April 23, 2019

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One of the most anticipated events at the annual NAFA I&E is the FMC panel. In Louisville, Kentucky last week, CEOs from the five leading US fleet management companies offered sage advice to fleet managers who wish to elevate the influence they have within their companies.

That counsel and other highlights from the conference are presented in At NAFA I&E 2019: Making a Strategic Business Value Case is the Most Critical Skill Fleet Managers Need to Cultivate.

One of the initiatives that created a great deal of buzz at I&E is the launch of NAFA Communities. NAFA CEO Phil Russo tells us about it in this video clip

A heartfelt thank-you to the 40+ industry leaders the FMW team interviewed at the conference. We remain inspired by the collegiality and talent within our fleet industry.

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: Continuous MVR Monitoring Protects You Against Negligent Entrustment

Drivers with suspended licenses can be a huge liability for your company or organization. Luckily, continuous MVR monitoring can protect you against negligent entrustment lawsuits.



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 Growth and Change at Auto Driveaway

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VIDEO: The Launch of NAFA Communities

 The Launch of NAFA Communities

NAFA just announced a Communities program that will be an online tool for members to access segment-specific programs and content, accelerate their networking among like-minded peers — and give them a voice in NAFA.

The Fleet Spot

Analysis: Top 25 Cities Could Save On Average 37% of Fuel Costs by Switching to EVs

Whitepaper uses new Dollar Per Gallon-equivalent rating (DPGe) to directly compare electric and traditional fleet vehicle fueling costs

A recent white paper by AMPLY Power reveals that 25 of America’s largest metropolitan areas could save an average of 37 percent on fuel costs by electrifying their bus and light-duty vehicle fleets.

Additionally, well-managed electric fleets, that optimize electricity charging for off-peak hours, and avoid demand charges, can save as much as 60 percent on fueling versus their internal combustion engine (ICE) or unmanaged EV fleet counterparts.


Donlen Partners with Nauto to Improve Fleet Safety

Donlen has partnered with Nauto, an AI-technology company to improve the safety of commercial fleets.

With this announcement, Donlen customers will have access to high-risk driving behaviors that leverages a multi-sensor device, artificial intelligence, and proprietary algorithms to assess situational risk both inside and outside the vehicle.

Nauto’s In-cab alerts enable automated coaching in the cabin to help stop high-risk driving behaviors the moment they occur. In-cab alerts notify drivers based on the severity of the distraction event to return their attention back on the road.

Read the entire press release.

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By Janice Sutton, Editor in Chief

Members of the NAFA Fleet Management Association know how much it has helped support their careers in so many ways: through its annual Institute & Exposition, webinars, educational programs, publications, and networking opportunities.

But do you know that behind NAFA stands the NAFA Foundation, a non-profit organization that does even more?

Since its beginnings in 1976, the Foundation has expanded its role from working with institutions of higher learning to publishing case studies relating to vehicle fleet management, offering scholarships, funding computer-based tools for making fleet management decisions, and conducting industry benchmarking studies. More recently, the Foundation has funded two white papers and, this year hosted “Mobility Day” at the Institute & Expo.


Understanding the Connection of Underlying Driver Behaviors as the Root Cause of Distracted Driving

By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Summary of Statistical Findings (DOT HS 812 381), every day crashes that involve a distracted driver kill nine plus people and injures more than 1,000.

With April being National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it is the perfect opportunity to have a conversation with your drivers about the types of distracted driving and how best to avoid them.

When drivers understand the behaviors that contribute to dangerous distractions, they gain valuable insight which puts them on a road to positive change and self-improvement behind the wheel.


Fleet Spectator

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

Fleet managers’ future depends on a skill they may have largely overlooked: making a strategic business value case that elevates the influence they have within the organization and secures C-suite buy-in for its initiatives.

The issue was discussed on the third and final day at last week’s NAFA Institute & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, during a breakfast and general session that featured a panel discussion by the CEOs of five leading fleet management companies.

It came in response to the first question posed by moderator Mike Joyce, executive director of the American Automotive Leasing Association, who asked the panelists for their advice on how fleet managers can elevate their positions within their organizations and portray fleet as a driver of success.



The Promise of 4G and 5G

“The majority of connected vehicles today are still aligned with 2G and 3G networks that provide far greater speeds than previous generations but not the kind of speed 4G and 5G promise the smart automotive industry.”

