October 30, 2018

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Our Mobile Workers

Selecting the right vehicle program for today’s mobile worker is examined in Managing the Reimbursed Fleet. John Petrucelli, VP of R&D and Product Innovation at Motus says a one-size-fits-all vehicle program is no longer the soundest approach.

Our friends at eDriving remind us of the heightened crash risks in winter weather and offer safe driving tips to prepare for the hazards of winter driving.

Bloomberg has a terrific article about distracted driving, saying a crackdown is coming! It’s about time.

Our hearts are heavy as our nation mourns the victims of hatred and intolerance.

Janice Sutton
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In the Public Interest — Successfully managing the government fleet

Managing the Reimbursed Fleet — Expert strategies to manage mobile employees

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

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VIDEO: Focusing on Drivers’ Ever-Evolving Day-to-Day Needs

Today’s drivers’ needs continue to evolve, and the offerings from WEX are evolving along with them.

VIDEO: Safety and Technology

 We’re at an Inflection Point Between Safety and Technology

We are currently at an inflection point between safety and technology, and that makes world-class driver safety training more important than ever.

VIDEO: Autonomous Vehicles

 Safety, and the Transition to Autonomous Vehicles

Yes, autonomous vehicles are coming. But there’s going to be a transition period, and safety is going to be a big issue.

The Fleet Spot

AFLA to Host Forum on Big Data

The Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association (AFLA) is excited to offer a new educational opportunity for AFLA members this year.

The AFLA Forum on Big Data: Leveraging for TCO, Safety and Operational Efficiency will allow registrants to participate in one of three live audiences, or by live-streaming the event through their web browser.

This event will be hosted by the AFLA Education Task Force chaired by Michael Bieger.


[Webinar] Everything You Need to Know About Award-Winning Fleets

Ever wanted to run an award-winning fleet? We know the guy for you.

Join us for a conversation on how you can model your fleet management after the 2018 Fleet Manager of the Year, USIC’s Phil Samuelson.

Samuelson will be joined by USIC’s VP of health, environment, and safety, Tom Karnowski. In the webinar, event attendees can expect to learn how to focus on data and technology to drive down costs, what safety improvements USIC implemented to win the award, and what it takes to gain leadership and driver buy-in in order to meet corporate goals.

Thursday, Nov. 8 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

RSVP today as seats are limited. You won’t want to miss this.

Cyber Security, Electrification, and the Evolving Autonomous Landscape; What This Means to Fleet

NAFA Webinar: Wednesday , November 21, 2018, 12:00-1:00 PM EST

Instructors: Dennis Straight, Chief Technology Officer, Donlen; Elizabeth Rossiter, Director, Telematics and Safety Products, Donlen; and John Korte, VP Mobility Business Development, Donlen

Topics:Fleet professionals have to prepare for the arrival of connected vehicles, and be prepared for electrification, cyber security, and autonomous vehicles. You are the fleet expert, and your senior leaders will turn to you for answers. Learn how to be in a position of authority by learning what is on the horizon.

Register Today

EU Fleet Managers Need to Take Pro-active Approach to WLTP or Face Rising costs, Warns FleetVision

EU Fleet managers need to take a pro-active approach to vehicle selection following the introduction of the new Worldwide Harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) or face escalating fleet costs.

That’s the warning from FleetVision, the fleet and mobility consultancy arm within TÜV SÜD Group, which says that fleets could face additional costs of several hundreds of Euros per vehicle per year if they do not make the right vehicle selections now within their fleet choice lists.


Managing the Reimbursed Fleet

By John Petrucelli, Vice President of R&D and Product Innovation, Motus

Cloud and mobility solutions have converged with the on-demand economy to fuel an increase in people that drive for work, while serving other roles for their business – the food delivery driver, the regional store manager, the repair specialist, to name a few. All of these different mobile employees have unique needs that their businesses must be able to support.

Vehicle programs, meanwhile, have been slow to catch up to the new dynamic. A one-size-fits-all program is no longer the soundest approach. Despite there being several different types of mobile workers serving several different roles within a single organization, most businesses will approach those mobile workers with a single, standardized vehicle program. This approach may seem easier. In reality, it’s a disservice to your business. That extends from costs, to your mobile workers’ functionality and productivity.

So how do you determine what type of vehicle program is the best fit for your mobile workers and your business? One key consideration: mileage.



Doing the Right Thing


If a trolley threatens to run over people on one track, would you pull a lever to switch it to a track where it would only kill one person?

Around the world, a new study asked 13 variations on the trolley morality problem, involving self-driving cars and combinations of victims young and old, rich and poor, and rule followers or breakers, among others.

