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Q. I keep hearing about the “connected car.” What is that?

A.It’s an umbrella term that really encompasses a lot, depending on who is speaking.


Is it driver assist technology? Is it autonomous vehicles? Navigation and traffic apps? EV charging? Payments? Emergency road service? It’s all of those things, and will become a lot more, as the demand for connectivity naturally follows us into our vehicles. Most of this technology is developing. Some is in market today. All of it is pretty new and exciting.


Mobile payments is where WEX plays the strongest, based on our relationships with the biggest fuel providers, and we are developing a number of functionalities for DriverDash that will help fleets move more quickly and transparently.


Telematics is GPS-enabled technology that gives you a view into your operations on the road, and that connectivity certainly provides a lot of data to fleet managers that builds off their fleet card data.


WEX and ChargePoint recently teamed up on a payments solution for the growing number of fleets needing electric charges. You can’t get much more “connected” than plugging in a vehicle.


Certainly those are the ones we know most about. When it comes to autonomous vehicles, it’s still very early days and we are looking at a number of different use cases for fleets where this could be helpful.

Expert Bio

Answered by : Bernie Kanavagh from WEX

Senior Vice President and General Manager

A 27-year fleet professional, Bernie Kavanagh currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Large Fleet at WEX Inc. He joined the company in 1996 and his career has been a steady progression of increased sales and marketing responsibility. Kavanagh serves on industry related boards and is a frequent speaker at payment industry conferences focusing on fuel trends and technology in the payment space. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Jersey and is an active member of NAFA, AFLA, NCSFA and AALA. Prior to joining WEX, Kavanagh held a number of roles with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Enterprise Fleet Management.

A 27-year fleet professional, Bernie Kavanagh currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Large Fleet at WEX Inc. He joined the company in 1996 and his career has been a steady progression of increased sales and marketing responsibility. Kavanagh serves on industry related boards and is a frequent speaker at payment industry conferences focusing on fuel trends and technology in the payment space. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Jersey and is an active member of NAFA, AFLA, NCSFA and AALA. Prior to joining WEX, Kavanagh held a number of roles with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Enterprise Fleet Management.

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