June 25, 2019

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Keeping Our ‘Thoughts and Eyes’ on Safety

Driving Dynamics’ most recent Safety & Risk column focuses on the necessity for drivers to be trained on the proper function of ADAS technologies. This week, we learn more about the driver confusion surrounding these high-tech systems from a new study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. IIHS called out Tesla Autopilot, saying the name “signals to drivers that they can turn their thoughts and their eyes elsewhere.”

Many fleets check their drivers’ motor vehicle records once a year — and some not at all — but a strong case for continuous MVR monitoring is made in this thoughtful article from SuperVision: Continuous MVR Monitoring: Overcoming the ‘Good Enough’ Objection.

In Four Factors Forcing Fleet Managers to Rethink Their European Car Policies, Thibault Alleyn, global consulting director at FleetVision, offers an in-depth look at the external factors heralding unprecedented levels of change.

Catch the latest news every day at our dynamic website: FleetManagementWeekly.com

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: Increasing Synergies Between Hertz and Donlen

Synergies between Donlen and its parent company, Hertz, are becoming increasingly powerful – in no small part due to their center of excellence for software product engineering.



VIDEO: ASE-Certified Technicians Come to You

 Vehicle Repair Time: From 2 Days to 2 Hours

Wrench has combined an online platform to maintain your fleet and your drivers with ASE-certified technicians who come to you, and the results have been impressive.

VIDEO: Just the Right Routes

 The Power of Highly Optimized Vehicle Routing

Bing Maps for Enterprise serves the fleet market in highly specific ways. Its algorithms are customized to find the just the right routes for specific sorts of vehicles, including a distance matrix for fleets of trucks.

The Fleet Spot

NAFA Webinar: Securing the Connected Fleet from the Cloud. Today.

Sponsored by Upstream Security

Live webinar date: Wednesday, July 3rd — 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern

Cybersecurity strategies for securing connected vehicles have traditionally been focused around the security of the vehicle internals. This session will outline some of the automotive cybersecurity landscape using findings spanning eight years of research.

We will then dive into an innovative new approach to automotive security – cloud-based security – offering agent-less, backwards compatible and instantly deployable protection.

Learn more and register online

Study: Nauto Prevent In-Cab Alerts Reduced Driver Distractions


Nauto released findings from a study of commercial drivers’ distracted driving behavior and found while nearly all drivers (99 percent) had at least one distracted driving event, behavior improved dramatically when Nauto Prevent In-Cab Alerts were activated within their vehicles.

According to the NHTSA, about nine people die each day as a result of distracted driving and another 1,000 injuries occur per day in accidents that reportedly involve a distracted driver. We believe this is an underestimation – based on our 2018 study, we found that over 70% of collisions involved distracted driving.

Read more at nauto.

AFLA 2019: Major MJ Hegar Opening Keynote

In 2018, MJ Hegar ran for Congress in Texas and struck a meaningful chord across the nation.

Beautifully depicted in her moving and wildly-viral campaign video, “Doors,” Hegar told her story about opening, pushing and sometimes kicking through every door in her way.

In her electrifying presentation, she will discuss the importance of teamwork as well as individual advocacy, highlighting the doors that each of us has in our paths—and how to open, push, or kick your way through.


The Vehicle Safety Technology Paradox: Don’t Forget, You’re the One in Control

By Art Liggio, CEO and President of Driving Dynamics

If advanced-driver-assist system (ADAS) technologies are installed on all vehicles, it can potentially prevent more than 2.7 million crashes, 1.1 million injuries and nearly 9,500 deaths each year according to a report by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

However, it also warns that many drivers are unaware of the current safety limitations. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety notes that lack of understanding or confusion about the proper function of these ADAS technologies can lead to misuse or overreliance, which could result in deadly crashes.

Many drivers have already relegated responsibility to maintain active control of their vehicles to these systems which highlights the concern—overreliance on technology without proper knowledge or training. Based on the statistics above, it shows that drivers are unaware of what triggers these systems, how to react once initiated and the elevated risk levels when the technology is activated.


Once a Year is Not Enough

By Shannon McNamara

According to conventional wisdom, pulling a driver’s motor vehicle record (MVR) once a year is enough to identify risky drivers.

In fact, it gives risky drivers a long grace period before discovery and unnecessarily raises the fleet’s risk profile and potential for a costly liability claim.

Among the most common objections to implementing a continuous motor vehicle record (MVR) program is that a once-a-year MVR pull is “good enough” to identify risky drivers.

This objection, which reflects conventional wisdom about MVRs, is true enough for most drivers. In fact, the vast majority of drivers will not have a violation necessitating the pulling of an MVR and intervention by fleet personnel or management. However, even the best driver can engage in risky behavior resulting in a violation — raising the fleet’s risk profile, the potential for a serious crash, and a liability lawsuit.



