January 14, 2020

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Bumps on the Road to Transformation

If like FMW your business is international in scope, consider attending the 2020 International Fleet Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. It takes place on March 4, 2020 on the second media day of the Geneva International Motor Show. “Transforming from Fleet to Mobility” is the topic of the keynote speech. The venue is stunning and the networking superb.

Now, about the mobility revolution — Deloitte has published an eye-opening report on American consumers’ feelings about autonomous vehicles, EVs and the infrastructure required to support self-driving technology.

Just as we’re digesting some unsettling findings from that report, we learn from cybersecurity firm Upstream Security that the hacking of connected vehicles has soared. A disconcerting statistic from the report: 82 percent of the attacks were conducted remotely! Meanwhile, Tesla is challenging hackers to crack its cars – with $1 million on the line!

Drive safety,

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: Driver Safety Microlessons for Today’s Adult Learners

Driving Dynamics offers micro lessons in driver safety training that are geared specifically toward the way people learn today.

VIDEO: Mobility and Autonomy

 Berlin is Increasingly a Center of Mobility and Autonomy

As the main center for startups in Germany, Berlin is a rising center of all forms of urban mobility. Two great examples of this are The Drivery and Motion Lab Berlin.

VIDEO: AFLA in Canada

 AFLA Canada-USA Fleet Summit Happening in February 2020

AFLA has announced a Canada-USA Fleet Summit that’s happening in Toronto in February. This event will be a forum for idea sharing, and for understanding the differences and similarities that fleets face in Canada and the U.S.

The Fleet Spot

Free eBook: Turbocharge Your Fleet Safety Program

Just launched by eDriving, the Using Telematics and Driver Scoring To Understand and Change Driver Behavior eBook explains exactly what behaviors can be measured by telematics – including driver distraction – and discusses the advantages of a driver scoring system.

It also delves into what a consistently low driver score tells you and explores how company culture can affect driver score.

Most importantly it provides techniques for organizations to help drivers improve their scores by using proven methods of improving driver behavior.

Download your free eBook now.

‘Transforming from Fleet to Mobility’ Keynote at the International Fleet Meeting, Geneva

REGISTER NOW for the 7th International Fleet Meeting Geneva, where the organizers fleetcompentence Group and aboutFLEET offer the international fleet industry a unique GET TOGETHER platform on the second media day at the magnificent Geneva International Motor Show.

The aim of the GET TOGETHER International Fleet Meeting Geneva is to provide an exceptional networking platform for international fleet operators and the automotive, fleet management and leasing industries.

Keynote speaker Pim De Weerd, Global Commodity Manager Mobility, Phillips, will address Transformation from Fleet to Mobility.

The event will now take place in Hall 6, in the GIMS Tech– FORUM 2020, on the exclusive 2nd Media Day, VIP DAY of the GIMS.

Sedan Fleet Managers: Avoid the EV Hype and Buy ‘Pure’ Hybrids

In the end, all-electric and plug-hybrids are both more expensive than pure hybrids and traditional gasoline-powered sedans

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

Washington Post columnist Charles Lane ignited a bit of a firestorm among some readers with a December 30th piece that bore the headline, “Why electric cars still don’t live up to the hype.”

Lane opened by noting that “For the past 10 years, I’ve waged a quixotic counteroffensive against electric-car boosterism, raining skepticism on the vehicles’ potential to cure climate change, much less to be the clean, green wave of the transportation future.”

Make no mistake, we at Fleet Management Weekly are convinced that global warming is a critical issue and that one part of the solution involves dramatically increasing the fuel efficiency of all vehicles. But the question is, are fully electric vehicles the right choice for now or the near-term for the sedan components of fleets? It appears to this writer that for many if not most, the answer is no.


2020 FLEXY Award Nominations Now Open

As you know, the FLEXYs are a true fleet management industry award.

Every fleet management professional is welcome to submit an entry for the Fleet Excellence Awards, regardless of where their fleet is based in the world. Nominees are not required to be Members of NAFA Fleet Management Association and are not required to have a CAFM® certification. Further, there is no cost for submissions.

The Fleet Excellence Award winners are chosen from a blind voting process. FLEXY submissions depend solely on the quality of fleet-related accomplishments.

Each submission contains a summary of the registrant’s work in 500 words or less. Should the judges need more information, the registrant will be notified.

