April 30, 2019

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Ignorance is Not Bliss!

One thing all fleet managers fear is a negligent entrustment lawsuit. In Negligent Entrustment: Ignorance Is Not Bliss or an Excuse, SuperVision’s Amber Wuollet tells us how fleet managers can reduce their company’s liability exposure. Not surprisingly, driver behavior is the biggest source of exposure.

Serendipitously, The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, NETS, today announced the date of their annual Strength in Numbers Conference (October 9-10) in Arlington, Virginia. For a recap of last’s year’s NETS conference read Mark Boada’s article: NETS 2018 Conference Impression: More Fleets Are Taking the Zero Crash Goal Seriously.

Next week, Mark writes about NETS’ very successful Latin America conference held earlier this month in Costa Rica.

Drive Safety!

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: Putting Controls on Spending at Every Level

Whether you want your drivers to be able to buy only fuel, or if you’d like to include other options – like oil or maintenance, for example – WEX offers powerful controls on spending at every level.



VIDEO: Change is Coming

 Big Changes to the Fleet Industry in the Next 10-15 Years

Due to changes in information technology, vehicle technology and a significant and ongoing brain drain, this industry expert predicts that we will see more change in the fleet industry in the next 10-15 years than we have seen in the past 70.

VIDEO: Fleet and Mobility

 Building, Innovating and Scaling Shared Mobility Worldwide

This innovative company offers software solutions to build and scale shared mobility – with three main focuses: ridesharing, carpooling and vehicle sharing.

The Fleet Spot

Driving Dynamics Introduces New Train-The-Coach Driver Safety Certification Program

Driving Dynamics Inc. announced the rollout of its CoachInsight Advantage (CoachInsight) certification course, the latest service under the company’s DriverAdvantage behind-the-wheel brand for individuals who operate light-to-medium duty vehicles.

CoachInsight is a four-day employer-onsite program that prepares company fleet safety professionals to conduct Driving Dynamics’ DriveInsight Advantage driver safety course. Coach-candidates participate in a combination of classroom lectures, role-play scenarios and driving exercises.

Driving Dynamics is showcasing its CoachInsight Advantage program at booth #157 during the 2019 iP Utility Safety Conference and Expo, April 30 through May 2 in Denton, Texas and at booth #2611 at the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Safety 2019, June 9 through June 12 in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Wheels Strengthens Real-Time Data Offerings, Integrates with Fleet Logistics Partners

Wheels, Inc. has integrated with two fleet logistics partners, bringing real-time data and greater workflow efficiencies directly into its Vehicle Inventory Management (VIM) application.

The VIM application orchestrates the decision matrix around moving hundreds of vehicles at a time during client upsizing, downsizing, or turnover events.

“One key benefit of this integration is that the data sourcing is in real-time,” said Erik Rasmussen, Director of Strategic Operations at PARS. “The minute the vehicle is picked up, Wheels receives that information. This is not just real-time sharing of data, this is real-time data.”


Save the Date! NETS Strength in Number Fleet Safety Conference

October 9-10, 2019 — Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Arlington, VA

Whether you are a full-time road safety professional, manage a fleet of vehicles, or serve in a support role with your organization’s road safety program, the NETS 2019 Annual Conference is certain to have something for everyone!

Registration open soon!

Motus Report Reveals Almost 40% of Monthly Car Allowances Lost to Taxes

Total Tax Waste for Employers and Employees Adds Up to $1.2 Billion Per Year

Motus released its Vehicle Program Tax Waste Report, which reveals how car allowance tax waste impacts U.S. companies and their mobile employees, including those who work in professional sales and management, as well as top executives.

The report found that 39 percent of one year’s car allowance spend is lost to tax waste, with the total tax waste for employees and employers reaching $1.2 billion each year.

Click here to read the report

Saving Yourself from Lawsuits

By Amber Wuollet, Manager of Marketing, SuperVision

Picture this scenario: It’s nearing the end of the work day and it has been a productive, but uneventful day — thank goodness — and you’re almost ready to head home for a well-earned evening of relaxation.

Just as you’re getting ready to walk out the door, you get a phone call. One of your drivers rear-ended another vehicle on his way back to the office.

Aside from the damage done to the front of his vehicle and the back of the other car’s, the vehicle he hit was occupied by a family with several small children in the backseat. Thankfully, no one suffered any serious injuries. Still, you can’t help but think of the headache that lies ahead.

As you put the fleet accident protocol into play — and prepare to brief your superiors — many questions will start to run through your mind.



Fleet Spectator

Widespread support seen in Congress to explore replacing gas and diesel excise taxes; fleets encouraged to participate

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

NAFA’s Washington, D.C. lobbyist predicts that a nationwide pilot program to replace the long-standing excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel with a vehicle miles traveled user fee, or VMT, will be authorized by the U.S. Congress this year.

“Reauthorizing the Federal Highway Aid Program is now at the top of the agenda,” Pat O’Connor, president of Kent & O’Connor, Inc., said in an interview with Fleet Management Weekly last week. “There’s a gap in funding for the Highway Trust Fund, and the major buzz is about a vehicle miles travel fee as the long-term solution.”



