Detroit Free Press
Big budget cuts at some major metropolitan police departments, along with movements to defund departments, are putting a dent in orders for some law-enforcement vehicles, hitting Ford Motor Co. the hardest.
Ford is the leader of police-car manufacturers, providing about two-thirds of police vehicles in the U.S. and expects to lead in this segment. The vehicles provide steady profits and image-related benefits. The Police Interceptor, a highly modified Ford Explorer, is perhaps the most high-profile current vehicle.
The New York Police Department has one of the largest fleets in the country with 9,000 police vehicles. In June, the NYPD said it would cut $1 billion from its budget. The city specified savings of $5 million in deferred fleet purchases. In Los Angeles, the LAPD spent more than $3.8 million on pursuit-rated SUVs in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, down from almost $10 million two years ago.
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Each business is facing its own set of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses are finding it tough to maintain a steady revenue as they cut down on certain activities to avoid the transmission of the coronavirus. An efficient fleet management solution helps drivers work safely and can help build a foundation for a strong financial future.
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By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
If the city of Orlando, Florida, meets its goal of relying on nothing but renewable energy by 2050, David Dunn will have had a lot to do with it.
Since 2006, Dunn has worked for the city, first in its facilities management department and since 2011 with the added responsibility for fleet operations as manager of Orlando’s fleet and facilities management division. As such, he’s been in a unique position to leverage the assets of the division to make dramatic reductions in the city’s carbon footprint and saving the city millions of dollars in what it spends on electricity and fuel.
Its mandate is for every one of the city’s fleet of some 2,600 on road cars, trucks and buses, and 1,400 other vehicles to be powered by alternative fuels by 2030. It may seem like a tall order, but the fleet is nearly there, and Dunn speaks with the assurance of someone who’s been the executive in charge of a fleet that’s won a place in the 100 Best Fleets in North America every year since 2012.
The Detroit Bureau
Ford Motor Co. and INRIX Inc. are rolling out plans for new services compatible with the automaker’s new Sync 4 system, which help drivers find both fuel and the least expensive parking spots.
Starting with the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, Bronco two- and four-door models and all-new F-150, new Sync 4 will offer the latest available traffic, incident, parking, charging and fuel information.
“Customers want connected vehicle technologies to work more like smartphones with real-time, personalized services – and that is exactly what Sync 4 offers, including INRIX’s parking and fuel price innovations,” said Gary Jablonski, manager, Ford Connected Vehicle Infotainment Systems.
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By Trent Dressen, Director of Sales, SuperVision
While annual MVR checks have long been the accepted best practice to monitor drivers, continuous MVR monitoring offers fleet managers an accurate, up-to-date window on the fleet’s risk profile, helping to cut costs and minimize liability.
There are tons of moving parts in every fleet operation to keep track of and manage. How much more could get done if the right technology and procedures were in place to make daily tasks even more efficient and lessen the workload all around?
Why perform a once-a-year, manual motor vehicle record (MVR) check for drivers when you could have ongoing, accurate automated notifications on the people who operate those expensive pieces of equipment that you are responsible for overseeing?
What happens if one of your drivers (who had passed the MVR check with flying colors) gets a not-so-minor moving violation the day after the annual MVR check?
By Darren Verebelyi, PhD, President, CoScientific
People committed to moving people and goods are exactly what the virus relies on. It does not care that we need to feed our families, distribute medical supplies, or take a group of children to school. It may be mindless, but its purpose is resolute: Find another host and replicate.
The virus is an enemy that degrades our standard of living and attacks innocent people. It will take our combined effort to defeat it. Our strategy needs to be a defense that stops infection while maintaining our economy and way of life.
Computer networks and the TSA protect people and resources with multiple layers of security because each one is not 100% effective. Imagine each layer is a slice of swiss cheese and by stacking multiple layers you can effectively cover the holes that are in each layer. I believe a strategy of layered safety is a methodology that should be embraced by the fleet community to combat COVID-19.
In our fight, manually cleaning surfaces, the use of masks, hand sanitizers, social distancing, and isolation all contribute to reducing the spread even though each is imperfect.
By Mike Sheldrick, Senior Editor
Scientists tell us that COVID-19 will be with us forever. Similarly, hacking — benign or malign — is likely to be with us forever.
Despite herculean efforts by all the good guys to root out the flaws in parts and systems controlled by software, the results could be, like the virus, catastrophic. Warns Noam Kehati, director of intelligence at SIXGILL, a cybersecurity company, “ As cars get more intricate and interconnected, new methods to penetrate and damage them are emerging and are being explored and discussed in dark and deep web forums.” Autonomous vehicles (and, as well no doubt, those with ADAS — advanced driver assistance systems) employ millions of code lines, in addition to an assortment of unified systems and instruments, all of which are exposed to potentially being exploited and compromised.
Moreover, vehicles are being connected to the internet at an increasingly rapid pace. Already, more than 20 percent of vehicles in service are connected to the internet. In addition, there are connections via dedicated communications links between other vehicles, the roadway, and the transportation system itself.