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12 Jun 19

Monthly review - May – Connect your fleet right and pluck the benefits

“Data is the new gold, don’t let it become the new asbestos.” Geotab’s Dirk Schlimm’s one-liner summarizing Fleet Europe’s first Connected Fleet Conference inspired the fleet community, to say the least. Need to get up to speed with a world gone connected? That’s where our monthly review comes in handy.

Connected Fleets Conference 2019: lesson learned on stakeholders, security and ROI

On May 15 and 16, Fleet Europe organised its very first Connected Fleets Conference in Brussels, a high-level event for those looking to discover, buy and implement connected technology for their fleets. A key point that was made, is that driver and other stakeholder involvement is paramount for a successful implementation of telematics. Discover the 5 lessons learned in our video. For an overview of all articles related to the Connected Fleet Conference, click here.

Connected Fleets Conference 2019: lessons from the field

Thomas Stroo, Head of Logistics Benelux at popular fresh food delivery company Hello Fresh, explained the audience how telematics helped to improve the efficiency of the company’s logistics and, eventually, the success of the entire company. Caroline Ceustermans from Swift, a company that invests greatly in electric driving,uses her provider’s software to monitor energy consumption and to make sure that the grid is able to handle the charging needs of the employees.

The impact for fleets of the American Huawei ban

While the direct intention of the US government appears to have been preventing Huawei from participating in the rollout of 5G networks, it will also mean that Huawei, which uses Google’s Android system for its smartphone range, will be left high and dry for an operating system. Delays in technology advancement caused by the fracturing of global co-operation in this space will perhaps be the biggest impact of all.

Connected cars: new tricks

BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, as well as HERE Europe and TomTom, plus government ministries from the Netherlands, Finland, Spain, Germany and Luxembourg have announced a bold public-private partnership to share live traffic safety information in a bid to improve road safety.

Audi is investing €40 billion over the next five years to become a premium provider of holistic sustainable mobility. The facelifted Audi A4 brings the brand one step closer, with its ‘always green light’ feature made possible by connecting with the local central traffic computer.  

BMW bestows 3 Series infotainment and connectivity upon the brand-new 1-series, which makes a clean cut with its predecessors.


Authored by: Dieter Quartier