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August 30, 2016


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Transforming Mobility Management

Until recently, some of us may have thought that dealing with powerful issues surrounding autonomous and connected vehicles, as well as creating new mobility management solutions, could arise safely past their retirement or movement to a new post. But all of these developments are proceeding very fast and accelerating at a dizzying pace.

Here at Fleet Management Weekly, we are closely tracking these developments for you. We intend to provide you with thoughtful coverage of all them, especially as they affect management of your fleet and – maybe more importantly– the mobility, safety, productivity, and satisfaction of your employees.

Accordingly, you will not want to miss Mike Sheldrick’s superb interview with Dillon Blake, Senior Director at Runzheimer: The Transformation of Mobility Management.

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: NAFA’s Certificates of Completion Program

NAFA has completely unbundled the certification program and will grant ‘Certificates of Completion’ in any of the eight education competencies that they teach.

VIDEO: In or Out of the Vehicle
  Managing Everything Associated with Remote Workers

Today’s technology offers some great options to manage everything remote workers are doing – in real time – in or out of the vehicle.

VIDEO: Fleet Remarketing
  Kontos Kommentary – July 2016 Edition

In the latest Kontos Kommentary, Tom Kontos, Executive Vice President, Customer Strategies and Analytics at ADESA, provides his insight and updates regarding used vehicle market conditions. To read the entire Kontos Kommentary for July 2016, visit https://www.adesa.com/kontos-kommentary

The Fleet Spot

Michael Dolan Michael Dolan Named Chief Information Security Officer at Element

Element Financial Corporation announced that Michael Dolan has been named chief information security officer of its fleet management business.

“Element is a data-driven company of industry leaders who are inspired to transform the future,” said John Wall, chief technology officer at Element Fleet Management. “Michael’s deep information security and legal background make him an excellent addition to our leadership team.”


CDC $25 Billion Risk: Are Your Workers Safe on the Road?

Business Pulse: Motor Vehicle Safety at Work, launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, explores how CDC can help businesses protect employees who drive for work in the United States and abroad.

“For all kinds of companies, travel by road puts workers at high risk of work-related injury or death, both here in the United States and in other countries. Employers can manage these risks through a commitment to road safety supported by strong policies,” said Dr. John Howard, director of CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).


DSWW Drive Safely Work Week™ 2016 Toolkit Launched

NETS Says to Drivers: Your Decisions Drive Your Safety

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) today launched a free comprehensive online toolkit to help employers plan for Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW). The October workplace campaign seeks to improve the safety of employees, employee family members and their communities.

The campaign theme this year is “Drowsy, Distracted or Focused—Your Decisions Drive Your Safety”


AFLA 2016 conference Fantastic Lineup of Speakers at This Year’s AFLA Conference

You can always count on an truly engaging lineup of great speakers at AFLA’s annual conference, and this year is looking better than ever!

From Navy Seal David Rutherford’s keynote focusing on “a team-oriented lifestyle that is necessary to achieve elite levels of success” to motivational consultant Susan Lund sharing “seven simple accelerators to gain buy-in and drive results.” From Bram Bluestein on “Speaking the Procurement Language” to Christine Cashen’s fun-yet-powerful presentation on “Get What You Want With What You’ve Got,” you really won’t want to miss any of the speakers in this year’s mix.

READ MORE and learn all about this year’s speakers.

Mobility Management

By Mike Sheldrick

Without fear of contradiction, it can be said that the next ten years will see greater change to the automotive industry than the last fifty — or even more.

At the extreme, there will be significant numbers of autonomous vehicles. Indeed, we are witnessing several on-the-road, real-life experiments.

More generally, we have begun to think much more deeply about the issue of mobility. Individual car ownership or leasing may be in decline, and we will confront a transportation system combining conventional cars and trucks, autonomous cabs, shared rides, mass transit, and yes, even bicycles and walking.

In that vein, we recently sat down with Dillon Blake, Senior Director of Runzheimer, to talk about how many of these topics affect the age-old question of reimbursement vs. leasing as well as the recent entry of fleet management companies into reimbursement.


