven fleet professionals. Driving results.
Driving Dynamics
Driving Dynamics was established to help corporate fleet drivers develop expert, safe driving skills using proven, advanced driving techniques.
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First in fleet for 76 years. Wheels helps you build tomorrow’s fleet today.

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