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February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

State-of-the-Art Fleet Technology: Telematics

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By Chris Wolski

Telematics and GPS technology have come a long way from just reporting positioning. Today’s technology offers fleets a fuller picture of vehicle operations.

Tags: Telematics, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

State-of-the-Art Fleet Technology: Safety

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By Andy Lundin

Upcoming safety tech for fleets includes solutions that will preemptively predict potential crashes to ultimately remediate the issue.

Tags: In-Vehicle Video, Predictive Analytics, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, ELDs, Big Data

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

State-of-the-Art Fleet Technology: Future Tech

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By Andy Lundin

Autonomous vehicles, drone technology, and connected-vehicle systems are just a few concepts that are part of a wave of innovations that could change the way fleets do business.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Augmented Reality, Connected Car, Drones

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

State-of-the-Art Fleet Technology: Fuel

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By Chris Wolski

Fuel is perennially one of the top fleet expenses. Thanks to an array of technology, fleet managers now have the means to get the most fuel for their dollars.

Tags: Fuel Cards, Fleet Management Software, Fuel Management, Fuel, RFID

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

Market Snapshot: Venezuela Fleet Market

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By Mike Antich

The Venezuelan fleet market is comprised of local companies and multinational corporations, of which about 500 are U.S. companies with business operations in Venezuela. The strongest vocational segments for commercial fleet sales in Venezuela are oil companies, healthcare, and agriculture.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Venezuela, Global

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

Market Snapshot: Fleet Market Conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Mike Antich

South Africa is largest market of commercial vehicles in Africa. The corporate fleet market in South Africa is estimated at 1.2 million vehicles. New vehicle sales in the next two largest markets -- Nigeria and Kenya -- have collapsed due to sluggish economies and depressed prices for commodities.

Tags: Kenya, Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, Global

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

GM's Chevrolet 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 courtesy of GM.

By Paul Clinton

General Motors offers optional equipment for its Chevrolet lineup that's available only to fleets that includes a maintenance credit, deleted interior features, and onboard Wi-Fi plans.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors, 2017-MY, Optional Equipment

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

Ford's 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Photo of 2017 F650/F-750 courtesy of Ford.

By Paul Clinton

Ford offers optional equipment available only to fleets that includes police telematics, orange seatbelts, and adjustable pedals.

Tags: Ford, 2017-MY, Optional Equipment, Ford Super Duty, Police Vehicles, Ford Transit

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

Fiat Chrysler's 2017-MY Fleet-Only Options

Photo of 2017 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited courtesy of FCA.

By Paul Clinton

Fiat Chrysler offers optional equipment exclusive to fleets to enhance off-road operation, cargo management, and vehicle security.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Ram 1500, 2017-MY, FCA, Optional Equipment, Ram Truck

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Introducing Xcelerate: Element's New Fleet Management System

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By Mike Antich

With fleet data volume expected to increase 50-fold in the near future, Element has built an all-new technology platform based on Cassandra, a highly scalable, high-performance distributed database with advanced analytics.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Management Companies, Information Technology, Big Data

February 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How Drivers Can be Safe and Productive

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By Andy Lundin

Proper scheduling and workload balance can bring out the best in a fleet driver.

Tags: Route Planning, Driving Dynamics, Productivity, How-to Guides

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Market Snapshot: Thailand Auto Market

By Mike Antich

Calendar-year 2016 was one of the toughest years for the automotive industry in Thailand.

Tags: Toyota, Thailand

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Market Snapshot: Chile Automotive and Fleet Market

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By Mike Antich

The mining sector in Chile is one of the key pillars of the Chilean economy. Chile has huge copper reserves, producing more than one-third of all global copper output.

Tags: State of Fleet Market Report

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Market Snapshot: Peru Automotive and Fleet Market

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By Mike Antich

The fleet market in Peru for 2016 is forecast to be around 10% of total automotive sales of 171,000 units, which is a decrease from 2015.

Tags: Peru, NAFTA, Commodity Prices, State of Fleet Market Report

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

10 Essential Rules for a Global Fleet Policy

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By Ed Pierce

Multi-national companies increasingly view establishing a global fleet policy as the fastest way to get where they want to go. The following 10 rules offer a basic guideline to start the process.

