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Trak Global Group has acquired Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc (IMS), North America’s leading insurance telematics business

The newly expanded Group will connect over half a million vehicles, have revenues of over $50m and employ around 300 people, a third of whom are based in North America. The move will also see the Group realign all its international activities within connected insurance under the IMS brand, and its services to the mobility market under the Trak Global brand.

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8th February 2019

Will SUVs become less popular due to WLTP and other factors?

Over the last decade or so, sport utility vehicles of varying shapes and sizes have proliferated. The SUV became the most popular type of car across Europe by 2016, accounting for a sizeable 22%-plus market share overall, with mid-size SUV sales having mushroomed to the tune of 42% compared to the previous year. These statistics… Read more

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30th January 2019

Road safety snapshot with a global perspective

A core aim at the heart of Trak Global Group’s activities is playing a part in making roads safer, our portfolio including Carrot, our young driver insurance brand through which we’ve reduced accidents among the UK’s newly qualified drivers by 42%, and Appy Fleet, our at-work telematics app. With a reach encompassing fifteen countries, from… Read more

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24th January 2019

The latest ADAS of note and remarkable systems in the pipeline as showcased at CES 2019

Although misconceptions exist amongst general motorists over ‘advanced driver assistance systems’ (ADAS) indicating that a car is autonomous or ‘driverless’, as highlighted by a Euro NCAP, Global NCAP and Thatcham Research study1 late last year, such technologies have fast become part and parcel of decisions for many fleet managers. Examples of ADAS include2 adaptive cruise… 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

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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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8th January 2019

How the UK’s landscape for potential EV adopters is increasingly making the switch more feasible

A growing symphony of voices from environmental campaign groups and infrastructure providers to car manufacturers and the government with its now-EV-only Plug-in Car Grant is clearly urging UK motorists and fleets to adopt electric vehicles without delay. UK plc has a lot of work to do to catch countries like Norway1 up, though, where plug-in… Read more

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21st December 2018

The latest OEM strides, statistics and governmental moves in the race to clean up vehicular emissions

With a swathe of voices and hearts ranging from governments, global corporations and NGOs to smaller campaign groups and sympathetic individuals having set their hopes on the 2015 Paris Agreement to irreversibly begin reducing CO2 emissions, short-term wishes were significantly dampened earlier this month. Many hoped that the 1.6% increase in global carbon emissions during… Read more

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19th December 2018

Shell’s Future of Fleet Report illustrates the exciting road ahead – with a key role for telematics

With influences ranging from the race to electrify and automate vehicles from small cars to trucks, and the simultaneous focus on adopting alternative fuels, to the proliferation of ‘big data’ and connectivity along with technologies such as on-demand transportation apps potentially changing the landscape like never before, the future of fleet is unarguably exciting. The… Read more

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4th December 2018

Mental health and driver safety in today’s technology-assisted world of fleet management

The recent report entitled ‘It’s good to talk: caring about mental health’ from Venson Automotive Solutions is extremely encouraging1, the wellbeing and safety of at-work and general drivers being at the heart of Trak Global Group’s telematics and other products and solutions. Statistics from all perspectives are unarguably humbling and motivating. Human resources personnel deal… Read more