Challenges around selecting the right vehicle for the job have always existed, so fleet management hasn’t really changed too much during my 21 years in the industry—with the exception of vehicles being more expensive today, of course, and also how technology impacts fleets. In California, where I’m based, the fleet industry isn’t that much different when compared to the rest of the states, apart from the higher demand for electric vehicles and attitudes about self-driving technology. The West Coast tends to have more ‘early adopters,’ and so it’s easier for them to pick up on trends like self-driving cars, for instance.
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Every year, NAFA hosts an event for professionals in fleet management to access the information, tools, and networking opportunities they need to continue being successful and to increase their industry knowledge. This year’s event was no different—those from all areas of the industry had a great time networking (we know we did!) and learning about some of the new and upcoming technologies in the industry. It’s always good to see new products, meet new vendors, and generally get a glimpse of what’s going on in the industry.
The National Vehicle Leasing Association (NVLA) conference took place last week (April 18-20) at the beautiful Estancia La Jolla Hotel in California, and it was such a great opportunity to meet and network with professionals from all walks of the industry. A little unique and different from past conferences I’ve attended, there were no Fleet Managers present at the event, but more auto manufacturer representatives, small leasing companies, as well as banks, other lending institutions, insurance companies, and upfit and equipment companies.
The National Safety Council (NSC) noted that, in 2017, the number of U.S. vehicle deaths topped 40,000, meaning traffic deaths remain a public health crisis. In light of this year's Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we want to highlight some of the dangers of distracted driving and provide some tips around promoting safe driving for companies managing vehicle fleets.
The idea that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will change the transportation and mobility industry is not new, specifically the optimization of self-driving technology. But, how will it affect fleet management? At Union Leasing, we embrace technology that helps us deliver more value as trusted advisors and improves the customer experience. And it’s no exception when it comes to AI, which is slowly playing a key role in changing the industry landscape. It’s an interesting space for us to watch as a fleet management company.
Outsourcing your fleet management will help you stress less over the small processes of managing your fleet, and will allow you to focus more on the things that truly matter for your business. Here, we outline key reasons to keep in mind if you're considering outsourcing your fleet management, but just don't know if it's the right decision for your business yet.
Having started off my career in Fortune 500 companies across different capacities like sales and marketing, leasing sales, and product strategy, I feel like I have a well-rounded view about key players and customers in the industry. I entered fleet management five years ago, starting at Sasser Family Holdings but on the rail industry side. I then joined Union Leasing three years ago as SVP, Sales and Marketing with the aim of positioning the company for growth, specifically by targeting customers that value high-touch customer service and are quite dependent on fleet management partners. It was then that we started asking how we can position ourselves for future growth. What’s really interesting is the role that technology plays to help us better facilitate our approach with our customers.
If you read up on the comparisons between drunk driving and drowsy driving, you’ll find they’re both equally dangerous. Both conditions slow reaction time, and affect memory and the brain’s ability to process information.
Study after study confirms that exhaustion, like intoxication, impairs driving significantly. Here’s one that’s particularly compelling: After 17–19 hours without sleep, driving performance is equivalent to or worse than a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05%. After 24 hours of sleep deprivation, driving performance is as bad as (or worse than) a 0.1% blood alcohol concentration—well beyond the legal limit. At the 0.08% mark, across all states, you are considered drunk.
The automotive world has pretty much stayed the same or has made only incremental advances over the last few decades. The introduction of the CD changer was probably the most innovative or technologically sophisticated advancement the industry had seen – up until the last couple of years.
With the start of a new year, it’s a good time to analyze current and upcoming fleet trends that will be making a big impact on the industry this year and beyond. So when planning the future of your fleet, you’ll be able to anticipate any threats – and opportunities – for your business a lot more successfully.