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Trends Moving the Truck Market

The announcement of the new Hino XL, Hino's first entry into the North American Class 8 market, was the Work Truck Show's largest press conference to date. (Photo by Chris Brown)

March 14, 2018

Storylines that emerged from the 2018 Work Truck Show include the increasing need for on-site productivity, inclusion of active safety systems in trucks, DPF frustrations affecting product decisions, data management, and the growing link between fleet management and company revenue.

Tags: Telematics, Biodiesel, Work Truck Show, Active Safety Systems, Propane Autogas, DPF, CNG, Electric Infrastructure, Data Management, Amazon Alexa

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, March 14, 2018 3:45 PM | » Comments(0)

What a Connected Fleet Means to Avis (and Car Rental)

Counter bypass is just the beginning. The promise of a “data-driven ecosystem” that connects renters with the rental agency, retail services, and even the city is a better managed fleet, an improved user experience, and new revenue opportunities during the rental itself.

Within three model years, automakers such as Ford pledge that 90% of new models will be connected. (Photo via Safercar.gov)

February 14, 2018

Counter bypass is just the beginning. The promise of a “data-driven ecosystem” that connects renters with the rental agency, retail services, and even the city is a better managed fleet, an improved user experience, and new revenue opportunities during the rental itself.

Tags: Telematics, Carsharing, Avis Budget Group, Mobility, Mobile Apps, Connected Vehicles

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:35 PM | » Comments(0)

Will IoT Herald a New Era in Fleet Efficiency?

With the ELD rule finally in effect, small fleet operators need to hunt for new efficiencies. In transportation logistics, Internet of Things (IoT) systems could have similar lasting impacts as telematics.

December 22, 2017

With the ELD rule finally in effect, small fleet operators need to hunt for new efficiencies. In transportation logistics, Internet of Things (IoT) systems could have similar lasting impacts as telematics.

Tags: Telematics, Logistics, ELD Mandate, IoT Solutions

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Friday, December 22, 2017 2:41 PM | » 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.

October 5, 2017

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.

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

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?

September 27, 2017

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?

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

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:21 AM | » 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.

March 13, 2017

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

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

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

6 Trends Moving the Truck Market

Storylines that emerged at the 2016 Work Truck Show included the move to small diesel engines, “lightweighting,” the next step for telematics, alt-fuels versus cheap oil, and delivery drones — yes, drones.

In FAA testing today, the HorseFly drone from Workhorse Custom Chassis delivers 10-lb. packages for 2 cents a mile.

March 7, 2016

Storylines that emerged at the 2016 Work Truck Show included the move to small diesel engines, “lightweighting,” the next step for telematics, alt-fuels versus cheap oil, and delivery drones — yes, drones.

Tags: Telematics, Upfitting, NTEA, Work Truck Show, Diesel Engines, Propane Autogas, Truck Bodies, Drones

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Monday, March 7, 2016 4:05 PM | » Comments(0)

An Unusual Fleet Safety Story

A rural power co-op needed a way for a lineman to call for help should an emergency situation arise. Five months later, the solution was put to good use.

A lineman for a power company in Oklahoma was in the bucket of this truck when it caught fire. He used a key fob "panic button" to alert authorities to the emergency and evacuated safely.

July 30, 2015

A rural power co-op needed a way for a lineman to call for help should an emergency situation arise. Five months later, the solution was put to good use.

Tags: Telematics, Driver Safety, GPS Insight

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:32 AM | » Comments(0)

5 Work Truck Trends (and One Game-Changing Innovation)

These trend lines were gathered from the Work Truck Show, one of the year’s key mileposts to take stock of the industry.

This new propane auto gas dispenser makes propane refueling as easy as pumping retail gasoline.

March 12, 2015

These trend lines were gathered from the Work Truck Show, one of the year’s key mileposts to take stock of the industry.

Tags: Telematics, Upfitting, Work Truck Show, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels, CNG Conversions, CNG, Hybrid Trucks

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, March 12, 2015 11:36 AM | » Comments(0)

Can You Imagine A World without Rental Counters?

It’s easy if you try.

January 14, 2015

It’s easy if you try.

Tags: Telematics, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, Carsharing, Rent Centric, Silvercar, Verizon

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:51 PM | » Comments(1)

Hertz San Diego Airport — the Future of Car Rental?

In San Diego, Hertz officially unveiled its new facility, along with plans for world domination.

August 14, 2013

In San Diego, Hertz officially unveiled its new facility, along with plans for world domination.

Tags: Telematics, Hertz, Carsharing, GPS Tracking, Hertz 24/7, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

10 Challenges to Reaping Telematics Value

July 24, 2013

Adoption rates of telematics GPS tracking systems in fleet have increased exponentially in the last five years. Here’s what fleets are going through to make the plunge and get the most out of their systems.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Managers

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Fleet Manager = Big Data Manager

May 23, 2013

Today's fleet manager is tasked with harnessing large amounts of data and turning the findings into actionable results. With so much technology driving so much information, the responsibility and burden are now greater than ever.

Tags: Telematics, Fleet Management, Technology

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

What Keeps Leasing Company Execs Up at Night?

April 21, 2011

At NAFA’s fleet conference last week, heads of the major leasing companies talked about rising oil prices, distracted driving, changing to leasing rules and managing the rush of technology.

Tags: Telematics, NAFA, Fuel Prices, FASB, Distracted Driving, Alternative Fuels

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, April 21, 2011 11:15 AM | » Comments(0)

Going Green in a Tough Economy

April 13, 2011

Hybrids and electric vehicles are still grabbing the most headlines. But at the NAFA Institute & Expo in Charlotte this week, the fleet industry explored more mundane ways to go green, save fuel and still keep costs in check.

Tags: NAFA, Battery-Electric Vehicles, EVs, Telematics, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:11 PM | » Comments(0)

8 Tips to Gaining Driver Buy-in on a Telematics System

December 30, 2010

After the pain of layoffs and cutbacks during the recession, your employees should get that business efficiency is paramount now more than ever before.

Tags: gps, Telematics

Author: Chris Brown | Posted @ Thursday, December 30, 2010 3:11 PM | » Comments(0)

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