By: Mike Branch, Vice President, Data & Analytics at Geotab

Since 1996, when General Motors introduced OnStar to enable drivers to call for roadside assistance and emergency services, carmakers have developed highly intelligent technologies to advance the smart, connected vehicle. But, as the automotive and tech industries ramp up efforts to bring autonomous vehicles (AVs) mainstream, some critics argue they may be putting the cart in front of the horse.

Before expecting skeptical consumers to embrace driverless cars, it may require taking a small step back to consider where their confidence hangs in the balance: trusting in the technology currently embedded in their vehicles.



Globally Speaking

By Andrew Boada, Editor at Large

While mobility as a Service, or “MaaS,” is being touted as the future of fleet management, it’s still in its infancy and needs city and regional governments to do much more to make it a mature reality.

That was the consensus at a two-day conference in London this month called Smart Mobility & Transportation 2019.

For fleet managers, MaaS means managing a budget that covers every way that employees travel on the job, including ride-hailing, taxis, airplanes, and public transit. The goal for fleets is cost-savings derived in large measure from reducing the vehicles they own or lease and maximizing the use of the ones they continue to own.

For governments, as conference speakers indicated, the ultimate goals are different, but overlap and are complementary with fleets’.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Collision-Warning Systems Can Modify Driver Behavior

The New York Times

Older cars can be outfitted with aftermarket lifesaving technology systems, similar to the new collision warning equipment in new vehicles.

A new study from the IIHS suggests it can make driving safer for you — or your teenager.

“I never used turn signals as much until I started driving with a lane-departure warning system,” said Ian Reagan, the author of the study and an official at the IIHS.

Read the article at The New York Times.

ADB Smart Headlights Could Improve Road Safety


Adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlights – also called smart headlights – are already available in Europe and Canada, but not yet legal in the U.S.

“Any technology, including ADB, that can allow drivers to take advantage of that increase in seeing distance that high beams provide without causing glare to oncoming or followed vehicles is a plus for night driving safety,” says Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at Consumer Reports auto test center and head of CR’s headlight test program.

Read the article at MSN.

Amazon Delivery Drivers Take Selfies to Verify Identification

The Verge

Amazon is now making its delivery drivers take selfies in an effort to reduce fraud.

Using facial recognition, the company will verify drivers’ identities to make sure they are who they say they are.

These efforts could screen out anyone who is technically unauthorized from delivering packages, such as criminals who are attempting to use Amazon Flex as an excuse to lurk in front of people’s homes.

Read the article at The Verge.

Ford’s New Smart Key Fobs Provide Hacker Protection

Motor Authority

The sleep mode in Ford’s smart key fob will keep hackers from stealing crucial encoded information.

The smart key fob detects when it’s been stationary for at least 40 seconds and enters the sleep mode. Then, it will be totally unresponsive.

A hacker is capable of using what’s called a “relay box” to extend a signal and unlock, lock, or start a car without the owner’s doing or knowledge. When the smart key fob is dormant, hackers cannot use any equipment to manipulate the key.

Read the article at Motor Authority.

The FICO Score for Safe Driving

By Rachel Bell, VP of Scores and Analytics, FICO

Despite advancements in safety technology, road fatalities are on the rise, with crashes involving large commercial vehicles going up by nine percent.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, human error accounts for 94% of crashes. However, the latest generation of telematics are providing fleet managers with new insights into driver behavior that will have a significant impact on driver safety as well as operational costs in the future.

The latest telematics offer a wealth of new data sources that – when combined with predictive analytics – are helping to identify valuable insights that simply weren’t available before. By capturing the right data, fleet managers can help identify and reinforce safe driving behaviors across the fleet – ultimately leading to safer roads and lower costs for insurance carriers.



A High-Tech Heist

Car and Driver

Car thieves in Chicago have made off with more than 100 high-end vehicles using the car-sharing service Car2Go.

Some vehicles were then used to commit other crimes.

Despite earlier reports that the app was hacked, Car2Go explained in a statement that the app is secure and said the company is treating the issue as a fraud case. An investigation is still ongoing and at least 12 suspects are in custody.

Read the article at Car and Driver.


Avoiding Burnout

Harvard Business Review

People are feeling burned out. And yet despite this, many workers very publicly wear this overworked, overly busy work martyrdom like a badge of honor.

The ability to work effectively and have time for a fulfilling and healthy life outside of work – is a core value – although most organizations struggle to live that value.

Behavioral science interventions will help people begin to act their way into a new way of thinking: Recognize the power of social signals, Build in slack for important work and Increase transparency into everyone’s workload.

Read the article at Harvard Business Review.

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