By Tod Trousdell, Fleet Marketing Consultant/Partner, RobertsTrousdell Communications
By many accounts, this year's Automotive Fleet Leasing Association (AFLA) conference in San Antonio was a watershed moment for Fleet.
After 18 months of little to no face- to-face interaction, more than 300 fleet influencers gathered for what turned out to be three fruitful days of robust interactions with customers and colleagues most had not seen since the start of the pandemic.
And while attendance was noticeably lower than recent years, most attendees seemed to be reveling in an equal mix of personal and professional interactions that renewed spirits and deepened fleet's resolve to not only overcome the events of the past two years, but to launch what many feel will be a renaissance for the industry.
With that in mind, here's a look at five continuing challenges facing fleet as it emerges from a successful AFLA conference, and charges into what hopefully will be yet another enlightening and fruitful era for this great industry.
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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.
eDrivingSM, a Solera company, is helping commercial drivers save money on personal car insurance by incorporating Jerry into its award-winning smartphone app, MentorSM.
For Mentor users, Jerry is available in-app, and provides customized quotes from more than 50 insurance carriers in 45 seconds.
“We’re delighted to be expanding our value proposition to clients by offering Mentor with Jerry to those organizations keen to further engage their employees by helping them source personal insurance savings through their driver safety program,” said Ed Dubens, CEO/ Founder of eDriving.
KINTO Europe, the recently launched joint venture between Toyota Motor Europe and Toyota Financial Services, is implementing Sofico’s Miles Enterprise software platform across Europe to manage all its vehicle usage transactions.
So far, Miles Enterprise has been implemented in five leading markets as part of a major pan-European roll-out across KINTO Europe’s operations.
In recent months, Miles Enterprise has gone live in KINTO’s fleet services businesses in France initially, followed by Italy, Spain and Germany. In addition, there is an ongoing phased implementation process in Belgium involving the retail, wholesale and fleet sides of the business in that country.
Truck owners: How often have you "done the math" to verify payload weight before the front-end loader dumps a bucket of mulch into your half-ton pickup? Now, your 2021 Ford F-150 will take the guesswork out of this, with the truck's new Onboard Scale w/Smart Hitch option.
Load-leveling sensors used by other systems measure the suspension's deflection at each corner. VIN-specific predetermined payload capacity is programmed at the factory and all loads are expressed as estimated amounts under or over that amount.
The Smart Hitch feature utilizes the same sensors as the scales feature, but it helps ensure the trailer hitch's tongue weight remains in spec. This is trickier because (at least for now) the user must somehow determine and program in the overall weight of the trailer.
Read the article at MotorTrend.