FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
August 22, 2017


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

‘Drive Focused—Drive Smart—Get Home Safely’

We are ardent supporters of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) and their annual Drive Safely Work Week™ campaign. This year, NETS focuses on distracted driving and eco-friendly driving. While Drive Safely Work Week is slated for October 5-9, the interactive, Web-based toolkit can be downloaded and used anytime during the year.

We despaired when Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord, but are heartened that at least a dozen governors and more than 200 mayors have promised to join the United States Climate Alliance. The organization is committed to achieving emissions reductions pledged by President Obama. We are already seeing the ravages of climate change; this article from CityMetric offers the blueprint for how your fleet can contribute to the solutions we need.

Enjoy the issue and check in with FleetManagementWeekly.com for daily updates.

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.

Globally Speaking — Perspectives on the Multinational Fleets

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

On Fleet Driver Management Solutions to improve your fleet’s accident rate and cut costs on collision repairs

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

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

Fleet Spectator — A 360 view of the fleet industry.

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

VIDEO: New FASB Rules are Coming Soon – What You Need to Know

New FASB rules are coming quickly, and this expert from LeasePlan USA recommends that fleet administrators discuss with their finance people in order to properly prepare.

VIDEO: Mechanics in a Pinch

  When Fleets Need Mechanics on Short Notice

If your fleet needs mechanics on short notice, YourMechanic is a great option to consider.

VIDEO: Infrastructure and Autonomous Vehicles

  Infrastructure, Automation, and Mobility

It was initially believed that new infrastructure would be necessary for automation and mobility, but the last ten or twelve years have proven otherwise – so far, the focus has been on the vehicles.

The Fleet Spot

Element Announces Integrated Maintenance and Windshield Repair Scheduling on Mobile Devices

Xcelerate for Drivers website and mobile app enhance the driver experience with integrated scheduling and open recall alerts

Element Fleet Management has released new features to enhance the driver experience: maintenance scheduling through Element’s Xcelerate for Drivers website and mobile app with Firestone Complete Auto Care (FCAC), Tires Plus, and windshield repair scheduling with Safelite AutoGlass locations.


Geotab and Seeing Machines Help Fleet Owners Maximize Driver Safety

Geotab announced that Seeing Machines’ driver-safety solution, Guardian Solution (Guardian), is now available in the Geotab Marketplace.

Guardian is the latest Add-In application in the Marketplace, which launched in 2015 as a complement to the MyGeotab platform.

Seeing Machines developed Guardian using advanced computer vision technology to detect and minimize driver fatigue and distraction events and associated accidents in commercial fleet applications such as trucking.


Drive Focused. Drive Smart. Get Home Safely

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,477 people died in 2015 in crashes involving distracted drivers, and 14% of these crashes were reported to have involved cell phone use as a distraction.

NETS is pleased to share its second Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW) road safety campaign of 2017 focused on the topic of Distracted Driving. The materials will once again emphasize short, direct, actionable messages, highlighting specific behaviors employees can change that will reduce their risk of a vehicle crash. Materials are not dated, so employers have the option to schedule a Drive Safely Work Week™ campaign during a time frame that works best for them.


This Lumbering Self-Driving Truck Is Designed to Get Hit


The big promise of driverless cars is that they’ll save lives by preventing crashes.

Computers don’t fall asleep, get drunk, or glance at that tweet. Robocar technology could save tens, even hundreds, of thousands of lives each year. Such cars remain years away, of course, but you can find an autonomous vehicle saving lives on the road right now, in Colorado.

The irony is, this vehicle is designed to crash. That’s how it saves lives.


The Fleet CX Toolkit

What benefits do you provide your customers, so they’ll open their wallets and spend more?

By Wendy Eichenbaum

There are many ways that you could improve your customer experience (CX). For the product, you could redesign a current feature or add a new feature. For support, you could expand your phone hours, or shorten the response time to email. For marketing, you could refresh your website, or open a new social media channel. But you only have a certain amount to spend on the improvements, so what do you address?

You have to find out what your customers value. If you add a new feature, will they flock to the product? Or is the feature irrelevant when it comes to their purchasing decision?



A Chinese Bid for FCA?

The Detroit Bureau

Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors is expected to make a formal bid to acquire all, or at least some of the assets of, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, according to several reports out of Asia Monday morning.

The news comes a week after initial reports surfaced that FCA had rejected an earlier bid from an unspecified Chinese automotive manufacturer.

At the time, there was speculation several of that country’s native carmakers might seek such a deal with the spotlight focusing on both Great Wall and Guangzhou Automobile Group, which currently has a joint venture with FCA to produce Jeeps.



