U.S. automakers are looking to make 95 octane gasoline – which is the most common grade of fuel used in Europe – the new “regular.”
This move would not only facilitate standardize engineering and manufacturing for multiple markets, but also be one of the most affordable ways to boost an engine’s fuel economy by as much as 3%.
"We have an opportunity to play a large role in offering consumers the most affordable option for fuel economy improvement and greenhouse gas reduction," Dan Nicholson, General Motors' vice president of global propulsion systems says. “I think America deserves as good a gasoline as Europe."
Read the article at Forbes.
By Laura Jozwiak, Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Relations, Wheels, Inc.
Now what do we do?
We started having these Customer Driven conversations 18 months ago, sharing many topics over that time ranging from the importance of practice to going beyond expectations to building loyalty and authenticity. I have enjoyed hearing and being part of the conversations that these topics have spawned. It is inspiring to know that these ideas have expanded beyond this column.
That said, while we may have read and talked about these topics, taking action is what makes a difference. And now seems like a good time to discuss how to integrate this information into your specific world; what works for one person or organization may not work for others.
This is where it is helpful to have someone with whom you can bounce ideas around to determine how to best incorporate them into your situation. Think about a good role model or mentor within your organization who knows you well and can help direct what ideas would work best for your personality, your role, and company culture.
By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics
Picture this scene: you, a seasoned fleet driver; are driving through the city, traveling at the posted speed-limit. You find yourself passing through busy controlled intersections—all of a sudden your cell phone rings, what is your next move?
Same scenario, but this time imagine your newly-licensed teenage son or daughter behind the wheel, driving through the city, traveling at the posted speed-limit, moving through busy controlled intersections—all of a sudden the cell phone rings, what will be your teenager’s response?
Like all parents, you hope that your teen will make the decision not to answer the call or respond to the text message. What assurances do you have that the correct decision will be made? The first step in helping your child become a safe and responsible driver is to acknowledge that you play the most important role in their success behind the wheel.
By Bernie Kavanagh, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Large Fleet, WEX, Inc.
By getting machines to recognize patterns on their own, machine learning has powered massive data transformations across industries, making computing processes more efficient and affordable and making it possible for cars to drive themselves and for internet search functions to become increasingly sophisticated.
In the fleet industry, it’s already helped companies cut down on unnecessary fuel spend and to adopt technologies such as video-based driver safety systems. And thanks to new advances in Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), machine learning is now providing an entirely new level of data protection and security for B2B and cross-border payments.
These types of payments are historically complex and scattered through multiple parties. They require the movement of data along with funds and have been more complicated to track for mishaps and more vulnerable to fraudulent and unethical spending. In the past, to predict future spendings, companies had to manually track data-focused spending trends and habits. Today’s APIs allow fleet companies to monitor for suspicious behavior and fraudulent activity while also providing their employees with several options for payment.
READ MORE to learn how APIs can help fleets tackle these risks.
The ability to prepay gasoline purchases at Shell stations will soon be offered through the General Motors Marketplace application.
Marketplace connects the car’s information – like where it is and how much fuel it has – with applications from many outside companies. The car owner gets to choose which apps he or she wants based on their needs and uses.
After signing up for a Shell rewards account, the GM app is linked it to the car. When the car is getting low on fuel, it will show the driver where a Shell station is, and discounted gas may be available. The transaction is preapproved and logged. Utilizing the discount program and not having to swipe the card at the pump, incentivizes consumers to go to Shell.
Read the article at Forbes.
Chad Lindholm has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Busines Development at eDriving, provider of online driver training and global driver risk management.
Lindholm has served in sales and marketing roles for more than 25 years, and in the fleet industry since 2011. Most recently, he served as Director of Fleet Product & Marketing for Explore Information Services, provider of the SuperVision driver license monitoring system.
AutomobileMonitor.com offers fleets a free trial to demonstrate the value of its electronic vehicle monitoring and notification service.
If users don’t see value in it, then nothing lost! Current users say the money saved in not having to pay towing storage fees far exceeds the low monthly cost for the service once the free trial expires.
HOW IT WORKS: AutomobileMonitor electronically monitors vehicles for fleets and lien holders, instantly notifying users electronically on all occurrences including tow, storage, awaiting export / import, collision, stolen, stolen recovery, title change, and more.
EXCLUSVE DATA ACCESS: AutomobileMonitor has access to unique vehicle occurrence data that others don’t receive. This includes, for example, the data on eimpound.com; which allows tow providers, law enforcement, and government agencies to receive lien holder and owner information at no cost while also electronically notifying lien holders of a tow.
Parent company Locator Technologies monitors over 85% of all lien holder vehicles in America and more than 30 million vehicles, where real-time data finds vehicles in less than 24 hours versus 2 weeks.
The change is excellent timing for California-based electric-vehicle maker Tesla, which has signaled plans to build a plant in China. Under the new rules, the company will not have to share operations with a joint venture partner.