Amsterdam, 6 May 2019 – LeasePlan, one of the world's leading Car-as-a-Service ("CaaS") companies, has launched a new app that allows private lease customers to share their cars with friends and family

The pilot app – called 'Tess' – allows selected friends and relatives of LeasePlan's private lease customers in the Netherlands to book the vehicle, track its parking location and take care of all relevant administration, such as rental payments and fuel costs.

By working within drivers' own trusted friends and family networks, 'Tess' is designed to overcome consumers' reluctance to share their cars – a key factor holding back the development of many car sharing platforms.

Michel Alsemgeest, Chief Digital Officer LeasePlan, says:

“People increasingly want flexible subscription services to fulfil their mobility needs, and the introduction of ‘Tess’ fits perfectly with this trend. 'Tess' enables car sharing solely with your friends and family, so the trust issues that stopped many people from sharing their cars just aren't there anymore. In addition, because 'Tess' allows you to easily split the costs with everyone who has driven the car, you can get it making money for you even while you're not driving it – which makes private leasing an even more affordable option. With our customers' feedback, we aim to work on the further rollout of 'Tess' and other digital car subscription services."

Lease costs can be split evenly over all participants or can be calculated based on an hourly rate for the usage per person. When appropriate, the lease car owner can request payment, including fuel costs, using the popular repayment app 'Tikkie'.

'Tess' is integrated with Google Maps and uses a tracking beacon to make the car locatable when parked. In addition, 'Tess' uses the latest voice recognition technology to allow users to reserve the car or get access to other important information, such as its location or current mileage. Drivers can talk to ‘Tess’ via Google Assistant on their mobile phone or smartwatch, or through Google Home.

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“Putting climate change at the top of Europe’s agenda will provide us, as business leaders, with the clarity and confidence to further invest in the net zero emissions industries of the future, driving innovation and protecting European competitiveness on a global scale.”Tex Gunning

Urgent action is needed to tackle climate change. That's why LeasePlan CEO Tex Gunning, along with leaders from over 60 businesses, investors and business networks, signed a letter – organised by The Prince of Wales' Corporate Leaders Group – to call on EU regulators to sign carbon neutrality into law by 2050. Click here to read the letter and see a full list of companies who signed the letter.

 

Executives from several fleet management companies discussed their vision for the future of fleet management at NAFA I&E 2019, and detailed why it’s an exciting time to be part of the industry.

Fleet managements executives who spoke during the panel included Dan Frank, CEO and president, Wheels, Inc.; Tom Callahan, president, Donlen; Jay Forbes, CEO, Element Fleet Management; Bob White, president, ARI; and Matt Dyer, CEO and president, LeasePlan USA. Moderating the panel was Mike Joyce, executive director, American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA).

They stressed the importance of fleets looking to leverage the assistance of existing fleet technologies, suppliers, and other industry partners to be better prepared for the gradual changes that will be happening in the industry.

“This is a great opportunity for all of us, to be agile enough to stay up to speed, but I think we’ll look back on this time and reflect on really how innovative it was,” said Dyer.

Other topics addressed during the panel included the growing risk of distracted driving and how safety initiatives can help curb this, and learning to have a better understanding of who has ownership of the data that is collected by fleets, fleet management companies, and other industry suppliers.

 

Source: Automotive FLEET

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Our very own John Ciarlone, director of product development, spoke today at the esteemed Ceres Conference in San Francisco. As part of a wider panel John discussed the continued environmental impact of the transportation sector and how advances in electric vehicle technology have sparked new interest from investors. This breakout session brought together influential companies to highlight the benefits of corporate electrification and how it is changing the future of our transportation system to get us to a clean energy economy. Stay tuned for a full event summary next week.

Automobiles have caused problems for society, safety, and the environment, but solutions are available today to combat these issues without compromising mobility, Lukas Neckermann, managing director of Neckermann Strategic Advisors, told NAFA I&E attendees on Wednesday.

Neckermann identified the problems caused by the rise of vehicle use: Congestion causes lost hours while drivers sit in traffic, vehicle-related deaths have not decreased sufficiently, and climate change has resulted in an increase in the number of severe weather events.

He also identified solutions to the problems, which fleets can implement. Fleets can invest in electric vehicles, which he argues does have a return on investment, and OEMs will be releasing 200 new plug-in vehicles in the next 36 months. Neckermann suggested adding advanced technology to all new vehicles, including blind spot detection and forward collision warning, as these technologies have been proven to reduce crashes. Finally, he said that ride-hailing, carpooling, and other mobility solutions can replace part of fleets.

By reducing the number of vehicles, investing in electric vehicles, and purchasing vehicles with advanced safety technology, fleet managers can improve mobility while reducing the negative effects of modern transportation systems.

Source: Automotive Fleet