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The Problem with Valuing Safety Technology

As advanced safety technologies have migrated to mainstream vehicles, retaining value for these options at resale remains an issue. READ MORE

Tags: Vincentric, Active Safety Systems, Safety, Drivers

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:01 AM | » Comments(0)

ELD Mandate: Is Your Head Still in the Sand?

If you think you have 11 weeks to implement an Electronic Logging Device system to meet the Dec. 18 compliance deadline, you really don’t — for a few reasons.

If you think you have 11 weeks to implement an Electronic Logging Device system to meet the Dec. 18 compliance deadline, you really don’t — for a few reasons. READ MORE

Tags: Telematics, FMCSA, CSA, Hours of Service, ELD Mandate, AOBRD

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, October 5, 2017 11:12 AM | » Comments(0)

Who Controls Your Vehicles’ Data?

In the name of security, an automaker’s alliance is advocating denial of third-party access to the OBD-II port. Is this going too far?

In the name of security, an automaker’s alliance is advocating denial of third-party access to the OBD-II port. Is this going too far? READ MORE

Tags: Telematics, BMW, ACEA, NHTSA, Cybersecurity, OBD-II, Cyberattacks

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:21 AM | » Comments(0)

A Shared Mobility Model Takes Shape for Fleets

Technology that allows cab drivers flexible access to a shared fleet is leveling the playing field for an 89-year-old taxi company. READ MORE

Tags: Shared-Use Mobility, Mobile App, Ride Hailing, Verizon, Taxi

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:54 AM | » Comments(0)

Safety Tech: Crash Avoidance or Sensory Overload?

As advanced safety technologies become even more pervasive on mainstream vehicles, are we creating “stupid drivers?"

As advanced safety technologies become even more pervasive on mainstream vehicles, are we creating “stupid drivers?" READ MORE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:23 PM | » Comments(1)

Own the Fleet, Own the Future

In the dialogue surrounding new transportation paradigms, fleets have been off the public radar until recently. Here’s what’s going on, and a way for you to participate in the conversation. READ MORE

Tags: Fleet Management, Carsharing, Mobility, Ride Hailing, Fleet Forward Conference

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, August 2, 2017 11:45 AM | » Comments(0)

Car Rental Rates Up, Fleet Sales Down — Correlation?

Car rental companies’ recent fleet discipline is needed now more than ever.

Car rental companies’ recent fleet discipline is needed now more than ever. READ MORE

Tags: Fleet Sales, Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Incentives, Car Rental Rates, 50-City Survey, Manheim Index, Used Vehicle Values

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, July 17, 2017 2:15 PM | » Comments(1)

Hertz, Avis Autonomy Partnerships: Good First Steps on a Long Path

Two new autonomous vehicle project partnerships bring the importance of fleet management to the fore.

Two new autonomous vehicle project partnerships bring the importance of fleet management to the fore. READ MORE

Tags: Hertz, Avis Budget Group, Donlen, Lyft, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, June 27, 2017 10:52 AM | » Comments(0)

An Inside Look at Car Rental in China

A trip to a new car rental convention in Guangzhou reveals a booming market, yet one facing unique challenges.

Chris Brown presents a gift to the Chairman Huang of the Guangzhou Car Rental Association.

A trip to a new car rental convention in Guangzhou reveals a booming market, yet one facing unique challenges. READ MORE

Tags: China, Carsharing, eHi Car Service, China Auto Rental Inc., Bike Sharing, Shouqi Car Rental

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, June 2, 2017 11:36 AM | » Comments(0)

Auto Manufacturers: Mobility Disruptors or Fleet Providers?

Maven’s Alex Keros shares insights into evolving smart mobility business models and new opportunities with fleet management.

Maven’s Alex Keros shares insights into evolving smart mobility business models and new opportunities with fleet management. READ MORE

Tags: Carsharing, General Motors, Mobility, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Maven, Ride Hailing

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, May 22, 2017 4:34 PM | » Comments(0)

What is Your Time Worth?

Personal observations of retail and travel transactions reveal just how much a consumer’s time is worth today, and how increasingly intolerant we are of inefficient transactions. READ MORE

Tags: J.D. Power, Customer Satisfaction, Timeliness

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, May 10, 2017 11:47 AM | » Comments(0)

Safeguarding Your Business with Brokers

While the high-profile bankruptcy of Atlas Choice has left many car rental companies wary of working with brokers, rental companies can take steps to protect themselves and ensure a productive relationship.

While the high-profile bankruptcy of Atlas Choice has left many car rental companies wary of working with brokers, rental companies can take steps to protect themselves and ensure a productive relationship. READ MORE

Tags: Bankruptcy, prepaid rentals, Brokers

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:58 AM | » Comments(2)

My Number One Takeaway from ICRS 2017

This year’s International Car Rental Show (ICRS) opened the door to new business models facing transportation today — yet adapting to these new technologies is not the first key to survival.