Winners will be honored at NAFA’s 2020 Institute & Expo. in Indianapolis, IN.

Disruptive Leadership

Editor’s note: This Disruptive Leadership article originally appeared Fleet Management Weekly in July 2019.

Enterprises that don’t embrace disruption and facilitate the role of the Chief Disruption Officer within their company risk finding themselves on the list of giants who have fallen

By John Wysseier, CEO and President, The CEI Group

Last month, I wrote that for an organization to embrace disruptive innovation for long-term survival, it takes leadership — not just from the CEO, but from the entire C-suite of senior executives. Today, I want to consider another essential ingredient: a Chief Disruption Officer or CDO.

I want to start by pointing out that there is some ambiguity about this title. For some, CDO stands for Chief Digital Officer, more of a technology-focused position, while for others, the Chief Disruption Officer is a position that combines equal measures of expertise in sales, marketing, operations and strategy in addition to a grasp of digital technology. Yet, others bridge this divide by adding another D, and calling the position Chief Digital and Disruption Officer, or CDDO.



Vehicle Hacking

The number of documented incidents of the hacking of connected cars and trucks worldwide doubled last year, continuing an accelerating trend that has seen their number rise by more than 600 percent since 2016.

That’s the major finding revealed by Upstream Security, a cybersecurity firm based in Israel, in its latest annual report on trends in the “smart mobility” ecosystem.

Among the report’s most troubling findings:

  • Unlike prior years, when most of the documented cases were conducted by researchers to determine connected vehicles’ vulnerabilities, last year the majority of the hacks – 57 percent – were conducted by criminals.
  • The vast majority – 82 percent — of the attacks were conducted remotely, both short- and long-range, which don’t require physical access to a vehicle and can be conducted from anywhere in the world.
  • A third of the attacks were made via the vehicles’ keyless entry system.

Read the article from Help Net Security


The Mobility Revolution

Nearly half of all Americans aren’t convinced autonomous vehicles will be safe but more than half would ride in one if it were government-certified to be safe.

The figures are contained in a wide-ranging report on American attitudes toward the “mobility revolution” released this month by Deloitte, the global consulting firm, based on responses from 35,000 consumers from 20 countries.

Key takeaways from the report:

  • 48 percent of Americans believe the fully autonomous vehicles will be unsafe, and 58 percent indicated they aren’t willing to pay more than an extra $500 for self-driving technology.
  • Nearly two-thirds of U.S. consumers believe they fully electric vehicles should be capable of traveling more than 200 miles on a single charge, while 41 percent believe they should have a range of at least 300 miles.
  • Only 27 percent of U.S survey respondents said they’re willing to wait between 30 minutes and an hour to recharge an electric vehicle.
  • Nearly a third of American consumers said they wouldn’t pay any more for a vehicle that communicates with other vehicles and road infrastructure to improve safety.

Read Deloitte’s full report here.

Fleet Trends & Issues

Winners of the 2020 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year

PR Newswire

After hundreds of hours of test drives, research and evaluation by independent jurors, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Kia Telluride and Jeep Gladiator were revealed as the winners of the 2020 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year< (NACTOY) awards at TCF Center in Detroit.

These awards are unique and among the most prestigious in the industry because they are chosen by a panel of 50 respected jurors from print, online, radio and broadcast media across the U.S. and Canada – rather than by a single publication or media outlet.

Overall U.S. car sales might be declining, but there was no shortage of compelling, innovative contenders this year. When the ballots were counted, jurors selected Chevrolet Corvette Stingray as the car that stood out among its competition.

Read more.

Best, Weirdest and Most Notable Autos and Auto Tech at CES

The Detroit Bureau

Nearly half of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was made up of products related, in one way or another, to the automobile, including the strange and quirky.

The Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR was inspired by the film Avatar, its director James Cameron helping introduce the electric show car. Fully electric and autonomous – it doesn’t even have a steering wheel. It showcased some intriguing technology, including a control system that bionically links to the driver.

The Hyundai S-A1 isn’t your typical automotive concept vehicle. It’s a mock-up of a flying taxi, part of a new partnership between the Korean carmaker and Uber. If all goes according to plan, the ride-sharing giant wants to kick off its new flying taxi service, Uber Elevate, in three cities in 2023.

Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.

