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What’s Your Future Fleet Strategy?

September 2017, Auto Rental News - Editors Corner

by Amy Winter-Hercher - Also by this author

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The noise surrounding the development of autonomous vehicles is getting louder. We’re being told what the future looks like, but without the ability to harness the technology now, it’s easier to just turn down the volume.

Yet it’s clear that the future we envisioned five years ago is not the future we see today. In this context, Bobit Business Media has launched a new event, Fleet Forward Conference.

“As intelligent transportation systems, shared and connected vehicles, and changing public policies converge on the path to autonomous vehicles, Fleet Forward will be the nexus between traditional fleet stakeholders and the smart mobility revolution,” says Chris Brown, conference chair.

“Through curated networking and high-level education,” Brown continues, “Fleet Forward will connect new technology vendors with fleet services providers and end users with the end goal to create more efficient fleets — for the future and today.”

While autonomy is still largely a concept, fleets should be aware of emerging initiatives now — from new safety technologies and telematics platforms to the automotive Internet of Things and the federal mandate to connect all vehicles.

Automakers are now mobility service providers, and they’re developing programs that are not only for consumers but also businesses. Dealer groups are rolling out subscription-based vehicle acquisitions plans. Corporate and government fleets are harnessing carsharing technology to reduce fleet size while increasing efficiencies.

Fleet Forward is designed to educate fleet operators on how and when they can take advantage.
For some fleets, the changes will come sooner, for others, much later. Nonetheless, no matter the fleet size or type, in the words of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, “Companies should start thinking about their autonomous strategy now.

The inaugural Fleet Forward Conference convenes Nov. 7-8 at Hilton Miami Downtown. For more information, visit www.fleetforwardconference.com.

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