Preventive maintenance (PM) expenses in calendar-year 2018 increased to $12.04 cost per unit per month higher compared to $10.96 in CY-2017, a 9% increase primarily due to higher labor costs and the increased use of more expensive synthetic motor oils. The proliferation of smaller displacement engines in fleet applications has put pressure on OEMs and fleet managers to use synthetic oil, which provides 50% better engine protection to maximize engine life.

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With 1.8mn vehicles under management in over 30 countries, international car-as-a service company LeasePlan certainly needs to keep abreast with the latest technologies, something that artificial intelligence (AI) and connected vehicle expert Felipe Smolka is doing for the Amsterdam based company.

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American motorists spent an average of 51 minutes driving approximately 31.5 miles each day in 2016 and 2017 — a 5% increase over the 48 minutes and 29.9 miles reported in 2014-2015, according to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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Just a couple of months after taking the reins at LeasePlan USA, Matt Dyer sees huge opportunities to leverage the rapidly evolving benefits of technology and telematics to deliver data-driven dividends for fleet managers and their drivers.

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