Hydrogen On The Rise At CES, From Drones And Daimler Trucks To Toyota’s City Of The Future


This year’s CES show indicates hydrogen, which has had a negligible impact as a clean fuel for passenger cars, is getting a new shot as a power source for heavy-duty trucks, buses, drones and cities.

Daimler has been working to commercialize fuel cell vehicles since the 1990s, and though it currently offers the F-Cell sport-utility vehicle in a few markets, the parent of Mercedes-Benz is shifting its focus to heavy trucks and buses, says R&D chief Markus Schäfer.

Toyota is applying decades of hydrogen R&D to serve as the core power source for “Woven City,” the futuristic neighborhood it plans to construct near Mount Fuji starting next year. Situated on the site of a shuttered Toyota assembly plant, it’s to be a showplace for clean tech, mobility experiments, AI-enabled everything and next-generation architecture that will be home to 2,000 residents.

Read the article at Forbes.

Uber And Hyundai Team Up To Put Flying Taxis In The Sky


At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Uber and Hyundai revealed a model of a four-seat, electric flying vehicle that they said you’ll be able to summon for a ride through Uber’s app someday.

The first actual prototype will be ready in 2023, according to a Hyundai spokesperson. A human pilot will fly the air taxi until the companies finalize software to autonomously control it, the company said.

Hyundai is the latest big company to announce that it’s developing a flying taxi for trips around cities and suburbs. Boeing’s flying car prototype made its first autonomous flight in 2019 at a small airport outside Washington D.C. Google co-founder Larry Page has invested in several smaller startups, including Kitty Hawk and Opener, which are developing flying car technologies.

Read the article at CNN.

Tesla Issues a Challenge


Tesla has been investing more in its cybersecurity over the last few years, and now it is returning to Pwn2Own to challenge hackers to crack its cars with ~$1 million on the line and a few Model 3 vehicles.

It offered a Model 3 to whoever manages to find and exploit certain vulnerabilities in the vehicle’s system. A hacking duo targeted the infotainment system on the Tesla Model 3 and used “a JIT bug in the renderer” to manage to take control of the system. They left with a brand new Model 3.

These types of hacking competitions with white-hat hackers enable Tesla to test and improve its security systems, which are becoming increasingly important in cars as they are becoming more like computers on wheels.

Read the article at Electrek.


Safety in the New Year

What interests the boss, fascinates and engages the workers!

By Ed Dubens, CEO/Founder of eDriving

Happy, healthy and successful New Year best wishes to all FMW readers! I hope you have entered 2020 well-rested and ready for an exciting year ahead.

The start of a new year is the ideal time to take check of the policies, standards and programs you have in place to help protect your employees who drive for work, and look at the ways you can improve your risk management approach in anticipation of your business plans for the new year.

Here’s my 10-point checklist to help ensure you and your drivers are on track for a safe and successful 2020.



Fleet Marketing

By Ed Pierce, Fleet Industry Marketer

As a regular “Call to Action” column reader, you have seen my oft-times mentions of investing in content marketing. It is the foundation of your marketing tactical calendar!

Yes, many professionals these days think of content marketing only in terms of a digital program, but “content” provides fodder for promotional and branding messaging in any marketing effort. Public relations, media relations, direct marketing, email marketing, sales presentations, seminars and webinars, and so on depend on strategic messaging.

Here are some characteristics of a compelling content marketing program to consider:

  1. Content should reinforce your company’s “go-to” market strategy and brand.

Start by meeting with your organization’s prospective content providers and leadership team to talk strategy. Understand the strategic plan, mission, core competencies, and the competitive marketplace. Then, collaboratively build a list of topics that consistently evoke key salient messages with a constant tone of voice and style. Keep things simple: focus on one major area and find new ways to drive a singular marketing or positioning point of view. Communicate and agree on the direction for promotion across all of your chosen channels. Then, track your progress in its delivery among the target audiences.


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SuperVision is a fleet driver management solution for MVR & license monitoring, fleet management, fleet safety oversight and driver performance and retention.

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CEI is North America’s largest provider of fully integrated fleet accident management, driver safety and risk management services.

NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location, or fleet composition.

WEX fuel cards and fleet management solutions give you powerful tools to reduce spending — for any business, any fleet, any size.

Driving Dynamics
Driving Dynamics was established to help corporate fleet drivers develop expert, safe driving skills using proven, advanced driving techniques.

PARS’ mission is to provide you with high-quality service at competitive prices for all of your transportation needs.

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