FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
November 22, 2016


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Much to Be Thankful For!

It’s that time of year where many of us turn our thoughts to what we’re thankful for — and for me that’s always a humbling experience. I am blessed with a wonderful friends and family, and I am blessed with the amazing people I get to work with at Fleet Management Weekly, and in this industry! It is a sheer joy to work with my good friend Janice Sutton, and to have learned so much from her.

Of course, we also need to give thanks to our very gifted contributors – and to our many engaged readers. We hope that every single one of you I has a fantastic Thanksgiving Day!

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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.

Guidance for the Multinational Fleet — An expert’s view on the global fleet.

BIG Data. BIG Results. BIG Future– Harnessing big data to achieve big results using cutting edge technology.

Customer Driven — Engage your organization to create customer loyalty, trust and superior service.

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


VIDEO: Attacking the 94% Problem

eDriving’s mission is to stop the 94% of collisions that are caused by driver attitudes and behavior, and telematics plays a critical role.

VIDEO: Working at AmeriFleet
  AmeriFleet: A Company with a Vision

AmeriFleet’s new Director of Sales is thrilled with her new position, and pleased to be part of a growing company with a strong vision.

VIDEO: Cybersecurity Best Practices
  Robert Leale: Autonomous Vehicles and Cybersecurity

The Department of Justice, the OEMs, and others are putting together working groups to develop best practices to ensure vehicle cybersecurity.

The Fleet Spot

geotab-drive-tablet-mockup MyGeotab Software App Now Easily Accessible in Google Play Store

Fleet managers benefit from responsive add-on to intuitive web platform

Geotab announced that the MyGeotab fleet management software app is now available in the Google Play Store. Click here to download MyGeotab in the Google Play Store.

The app will make accessing MyGeotab quicker and more convenient for those fleet managers or business owners who tend to manage their fleet from their internet-enabled mobile phone or tablet.

This extra layer of convenience is expected to further enhance the customer experience. The continuous dedication to responsiveness mirrors what is already present in MyGeotab today, as the entirely web-based software (visit: my.geotab.com) automatically scales and adjusts to the user’s screen and device.


nafa-2017 Registration Opens For NAFA’s 2017 Institute & Expo In Tampa, Florida

In celebration of NAFA’s 60th year, NAFA’s Institute & Expo (I&E) heads to Tampa Convention Center on April 25-28, 2017 promising attendees the biggest and best conference yet.

Starting today, registration has officially opened at www.nafainstitute.org. For those looking to save on the registration costs, the Association is offering early-bird registration rates available until January 31, 2017.

The Institute & Expo is more than just a fleet trade show, it is an opportunity to network with more than 2,000 fleet professionals from all segments, learn about industry advancements from leading experts, and experience new industry technologies within the 60,000-sq. ft. of expo space.


snowtread Tip Sheet: Snowbelt Policy Best Practices

Companies with fleets located within “Snowbelt” regions have particular challenges when developing policies around vehicle selection. To overcome these obstacles, companies should implement a customized policy for specific geographical regions.

There are a few key factors to consider when thinking about a Snowbelt policy for your fleet. Request a free copy of Element Fleet’s tip sheet to learn more!

nissan_leaf_001 City of Denver Commits to Adding 200 Electric Cars by 2020

Denver Post

The city of Denver plans to add 200 plug-in electric vehicles to its fleet by 2020, saving the city an estimated $800,000 over the next decade and cutting 2,300 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the cars’ lifetimes.

The city said it will start replacing its out-of-service cars with the more sustainable alternative in 2018, said Tyler Svitak, energy and transportation administrator with Denver’s Department of Environmental Health.


The Fleet CX Toolkit

The sum of a user’s knowledge is the current knowledge point

By Wendy Eichenbaum

The amount of knowledge a user needs to complete a task is the target knowledge point. When there is a gap between the two points, an interface does not seem intuitive to a user.

Many experiences we consider intuitive are actually tasks that leverage our learning from long ago. When a process is counter to our learning, the process seems backwards or confusing.

So when designing a product, it’s critical that you mind the gap between your customers’ current knowledge point, and what you will expect them to do to complete tasks. Then your customers will feel that your product is natural and easy to use.


Technology and Transformation

Speakers from SAP, McKinsey and Company offered insight on trends that are impacting global fleets

ARI recently hosted a multi-day conference highlighting the innovative technology trends that are transforming the fleet industry and which will be game-changing influences in the coming years.

More than 100 senior leaders and executives with fleet and procurement responsibilities from across North America joined ARI leadership and individuals from the tech and consulting communities to participate in a substantive discussion about employing technology to maximize fleet operations.

“We were eager to create an opportunity where leaders within the industry could come together to learn about and discuss how technology is transforming both how we do business now and how we will in the years to come,” said ARI President Chris Conroy.

“Technology, innovation and Big Data is fundamentally changing our industry and how we think about fleet management. Smart companies are not just embracing how new technologies can help them right now, but also looking to understand what it means for them five or ten years from now.”