This year’s International Car Rental Show (ICRS) opened the door to new business models facing transportation today — yet adapting to these new technologies is not the first key to survival. READ MORE

Tags: Carsharing, Europcar, Mobility, International Car Rental Show, Autonomous Vehicles, Ride Hailing

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, March 31, 2017 4:34 PM | » Comments(4)

Trump and Regulations: An Alt-Fuel View

With 2025 emissions targets back in review, manufacturers, alt-fuel, and alt-power suppliers weigh in on the potential impacts of Trump’s initiatives. READ MORE

Tags: CARB, Work Truck Show, Fuel Economy Standards, EPA, Alternative Fuels, GHG Phase 2

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, March 20, 2017 1:59 PM | » Comments(0)

Why GM’s Telematics Announcement is a Really Big Deal

Enabling a telematics connection at the factory — and not through an aftermarket hardware installation — is a game changer for fleets.

Enabling a telematics connection at the factory — and not through an aftermarket hardware installation — is a game changer for fleets. READ MORE

Tags: OnStar, Telematics, Telogis, Connected Car, Spireon, Commercial Link, 4G LTE

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, March 13, 2017 12:14 PM | » Comments(0)

Four Thoughts From the 2016 Conference Calls

Sifting through the notes of Avis Budget Group’s and Hertz Global Holdings’ recent fourth quarter conference calls give us some trend lines to watch out for in 2017. (Of course, this gives us an incomplete snapshot, as Enterprise Holdings is privately held.) READ MORE

Tags: Avis Budget Group, Rental Rates, Hertz Global Holdings Inc., Fleet Vehicles, Mobility Service, Ride-Hailing

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:07 PM | » Comments(2)

Recall Repairs Are Not Afterthoughts

It's easy for small commercial fleet operators to neglect recall repairs. If "fleet" isn't your first business priority, recalls must be. READ MORE

Tags: Driver Safety, Recalls, NHTSA

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, February 27, 2017 2:56 PM | » Comments(2)

What Does the Future Hold for Fleet Sales to Car Rental?

With domestic automakers pulling back on rental fleet sales and lower overall light-duty sales projected, the car rental industry will have to adjust.

With domestic automakers pulling back on rental fleet sales and lower overall light-duty sales projected, the car rental industry will have to adjust. READ MORE

Tags: New Car Sales, Rental Fleets

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:08 PM | » Comments(0)

Who is the Local Operator of the Future?

In an autonomous vehicle environment, the business model will change, but fleet management will be more important than it is today.

In an autonomous vehicle environment, the business model will change, but fleet management will be more important than it is today. READ MORE

Tags: Shared-Use Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Ride Hailing

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Five Business Model Trends for 2017

As new forms of mobility take flight, the borders with traditional car rental are starting to erode.

As new forms of mobility take flight, the borders with traditional car rental are starting to erode. READ MORE

Tags: Peer-to-Peer, Mobility, On-Demand, Ride Hailing

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, December 28, 2016 2:09 PM | » Comments(1)

Are Commercial Drone Deliveries Imminent in the U.S.?

Amazon just delivered its first package by drone in England. Will U.S. delivery fleets be able to take advantage soon?

Amazon just delivered its first package by drone in England. Will U.S. delivery fleets be able to take advantage soon? READ MORE

Tags: Amazon.com, Delivery Fleets, Drones

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, December 15, 2016 12:28 PM | » Comments(0)

Autonomous Vehicles and the Changing Role of the Fleet Manager

With fewer drivers and substantially longer fleet lifecycles, fleet managers will pivot to new job functions.

Olli is an autonomous electric shuttle created by Local Motors. By the end of the year, Olli will be in testing in four jurisdictions.

With fewer drivers and substantially longer fleet lifecycles, fleet managers will pivot to new job functions. READ MORE

Tags: Driverless Vehicle, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Local Motors

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, December 2, 2016 11:37 AM | » Comments(0)

2017: Fleet Mix Will Be Paramount

Car rental companies are migrating to vehicle segments with better residual values, though not without bumps in the road. READ MORE

Tags: Residual Values, Fleet Management, Vehicle Depreciation, Hertz, Avis Budget Group

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2016 9:44 AM | » Comments(0)

Auto Rental Summit: Five Trend Lines

Trend lines at this year's Summit centered on shifts in model mix, data protection issues, increasing labor costs, workforce engagement, and new platforms to rent cars.

Taking in the seminars, discussions, and networking at the 2016 Auto Rental Summit, trend lines emerged around shifts in model mix, data protection issues, increasing labor costs, workforce engagement, and new platforms to rent cars. READ MORE

Tags: Residual Values, Labor Costs, Auto Rental Summit, Millennials, Data Privacy, Used Vehicle Values

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, October 26, 2016 1:55 PM | » Comments(0)

Why Do We Visit Capitol Hill?

Members of the American Car Rental Association met with U.S. senators, representatives, and their aides last week. Here’s why bringing the message to this forum matters.

Our delegation visited the offices of U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). Chaffetz explained the importance of face-to-face interaction to understand the issues. He said peer-to-peer issues would likely be taken up by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Members of the American Car Rental Association met with U.S. senators, representatives, and their aides last week. Here’s why bringing the message to this forum matters. READ MORE

Tags: District of Columbia, ACRA, Excise Taxes, Like-Kind Exchange, Peer-to-Peer, Politics, American Car Rental Association

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9:55 AM | » Comments(1)

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