Tags: Multinational Fleets, Fleet Policies, How-to Guides

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Global Fleet to be Impacted by Broader Procurement Trends

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By Mike Antich

Just as with fleet management, there are many disruptive changes anticipated in the broader discipline of corporate procurement, much of it technologically driven. Many of these changes will directly impact fleet sourcing decisions.

Tags: Procurement, Cloud-Based Technology, Big Data, Predictive Analytics

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Safety Tech

Photo of dynamic radar cruise control courtesy of Toyota.

By Paul Clinton

Commercial fleets seeking to reduce distracted driving and the associated risks are requesting more semi-autonomous features with leased vehicles such as forward braking, as well as other safety aides such as backup cameras, Bluetooth, and adaptive headlights.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Fleet Management Companies, Bluetooth, Automatic Braking, Backup Cameras

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Upfitting

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By Paul Clinton

Lighter-weight truck and van equipment, more standardization, and ergonomic planning should improve the process and delivery timing of the upfitting of commercial vehicles in 2017, according to fleet management experts.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Lightweighting, Paratransit, Ergonomics, Order to Delivery

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Interview: BMW North America's Corporate Sales Manager

BMW 5 Series sedan M Sport, photos courtesy of BMW

By Mike Antich

BMW is a global fleet provider with operations in almost every country. BMW wants to expand its fleet market share in the U.S. by implementing an aggressive fleet strategy.

Tags: BMW, Mini Cooper, Fleet Sales, Selector Lists, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Executive Vehicles

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Best Practices in Executive Fleet Management

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By Chris Wolski

While executive fleets are small in size compared to the rest of a company’s fleet, they present opportunities and challenges. Despite these challenges, executive vehicles still have a place in today’s operational landscape.

Tags: Personal Use, Reimbursement, Executive Vehicles, Vehicle Ordering, Car Allowances

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Automotive Industry

Photo of Tesla's Autopilot mode via Joshua Brown/YouTube.

By Paul Clinton

The coming year in the automotive industry will bring more connected fleet vehicles, increased use of alternative fuels, ride sharing as a cost-reduction strategy and more semi-autonomous features in new vehicles, according to fleet management company experts.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Connected Car, Alternative Fuels, Autonomous Vehicles, Carpooling

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Donald Trump

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

By Paul Clinton

Donald Trump's swearing in as the nation's 45th president on Jan. 20 should usher in an era of economic growth, lower taxation, and fewer regulations that will benefit the commercial fleet industry, according to fleet management company experts.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Elected Leaders, Donald Trump

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Compact SUVs

(clockwise upper l. to r.) Photos of 2017 Escape, 2018 Equinox, 2015 Jeep Cherokee, 2017 Rogue courtesy of Ford, GM, FCA, and Nissan.

By Paul Clinton

Commercial fleets have begun to embrace compact SUVs in greater numbers as alternatives to mid-size sedans and trucks, because they offer ergonomic, operational, and remarketing benefits.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Compact SUVs, Sales Fleets

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

2017 Fleet Management Trends: Telematics

Photo via Amber Case/Flickr.

By Paul Clinton

Consolidation among telematics providers in 2016 could create opportunity in 2017 for greater differentiation, increased connectivity, better pricing, and more standardization of features for fleets who add this technology, according to fleet management company experts.

Tags: ELDs, Fleet Management Companies, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2016 Work Truck eXchange Recap

Photo by Chris Wolski.

By Chris Wolski

The first-ever Work Truck eXchange (WTX) was designed to allow a small group of fleet managers and fleet suppliers to connect and build professional relationships in a relaxed setting.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Work Truck Magazine, Fleet Events

January 2017, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How to Effectively Back Up Using Rearview Cameras

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By Andy Lundin

Rearview cameras can reduce the blind spot zone behind a vehicle by approximately 90%. However, the technology doesn’t eliminate the need for drivers to turn around and look.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, IIHS, Backing, Backup Cameras

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Meet the 2016 Fleet Visionaries

Merchants Fleet Management’s Dan Hannan and Tracy DuRocher (center) pose with some of the 2016 Fleet Visionary Awards winners, including (l-r) Nikith Rajendran, Dave Mansfield, Amy McAdams, Jane Manca (on behalf of Nick Richardson), Jeff Moody (behind Manca), and Sharjeel Wattoo. Photo: Jim Park

By Chris Wolski

The inaugural class of 20 Fleet Visionaries has made a difference in the way their companies are run today and are poised to become the leaders of tomorrow. The award, sponsored by Merchants Fleet Management was presented to deserving fleet professionals with 10 years or fewer in the fleet industry.

