August 14, 2018

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Risky Business

In Safety & Risk this week, Art Liggio urges fleet safety professionals to become acquainted with an eye-opening report that examines drivers’ attitudes toward risk behaviors. Is it any surprise that texting is the #1 threat? Art asks, “…what is your company doing to mitigate this texting issue?”

One aspect of fleet mobility management is car-sharing, but how does that really work? Find out where we stand in Why Business Fleets Are Slow to Embrace Car-Sharing, and What They’re Missing.

Don’t miss John Wysseier’s second blog in his new Disruptive Leadership series: The Internet of Things: One of Today’s Disruptive Battlefronts.

Janice Sutton
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VIDEO: Driving Dynamics – A Wonderful Heritage

Driving Dynamics has a fantastic 30-year heritage – and it all began when a race car driver realized that the most dangerous part of his day was getting to and from the racetrack.

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 Fleet and Procurement – Becoming More Informed

Here’s some great advice on how Fleet and Procurement managers can work together to be more informed and make better decisions.

VIDEO: Geospatial Visualization

 A Voracious Appetite for Data

Element Fleet offers dashboards with geospatial visualization – making it easier for fleet managers to find the the relevant and meaningful data that they need.

The Fleet Spot

Norman Din, Wheels, Inc. VP of Strategic Sales, to Retire

Wheels, Inc., a leader in corporate fleet management and mobility solutions, has announced that Norman Din, Vice President of Strategic Sales, will retire August 31.

“I am exceedingly grateful to have spent so much time at Wheels, a great global organization with a thoughtful customer-focused approach to fleet and a team of people I am proud to have worked with,” said Norman. “My experience at Wheels has made me confident in its future success and that it will continue to deliver exceptional client service.”


Merchants Fleet Management Expands Senior Leadership Team

Hooksett, N.H. August 8, 2018: Merchants Fleet Management announced today it is expanding its senior leadership team to meet the growing needs of their client base which has experienced a 35% increase in leased and managed units over the last 12 months.

Jack Firriolo will assume his new role of Vice President, Fleet Credit, while Adam Secore will become Vice President, Fleet Operations.


Cox Automotive Establishes Mobility Solutions Group, Accelerates Effort with Acquisition of Clutch Technologies

Cox Automotive Mobility Solutions Group to Focus on Fleet Solutions and Consumer Mobility

“Cox Automotive is continually evolving – delivering digital retailing solutions for the immediate term while developing and investing in solutions that will fuel new models for consumer mobility and enable fleet management solutions well into the future,” said Sandy Schwartz, president, Cox Automotive. “The future of mobility as a service is a massive business opportunity, with some estimates at well in excess of $1 trillion by 2030.


Monster.com Names NAFA’s CAFM® to Top 10 Certification Ranking for Salary Increases

Report notes CAFM holders earn 27 percent more than those in fleet who have not received the certification

NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, announces that employment resource Monster.com has named NAFA’s Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) as number nine in its rankings of the top 10 best certifications to receive to boost salaries.

The Monster report showcased that CAFM holders earn 27 percent more than those employees in fleet who have not received the certification.


Fleet Spectator

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

Despite its highly touted benefits, North American business fleets are lagging behind other markets in embracing car-sharing, still a relatively small but booming phenomenon, especially among younger consumers around the world.

That’s the view from a round of interviews with some key players and observers of the nascent car-sharing market.

One big reason for the lag: for the most part, unlike government and academic fleets, business fleets don’t pool their vehicles – they assign them for permanent use by a single driver. As such, drivers generally regard their vehicle as a benefit, and many drivers are allowed to drive them for personal use, some even by members of their immediate family.

Apart from the possibility of reducing some fleet drivers’ productivity, taking away drivers’ assigned vehicles in exchange for access to a pool represents a cultural change many business fleets don’t want to undertake for fear of losing top employees or reducing their ability to recruit.



Safety & Risk

By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics

Since 2008, the AAA Foundation has published a highly informative, eye-opening report titled: Traffic Safety Culture Index.

Included are annual survey results identifying drivers’ attitudes and behaviors related to traffic safety. Working with fleet safety professionals across the country, I have found that many are not aware of this report. I encourage anyone responsible for, involved in or concerned about fleet safety to become acquainted with the analysis provided in the Traffic Safety Culture Index to better understand the trends in driver behavior and corresponding safety challenges.

This report clearly indicates that our cultural attitude toward traffic safety is being compromised and the worsening crash statistics over the past few years bear this out. As fleet operators, we are in a unique position to change this culture as we have the benefit of managing and communicating with a captive audience.