Carmakers are global, so they will need to use the findings at the very least to adapt how they sell their increasingly autonomous cars, if not how the cars actually operate.

Read the article at Fortune.


Snow, Ice and Safety

By eDriving

Winter weather conditions impact driver safety regardless of the experience level of the driver.

The end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) combined with decreasing temperatures leads to heightened crash risk for all drivers. Preparation is key, including looking out for other road users who might not know how to handle their vehicles in bad weather.

Here, eDriving provides safe winter driving tips for fleet, safety and risk managers to distribute to their employees who drive at work AND their families. These winter safety tips will help all drivers prepare for the hazards of winter and return home to their loved ones every day, whatever the weather.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Study: Uber and Lyft Behind a Sharp Rise in US Traffic Deaths

MIT Technology Review

The rise of ride-sharing services has increased traffic deaths by 2% to 3% in the US since 2011, equivalent to as many as 1,100 mortalities a year, according to a new study from the University of Chicago and Rice University.

How it was calculated: Researchers took statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and compared them with the dates Uber or Lyft launched in a specific city. Then they checked accident rates in those cities relative to vehicle miles traveled. That rate shot up in San Francisco after Uber launched in 2010, a phenomenon that was replicated in other cities.

Read the article at MIT Technology Review.

Consumer Reports Survey Says Toyota, Asian Brands Are Most Reliable

Chicago Tribune

Consumer Reports got more than 500,000 responses to the annual survey of its subscribers, and it uses the data from the 2000-2017 model years to predict reliability of 2019 vehicles.

U.S.-based brands fell to the bottom half of 29 brands in the rankings. Lexus and Toyota were once again at the top.

“If you’re slow to the market, you’re slow with technology, that’s the way you do get reliability and that’s how Toyota is so consistent,” Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports said.

Read the article at Chicago Tribune.

As Trump Tries to Roll Back Emissions Standards, GM Pushes National Electric Car Plan


General Motors is calling for the federal government to start a nationwide program that would put more electric vehicles on the roads and turbocharge innovation.

Trump has proposed taking away the so-called California waiver, a move certain to cause lengthy court fights. GM’s plan would be modeled on California’s Zero Emission Vehicle program. Automakers would be required to sell a certain percentage of zero emissions vehicles, which are usually electric powered, or pay credits to other companies that make such vehicles.

Read the article at CNN.

A Guide to the Confusing Hybrid Electric Vehicle Landscape

Are you having a tough time trying to figure out what kind of hybrid vehicle best suits your fleet?

By Andrew Boada, Editor at Large

It’s no wonder. Since Toyota introduced the first mass-produced hybrid car in 1997 – the Prius — the variety of hybrid types has proliferated, and the field is so littered with an attendant profusion of acronyms, jargon and auto industry market-speak that sorting out the features, advantages and disadvantages can be a mind-numbing experience.

So, what we offer here is a kind of a cheat sheet that describes the kinds of hybrids in the hope of providing you with a clear vision of the current hybrid universe. We’ll start with a basic definition: What is a hybrid electric vehicle?


Distracted Driving


As regulators, technology companies and even the most conscientious road warriors struggle with the universal urge to tap out a text or tally “likes” in slow-moving traffic, state and local policymakers are finally homing in on a strategy that works.

The project includes deep and nuanced legislation, robust publicity campaigns, steep penalties and the prospect of higher insurance rates—topped off with a hefty dose of grief for those already lost

TrueMotion, a Massachusetts-based company that monitors mobile-phone use said the average American driver spends 17 percent of every trip talking, swiping or texting. Zendrive, another startup that monitors in-vehicle phone use, said the behavior is rapidly getting worse in almost every part of the U.S.

Read the article at Bloomberg.


Pricey Technology

The Detroit Bureau

New safety systems, such as blind-spot detection and forward collision warning, can help motorists steer clear of trouble, but when a collision does occur, warns a new AAA study, the cost of making repairs is likely to skyrocket.

“Advanced safety systems are much more common today,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “It’s critical that drivers understand what technology their vehicle has, how it performs and how much it could cost to repair should something happen.”

Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.


Peak Oil?

The Detroit News

Competition between energies has gathered momentum, even in previously untouchable markets such as transportation.

In China, the sales of electric vehicles has jumped by 75 percent. Pollution in Chinese cities has decreased and encouraging renewable power and electric vehicles as well as natural gas makes sense.

Unlike the U.S., China isn’t an oil and gas powerhouse. Its strength is in manufacturing, not extraction. China’s aversion to oil is constraining investment in new oil and gas production.

Read the article at The Detroit News.

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