Although automatic emergency brake systems have proven to prevent typical front-to-rear crashes — reducing rates of rear-end crashes by 50% and rear-end crashes involving injuries by 56% — a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is exploring additional opportunities to increase the effectiveness of the technology.

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LeasePlan USA introduces voice-enabled virtual assistant for fleet drivers. When we think of “virtual assistants,” Siri and Alexa typically come to mind. But truck drivers now have another option: Elle.

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In just a few short years, car interiors have seen their fair share of changes. Basic configurations featuring nothing more than a speedometer along with a few additional dials have given way to a whole host of new options, including state-of-the-art navigation systems and entertainment apps.

Research shows the global market for connected cars could grow as much as 270% by 2022. As connected vehicles become more common and new innovations make their way to the market, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have a significant opportunity to foster even more innovation.

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Excessive engine idling doesn’t just consume fuel, it also creates engine hours, which depending on the OEM, are used to determine when the powertrain warranty expires. Also, high engine hours in low-mileage vehicles can create potential pitfalls that inadvertently voids warranty compliance. Some fleets don’t realize this and are surprised when they are denied coverage, thinking the vehicle is within the warranty mileage parameters or has followed the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.

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Overall depreciation remained flat last week, as used wholesale values for both trucks and cars saw little change, according to Black Book’s Feb. 11 Market Insights report.

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