By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics
Picture this scene: you, a seasoned fleet driver; are driving through the city, traveling at the posted speed-limit. You find yourself passing through busy controlled intersections—all of a sudden your cell phone rings, what is your next move?
Same scenario, but this time imagine your newly-licensed teenage son or daughter behind the wheel, driving through the city, traveling at the posted speed-limit, moving through busy controlled intersections—all of a sudden the cell phone rings, what will be your teenager’s response?
Like all parents, you hope that your teen will make the decision not to answer the call or respond to the text message. What assurances do you have that the correct decision will be made? The first step in helping your child become a safe and responsible driver is to acknowledge that you play the most important role in their success behind the wheel.
By Bernie Kavanagh, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Large Fleet, WEX, Inc.
By getting machines to recognize patterns on their own, machine learning has powered massive data transformations across industries, making computing processes more efficient and affordable and making it possible for cars to drive themselves and for internet search functions to become increasingly sophisticated.
In the fleet industry, it’s already helped companies cut down on unnecessary fuel spend and to adopt technologies such as video-based driver safety systems. And thanks to new advances in Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), machine learning is now providing an entirely new level of data protection and security for B2B and cross-border payments.
These types of payments are historically complex and scattered through multiple parties. They require the movement of data along with funds and have been more complicated to track for mishaps and more vulnerable to fraudulent and unethical spending. In the past, to predict future spendings, companies had to manually track data-focused spending trends and habits. Today’s APIs allow fleet companies to monitor for suspicious behavior and fraudulent activity while also providing their employees with several options for payment.
READ MORE to learn how APIs can help fleets tackle these risks.
Instead of buying or leasing a car, subscription services offer simple and flexible ways to drive a vehicle, for one monthly fee, with options to exchange it according to tasks, or even moods.
Manufacturers such as Cadillac, Ford, Volvo and Porsche offer subscriptions to their cars, while companies such as Fair, Flexdrive, Clutch and Carma allow members to drive a variety of makes and models.
“This seems to be what people have been asking for all along — a negotiation-free way of driving a car,” says Matt Jones, a senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds. “And there’s no fear of buyer’s remorse — if you don’t like the car, jettison it and get something else.”
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The Washington Post
According to General Motors, the Bolt can travel nearly 240 miles on a single charge, but that number can easily be reduced 100 miles or more depending on road conditions, individual driving style and most importantly – cold weather.
EV range drops in low temperatures, especially when combined with abundant heater use, fast driving, quick trips multiple times a day and conventional braking (instead of regenerative).
“For any electric vehicle, range will always depend on several factors like weather, driving conditions, temperature preferences in the car and overall driver habits,” Joe LaMuraglia, a Chevrolet spokesman, said.
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By Laura Jozwiak, Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Relations, Wheels, Inc.
Now what do we do?
We started having these Customer Driven conversations 18 months ago, sharing many topics over that time ranging from the importance of practice to going beyond expectations to building loyalty and authenticity. I have enjoyed hearing and being part of the conversations that these topics have spawned. It is inspiring to know that these ideas have expanded beyond this column.
That said, while we may have read and talked about these topics, taking action is what makes a difference. And now seems like a good time to discuss how to integrate this information into your specific world; what works for one person or organization may not work for others.
This is where it is helpful to have someone with whom you can bounce ideas around to determine how to best incorporate them into your situation. Think about a good role model or mentor within your organization who knows you well and can help direct what ideas would work best for your personality, your role, and company culture.
The 13th annual Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America™ awards were announced today with Ford Motor Company, Nissan North America, and Toyota Motor Corporation showing strong fleet industry value with the three manufacturers winning nearly half of the 2018 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America awards.
Ford earned seven Vincentric awards, led by the Taurus, which won for the eighth time, and the F-150 which took top honors for the sixth time.
Nissan had six winning vehicles, with the NV 200 delivering the win for the fifth year in a row in the Small Commercial Van segment and the Infiniti brand earning three awards in luxury segments.
Toyota’s strong fleet lineup was evident as they earned five Vincentric awards, led by the mid-size Camry and the Tacoma pickup which won for a record-setting 12th time.
BMW, Chevrolet, Subaru, and Mercedes-Benz also performed well, each taking home three Vincentric fleet awards, while Hyundai and Audi each had two award winning vehicles.
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By John Challen
What will be the impact of autonomous vehicles? George de Boer, leader of connected car initiatives at TomTom Telematics, does some crystal ball gazing.
Management systems have become essential tools for fleet managers and operators in recent years, helping to monitor and control company vehicles and employees when behind the wheel. But with so many systems in the marketplace – and with many of them offering the same or similar benefits – it can be confusing to know which is the right one to choose for a business.
TomTom Telematics is just one of the many service providers in the fleet management sphere, but it is fully focused on the evolution of the products it currently has, as well as preparing for new user models and forms of transportation. “We are using our 16 years of experience in commercial vehicles to get data from vehicles into one platform and making it understandable and valuable for fleet managers,” explains George de Boer, currently in charge of business development for connected cars, but a veteran of the TomTom business.
“The role of the fleet manager is different for cars to commercial vehicles as the former is more about monitoring where the fleet is, how much it is costing the company and the promotion of safer driving. In passenger cars there isn’t the need to know exactly where vehicles are and when they will be at their destination – not at the moment, anyway.”