New collision avoidance and safety automation features enable more effective risk mitigation for drivers and fleet managers
PALO ALTO, California, June 8, 2021 — Nauto® today announced several new artificial intelligence (AI) and feature enhancements to its Driver and Fleet Safety Platform.
The latest advanced AI capabilities from Nauto include automatic detection of four new, high-risk driver behaviors in the vehicle that trigger real-time alerts for greater driver and fleet safety and risk reduction, while also helping to streamline operations. Nauto will be presenting the new features today at DRIVE 2021.
Booster announces the addition of Chief People Officer Ron Storn of KeepTruckin, Zume, and Lyft, and General Counsel Juliana Chen of Guidewire Software and Fitbit to deepen the company’s bench of technology talent and support Booster’s continued market expansion.
As the last-mile economy accelerates and return-to-work drives additional demand, the company is scaling its engineering, operations, and support functions.
Booster’s recent hires are well-timed as the company broadens its customer base, diversifies its product offerings toward alternatives to conventional fuel, and begins supporting customers’ accelerated sustainability initiatives with Booster’s intelligent mobile energy delivery.
Solera Holdings, Inc. announced that it has acquired eDriving, the digital driver risk management partner for many of the world’s largest commercial fleets.
“Solera is committed to advancing digital fleet management through cutting-edge technology and real time data that improves business outcomes,” said Darko Dejanovic, Chief Executive Officer of Solera. “eDriving’s suite of driver safety and risk reduction solutions will further enhance our existing products as well as uniquely bridge the gap between vehicle and driver performance on a global scale.”
“This is a strategic next-step in our long-standing partnership with Solera and creates tremendous global market opportunities for both companies,” said Ed Dubens, founder and Chief Executive Officer of eDriving.
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By Ed Pierce, Contributing Editor
Despite the disruption in business caused by last year’s pandemic, the fundamentals of the UK fleet industry, like the US, remain strong, says Martin Brown, Managing Director of Fleet Alliance headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland.
As in the US, highlights include the rapid growth in EV registrations; advances in telematics and its integration with 5G and artificial intelligence (AI). The UK’s long-standing commitment to environmental concerns is helping to shape fleet decisions, too.
Founded in 2002, Glasgow-based Fleet Alliance Ltd. manages just over 30,000 vehicles with a combined asset value of about £1 billion. In line with the industry’s strength, Martin is pleased to report that Fleet Alliance is heading for a potential record year.
By Steve Bender, CEO, Fleet Street Remarketing
The last year has been hard for fleets, that’s for sure.
And for allied service providers like Fleet Street, equally as challenging as well. From dealing with a virus that has threatened people’s well-being, to embracing a new world of protocols that changed the way we do business, let’s all hope the worst days of the pandemic are behind us.
Perhaps worse than anything, the pandemic has caused all of us to lose that critical “human connection” that all of us crave, and that was so vital to our wonderfully vibrant industry.
For fleet, the changes have been stark, and real. From working tirelessly to ensure top service to going without seeing our customers, colleagues and friends at great events like AFLA and NAFA, the past 15 months has been a tumultuous time virtually none of us could have imagined outside of a Hollywood soundstage.
By Mike Sheldrick, Senior Editor
The Covid-19 pandemic may have emptied roads, tanked the oil market, and resulted in somewhat cleaner skies.
Nevertheless, astonishingly, despite the reduction in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the U.S. in 2020, deaths increased: from just over 36,000 in 2019 to 38,680 in 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This translates into a 23% increase in fatalities per million miles traveled.
These numbers generally agree with earlier estimates in March from the National Safety Council. The reasons, according to NHTSA: Risky driving behaviors, including failure to wear a seat belt, speeding, and drinking while driving.
For fleets, the question is how long these conditions will persist even as we are vanquishing Covid-19 and how to combat all the factors that lead to the kind of driving behavior that, in turn, resulted in these numbers. It requires renewed emphasis on the importance of safety.