Tackling Climate Change


President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement reaffirmed what was already clear: The federal government is no longer leading American efforts to shrink our carbon footprint.

But many state and local governments – along with businesses and consumers – aim to help fill this policy void.

At least a dozen governors have joined the United States Climate Alliance, committing their states to achieve emissions reductions consistent with President Barack Obama’s Paris pledge. More than 200 mayors are promising their cities will follow suit.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Autonomous Cars Race Narrows on Doubts About Clear Path to Profit


BMW and Daimler, the world’s top luxury carmakers, have announced alliances with suppliers, talking up the virtues of having a bigger pool of engineers to develop a self-driving car.

But another motive behind these deals, executives and industry experts told Reuters, is a concern that robocars may not live up to the profit expectations that drove an initial investment rush.

Carmakers are increasingly looking to forego outright ownership of future autonomous driving systems in favor of spreading the investment burden and risk.


With Self-Driving Cars, Auto Insurance’s Time Is Limited


Investors sank more than $1 billion into auto tech companies in 2016 alone.

With that kind of funding, the question isn’t whether self-driving cars will change everything about how we get around, but how soon.

Experts also predict a shake-up in the auto insurance industry, with self-driving cars leading to fewer accidents. Does this mean you can stop paying for car insurance as soon as your autopilot-enabled Tesla rolls off the line? Not quite.


Hyundai Unveils New Fuel Cell SUV with Longer Travel Range

Detroit Free Press

Hyundai Motor said Thursday it plans to launch early next year a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will travel more than 580 kilometers (360 miles) between fill-ups under Korean standards.

If delivered as promised, the new fuel cell vehicle will travel 40 percent farther than its first generation fuel cell SUV, the Tucson ix FCEV, launched in 2013. Under European standards, Hyundai said the new vehicle can drive 800 kilometers (498 miles).

Fuel cell cars, emission-free like pure electric cars, can be refueled in two to three minutes unlike electric vehicles that can take several hours to fully recharge. But the dearth of hydrogen fueling stations is an obstacle for mass adoption.


Cash-Strapped States Eye Self-Driving Car Taxes

The Detroit News

Some cash-strapped states are considering taxing self-driving cars as they look for ways to replace revenue lost from gas tax collections that have dwindled as cars have become more fuel efficient.

State lawmakers in Massachusetts have introduced legislation that would impose a 2.5 cents-per-mile tax on self-driving cars.

A similar measure that would establish a 1 cent-per-mile fee for self-driving cars, and a 2.6 cent-per-mile fee for autonomous trucks that have more than two axles has been approved by the state Senate in Tennessee.


How Society Moves

SF Gate

The auto industry is on the cusp of a huge transformation, with self-driving cars and ride-hailing services fundamentally changing the way society moves.

Jim Hackett’s job is to find a place in this future for Ford Motor Co. And help shape it.

In May, Ford tapped Hackett as the storied company’s new CEO. The former top executive of the Steelcase office furniture business, Hackett joined Ford’s board of directors in 2013 and last year became chairman of Ford Smart Mobility, a subsidiary focused on business models that don’t revolve solely around building and selling cars.



Safety & Risk

By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics

Anytime your drivers hit the road, they are surrounded by any number of people with diminished operational control.

Distractions, speeding, fatigue, aggression, DUI—it’s a minefield out there. Faced with the “other driver” and their poor decisions and actions it’s certainly no easy job to manage your fleet’s risk exposure but together we prepare your drivers to steer clear of the oncoming danger.

One area that’s a serious cause for concern is the rapidly growing abuse of prescription opioids. It’s has reached epidemic levels. The latest research shows a seven-fold increase since 1995 in the number of drivers killed while under the influence of prescription opioids. And it doesn’t appear to be getting any better as Researchers at Columbia University’s Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention expect a continued increase in the percentage of fatal crashes related to opioid usage.

So what should you be communicating to your fleet?



The Return of the Microbus

The Detroit Bureau

The Volkswagen Microbus was an icon of the Hippie era.

Could the German maker score again in an age when the youth generation is focused on environmental issues? It’s certainly hoping so, as it confirmed widespread rumors that it will put a modern version of the Microbus, the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz, into production.

First shown at the January 2017 North American International Auto Show, the I.D. Buzz Concept picked up on many of the classic microvan’s design cues, starting with the relatively blunt nose and flat roof. But instead of the rear-mounted engine of the classic Microbus, the I.D. Buzz will rely on a pure battery-electric drivetrain.


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