The Impact of Brexit

Fleet Logistics Newsletter August 2016

A new report that looks at the possible impact of Brexit on the European leasing and asset finance sector finds opportunities as well as problems.

The Europe Asset Finance Survey 2016 by White Clarke Group offers the first overview ever of views by major European lessors on the impact of Brexit since the vote was taken on June 23.

The report, which includes the views of some of Europe’s largest international leasing companies, agrees on one point: Brexit is not a crisis on the scale of the 2008 global financial meltdown.


Who Will Control the Airwaves?

The Seattle Times

Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and someday maybe even help solve traffic jams, automakers and government officials say.

But there’s a big catch.

The cable television and high-tech industries want to take away a large share of the radio airwaves the government dedicated for transportation in 1999, and use it instead for superfast Wi-Fi service.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Strictest and Most Lenient States on High Risk Drivers


The average American spends more than 18 hours in an automobile each week, which equates to over 17 percent of his or her waking hours, according to data from Nielsen and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That alone spells risk not only because the odds of an accident increase with the number of miles we drive, but also because the more time-crunched we are, the more likely we are to attempt multitasking or otherwise drive recklessly.

In addition to endangering fellow motorists, bad behavior on the road can have costly consequences for your wallet.


U.S. DOT Proposes Speed Limiters for Large Commercial Vehicles


U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the NHTSA and FMCSA propose equipping heavy-duty vehicles with devices that limit their speeds on U.S. roadways, and requiring those devices be set to a maximum speed.

“In addition to saving lives, the projected fuel and emissions savings make this proposal a win for safety, energy conservation, and our environment,” Foxx said.


It’s Getting Harder to Justify a Hybrid

The Detroit Bureau

If you’re picking a new car, truck or crossover based on the bottom line, you may be in for a surprise, according to a new study.

While hybrids tend to deliver better mileage than comparable gasoline-powered vehicles, you may actually wind up spending more in the long run.

Less than one out of four of the 29 hybrids covered by consulting firm Vincentric’s U.S. Hybrid Ownership study actually had lower costs than comparable gas-powered models.


Safety on the Road


In 2015, more than 38,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes; some of these fatalities involved people who drive for a living.

According to Injury Facts 2016, the Council’s annual report on unintentional injuries, the three biggest causes of fatalities on the road include:
Alcohol (30.8%); Speeding (30%); Distracted driving (26%

Impaired driving is driving while drunk, drugged, drowsy and/or distracted. All of these are dangerous. All of these are preventable.


Driverless Cars

The Washington Post

Two researchers say they’ve discovered a curious relationship between deadly car crashes and the jobless rate — and the finding may have important implications for next-generation vehicle technologies like self-driving cars.

Fewer people die in car crashes, it turns out, when the economy is hurting.

That’s the report from Clifford Winston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Vikram Maheshri, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Houston.


The Fleet CX Toolkit

By Wendy Eichenbaum

What was originally a novelty becomes the standard by which all products, services or companies are measured, even when the original implementation was not your competitor.

Balboa Park is San Diego’s Central Park. Its Prado area, filled with museums, restaurants, and landmarks, is deserted once the sun goes down. That was until July 6, 2016. Now when you arrive at the Prado at night, you may not get a close parking spot. The Prado is filled with hundreds of people playing Pokémon Go.

Over 80 million people have downloaded Pokémon Go. Why does this matter? Pokémon Go is a mash-up of technologies: GPS, mapping, camera, and social media. And it’s this combination that revolutionizes how people can interact with their apps.


VW Aims to Broaden Its Appeal

The Detroit News

Volkswagen AG is promising U.S. dealers a wider model range and lower pricing as the automaker tries to broaden its appeal and push the reset button in the world’s second-biggest car market in the wake of record fines and plunging sales.

While VW’s U.S. sales have fallen off a cliff this year, its troubles gaining traction in the market predate the scandal. Dealers have been pushing the automaker for years to extend the U.S. model offerings and build vehicles with less features that can then be priced more competitively.


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