August 31, 2022

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‘Don’t Just Stand There, Make it Happen’

When people ask me what I like about the fleet industry, I immediately think of two things: It’s a nice industry – people are nice – and they are ever so willing to share their knowledge and experience to help others achieve success, even their competitors.

When our FMW team attended the NAFA Fleet Management Institute & Expo last April, it was our first foray into the fleet “world” since the pandemic. The week after, Ted Roberts and I attended RTA’s dynamic Fleet Success Summit.

Like many, we’re feeling more confident now and are excitedly looking forward to the NETS Hybrid conference in Ann Arbor in early October, and then the AFLA Corporate Fleet Conference in Tucson the following week. Today, we learned about NAFA’s Leadership Development Institute, October 4-5, in Indianapolis.

Wondering whether you should attend any of these events? Here’s a thought from an auto industry icon: “Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don’t just stand there, make it happen.” ~Lee Iacocca

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

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VIDEO: AFLA Conference in Tucson

  Excitement is Building for AFLA’s Forward Together Conference in Tucson

Excitement is building for AFLA’s Forward Together conference in Tucson in October. There’s an added perk for corporate fleet buyers who are first-time attendees: free registration when you become a member.

VIDEO: NETS in Ann Arbor

  Come to the NETS Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference

If you are concerned about road safety, please consider attending the annual NETS Strength In Numbers Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference in Ann Arbor in October. It’s a great place to both learn and network.

Learn more about NETS here.

Become a NETS member here.


Hurry! AFLA Conference Hotel Rates Offered for Just 2 More weeks

Have you been dreaming about a beautiful resort getaway? Why not come early or extend your stay for the AFLA Corporate Fleet Conference in sunny Tucson, this October 10-13 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa!

The AFLA discounted room rate extends three days prior to, and after, the conference, but you better hurry because rooms are booking up fast. AFLA rates are only offered for two more weeks – until September 8, 2022.

This beautiful resort, nestled in the Tucson mountains amongst the saguaro, has all the amenities you would expect from a 4-star hotel, with an onsite spa and golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer just steps away.


Agile Fleet Upcoming Webinars!

Agile Fleet will help you with solutions for fleet utilization and fleet technology. Don’t miss these informative webinars.

Understanding Your Fleet Utilization Metrics: Live 15-minute Q&A Session Thursday, Sept 1, 2022, at 2:00 pm EST. Take a break from your workday and listen in on this live 15-min Q&A session with fleet utilization expert, Ed Smith as he takes the mystery out of understanding your usage data, and how to look at it with fresh eyes.

How to Automate Your Fleet Management with Fleet Technology: September 22, 2022. This session will show you how fleet technologies can improve your fleet management and help you save time and money. Agile Fleet’s client success manager, Scott Farmerie will help you understand how to use fleet management technology to serve your customers effectively while saving money in the process.


NETS Hybrid Conference ~ October 5-6, 2022 — Agenda Now Available

Mark your calendar! Plan to join NETS on October 5 & 6, 2022 at the beautiful Marriott at Eagle Crest, Ann Arbor, Michigan

NETS annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® Benchmark Conference convenes each year to bring together Global, Corporate, Government, and Non-profit employers.

Check out the Conference Agenda


The Five Cascading Benefits to Creating a Culture of Safety The Five Cascading Benefits to Creating a Culture of Safety

By Adam Danielson, Director, Business Development & Sales, SuperVision

Now more than ever, safety has become a top priority for many fleets.

In addition to protecting drivers and the public, companies are realizing that a focus on safety also maximizes company assets and cuts unnecessary operational costs.

As a result, driver training programs are becoming more comprehensive and effective, helping to improve driver risk profiles and curtail liability costs from accidents.

But these benefits are only part of the safety story.


Fleet Success

By Ed Pierce, Fleet Management Weekly Contributing Editor

Almost two years ago, RTA recruited fleet industry veteran Steve Saltzgiver to join its staff as the Director of Strategic Innovation.

In his time with RTA, Saltzgiver’s role with the company has evolved to his current title of Fleet Success Ambassador. As Fleet Success Ambassador, Saltzgiver is instrumental in working with clients, improving RTA’s brand, and marketing their Fleet Success solutions.

From their four-pillared Fleet Success Scorecard to the leadership training at their Fleet Success Summit, RTA is pushing the limits of how fleet managers can succeed.

“We are a fleet management information system, but we’re changing to be more than a fleet information systems company now,” says Saltzgiver. “We are jumping to that next level to produce products and things that will help the fleet managers actually manage their system without having to have training.

They’ll be able to have machine language and AI data in front of them that, when they open up their computer, it actually tells them what they need to do for that day.”



Distracted Driving

By Bill Brower, Vice President of Industry Relations, Solera

Any driver can fall victim to distracted driving, including truck drivers who are under pressure to complete deliveries quickly and make frequent long-haul and overnight journeys.

When a driver spends so much time on the road, it’s easy to think they have complete control over their vehicle and don’t need to remain as vigilant during their journeys. This is a crucial and often fatal mistake.

It’s essential for fleet managers and drivers to work together to develop safe driving habits through preparation, modern technology, awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, and coaching to correct bad habits.

Distracted driving is an ongoing problem, but preparation and commitment can vastly improve the safety of fleets and fellow drivers.



