May 21, 2019

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The Power of Community

One of the newest and most exciting tools NAFA Fleet Management Association is offering its members is its Communities website. Editor Mark Boada delved into it in his article: Communities: New Online Resources for Fleet Manager Problem Solving. He says, “If you’re not a NAFA member, consider joining the organization and then signing up for the community of your choice. You’ll be happy you did.”

Art Liggio reminds us that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. In his monthly column, Art gives us timely tips on how to safely navigate the road with two-wheelers.

Don’t miss NAFA’s webinar this Wednesday, May 22, to learn how to reduce your fuel expenditures!

Better Angels

This coming Monday we commemorate Memorial Day, the first and most solemn of our long summer weekends.

“The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.“ ~Abraham Lincoln

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: Handling Vehicles from the Day They’re Born Until the Day They’re Crushed

Three leading companies have come together to form ACERTUS – a complete vehicle lifecycle services platform – making it easier than ever to optimize the supply chain in the fleet space.



VIDEO: The Meaning of INNOV8

 INNOV8 Through Thinking and Acting Differently

How to innovate through little I’s to make a big impact.

VIDEO: The Power of AI

 Using Artificial Intelligence to Detect and Reduce High-Risk Driving Behaviors

Donlen has partnered with Nauto to offer an AI-powered device that effectively detects and reduces high-risk driving behaviors.

The Fleet Spot

Sue Branston Named as Finalist in Everywoman Award in Transport and Logistics

Sue Branston, Country Head for Fleet Logistics UK and Ireland, has been named as one of the finalists in this year’s everywoman awards in transport and logistics.

The everywoman awards, now in their 12th year, recognize the efforts of woman within the transport and logistics sector in the UK. From freight and rail to retail and architecture, they showcase the range of opportunities that redefine an industry traditionally seen to offer only manual, male-dominated jobs.

Branston, who has over 30 years’ experience in the automotive and fleet sector with a number of leading national companies, said:” I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted to be shortlisted for these prestigious awards, which recognize the crucial roles that women play within modern business.”


NAFA Webinar: How to Reduce Your Fueling Expenses by More Than 20 Percent with On-Site Fueling

(Sponsored by Booster Fuels)
Time: 12:00 — 1:00 PM EST
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Learn how companies such as AT&T and Amazon’s delivery service providers are reducing their fueling expenses by more than 20 percent by using a new on-site gas and diesel delivery service. Booster, a company headquartered out of Silicon Valley, is the first of its kind to purchase fuel directly from the refinery and deliver it directly to your fleet.

Note: The webinar is free for NAFA members, $25 for non-members, and participants who register but cannot attend will be able to access the recording.

Can Uber and Lyft Survive? Why Fleet Managers Should Care

If fleet managers want to come out on top in the race to managing mobility, they’d be well advised to keep tabs on the unfolding fortunes of Uber and Lyft

By Andrew Boada, Editor at Large

As the ride-hailing leaders Uber and Lyft revealed when they went public, they’re betting their future on self-driving cars. The question, though, is: will they still be around as we know them by the time fully autonomous vehicles have actually arrived and are accepted by the riding public?

Perhaps more than any others, Uber and Lyft have become the most visible representatives of what’s referred to as the “Mobility Revolution,” which, in a few words, means changing from a world where people own and drive their own fossil-fueled vehicles to shared, electrified, connected and self-driving means of transportation.


Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

By Laura Jozwiak, Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Relations, Wheels, Inc.

In “How to be Successful in a Customer Driven World,” I shared three essential components to keep pace with the complex dynamics of today’s workforce: being adaptable, collaborative and organized.

While honing all three skills may open doors for new responsibilities and your growth within your organization, I’d like to elaborate on the impact of collaboration in a customer driven world.


Safety & Risk

The safety of motorcyclists is everyone’s obligation and we all must take proactive measures to maintain the safety of everyone with which we share the road

By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) motorcyclist deaths are 28 times more frequent than fatalities in other vehicles. And, motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle continue to account for almost half of all motorcyclist fatalities in the United States.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. In honor of raising awareness, we must start by recognizing that there are many misconceptions and dangerous driving occurrences that can lead to unfortunate consequences for motorcyclists and car or truck motorists.

Here’s a few of the common dangerous driving occurrences that result in motorcycle crashes, along with some tips that you and your fleet can leverage to safely share the road with our two and three-wheeler friends:



In the Public Interest

NAFA’s website offers interactive “communities” of fellow professionals for inquiries, answers, insights and best practices

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

Every fleet manager needs to take a look at one of the latest NAFA Fleet Management Association online communications initiatives: pages devoted to members sharing challenges, solutions and insights with each other, along with libraries of presentations, segment-specific training, and other documents about cutting-edge best practices.