Tags: Fleet Visionary Award, Awards

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

The Importance of In-Vehicle Safety Technology

In 2015, 2.2% of all drivers were observed texting or otherwise manipulation hand-held devices, according to data comiled by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

By Andy Lundin

With features such as frontal and radar-based collision avoidance systems, blind spot warning, cross traffic alerts, and rear-view cameras, it is important to educate drivers to rely on their senses.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Driver Education, Safety

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

5 Fleet Manager Challenges in 2017 and Beyond

By Paul Clinton

As part of the annual re-set to a new calendar year, we polled several leading fleet managers to get their take on the top pain points they must diagnose in the year ahead.

Tags: Cost-Cutting, Customer Service, Senior Management, Procurement

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Motorlease Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Photo of vintage racing at Lime Rock Race Way courtesy of Ashley Enns Photography.

By David Deslauriers

Founded in 1946 by Daniel Leary Sr., Motorlease is a family-run business managed by its third generation.

Tags: Motorlease Corporation, Fleet Management Companies, Company Anniversaries

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Top 7 Telematics Developments of 2016

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By Chris Wolski

There can be little argument that 2016 was a significant year for the fleet telematics industry with mergers, 2G sunsetting, and the increasing use of connected technology among the top developments for the year.

Tags: AT&T, Verizon Networkfleet, ELD Mandate, Connected Car

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Future of Element Detailed at Fleet Roundtable

Photo of the Element Fleet Management roundtable courtesy of Element.

By Mike Antich

The roundtable brought together hundreds of customers, OEMs, and fleet service providers to discuss issues impacting the next generation of fleet management.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Roundtable Meeting, Element Fleet Management, Fleet Events

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

NETS Benchmark Conference Attracts Record Attendance

Photo of the conference courtesy of Mike Antich.

By Mike Antich

Attendance for the annual NETS benchmark conference has grown every year since its inaugural conference in 2007.

Tags: NETS, Fleet Events, Multinational Fleets

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

Fleet Vulnerability to DDoS Is Low, For Now

Graphical representation of the areas affected by the Mirai bot during the October 2016 cyberattack on the Dyn network. Illustration: DownDetector via Wikipedia

By Chris Wolski

There was a renaissance in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in 2016. While the threat against fleets is low, for now, fleet managers need to be on guard as technology such as autonomous vehicles, vehicle-to-infrastructure, and IoT technologies mature.

Tags: Internet of Things, Vehicle Hacking, Autonomous Vehicles

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

IARA Celebrates 15th Anniversary at 2016 Summer Roundtable

Photo of the conference courtesy of IARA.

By Mike Antich

With Canadian membership its fastest growing segment, the IARA wanted to give credence to the “International” part of its name by holding its first Roundtable Conference outside the U.S.

Tags: IARA, Wholesale Market, IARA Summer Roundtable

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

How to Manage Holiday Traffic

Photo via Ted Kerwin/Flickr.

By Chris Wolski

While consumers are enjoying the holiday season, flocking to malls and taking to the roads, many fleet managers and their companies’ fleets may be experiencing seasonal challenges due to increases in traffic, inclement weather, and other factors.

Tags: WEX, Holiday Driving, How-to Guides

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

FTX's Second Annual Expo

Photo by Thi Dao.

By Chris Wolski

The 2016 Fleet Technology Expo tackled a host of forward-looking topics; chief among them was the future of autonomous vehicles. Attendees also had the chance to test-drive vehicles featuring advanced technology.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Fleet Technology Expo, Fleet Visionary Award, Awards

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

2016 AFLA Conference Engages Fleet Managers

Photo courtesy of AFLA.

By Mike Antich

The 2016 AFLA Conference attracted 494 fleet professionals from six countries. The conference theme was “Mission Possible: Identify, Engage, Execute.”

Tags: Fleet Hall of Fame, AFLA Conference, Fleet Events, Fleet Manager of the Year, Awards

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Ford F-150 Wins 2016 Fleet Truck of the Year

Photo of the Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

By Andy Lundin

The light-duty truck has a maximum towing capability of up to 12,200 pounds, also features its award-winning Pro Trailer Backup Assist.