No More Gas Station

The Washington Post

For many drivers, a trip to the gas station is a forgettable inconvenience that occurs once or twice a week. The solution: a Silicon Valley company known as Yoshi, a gas-delivery start-up billing themselves as “Uber for gasoline,” functioning like a mobile gas station, using “field technicians” to fill up vehicles when they’re not being driven.

Yoshi has also begun offering customers other gas station staples, such as oil changes, tire checks, car washings and brake pad replacements. Using the company’s app customers interact with field technicians and an artificial intelligence bot named “Rachel,” which helps them schedule services.

Read the article at The Washington Post.

Fleet Trends & Issues

Ford Now Has Wrong Way Alert to Tout as its Latest Driver-Assist Feature

Car and Driver

Going the wrong way on a divided highway against traffic has dire head-on collision consequences. Ford has a relatively simple solution that could help the problem: sign-recognition technology.

Ford simply tweaked its existing road-sign recognition software to enable it to read Do Not Enter signs and alert the driver to their presence. Then it flashes a note to “check driving direction” in the vehicle’s gauge cluster or head-up display. So far, the technology will only be available in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

Read the article at Car and Driver.

Do Tesla’s Troubles Mean There’s No Future for BEVs?

By Andrew Boada, Editor at Large

Over the past year, battery electric vehicle (BEV) manufacturer Tesla has recorded losses of $2.7 billion, as much money in the past 12 months as the total it lost over the previous five years.

The losses, combined with massive quality control and delivery issues, have begun attracting quite a bit of media attention and have caused a number of increasingly vocal analysts to predict that the electric car manufacturer’s days may be numbered.

So, what’s behind Tesla’s troubles? Do they have broader significance for BEV technology in general? And if Tesla’s troubles ultimately prove fatal, would the company’s demise spell the end for the BEV?


Keep Your Car Keys Safer in the Refrigerator

USA Today

If you have a keyless car, your key fob uses an electronic signal to automatically lock/unlock, and in some models, even start your car. Thieves can easily intercept that signal. How can you prevent it?

There are a few easy ways to block criminals’ amplified signals. You can buy a signal-blocking pouch that can hold your keys, such as a shielded RFID blocking pouch. The free option is to use your refrigerator or freezer.

Read the article at USA Today.

Apple’s New Technology Includes a Smart Windshield


A patent application filed in Europe by Apple, gives a peek into an intriguing product it may offer in the future: a smart windshield. Apple’s smart windshield could use external sensors to detect the current speed as well as the posted speed limit, displaying both on the windshield.

Another feature could use internal sensors to detect stress in drivers and passengers by monitoring eye motion, heart rate, body posture, etc. The windshield would then automatically adjust its display to potentially reduce stress, although it’s not clear from the patent how the display would accomplish this.

Read the article at Fortune.

Disruptive Leadership

By John Wysseier, President and Chief Executive Officer, The CEI Group, Inc.

Perhaps as dramatic an invention as the printing press, the internet has engendered revolutionary changes in the way people work, shop, learn, communicate, receive and share information.

For some industries – like newspapers and retailing — it’s been a disruptive force that threatens the extinction of enterprises that rely on traditional technologies.

The key to this generational trend is that the internet connects people to each other, faster, with more abundant information than ever before. But, like a new life form that evolves rapidly, the internet has morphed to connect more than people to each other, but people to devices and even devices to other devices.

It’s called the Internet of Things – IoT for short — and it’s become one of the latest new battlefronts for business. Like all battlefronts, it presents both opportunities and challenges for virtually every industry, and only those who win the battle to integrate with it successfully are likely to survive and thrive.




Digital Trends

The ridesharing revolution will most likely have a huge impact on the evolution of cities and mobility around the world. One unexpected finding is that shared transportation will not differentiate along national boundaries as much as it will between cities, suburbs, and rural areas.

“People will switch between modes of transportation. People could switch from public transit to autonomous ride-sharing solutions or even take bicycles. If you go to the outside of those cities, the picture changes. You’d have public transportation to get you out of the city core, but public transportation will not be sufficient. You’ll have private cars and privately-owned shared autonomous cars,” said Andreas Breiter, associate partner at McKinsey & Company

Read the article at Digital Trends.


Autonomous Vehicles


New technology is often met with fear, and self-driving cars are no different. Americans are hesitant to trust autonomous vehicles, and there is also worry about the number of jobs the new technology might eliminate.

Yet the autonomous vehicle industry is creating jobs, especially as multiple companies race to put the first self-driving car into action.

“Autonomous cars are going to largely eliminate jobs seekers weren’t interested in and create opportunities in work that people will find more rewarding,” said Ian Siegel, co-founder and CEO of ZipRecruiter.

Read the article at CNBC.

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