Category: Opinion

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22nd May 2019

The interaction of autonomous vehicles with their surroundings – what do the present and future look like?

With Elon Musk aiming for fully-autonomous ‘level 5’ Tesla models to be on the road as soon as next year1 – and with the UK government recently having expressed the wish to see “self-driving cars on our roads by 2021… on any road provided they are compliant with UK law”2 – autonomous vehicles (AVs) imminently… Read more

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6th May 2019

Are traditional contract hire leases being phased out by short-term vehicle rental solutions?

A significant proportion of headlines and thought leadership commentary in leading fleet publications in recent weeks certainly paint a similar picture – that of the demise of traditional contract hire leases which, for the past couple of decades or so, have typically seen company car drivers keep the same vehicle for three or four years…. Read more

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25th April 2019

What factors influence the business case for EV adoption?

While private motorists and indeed SMEs may take a more flexible, short-term approach, businesses and organisations with larger fleets of vehicles typically make longer-term decisions, an increasingly pertinent one being whether to embrace electric vehicles (EV) now or to wait. Although certain OEMs continue to invest in diesel and petrol, with BMW1 quite rightly citing… Read more

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16th April 2019

Are fully-autonomous vehicles really likely to feature on public roads soon?

It’s fair to say that various facets of autonomous or ‘driverless’ cars and other vehicles, from their capabilities to the time-scales involved in consumer availability, continue to cause a degree of confusion, which is in many ways no surprise. Is semi-autonomous technology misunderstood? Firstly, with systems1 like Audi’s Traffic Jam Pilot and BMW’s Traffic Jam… Read more

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11th April 2019

Internal combustion engine developments of cheer for fleets and others not suited to plug-in adoption

Despite encouragement to switch to plug-in hybrid or fully-electric cars coming from all angles these days, it still remains an unfeasible move for various company car fleets and private motorists, for reasons ranging from annual mileages covered and vehicle affordability to the practicality limitations of charging. Fortunately, certain OEMS are continuing to devote considerable resources… Read more

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8th April 2019

Emerging last-mile delivery and mobility solutions – the benefits and challenges

The term ‘last-mile’ used to primarily be associated with supply chain logistics, deliveries and other commercial operations, essentially referring to a product or service’s final journey to end customers. As wide-ranging automotive, environmental, governmental and other bodies strive to clean up the environment and enrich people’s lives through ever-improving mobility, ‘last-mile’ has also become an… Read more

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4th April 2019

Amidst the plug-in obsession, do niche alternative fuels like CNG have a future?

While plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and pure EVs tend to dominate automotive news and discussions, their adoption will remain unfeasible for swathes of society for at least a good few years, until prices match or perhaps even eventually undercut internal combustion engine models, rural recharging infrastructure improves and other factors become more conducive. Even… Read more

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15th January 2019

Which car models will be popular with fleets in 2019?

Compiling fleet policy company car shortlists is currently a significant challenge for fleet managers, with so many overlapping factors at play. According to various sections of the media, the internal combustion engine1 will be banished within just over a decade, and with car manufacturers facing strict CO2 emissions targets2 set by the EU for 2021,… Read more

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11th January 2019

From car-sharing rivals joining forces to robotic dogs being explored as a last-mile solution for future deliveries, the mobility space is becoming ever more exciting

Over the next few years, fleet managers “will have gone on a journey from initially managing grey fleets, perk cars and commercial vehicles, to outsourcing and leasing, ending with car sharing, mixed mode mobility and even overseeing shared autonomous fleets. Almost cliché, the fleet manager will become a mobility manager”. This is the view of… Read more

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20th January 2019

What will feature on the agenda of fleet managers in 2019?

While Brexit scenario-planning is unarguably having an impact particularly on larger entities as the March deadline looms ever closer, many organisations can do little more than adopt a business as usual approach, absorbing as much guidance as they can along the way, while technology in the automotive sector moves at a faster rate than ever…. Read more