January 21, 2020

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Oh, the Places You Will Go!

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about some of the fleet conferences we want to put on our spring schedule.

First, NAFA I&E is the largest gathering of fleet professionals in the year, so mark your calendars for April 6-8 in Indianapolis. If you register prior to January 31st you will save a cool $200 off the registration.

If your business is in Canada, you will want to attend AFLA Canada Fleet Summit, February 12-13. In his video today, Bill Elliott says that registration has well exceeded AFLA’s expectations.

Last year, I attended Fleet World’s The Great British Fleet Event in London, England and loved it. I can’t make it this year, but if you’re in the neighborhood on January 30th, it promises to be a great day.

I do plan to attend the 7th International Fleet Meeting in Geneva on March 4th. It’s an outstanding venue for networking with the international fleet community. Besides, it takes place at the Geneva International Motor Show, which is stunning!

Last week, our Ted Roberts was in San Diego for Geotab Connect 2020. We’re looking forward to hearing more from Ted about the meeting and the interviews he conducted with a number of industry leaders.

Drive Safety!

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: Telematics – Without Video, You’re Missing the Whole Story

With video telematics, it’s like you’re sitting in the cab of the vehicle with your driver. That means it’s easier to reduce insurance and claims costs, and also to proactively coach and train your drivers.

VIDEO: Road Safety

 The Mission of Together for Safer Roads

This not-for-profit organization was founded by private sector companies that are contributing data, knowledge, and expertise to initiatives that aim to keep the world’s roads safer.

VIDEO: AFLA in Canada

 AFLA Canada Fleet Summit: February 12 & 13 in Toronto

The first-ever AFLA Canada fleet summit is right around the corner, and interest in the event and registrations are both exceeding expectations – by far!

The Fleet Spot

NETS: Driven to Wellness

Did you know that eating and sleeping habits, physical activity, and mental and physical health affect driving behavior?

NETS is pleased to share the latest insightful Drive Safely Work Week® (DSWW) road safety campaign focused on a unique and often overlooked aspect in your road safety program: wellness. Integrating wellness components into your road safety efforts can have a positive impact on your employees’ overall health and driving habits.

This is where NETS “Driven to Wellness” toolkit can help. The toolkit includes a number of valuable concepts and proven solutions on how employees can reach a healthy body weight and increase sleep, as well as tips on how to become more physically active to develop and maintain better health – which ultimately improves safety on the road.

Lytx and Geotab Collaborate to Provide Fleet Safety and Management Support

PR Newswire

Fleet technology leaders Lytx and Geotab have announced a new integration enabling – through a single sign-on – seamless browsing of video and data from Lytx’s DriveCam event recorders through the Geotab platform to help fleet managers understand exactly what is happening in their fleets at any moment.

The Lytx Driver Safety Program stands out in the industry not only for its video and analytic capabilities, but also for its ease of use. This integrated offering will be available via the Geotab Marketplace, a growing portfolio of hardware Add-Ons, software Add-Ins and mobile apps to help businesses better manage their fleets.

Read the release at PR Newswire.

White Remains No.1 Car Color, But It’s Not Black and White

Wards Auto

For another year, white is the most popular car color, according to Germany-based chemical company BASF which does an annual report on automotive coatings.

About 39% of all cars built globally are white. In North America, white, black, silver and gray make up 77% of the market. Smaller vehicles are more likely to show a blast of color, according to the report that also says pickup trucks are trending toward deep, rich blacks in North America.

Most people pick a car color based on emotion. That can be overt or subliminal. People tend to have emotional associations with colors and color families. Auto dealers play an important role in color choice as they pick colors they think the customer will want, and then in effect try to sell the customer on that car and color.

Read the article at Wards Auto.

Tesla Says Faulty Acceleration Allegation is ‘Completely False’

The Verge

In response to a petition to the NHTSA complaining about “sudden unexpected acceleration” in a variety of Tesla models and model years, Tesla issued a forceful statement today claiming that the allegations are “completely false.”

Tesla opened its statement by identifying the petitioner as a “Tesla short-seller;” on Friday, CNBC reported that the petition was brought by Brian Sparks, an independent investor who “is currently shorting Tesla stock.”

“We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input,” Tesla says. “In every case where we had the vehicle’s data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed.

Read the article at The Verge.

Right-Sizing Your Fleet

By Ed Smith, President, Agile Fleet

Having a right-sized fleet is essential to fulfilling the mission of your organization.

Whether you are a community college with 15 vehicles or a large government, utility, or commercial enterprise with tens of thousands of vehicles, understanding and managing fleet utilization should be a top-of-mind thing that is at the core of right-sizing initiatives. Why? Because utilization metrics tell you about the size of your fleet relative to your needs.

The size of your fleet directly impacts the ability to complete your mission, and, it has a significant impact on your organization’s financial bottom-line. Too few vehicles and you can’t get work done. Too many vehicles and you’re burning money needlessly. The key is to have the “right” utilization when it comes to your fleet.

What is a right-sized fleet?



Safety & Risk

The unique hazards that parking lots create for drivers can be avoided if the appropriate safety measures are taken. By maintaining awareness, avoiding congested spots, and using safe parking techniques, drivers can safely navigate parking lots, avoid collisions and prevent damage to their vehicles.

