Ford Motor and a Chinese automaker said Tuesday they are looking into setting up a joint venture to develop and manufacture electric cars in China in what could be part of a changing strategy for the automaker to form more partnerships to develop advanced vehicles.
Ford's potential venture with Anhui Zotye Automobile would give the Dearborn automaker a partnership with a pioneer in the Chinese all-electric vehicle segment.
Anhui Zotye was one of the first automakers to produce all-electric passenger vehicles in the country. It is the market leader in China’s all-electric small vehicle segment.
Xcelerate for Drivers website and mobile app enhance the driver experience with integrated scheduling and open recall alerts
Element Fleet Management has released new features to enhance the driver experience: maintenance scheduling through Element's Xcelerate for Drivers website and mobile app with Firestone Complete Auto Care (FCAC), Tires Plus, and windshield repair scheduling with Safelite AutoGlass locations.
Geotab announced that Seeing Machines’ driver-safety solution, Guardian Solution (Guardian), is now available in the Geotab Marketplace.
Guardian is the latest Add-In application in the Marketplace, which launched in 2015 as a complement to the MyGeotab platform.
Seeing Machines developed Guardian using advanced computer vision technology to detect and minimize driver fatigue and distraction events and associated accidents in commercial fleet applications such as trucking.
What benefits do you provide your customers, so they’ll open their wallets and spend more?
By Wendy Eichenbaum
There are many ways that you could improve your customer experience (CX). For the product, you could redesign a current feature or add a new feature. For support, you could expand your phone hours, or shorten the response time to email. For marketing, you could refresh your website, or open a new social media channel. But you only have a certain amount to spend on the improvements, so what do you address?
You have to find out what your customers value. If you add a new feature, will they flock to the product? Or is the feature irrelevant when it comes to their purchasing decision?
The auto industry is on the cusp of a huge transformation, with self-driving cars and ride-hailing services fundamentally changing the way society moves.
Jim Hackett’s job is to find a place in this future for Ford Motor Co. And help shape it.
In May, Ford tapped Hackett as the storied company’s new CEO. The former top executive of the Steelcase office furniture business, Hackett joined Ford’s board of directors in 2013 and last year became chairman of Ford Smart Mobility, a subsidiary focused on business models that don’t revolve solely around building and selling cars.
Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors is expected to make a formal bid to acquire all, or at least some of the assets of, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, according to several reports out of Asia Monday morning.
The news comes a week after initial reports surfaced that FCA had rejected an earlier bid from an unspecified Chinese automotive manufacturer.
At the time, there was speculation several of that country’s native carmakers might seek such a deal with the spotlight focusing on both Great Wall and Guangzhou Automobile Group, which currently has a joint venture with FCA to produce Jeeps.
President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement reaffirmed what was already clear: The federal government is no longer leading American efforts to shrink our carbon footprint.
But many state and local governments – along with businesses and consumers – aim to help fill this policy void.
At least a dozen governors have joined the United States Climate Alliance, committing their states to achieve emissions reductions consistent with President Barack Obama’s Paris pledge. More than 200 mayors are promising their cities will follow suit.
By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics
Anytime your drivers hit the road, they are surrounded by any number of people with diminished operational control.
Distractions, speeding, fatigue, aggression, DUI—it’s a minefield out there. Faced with the “other driver” and their poor decisions and actions it’s certainly no easy job to manage your fleet’s risk exposure but together we prepare your drivers to steer clear of the oncoming danger.
One area that’s a serious cause for concern is the rapidly growing abuse of prescription opioids. It’s has reached epidemic levels. The latest research shows a seven-fold increase since 1995 in the number of drivers killed while under the influence of prescription opioids. And it doesn’t appear to be getting any better as Researchers at Columbia University’s Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention expect a continued increase in the percentage of fatal crashes related to opioid usage.
So what should you be communicating to your fleet?