NAFA rolled out its Communities website initiative at its 2019 Institute & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, and they appear to be off to a good start. There are 14 different communities, six of which are devoted to different kinds of government fleets, six devoted to a variety of corporate fleets, and one for industry suppliers, called “Associate Members.”



Vehicles and Data

The New York Times

Vehicles collect a lot of unusual data. But who owns it?

Cars produced today are essentially smartphones with wheels. For drivers, this has meant many new features: automatic braking, turn-by-turn directions, infotainment. But for all the things we’re getting out of our connected vehicles, carmakers are getting much, much more: They’re constantly collecting data from our vehicles.

Cars not only know how much we weigh but also track how much weight we gain. They know how fast we drive, where we live, how many children we have — even financial information. Connect a phone to a car, and it knows who we call and who we text.

Read the article at The New York Times

Fleet Trends & Issues

Road Trips Tough With an Electric Vehicle

The DC Line

Electric cars are now sufficient for the overwhelming majority of instances Americans drive.

Their batteries hold enough energy for multiple days’ worth of commutes and around-town errands. There’s one area where today’s electric vehicles fail, however: road trips.

You’ll want to budget two hours at a fast-charging station for a full charge in the 200-plus-mile EVs. For a 500-mile day and three meal breaks, while charging, that’s more than 16 hours. Moderately long drives will end up taking a full day or more.

Read the article at The DC Line.

The World’s First All-Electric Jet-Powered Five-Seater Air Taxi Takes Flight

The Detroit News

The world’s first all-electric vertical takeoff and landing passenger jet has been unveiled after completing its maiden flight in the skies over Germany earlier this month.

German startup Lilium aims to have a fleet of the five-seat aircraft — which can operate with a pilot or in drone mode — flying in cities worldwide by 2025, providing a pay-per-ride service that will be emission-free, five times faster than a car and produce less noise than a motorbike. The plane will have a 185-mile range, allowing it to link New York and Boston.

Read the article at The Detroit News.

Ride-Sharing Vehicles: Grossest Things on Four Wheels

The Detroit Bureau

Tests were recently conducted to see just how nasty some modes of transport can be, specifically, taxi cabs, rental cars and ride-hailing cars.

While many would have put money on the taxi being the most disgusting, those vehicles are subject to rules, including cleanliness.

The ride-hailing vehicles came back with more than 6 million CFU/sq. in. while the rental car showed up with about 2.5 million CFU/sq. in. and the taxi was shockingly clean compared to the others at 27,000 CFU/sq. in. What does this mean in real terms? Well, a typical bathroom toilet seat would have around 171 CFU/sq. in.

Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.

Musk to Review All of Tesla’s Expenses in New Cost Cutting Efforts

The Verge

According to an all-staff email, Tesla employees were told that the company will run out of cash in about 10 months unless “hardcore” cost-cutting efforts are made, despite the fact that Tesla just raised $2.7 billion earlier this month.

Elon Musk and new CFO Zack Kirkhorn will review “all expenses of any kind anywhere in the word, including parts, salary, travel expenses, rent, literally every payment that leaves our bank account,” according to the email.

2018 may have been a pivotal year for the company’s manufacturing efforts, but Tesla still faces an existential crisis when it comes to money.

Read the article at The Verge.

The Promise of Mobility


The future of mobility offers an enormous promise: that more people and goods will be able to move faster, safer, cheaper, and cleaner than today, with greater access and equity for all users.

This system can, in turn, enable communities that are more connected and thriving economically, culturally, and socially.

To realize the benefits that a new system of mobility can create will likely mean approaching these issues in radically new ways and with deep collaboration among citizens, communities, civic leaders, governments, and business.

Read the article at Forbes.


Disruptive Leadership

By John Wysseier, CEO and President, The CEI Group

There’s no doubt that, as The Economist proclaimed in a recent headline: “The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.”

So, here are the questions a business leader should ask about his or her own company:

  • Does your company make the most of its own rich reserve of data?
  • Does it recognize all the veins of data deposits?
  • Is your company mining all of that data to determine the strength of its business pulse?
  • Is your company acting on its data to achieve its strategic goals and to help its valued customers achieve their own goals?

If the answers are “No,” maybe it’s because your company doesn’t possess a data-driven culture.


Congestion Costs


For years, drivers in London, Stockholm, Milan, and a few other international cities have been subject to congestion charges – fees paid by drivers to enter highly trafficked areas in peak times. Since 2003, private car use in central London has declined by 30%.

New York lawmakers have approved a daily charge on motor vehicles entering Manhattan below 61st Street, going into effect in 2021. The proceeds will be used to fix N.Y.C.’s ailing subway lines. Philadelphia and L.A. are considering similar plans.

Read the article at Fortune.

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