By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics

Driving in parking lots may seem non-threatening with low speed limits and neatly organized rows and spaces, but according to the National Safety Council, tens of thousands of crashes occur in lots and garage structures annually. And, further analysis of data indicates that 9 percent of pedestrian deaths in parking lots result from backing incidents. (National Safety Council, 2016)

While new vehicle advancements such as rear cross-traffic warning systems and rear-view cameras may lessen these risks by alerting drivers of potential hazards, drivers can’t solely rely on technology to prevent collisions. Drivers must always take responsibility to remain attentive and employ safe driving skills while driving through lots and parking and backing their vehicles in these environments.



Work Truck Forum

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

While it’s true that some of the most significant fleet costs are the result of highway accidents – especially when fatalities are involved – a very substantial amount are the result of injuries that work truck fleet drivers suffer aren’t collision-related.

We’re talking here about non-fatal musculoskeletal injuries suffered by drivers of every truck class, from light through heavy-duty. The injuries include sprains, strains and neck, shoulder, back and knee injuries resulting from overextension or repetitive motion. They come from a variety of non-driving tasks that work truck drivers are required to perform, like lifting heavy objects while making deliveries or climbing utility poles, but others merely from getting into and out of a truck cab improperly, multiple times a day, day after day.

Billions of dollars lost per year
No figures are available for just work truck drivers alone, but the 2019 Liberty Mutual Safety Index says that soft-tissue injuries cost businesses across all industries $16.8 billion a year in worker’s compensation claims and more than 100 million days lost from work.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Trump Administration Moves To Finalize Fuel-Economy Rollback

The Detroit News

The Trump administration has submitted its final version to the White House Office of Management and Budget to roll back stringent gas-mileage rules enacted by the Obama administration.

Details have not been made public yet, but it is expected to call for reducing the required annual fleetwide average mpg increases for carmakers for model years 2021-2026 from the original 5% to a less stringent 1.5%

California, which helped craft the Obama-era rules, sued over the rollback and has promised to also sue over the revocation of its right to set its own more-stringent mpg requirements. The nation’s largest state accounts for 12% of the U.S. auto market. Thirteen states and Washington, D.C., have adopted California’s gas mileage rules.

Read the article at The Detroit News.

You Really Can Lower Your Car Insurance Cost

The New York Times

Average annual automobile insurance rates in the United States rose 2% in 2019 to $1,548, and while that was roughly on a par with the annual inflation rate, it followed several years of larger increases.

One way to keep premiums down, say industry experts and consumer advocacy groups, is to compare quotes from different insurers, ideally every year or two.

Another way to lower your premium is to increase your policy’s deductible, the amount of money that you must pay before insurance coverage begins. (With a $500 deductible, you would pay $500 for a $1,000 claim.) Raising your deductible to $1,000 from $500 will save an average of 13 percent on your premium.

Read the article at The New York Times.

FCA Unveils Plans to Promote Sales of EVs, Hybrids

The Detroit Bureau

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is taking steps to make choosing and buying an electric or hybrid vehicle easier by making Mopar’s 240-volt wall-charger available on Amazon.com.

Additional FCA consumer websites will offer the same solution as the company launches more than 30 electrified nameplates by 2022. The 2020 calendar year will bring seven new EVs to the FCA global line-up.

“Our industry is approaching an inflection point in demand for affordable long-range electric vehicles,” said Micky Bly, head of Global Propulsion System Engineering, FCA. “This action is just one of FCA’s efforts to improve awareness and convenience in the EV purchase experience. We see opportunities to make owning an EV easier and creating a simple solution for at-home charging is among them.”

Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.

Bosch Uses AI To Block Out The Sun’s Glare As You Drive


At CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Bosch unveiled a new AI-powered sun visor that prevents you being dazzled, without obscuring your view of the road.

Driving a car and being temporarily blinded by the glare of the sun can be a scary and dangerous experience that happens all too often in certain weather conditions. If you’ve spent any time behind the wheel, or even as a passenger, then you’ll know just how dazzling the sun can be on a bright clear day. It’s a bit of a nightmare.

The Virtual Visor is actually a combination of ideas and technology. The transparent LCD panel is the main element, but there’s also a camera that intuitively monitors the driver and passenger too. Bosch revealed to TechRadar at CES that this tech duo then uses computing power to solve the glare issue by calling upon intelligent algorithms to adjust the visor and its glare-busting powers dynamically as it identifies shadows on the face of the driver.

Read the article at TechRadar.

In the Workforce


To better understand how leaders view the effects of technology on their workforces and society, strategy+business looked back on two years’ worth of interviews conducted with CEOs from around the world.

Change the Conversation: “We need to help people understand that working for the same company in the long term, right up to the age of 65, no longer makes sense….We must change our approach and be very flexible, because all this transformation will erase many traditional views that we have about labor relations.” Antonio Huertas Mejías,CEO, MAPFRE

Focus on your existing workforce: “I saw an interview with the Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, where he was asked, ‘Where do you get these techies from?’ And he said, ‘I hired the people you fired.’ Piyush Gupta, CEO, DBS Bank

Read the article at strategy+business.


The EV Revolution

International Fleet World

The Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom are now the best prepared countries in Europe for the electric vehicle revolution.

That’s the finding of LeasePlan’s latest EV Readiness Index, which analysed 22 European countries on their “preparedness for the electric vehicle revolution” and found almost all had improved in the last year, but some significantly more than others.

The research, which covers EV registrations, the maturity of EV infrastructure, government incentives and LeasePlan’s experience with EVs in each country, found that improvements in EV readiness were due to a combination of the increased availability of public charging infrastructure (up 73%) and a more beneficial taxation regime for EV drivers in many countries. On average, EV drivers pay 40% less tax than drivers of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles, although in some countries EV drivers actually pay more tax.

Read the article at International Fleet World.


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

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