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August 29, 2017


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Past, Present and Future of Automated Vehicles

Senior editor Mike Sheldrick recently interviewed Princeton professor Alain Kornhauser, Ph.D., a leader in advanced transportation concepts. In that interview, Dr. Kornhauser gives us historical background on automated vehicles, what is happening right now, and a look into the rapidly developing future. He also offers some sage advice for fleets.

We published incorrect information last week on NETS’ Drive Safely Work Week. Our apologies to this fine organization; here is the correction.

With great concern, we are thinking of our many fleet friends in Texas who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. We send our heartfelt wishes for your and your families’ safety.

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: Far More Than a Vehicle Transporter

From checking for safety recalls – to fully assessing the state of a vehicle – to maintenance and body work – PARS is far more than just a vehicle transporter.

VIDEO: The Mobility Revolution

  Different Countries and Different Cities are Adopting the Mobility Revolution at Different Paces

Many places across the globe are adopting the mobility revolution, but at different paces. Some places put more emphasis on electrification, while for others the emphasis is on autonomous vehicles or vehicle sharing.

VIDEO: The One Second Advantage

  Driving in the Rain

Smart tips for driving in the rain from Driving Dynamics — a one-second advantage can make a world of difference.

The Fleet Spot

LeasePlan USA Realigns Operations Team

Three key appointments highlight the company’s operational transformation.

Juan Perez, senior vice president of operations at LeasePlan USA, recently announced the appointments of Elizabeth Kelly, Gerri Patton and Wanda Mills to key positions that will support a life-of-the-vehicle approach within the company.

“Our priority as an operations team is to deliver the promise. The promotion of these three incredibly talented leaders will be a big part of that,” said Perez.


Kim Lear Returns to the AFLA Stage

AFLA is happy to announce Kim Lear will return as a speaker for this year’s Annual Corporate Fleet Conference (AFLA 2017) with a session focused on “The Sharing Economy.”

The AFLA 2017 conference, to be held September 17-20 at the M Resort in Las Vegas, NV, will feature innovative presentations on hot topics related to the fleet industry with a theme of “Your Winning Hand – Align, Advance, Accelerate, Achieve.”

Register now to secure your spot at this year’s premier fleet conference!


Mike Camnetar Named Regional VP at LeasePlan USA

LeasePlan USA has brought Mike Camnetar onto its Business Development team as regional vice president.

In his new role, he will be responsible for partnering with national and multinational companies seeking a results-driven fleet management solution in the upper Midwest region.

“Mike’s extensive experience and vast knowledge of the industry makes him a great addition to this team,” said Ricardo Fonzaghi, chief commercial officer.


Drive Focused. Drive Smart. Get Home Safely

Distracted Driving

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.


The Automated Vehicle Revolution

We are at the beginning of a revolution that could be compared to going from the buggy whip to the steering wheel — Dr. Alain Kornhauser

By Mike Sheldrick

Alain Kornhauser, Ph.D. is Professor of Operations, Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He is also the faculty chair of the Princeton Automated Vehicle and Engineering Group. For more than 30 years, he has been a thoughtful, insightful and often provocative thinker on advanced transportation concepts. He founded the eponymous, ALK, a leading mapping and navigation and logistics company that is now a division of Trimble, a GPS pioneer.

In 2005, Alain led Princeton’s entry in the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Grand Challenge, an event that many regard as the key catalyst for efforts to make robotic vehicle technology more accessible to civilian use.

We interviewed Alain at the Automated Vehicles Symposium, held in San Francisco in July. While he offered no dates for his belief that driverless vehicles are close at hand, he articulated the compelling economics that will propel their development and adoption. One of the most intriguing notions was his idea that far from requiring elaborate, costly infrastructure, driverless vehicles could actually function autonomously in many highway environments.



The Impact of Harvey

Chicago Tribune

Key oil and gas facilities along the Texas Gulf Coast have temporarily shut down as Harvey pounds the region with torrential rain and high winds, virtually assuring gasoline prices will rise in the storm’s aftermath.

Even before the Harvey made landfall late Friday, dozens of oil and gas platforms had been evacuated, at least three refineries had closed and at least two petrochemical plants had suspended operations.

How soon they reopen depends on the severity of flooding and the resumption of power to the areas.



Talent Management

By Mike Cieri

You’ve found that candidate who has the qualifications and experience and they start work next week.

How you welcome and train that individual can have a profound effect on whether they stay and how productive they are.

Onboarding is the perfect opportunity to make a positive, lasting impression on a new hire but you must deliver. Taking the time up front to develop and implement the six key elements into your onboarding process will deliver to the bottom line with increase retention, and productivity.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection Help Drivers Avoid Trouble

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Lane departure warning, a technology designed to address an often-fatal type of crash, is preventing crashes on U.S. roads, new research from IIHS shows.

A separate study shows that blind spot detection also is yielding benefits when it comes to preventing lane-change crashes.

The studies are the latest in a series by Jessica Cicchino, IIHS vice president for research, that evaluates different crash avoidance features by looking at data from police-reported crashes (see “Crashes avoided: Front crash prevention slashes police-reported rear-end crashes,” Jan. 28, 2016, and “Rearview cameras reduce police-reported backing crashes,” Nov. 17, 2016).


Startups Are Laser-Focused on Helping Self-Driving Cars See


Austin Russell hops in a motorized cart and goes whizzing through a cavernous building on the edge of San Francisco Bay that is normally used to disembark cruise-ship passengers.

As the lanky 22-year-old CEO tools around, he passes a mannequin, a tire and a co-worker on a bicycle–all elements of a demonstration to show how well his company’s sensor can monitor the environment. On a nearby screen, those shapes appear in rainbow colors that signify exactly how far away they are.

All of it is the result of laser beams shooting out of a black box and bouncing off more than a million points around the room every second.


Semi-Automated Truck Convoys Get Green Light for UK Trials

The Guardian

The government has given the go-ahead for the first trials of convoys of semi-automated trucks on UK motorways.

Up to three wirelessly connected HGVs will travel in convoy, with acceleration, braking and steering controlled by the lead vehicle, a concept named platooning. Each lorry will have a driver in the cab ready to retake control at any time.


Your Car Is Now Worth Less Than You Think


Car sales in the U.S. have been rising for seven consecutive years now, and it’s denting the value of whatever is currently parked in your garage or driveway.

With so many new cars rolling out of dealerships lots and instantly becoming used cars, the secondary market is glutted and the pace of depreciation is rapidly accelerating.

Your not-that-old car might not be a clunker quite yet, but it’s probably a lot closer than you think.


Electric Vehicles

The Detroit Bureau

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed recently the company planned to unveil a semi-truck in September, adding it would be capable of handling long-haul loads.

Apparently, he forgot to add “just barely.”

The new truck, which Musk has implied in the past would be on par with current trucks or better. However, a new Reuters report reveals that the new truck will be capable of 200 to 300 miles on a charge. Most long-haul trucks can go 1,000 miles before refueling.



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?



Smart Time Management


For people who manage hundreds of employees and dozens of projects, having a foolproof way to plan the day is crucial to performance.

If you want a job interview with Li Fan, head of engineering at Pinterest, you’ll need to wait until Friday.

Fan categorizes the types of meetings she takes by days of the week. Mondays are for large group meetings and Tuesdays are for speaking with people one-on-one. Wednesdays and Thursdays are for ad hoc requests or various monthly meetings.


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