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(L-R) Brad Jacobs, director of strategic consulting; Dan Hannan, executive director of strategic consulting; and Ken Kauppila, chief information officer, are the Merchants Fleet Management leadership responsible for developing and implementing the new TotalView solution. The system aggregates fleet data into convenient, personalized dashboards defined according to an individual fleet’s mission and reporting needs. Photo courtesy of Merchants. Merchants Takes TotalView of Fleet Operations
The fleet management company began offering its new enterprise solution TotalView to fleets in December 2014. The system is already a part of its standard package of services.
Photo via Wikimedia. Fleet Management 2025 Forecast: Productivity Tools
Mobile apps will by fully integrated into fleet and become the medium for driver interaction, while cloud computing will accelerate the transmission of data. Vehicle connectivity will add a new dimension to fleet management.
Photo courtesy of How Cloud Technology Can Help Fleets
Automotive Fleet spoke with John Edmunds, managing director of cloud solutions, at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, about how fleet managers can benefit from adopting this new technology solution.
Screenshot via Hyundai. Hyundai Motor America's New Commercial Fleet Website
Hyundai Motor America (HMA) has developed the internal "infrastructure" to facilitate fleet sales by creating a commercial fleet website that allows direct-order capability and offers a drop-ship delivery program.
Photo courtesy of UPS. Safety Goes Virtual at UPS
To create a simulated environment, UPS turned to Virtual Driver Interactive (VDI). The resulting portable system gives UPS drivers the ability to virtually learn how to handle highly volatile and dangerous driving situations.

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Fleetmatics Expands into France
Fleetmatics Group PLC, a global provider of mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses of all sizes delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS), has announced the acquisition of Ornicar SAS, an SaaS provider of fleet management solutions in France.
All-New Fleet Technology Expo Set for August
Replacing Green Fleet Conference & Expo traditionally held in October, the first annual Fleet Technology Expo is for all fleet types looking for ways to improve operational efficiencies.
Photo courtesy of GM.
GM Updates OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App
General Motors has updated its RemoteLink mobile app for OnStar to improve the way drivers can remotely control vehicle functions, the automaker announced.
Maserati Seeks to Increase Presence in UK Corporate Market
Italian automaker Maserati has selected the Leaselink e-procurement platform from European online procurement specialist Ebbon-Dacs for all its dealers throughout the country as it bids to increase its presence in the UK corporate market.
FLD Launches OnceOVR Pro Remarketing App
FLD, Inc. has launched the OnceOVR Pro mobile app, an extension of OnceOVR that was released earlier this year on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon for download at no charge.
Photo courtesy of FCA US.
FCA Adds Vehicle Diagnostic Data to Uconnect
FCA US is adding features such as vehicle finder, send-destination-to-vehicle, vehicle health report and vehicle health alert to Uconnect.
Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Ford Adds Mobile Apps to Refreshed SYNC
Ford is unveiling a slew of mobile apps available for its SYNC AppLink that range from minute-by-minute weather updates to safety features to discourage drivers from texting while behind the wheel.
Photo courtesy of Volvo.
Volvo's Safety Tech Helps Avert Bicyclist-Vehicle Crashes
A partnership involving Volvo Cars, Ericsson and sports gear maker POC results in development of two-way communications technology offering proximity alerts to vehicle drivers and cyclists.
Photo: Continental
Continental Touting Infrared Controls for Vehicles
International automotive supplier Continental is working on intelligent infrared technology including “infrared curtains” as an economical alternative to touch sensitive, capacitive displays.
App screenshots courtesy of Donlen.
Donlen Updates Driver Management Mobile Apps
In part of Donlen’s new enhanced driver management system, fleet drivers can now download FleetWeb mobile and DonlenDriver mobile to access fuel maps, maintenance history, and driver policies.

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