Globally Speaking

Companies and businesses across Europe are having to rethink their fleet policies because of external factors which are introducing unprecedented levels of change.

That was the message from Thibault Alleyn, Global Consulting Director at FleetVision, the fleet and mobility consultancy arm of TÜV SÜD Group and sister company to Fleet Logistics, at a high-level conference in London recently.

Alleyn told delegates that external factors were forcing companies to rethink their approach to fleet. Ten years ago, he said, it was not uncommon for companies to have five-year-old fleet policies in place which were still relatively up to date.

Now, that was no longer the case due to four key issues: tax and legislation, the supplier offering, changes in doing business and employee mentality, said Alleyn.



A False Sense of Safety?

The Detroit Bureau

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety asked 2,000 drivers about five of the most advanced Level 2 systems, including Autopilot, Super Cruise, ProPilot, Driving Assistant Plus, and the Traffic Jam Assist systems.

Half of the respondents thought that Autopilot allowed a driver to take their hands completely off the wheel.

For other Level 2 systems, many thought these systems were safe enough for the driver to talk on a cellphone, text, even watch a video or even e to take a nap. One likely reason is that the names used for these features imply more than what they are actually capable of.

Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.

Fleet Trends & Issues

Plan for Lengthy Pit Stops When Taking a Road Trip in Your Electric Car

The New York Times

Most electric cars need to be plugged in after they’ve traveled 200 to 250 miles, and charging them can take an hour or more.

A round-trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas could take 8 hours driving time, and over 5 hours of charging time.

Charging speeds and plug-in locations make the trip a bit challenging. The U.S. has about 24,000 public charging stations, with an average of fewer than three charging posts. Chargers are often much slower than advertised top speeds and some electric-car drivers have to carry multiple adapters.

Read the article at The New York Times.

Traffic Fatalities Down Overall, But Pedestrian, Bicyclist Deaths Rise


The number of U.S. traffic fatalities in 2018 fell 1 percent despite the fact that Americans drove more miles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a preliminary report released this week.

And while it’s heartening to think that measures to improve safety may be working, the truth is a little harder to swallow — driver and passenger fatalities are down, but traffic deaths among pedestrians and bicyclists are up.

Read the article at Cars.com.

Korean Automakers Rate Tops in J.D. Power Quality Study

The Detroit News

For the first time in five years, overall quality rankings did not rise in J.D. Power’s 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study.

The study gauges how new vehicles are faring in their first 90 days.

Hyundai Motor Group’s luxury Genesis Motors brand achieved the highest ranking in new-car quality among all car brands in the 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study, while Kia ranked No. 2 and Hyundai was No. 3.

It was the second consecutive year the rankings were topped by three South Korean brands. Their electronics performance was especially strong.

Read the article at The Detroit News.

Ireland to Ban New Petrol and Diesel Vehicles By 2030


The Irish government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, as part of a major strategy to protect the environment.

The aim is to ensure that all new cars and vans on Irish roads in 11 years’ time are electric vehicles.

By 2025, at least one recharging point will be required at new non-residential buildings with more than 10 parking spaces.

The hope is that by the time the petrol and diesel vehicle ban is introduced in 2030 there will be 950,000 electric vehicles on Irish roads.

Read the article at BBC.

Autonomous Vehicles and Disruption


A future with driverless cars means people will have more options to avoid driving on their own, beyond trains, buses and airplanes.

Distance, travel time, cost and convenience will influence the decisions.

Passengers could eat, drink, work and sleep during the 10-hour drive. They could leave whenever they want, and pack whatever they want – including liquids and pocketknives – with no searches or scans. When they get to their destination, they wouldn’t have to find a rental car and navigate to the actual place they’re going. These changes could substantially change the aviation industry.

Read the article at SmartCompany.


Distracted Pedestrians?


People are struggling to explain the alarming rise in pedestrian deaths, which reached a generation-long high in 2018. Cell phone use, especially by pedestrians, is often floated as the explanation.

It’s easy to see why this theory is popular. Pedestrian deaths started rising in 2009 about the time smart phones began becoming ubiquitous.

But distracted walking — you hear the terms “zombie pedestrians,” or “petextrians” thrown around — probably isn’t the explanation for the additional 2,000 pedestrian deaths last year compared to a decade ago.

Read the article at STREETSBLOG USA


Fighting Stress

Fast Company

Optimism is the expectation of good things to happen and the belief that our behavior matters, especially in the face of challenges.

When you develop an optimistic mindset, you’ll be in a better headspace to manage burnout and depression. You’ll also increase your productive energy and will probably see more success throughout your career.

A recent study found that optimists have met more of their goals – both personally and professionally. Optimists are nearly twice as likely to meet their primary life goals.

Read the article at Fast Company.

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