October 26, 2021

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Lessons Learned with No Time to Waste

Our FMW editorial team was unable to attend the recent AFLA Conference in San Antonio, so we are especially delighted to publish articles about the conference from its enthusiastic attendees. This week, we feature an extensive report from Donlen, who played a large role at the conference.

SuperVision reminds us that failing to continuously monitor a driver’s MVR is risky. In fact, in the case Adam Danielson cites in their article, that failure by one company cost the firm over $3 million, but, tragically, the woman who was hit by the unlicensed driver sustained life-altering injuries.

Carol Fowler, director of business development at FLD Remarketing, brings us up to date on the remarketer’s latest Webaccess tools and how they make the remarketing process even quicker and easier.

We have our eyes on COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference beginning Sunday in Glasgow. We look to the US Senate for action. There is no time to waste.

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

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Geotab and General Motors Deliver Real-Time In-Vehicle Driver Coaching for Safer Roads

Press Release

Underpinning its continued commitment to increase driver safety, Geotab, a global leader in IoT and connected transportation, today announced that it has been working with GM Fleet and OnStar Business Solutions to provide an in-vehicle coaching* service via the Geotab Integrated Solution for GM.

The Driver Feedback (In-Vehicle Coaching) service is now included in the Geotab Integrated Solution for GM. The newly released Driver Feedback service is designed to trigger events via audible alerts delivered through the vehicle infotainment system when certain driving conditions are met. It provides insights into specific driving behaviors to help create awareness and encourage safe driving habits by coaching drivers in real-time.

Read the press release.

eDriving Wins Risk Management Award and Safety Award at 2021 Business Car Awards

Press Release

eDriving, a Solera company, and a leading global provider of digital driver risk management solutions, has been named the winner of the Risk Management Award and Safety Award at the 2021 Business Car Awards.

“We are thrilled to have been recognized again at the Business Car Awards,” said Ed Dubens, CEO/Founder of eDriving. “In the last 12 months our smartphone-based driver safety program, Mentor, has evolved to include some game-changing new features including emergency response services for drivers, and it’s fantastic to see that such innovations are garnering continued industry recognition for the program.”

Read the press release.

Fleetio Announces Integration with Optimum Fleet Health

Fleetio, a leading fleet maintenance software provider, today announced a new integration with predictive maintenance analytics company Optimum Fleet Health.

Mutual Fleetio and Optimum Fleet Health customers will be able to leverage Optimum Fleet Health’s artificial intelligence (AI) learning model to predict system failures or quality issues three to four weeks before they happen, reducing unforeseen downtime and costly disruptions to fleet operations.

“We are excited about our new partnership with Fleetio and look forward to providing a complete solution to each client,” says Klay Kachur, Chief Development Officer at Optimum Fleet Health


Fleet Logistics and MOBIKO Announce Strategic Mobility Partnership

Fleet Logistics has announced a strategic partnership with mobility solutions provider, MOBIKO, initially in Germany but with plans for a pan-European roll out in the coming months.

As a neutral systems integrator, Fleet Logistics has a number of strategic partnerships in key areas across its business. But this latest development is seen as key as Fleet Logistics, Europe’s largest fleet management provider with over 180,000 cars under contract, looks to transition from pure fleet management provider to offering new managed mobility solutions under the Managed Mobility-as-a-Service (MMaaS) banner.


Monitoring MVRs

By Adam Danielson, Sales and Business Development Director

Failing to continuously monitor a driver’s motor vehicle record (MVR) is risky and could end up costing a company millions of dollars.

For the company unknowingly employing a suspended driver, ignorance of a violation may prove to be very costly.

The below case study provides a good example of a company learning this lesson the hard way. This fleet’s driving policy required employees to self-report suspensions of their driver’s licenses. When its unlicensed driver caused an accident with serious injuries, the jury punished both the driver and his employer − even though the company argued that the driver did not self-report that his license was suspended.

In January 2012, a 54-year-old woman was driving a sedan in Odessa, Texas. She was involved in a collision with a pickup truck owned by an oil field equipment supplier. The company truck was driven by an employee whose driver’s license was suspended at the time of the accident and had been suspended for five months prior to the collision.



Take Control of Remarketing

By Carol Fowler, Director of Business Development/FLD Remarketing

Traditional vehicle remarketing has many moving parts. Consigning vehicles. Transporting them. Funneling them to third-party sellers like auctions and dealers. Waiting for payment to finally arrive.

That’s why everyone here at FLD is so proud of the fact that our process is not just simple, but straightforward: Get a quote today. Get a check tomorrow. And move on to more important things faster.

But of all the ways we help make a customer’s job easier and them more effective perhaps nothing sets FLD apart from our competition like our WebAccess solution, a single online dashboard that helps fleets monitor and manage their entire remarketing universe in real time from any device, anytime, anywhere!



Industry Wisdom

By Donlen Staff

Life is full of “lessons learned”— hopefully, not acquired the hard way.

Sharing industry wisdom at AFLA is one route to avoiding the fleet school of hard knocks. Being able to finally share in person was like coming home. It was exciting to see everyone in San Antonio and we seamlessly joined back in on exchanging perspectives, research, and experience.

While the three days of meetings provided a wealth of viewpoints, perhaps the first lesson learned was how much we missed meeting our colleagues and making new connections in person!

Donlen was proud to play such a large role in AFLA this year. It was rewarding to welcome so many attendees to Donlen Blue Night to share a signature cocktail, greet everyone at the headshot booth, and listen to Donlen’s VP of Sustainability and Electrification share her perspectives in the “EV Assets and Calculating TCO” Panel Session.