In the Public Interest

Kevin Aries, Product Management Leader, Verizon Connect

Unlike private sector fleets, which exist at the discretion of the companies that own them, public and government fleets must perform as an essential component of operations for cities and states.

And the sheer volume of vehicles required to serve a vast number of citizens means that, though they experience many of the same issues as private fleets, the challenges that public fleets face tend to be amplified and more time sensitive.

From finding fleet funding and streamlining fuel costs to grappling with vehicle utilization and maintenance, public fleets are often forced to find innovative ways to stretch thinning budgets and do more with limited resources. This is where investing in GPS technology comes in, and these are 6 of the biggest benefits public fleets can realize from the use of the right solution.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Hyundai’s New Phone App Can Change Any EV’s Settings

Car and Driver

Hyundai Motor Group has created what it calls “smartphone electric-vehicle pairing-based performance-adjustment technology.”

The smartphone app can customize and control the features and performance of personal vehicles, rentals, or vehicles in car-sharing services; users just have to download their profiles from the cloud.

Through the app, you can adjust seven performance fields: maximum torque output; top speed; the ignition, acceleration, and deceleration “abilities”‘ responsiveness; regenerative braking; and the climate-control system’s energy usage.

Read the article at Car and Driver.

Ford to Invest $500 Million in Electric PickUp Truck Maker Rivian


Ford is investing $500 million in electric pickup truck maker Rivian, working together to develop a new battery plug-in vehicle for Ford.

The joint effort with Rivian is in addition to Ford’s plans to work with Volkswagen to develop a number of vehicles, including electric ones.

Company executives said Ford will still move ahead with its own electric vehicle development efforts, including a plug-in version of the Ford F-150 pickup. They said the vehicle it will develop with Rivian will be an addition to its future lineup.

Read the article at CNN.

Electric Car Price Tag Shrinks Along With Battery Cost


The crossover point — when electric vehicles become cheaper than their combustion-engine equivalents — will be a crucial moment for the EV market.

The decision to buy an EV will be made as a matter of taste, style or preference — but not, for much longer, a matter of cost.

For a midsize U.S. car in 2015, the battery made up more than 57 percent of the total cost. This year, it’s 33 percent. By 2025, the battery will be only 20 percent of total vehicle cost.

Read the article at Bloomberg.

VW Backed Chinese EV Claims 620K-Mile Battery Life

TU Automotive

Chinese carmaker JAC Motors and Volkswagen have co-developed an SUV-inspired electric vehicle iEVS4, and is claiming an industry milestone of a battery pack life of up to 620,000 miles.

The vehicle also boasts a comprehensive suite of human-to-vehicle interaction technology.

On top of the claimed battery life, the iEVS4 claims a normal driving range of 292 miles with a maximum cruising range of up to 372 miles. The tie-up with VW has enabled the carmaker to perfect a liquid cooling system that it says makes the battery pack less prone to overheating and extending its lifespan.

Read the article at TU Automotive.

Work Truck Forum

Work Truck Solutions enables shoppers for commercial trucks to see the inventory on more than 900 dealers in 49 states

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

Commercial truck service and platform bodies were the most frequently searched-for categories among the top 10 specialized upfitted work body types on Work Truck Solutions’ dealer websites last year, accounting for more than 28 percent of all searches, the company reports.

“The top ten body types tracked in 2017 were similar to 2018 and grew proportionately to the overall increase in searches,” said Kathryn Schifferle, Work Truck Solutions’ CEO. “This confirms that overall market demand is stable and reliable. In 2018 however, we saw significant increases in rollbacks (up 300%) and chippers (up 200%) as well as passenger vans for commercial use (up 270%).”





A Boston Consulting Group found that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features and sensor technologies could save 9,900 lives every year in the United States, if deployed today.

The ADAS and crash-avoidance technologies present a tremendous opportunity to further reduce drunk driving rates and prevent collisions that are caused by human error since AVs, unlike human drivers, are incapable of driving while under the influence or distracted – and, furthermore, can be programmed to adhere more strictly to speed limits and traffic laws.

Read the article at Forbes.


Safe in the Back Seat?


A new IIHS study of frontal crashes in which belted rear-seat passengers were killed or seriously injured, suggests that more sophisticated restraint systems are needed in the back.

In the rear seat, side airbags protect passengers in a side crash, but there are no front airbags, and the seat belts generally lack crash tensioners and force limiters. During a frontal collision, forces can cause a back-seat passenger to collide with the vehicle interior. Seat belts can prevent that, but, as the new study shows, seat belts without force limiters can inflict chest injuries.

Read the article at IIHS.

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NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location, or fleet composition.
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First in fleet for 79 years. Wheels helps you build tomorrow’s fleet today.
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Driving Dynamics was established to help corporate fleet drivers develop expert, safe driving skills using proven, advanced driving techniques.
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