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January 17, 2018


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

We Honor our Best and Brightest in Fleet!

Nominations for FLEXY Awards close this Saturday and we urge you to submit a nomination for a worthy fleet professional to be honored with NAFA’s prestigious Fleet Excellence Award. It’s an easy process to nominate someone, and just think how proud you will feel if your special nominee steps on stage at I&E in Anaheim to receive the award. Priceless.

In Safety & Risk, Driving Dynamics president Art Liggio raises some chilling concerns about the risks of drugged driving. We live in California, where the recreational use of marijuana has just been legalized, so clearly we are sharing the road with buzzed drivers. To identify those drivers, Driving Dynamics has a terrific safety bulletin Watch Out for the ‘Other Driver’ – you can download the pdf here and get it in the hands of your drivers.

Drive 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: Pursuing Fleet Sustainability in Any Political Climate

Fleet Sustainability is not just about energy. It’s not just about emissions. It’s not just about efficiency. It’s about all of these things, and it makes good sense in any political climate.

VIDEO: Fleet and Outsourcing

  Outsourced Fleet Managers are Becoming More Common

There’s a growing global trend to outsource fleet managers versus hiring them to work in-house.

VIDEO: The One Second Advantage

  Winter Driving Safety Tips

Smart winter driving safety tips from Driving Dynamics — a one-second advantage can make a world of difference.

The Fleet Spot

Nominations For 2018 FLEXY Awards Close This Saturday

During the annual Institute and Expo, NAFA holds the Fleet Excellence Awards (FLEXYs), an annual award program dedicated to recognizing the best and brightest in the fleet management profession.

The FLEXYs shine a spotlight on those who impacted fleet in both the corporate and public fleet segments during 2017. These awards will be reviewed by a prestigious industry panel consisting of fleet managers, fleet management company professionals, and members of the fleet industry.

Submit nominations today at NAFA’s hassle-free online nominations form.

READ MORE about the Nomination Process

Two New Executives Join LeasePlan USA’s Leadership Team to Deliver What’s Next

LeasePlan USA announced the appointment of Greg Buckland to the position of chief information officer (CIO).

As CIO, Buckland will manage all aspects of LeasePlan USA’s information technology (IT) functions and ensure delivery of all IT services to support the business requirements of internal users and customers. In addition to overseeing technology activities in the United States, Buckland will lead additional regions, including Brazil, Canada, India and Mexico.

LeasePlan USA also recently appointed Matt Patterson to the position of senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. In this role, Patterson will be responsible for both the legal and human resources functions of the organization, as well as secretarial functions for the LeasePlan USA Board of Directors.

Read the news at LeasePlan USA.

Motivational Speaker/Comedian Jody Urquhart as Keynote Speaker at NAFA’s 2018 Institute & Expo

NAFA Fleet Management Association announced author Jody Urquhart as keynote presenter for the Association’s annual conference, the Institute & Expo (I&E).

Urquhart’s presentation, ‘This Would Be Funny If It Wasn’t Happening to Me! How to Navigate the Future With Enthusiasm and Vigor’, promises to challenge attendees and shake them from their comfort zones.

Read more.

Vehicle Tracking Solutions® and Bestpass® Partner to Offer Unique Toll Management Reconciliation and Fleet Management Within One Intuitive Platform

Vehicle Tracking Solutions (VTS) and Bestpass have partnered to form a unique and powerfully combined fleet management and toll management reconciliation platform.

Within one intuitive platform, this partnership will offer companies full visibility nationwide into all fleet, driver, and toll management operations.

This unique fleet management platform combines the power of VTS’ industry-leading and fleet management platform, Silent Passenger, and Bestpass, a nationwide toll coverage and streamlined toll management system.

Read more of the Press Release.

Safety & Risk

By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics

Last year Safety & Risk featured two columns: Alert the Fleet: The Other Driver Has Been Abusing Prescription Opioids and Riding High in My ’58 Ford Cortina,” both intended to raise awareness that we’re sharing the road with more and more drivers operating their vehicles with diminished capacity.

And as more states legalize the use of marijuana―most recently added was California with 38 million inhabitants representing 12 percent of our country’s population, the message of vigilance and preparedness is worth repeating.

With access to this recreational drug becoming more easily available ever day, it’s almost certain we’ll see an increase in the number of individuals operating vehicles under the influence, putting themselves and the rest of us in harm’s way.



Globally Speaking

By Mark Boada, Senior Editor

By all accounts, when it comes to the world’s electric vehicle (EV) present and future, China is the 800-pound gorilla. Consider the following, as reported in This Week in Asia last August:

  • In 2015, Beijing declared its plans to dominate the world’s electric car industry by the year 2025.
  • In 2016, China sold half a million electric vehicles, making it by far the world’s biggest market. In contrast, manufacturers in the world’s second largest market, the United States, sold just 155,000.
  • China’s electric vehicles are manufactured overwhelmingly by locally owned producers, not foreign joint ventures, and they are based on Chinese technologies. Last year China’s leading electric vehicle maker, Shenzhen-based BYD, turned out 100,000 cars. The leader in the US, Tesla, managed to sell 76,000 into its home market.