AFLA 2021 revolved around learning, teaching and providing viewpoints on where the industry is headed during these challenging times—if there was ever an era for the need to exchange our acquired knowledge, it is now! And even with the long months away, we didn’t miss a beat! So, what did we share?



10 Car Features People Want Most (And 7 They Want Least)


New cars are offered with ever-increasing numbers of safety, convenience and performance features, but what do buyers really want?

AutoPacific has some answers from the company’s annual Future Attribute Demand Study, which surveyed nearly 90,000 recent car buyers, with over 50,000 of them planning on buying another new car in the future. 

The company asked about 100 different choices, and these are the top 10 features people want: Front and rear parking sensors 55%, All-wheel or four-wheel drive 54%, Lane-departure warning 54%, Apple CarPlay and/or Android Auto 53%, Power front passenger seat 52%, LED accent lights 52%, Ventilated or cooled seats 50%, Memory driver’s seat 49%.

Read the article at Autoblog.

Which is More Expensive: Charging an Electric Vehicle or Fueling a Car With Gas?


Costs to drive an EV compared with a gasoline car are detailed in a report Anderson Economic Group called “Comparison: Real World Cost of Fueling EVs and ICE Vehicles.”

“They are a wonderful driving experience. But at the same time, they’re an enormous burden in time and in energy in finding chargers and getting them charged,” CEO Patrick Anderson said about his Porsche Taycan EV. “And you’re not really saving much in terms of charging costs … you may be paying more.”

A mid-priced internal combustion car that gets 33 miles per gallon would cost $8.58 in overall costs to drive 100 miles at $2.81 a gallon, the study found. But a mid-priced EV, such as Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan Leaf or a Tesla Model 3, would cost $12.95 to drive 100 miles in terms of costs that include recharging the vehicle using mostly a commercial charger. On a yearly basis, assuming the mid-priced cars traveled 12,000 miles, it would cost $1,030 to drive an internal combustion car and $1,554 to drive an EV.

Read the article at MSN.

Finding an Electric Vehicle Charging Station Shouldn’t be Game of Hide-and-Seek

Detroit Free Press

Gas stations are impossible to miss. Every BP or Shell station has a lighted tower visible for miles, not to mention LED signs explaining prices for every fuel grade and how to pay.

Compared to that, finding an EV charger is a sadistic scavenger hunt. They lurk inside parking structures, at apparently random spots in public lots, behind car dealerships, on the least trafficked side of Meijer and Whole Foods. Snag a soda or use an adjacent restroom? Dream on.

“Part of the problem is that EV owners have apps to locate nearby stations, but people who don’t have an EV don’t even know the apps exist, much less the chargers,” said Chelsea Sexton, EV advocate and a consulting producer for the documentary “Revenge of the Electric Car.”

Read the article at Detroit Free Press.

Hertz is Back From the Near-Dead and Buying 100,000 Teslas


Hertz spent a large part of last year in bankruptcy, selling off thousands and thousands of cars. It has spent this year rebounding, and, now, buying thousands and thousands of cars. Many thousands of those will be Teslas, according to Bloomberg.

It’s the single-largest purchase ever for electric vehicles and represents about $4.2 billion of revenue for Tesla. While car-rental companies typically demand big discounts from automakers, the size of the order implies that Hertz is paying close to list prices.

The cars will be delivered over the next 14 months, and Tesla’s Model 3 sedans will be available to rent at Hertz locations in major U.S. markets and parts of Europe starting in early November. Customers will have access to Tesla’s network of superchargers, and Hertz is also building its own charging infrastructure.

Read the article at Jalopnik.

Industry Intelligence Report

Understanding the Present to Predict the Future

The second edition of our Industry Intelligence Report focuses on 2021 long-haul, last-mile, seaport, and safety transportation activity. The eye-opening and vital transportation insights spotlighted in this report can significantly help strategize operations and optimize business goals for continuing success.

This issue will provide data insights into:

  • How the pandemic has affected the trucking industry – long-haul and last-mile trending
  • A look into the impact of the March Suez Canal crisis on the industry
  • Leading safety trends and a ranking of urban cities and risks for collisions


Vehicle Subscriptions

FMW Editorial Team

Does last week’s announcement regarding ALD’s acquisition of Fleetpool, the German car subscription company, rejuvenate the vehicle subscription business model and the mobility market opportunity in the North America?

ALD projects that the new partnership will allow it to soon offer digital car subscription services to its customers across Europe – including business and private customers.

The company sees this service as a major trend in the mobility sector, forecasting that subscriptions will account for up to 20 percent of vehicle sales within this decade.



Greenhouse Gases


A report by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) showed carbon dioxide levels surged to 413.2 parts per million in 2020, rising more than the average rate over the last decade despite a temporary dip in emissions during COVID-19 lockdowns.

The city of Glasgow was putting on the final touches before hosting the climate talks, which may be the world’s best remaining chance to cap global warming at the 1.5-2 degrees Celsius upper limit set out in the Paris Agreement. Under countries’ current pledges, global emissions would be 16% higher in 2030 than they were in 2010, according to a separate analysis by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

That is far off the 45% reduction by 2030 that scientists say is needed to cap warming at 1.5 degrees and avoid its most devastating impacts. “Overshooting the temperature goals will lead to a destabilised world and endless suffering, especially among those who have contributed the least to the (greenhouse gas) emissions in the atmosphere,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC.

Read the article at Reuters.

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