Tags: Ford F-150, Automotive Fleet, Fleet Truck of the Year, Ford, Awards

December 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Chevrolet Malibu Wins 2016 Fleet Car of the Year

Photo of the Chevrolet Malibu courtesy of General Motors.

By Andy Lundin

The Chevrolet Malibu saw big changes going into its ninth generation for the 2016-MY and 2017-MY, including the introduction of its first full hybrid model.

Tags: Chevrolet, Automotive Fleet, Fleet Car of the Year, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Cheat Sheet to Capitalizing on Fleet Data

Graphic courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Staff

These four simple reminders can help you make sure that your fleet is taking full advantage of the benefits that telematics can bring to any operations.

Tags: Big Data, Gamification, Crash Avoidance Technologies

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Maintenance, Safety, and Compliance Aided by Telematics

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By Staff

In fleet management, when it comes to these three important aspects that often require paperwork and tracking multiple moving parts, fleet managers can turn to telematics software to make those tasks a little less stressful.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Driver Behavior, Advanced Driver Training Services, compliance, ELD Mandate

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Cover Story

Moving Forward and Beyond with Telematics

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By Staff

Organizations and businesses running a fleet of any type or size can gain deep insights into operations using telematics data today. What began as track and trace technology has become so much more — but what’s next?

Tags: Resale Value, Predictive Analytics, Connected Car, V2V

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - WebXclusive

2016 L.A. Auto Show: SUVs, Electrification, Mobility

Photo of 2019 Ford EcoSport by Paul Clinton.

By Staff

The mobility revolution is happening through greater connectivity, manufacturers' suites of transportation services, electrification, and the introduction of autonomous vehicles themselves. At the same time, manufacturers are placing the car at the center in this new world.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, L.A. Auto Show, Mobility, Compact SUVs

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

PM Transaction Costs Up But Longer Intervals Keep Costs Flat

Graph courtesy of Element.

By Mike Antich

The auto OEMs continue to adopt more stringent motor oil requirements, which increases the cost of each PM service. But, the intervals between services have continued to widen, mitigating some of the additional costs.

Tags: preventive maintenance, Synthetic Oil, Oil Change, Diesel Engines, Maintenance Costs, Operating Costs

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Fleet Maintenance, Repair Costs Remain Flat

Charts courtesy of Element

By Mike Antich

Fleet maintenance costs have remained flat over the past 12 months, compared to CY-2015, despite price increases in replacement parts and labor rates. The primary factor keeping prices flat is overall vehicle quality.

Tags: Recalls, Repair Costs, Maintenance Costs, Operating Costs

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Stable Commodity Prices Keep Replacement Tire Costs Flat

Graph courtesy of Modern Tire Dealer.

By Mike Antich

Replacement tire prices for CY-2016 are flat because of less volatility in the global prices of commodities used to manufacture tires, namely oil, rubber, and steel. The forecast is for a continuation of price stability into CY-2017.

Tags: Operating Costs, Replacement Tires, Tire Costs, Tires and Wheels, Truck Tires

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Analysis of 2016 Fleet Fuel Spend and 2017 Forecast

Chart courtesy of Energy Information Administration

By Mike Antich

The stability of gasoline and diesel prices over the past 36 months has been the No. 1 factor contributing to keeping fleet operating costs flat. Vehicle acquisition and used-vehicle prices are strongly influenced by low fuel prices.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fuel Prices, Forecast

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Operating Costs Flat for Fourth Consecutive Year

Graphic courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

By Mike Antich and Andy Lundin

With fuel representing 60% of a fleet’s total operating costs, lower fuel prices are keeping overall fleet costs flat. Also, vehicle build quality is high, curbing maintenance costs, and lower commodity prices have stabilized tire prices.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fuel Management, Passenger Cars, Fleet Management Companies, Full-Size Vans, Light-Duty Trucks

November 2016, Automotive Fleet - Feature

How to Curb Aggressive Driving Behaviors

Image courtesy of istockphoto.com

By Andy Lundin

Speeding, sudden lane changes, and failure to yield are the most common aggressive driving behaviors that lead to fatal crashes.

Tags: Driving Dynamics, Speeding, MVRs, Aggressive Driving

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