Guidance for the Multinational Fleet

Cell phones are the savior of time and the killer of drivers

By Jeff Schlesinger

The meeting is over and you are enjoying a little peace and quiet as you drive to your next appointment. It is mid-day, not a cloud in the sky, and the radio offers a little relaxing music. As you watch the oncoming car your concern increases; it is slowly veering to its left, into your lane, completely ignoring the yellow lines.

You initially see the top of the driver’s head, and as the approaching driver raises his eyes to the road, you see a combination of fear and startled recognition…he quickly jerks the steering wheel to the right to correct the car’s path. As he passes, the cell phone is still clutched in his right hand; the driver is oblivious to the danger of his actions. It is now part of everyday driving.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Biggest Spike in Traffic Deaths in 50 Years? Blame Apps

The New York Times

The messaging app Snapchat allows motorists to post photos that record the speed of the vehicle. The navigation app Waze rewards drivers with points when they report traffic jams and accidents.

Even the game Pokémon Go has drivers searching for virtual creatures on the nation’s highways.

When distracted driving entered the national consciousness a decade ago, the problem was mainly people who made calls or sent texts from their cellphones. The solution then was to introduce new technologies to keep drivers’ hands on the wheel. Innovations since then — car Wi-Fi and a host of new apps — have led to a boom in internet use in vehicles that safety experts say is contributing to a surge in highway deaths.


Toyota Sees Role for Hydrogen Power in Heavy-Duty Truck Segment

The Detroit Bureau

With the little Mirai model, Toyota is now one of three automakers selling fuel-cell vehicles in the U.S. market.

Now, the automaker is looking into potential heavier duty applications, including the possible of using hydrogen to fuel a fleet of zero-emissions trucks.

Such an approach could create a vast new market for hydrogen technology – and solve the problem that clean air proponents have had trying to figure out how to clean up truck emissions. Because of their size and weight, as well as range issues, current battery technology does not appear to be a good fit for large, long-haul trucks.


Watch a Tesla Drive Itself through Crowded Urban Streets


We have reached true, full vehicle autonomy—years before anyone expected.

If you care about technology, the future, and human progress, get ready to maybe cry a little bit. On Friday, Tesla released new video showing a fully-autonomous vehicle navigating a hectic urban landscape.

The demonstration shows at least level 4 autonomy, according to standards recently set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicle is navigating a dynamic environment, and the human in the driver’s seat doesn’t have to do anything.


Bolt Breakthrough? A Tale of Two Electric Cars

The Detroit News

Chevy Volt, Fiat 500e, Ford C-Max Energi, Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen E-Golf, BMW i3 … the Los Angeles Auto Show is Ground Zero for showing off electrified vehicles.

California’s green culture and the state-mandated EV quotas make it a natural for all things battery-powered.

But unless your name is Tesla — America’s best-selling large sedan — electric vehicles have failed to interest U.S. consumers. EVs make up less than 1 percent of vehicle sales despite a $7,500 federal subsidy plus additional perks in several states including California. One of the most notable disappointments has come from one of the world’s most recognized brands, Mercedes. Its $42,000 battery-powered subcompact B-Class came to market in 2014 — yet is selling just 50 per month on average this year.


The Story on the Ford Plant

The New York Times

Judging from a couple of Twitter messages by President-elect Donald J. Trump, he had scored a hard-won victory for American autoworkers by persuading Ford Motor to keep a Lincoln plant in Louisville, Ky., rather than move it to Mexico.

He wrote, “I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!”

The reality proved less straightforward.

Ford had never said it was moving a plant to Mexico, only that it was transferring the production of a small Lincoln sport utility vehicle there so it could fully dedicate a Louisville plant to a larger-selling model.


Customer Driven

By Laura Jozwiak, Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Relations, Wheels, Inc.

As the end of the year approaches, I like to reminisce and reflect about the personal and professional goals I set for the year.

I typically start this process in November, hoping that I might still have time to accomplish all my goals before the guilt-ridden New Year’s Resolution phase kicks in!

Some of us probably do better than others at setting and achieving goals. Out of the many different goal-setting best practices, I have found that being realistic in your expectations is the most important component. And let’s be real, reaching a major goal or overcoming a major challenge can be difficult. But so worth it! I am reminded of that fact whenever I think of a story I heard on the radio several years ago.


Green Vehicles


During the campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump called climate change “a hoax” and reaffirmed his view last week by choosing a well-known skeptic of global warming to lead his transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Given Trump’s plan for a comprehensive review of all federal regulations, it’s not hard to predict which way he’s leaning when it comes to the issue of whether the strict fuel economy rules mandated by the Obama administration should be kept in place.

A steep climb is required starting in 2017, so that light vehicles will average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Regulators recently found auto makers are on track to achieve roughly 50.8 mpg, or about 36 mpg in real-world driving. Industry lobbyists have asked for relief.


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