Elsewhere, you’ll find these facts:



Collecting Personal Data

The Washington Post

The everyday movements of tens of millions of American cars are being monitored with a huge amount of personal information being collected – everything from how fast a person drives, how hard he brakes, to how much fuel his car uses and the entertainment he prefers.

Often without owners’ knowledge, carmakers have transformed the automobile to a sophisticated computer on wheels that offers even more access to our personal habits and behaviors than smartphones do.

“Any company that has tons of data about consumers and can control the interaction with them is going to have the capability and incentive to try to use that information to the company’s advantage — and possibly to the detriment of consumers,” Ryan Calo, an associate professor of law at the University of Washington said.

Read the article at The Washington Post.

Fleet Trends & Issues

Electric Vehicle Tax Credit May Hurt Tesla and GM

The New York Times

The renewable energy subsidies survived Republican tax reform, including the $7500 electric vehicle tax credit which begins to phase out after a company sells 200,000 electric vehicles.

The 200,000 limit on the tax credit was added in 2009 when Congress extended incentives for plug-in vehicles passed during the George W. Bush administration, as a way to move the nation toward energy independence.

Tesla and G.M. have benefited from the tax credit, but will soon lose their competitive edge as they both are expected to reach the 200,000 limit this year.

Read the article at The New York Times.

Ford Partners With Waze


Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system is integrating Waze via AppLink so you’ll be able to plug in your phone and have Waze displayed on the touchscreen, operate it via the screen or voice commands, and hear the prompts from the audio system.

The Waze app gives navigation directions for best routes using crowdsourced information from Waze users on the road.

“With the flexibility of our Sync 3 software and AppLink, customers can easily use Waze to get all the traffic and navigation help they need — on a big screen and without having to fiddle around with their phones while driving,” said Don Butler, Ford executive director for Connected Vehicle and Services.

Read the article at Cars.com.

As Shared Autonomous Vehicles Gain Popularity, Carmakers Risk 40% Decline in Profits


Automotive industry researchers at Boston Consulting Group believe that by 2035, new mobility technology will account for 40 percent of industry profits.

Automakers will have to step up their investments in key areas like autonomous vehicle technology, battery production facilities, electric-vehicle charging infrastructure and self-driving taxi fleets in order to get their fair share of future profits.

“OEMs face a double-whammy challenge of needing to make investments in these growth areas at the same time that their margins in their core business are declining,” said Michelle Andersen, a BCG partner and coauthor of the study.

Read the article at Forbes.

GM Removes Chevy Bolt’s Steering Wheel & Pedals


General Motors’ driverless all-electric Chevrolet Bolt doesn’t have a steering wheel or pedals and has officially asked the federal Department of Transportation to exempt it from certain parts of the rules that govern automotive safety.

“In an age where cars won’t need any kind of pedals or steering wheels, those don’t quite make sense. They’re almost illogical or missing a predicate when there is an artificial intelligence, a computer driver,” says Paul Hemmersbaugh, GM’s policy director for autonomous vehicles.

To handle riders who demand a human touch, and to do things like call emergency services in case of a crash, GM will rely on its in-vehicle OnStar system.

Read the article at Wired.

The Redesigned Ranger

The Detroit Bureau

Ford had a solid and loyal base of buyers for the old Ranger and realized it needed to get back in the market as it watched its competition rapidly rebuild the old midsize pickup segment – sales growing a hefty 83% since 2014.

The automaker will need to really deliver on performance and fuel economy numbers when the new Ranger is released.

“The 2019 Ford Ranger isn’t just a downsized F-150. Nor is it just a tweaked version of the midsize pickup sold overseas, company officials revealed during a background briefing on the new truck. Virtually every body panel and a significant portion of what’s underneath the skin has been revised for the North American market. There’s also plenty of infotainment and safety gear meant to appeal to U.S. buyers.”

Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.


Skepticism of Driverless Vehicles

The Verge

A new poll released by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety reveals that most people don’t trust driverless car technology and think that Congress and the federal government should impose minimum safety requirements on these vehicles before they hit public roads.

A majority (63 percent) said they would not support “mass exemptions” from federal motor vehicle safety standards, and were not comfortable (75 percent) with automakers having the power to remotely disable vehicle controls when the autonomous vehicle is being operated by the computer.

“The Department of Transportation needs to issue some regulations as driverless vehicles are put onto the road to ensure a minimum level of safety and security,” said Jackie Gillan, president emeritus at the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. “Right now, that’s not the case.”.

Read the article at The Verge.


Embracing Millennials

Managed Healthcare Executive

To be successful in the future, businesses will need to understand and embrace the millennial generation while rethinking their approach to recruitment, retention, and workforce productivity.

According to the Business Journal, only 29% of millennials report feeling engaged in their jobs.

“Managers need to better understand how to work with millennials, how to keep them engaged, and most important, how to recognize the value we can add as employees.”

Read the article at Managed Healthcare Executive.

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