The Trouble with Advanced Tech

J.D. Power’s recently released 2022 U.S. Tech Experience Index (TXI) Study examines how satisfied new vehicle buyers are with various newly developed tech components.

When an automaker gets it right, it can help future sales.

But when an automaker gets it wrong, car owners are less likely to want the errant technology on their next vehicle.

This is apt to make OEMs a little gun-shy about diving into advanced technologies too quickly.

And yet, to compete in an era where tech is evolving at break-neck speed, OEMs don’t want to be left in the dust when it comes to offering innovative options.



How This Company is Using Tech to Improve Vehicle Safety

August 29, 2022The founders of Blaxtair wanted the technologies they had been working on for the military to be used in a different way, to use artificial intelligence to protect people in the field.

Blaxtair – an on-board camera – helps prevent collisions between pedestrians and industrial vehicles (such as forklifts, for example). The product is especially useful in areas such as warehouses, factories, construction, road work, and mining.

Safety is at the “core” of Blaxtair’s activity, says Franck Gayraud, CEO and co-founder. This concern has been present since the company’s inception – “we worked a lot with our customers on the impact we have on safety very early on.” Blaxtair has installed a base of around 15,000 units in the field around the world, and Gayraud says that with these numbers they are hoping to significantly reduce unnecessary accidents.

via Canadian Occupational Safety

Bidirectional Charging Could Be the Next Evolution of EVs

August 26, 2022Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) car charging – often interchanged with vehicle to grid (V2G) – is being explored as another value proposition for EV owners. Fleet customers are a key market application for bidirectional charging.

The idea of using EVs as battery storage – for other outside uses – may sound simple, but it’s a concept still in its infancy and is one that will require the coordination of car makers, technology providers, utilities and regulators to work together to make bidirectional charging and discharging a common feature of owning and operating EVs.

Industry watchers expect more EVs to support bidirectional charging in the coming model years. A key marketing message around the new Ford F-150 Lightning is its ability to serve as an emergency home power source.

via Government Technology

Waze to Cut its Carpooling Services

August 29, 2022Waze is a popular navigation and crowd-sourced police avoidance tool, but most people probably don’t realize that the app has had a carpooling arm for the last six years.

Waze’s business has expanded recently to the point that the Google-owned organization’s carpool arm is not as popular as it once was. As a result, the company is shutting down the service to focus on its other products.

Users can still use the app for traffic information and navigation tools. Waze’s data shows that people are driving up to 15% more than before the pandemic, so there are still plenty of opportunities for the company’s navigation and infotainment app.

via Autoblog

Few Vehicles Excel in New Nighttime Test of Pedestrian Autobrake

August 30, 2022The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is introducing a nighttime test of pedestrian automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems to address the high percentage of pedestrian crashes that occur on dark roads.

“As we expected, most of these pedestrian AEB systems don’t work very well in the dark,” says IIHS President David Harkey. “But it’s clear automakers can rise to this new challenge, as Ford, Nissan and Toyota each earn superior ratings for some models.”

Four of the first 23 midsize cars, midsize SUVs and small pickups tested earn the highest rating of superior, but more than half earn a basic score or no credit. The Ford Mustang Mach-E, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Camry and Toyota Highlander earn superior ratings.

via IIHS

Fleet Leadership

Make the leap from manager to leader! — October 4-5, 2022 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis, IN

Becoming a competent leader means being able to effectively challenge, motivate and empower others.

It also requires making a seemingly effortless transition from manager to leader.

Gain helpful strategies and straightforward answers to solve even the most difficult dilemmas when it comes to learning exactly how to become a respected and effective leader.

This two-day program will cover a variety of leadership topics including finding the leader within, defining your leadership role, overcoming team challenges, and thinking outside the box.



Tech Trends

August 24, 2022Which technology trends matter most for companies in 2022? New analysis by the McKinsey Technology Council highlights the development, possible uses, and industry effects of advanced technologies.

This study builds on the trend research shared last year, adding fresh data and deeper analysis to provide a more granular assessment of trends in two thematic groups: Silicon Age, which encompasses digital and IT technologies, and Engineering Tomorrow, which encompasses physical technologies in domains such as energy and mobility.

Our analysis examines such tangible factors as investment, research activity, and news coverage to gauge the momentum of each trend. We also conducted dozens of interviews and performed hundreds of hours of research to learn which industries are apt to benefit most as they absorb these technologies. And, recognizing that trends can shift, we examined the uncertainties and questions that surround each of them.

via McKinsey


SKILLS Training

By Ed Pierce, Fleet Management Weekly Contributing Editor

Driver safety is the top priority of any fleet manager.

With so many drivers on the road operating a variety of vehicles, it can be a challenge for companies to ensure all of their drivers have the knowledge and skill required to drive safely at all times, especially for those with drivers in multiple locations across the US or spanning the globe.

A burgeoning fleet driver training company, SKILLS is based at the Texas Motor Speedway outside of Dallas-Fort Worth, but is focused on making it easy to educate fleet drivers anywhere in the world.

Learning safe driving techniques, becoming a defensive driver, reducing preventable incidents, SKILLS can help any business with fleet vehicles reduce the company’s liability exposure and insurance costs while keeping its drivers safe.


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