Happy Summer and welcome to the June Product Rundown! Here you'll find the latest updates and improvements we've been working on right here at LeasePlan. If you'd like to know more about any of the products or services you see here, feel free to reach out to your account manager to get started today.

Assess driver risk easily with OneScore

Driver risk can be difficult to measure, often becoming apparent when it’s too late. Without the proper insight, incentivizing them to adhere to policy guidelines can be even more difficult. OneScore simplifies this, with little help needed from fleet managers to do it’s job.

Drivers are scored individually on three main categories: safety, compliance and efficiency – all of which can be customized based on company policy. You can decide the metrics that should be factored into creating these scores and, once they’re all calculated, OneScore sums them up with an algorithm that assigns that driver a score based on all the things you noted to be important.

Timely preventative maintenance service, safe-driving techniques and overall vehicle compliance will help a driver maintain the highest score possible, which they can see in the MyLeasePlan app any time. We even provide maintenance reminders through the app, just to help keep things moving.

Interested in signing up for OneScore? Let us know!

In a flash: Explaining the value of telematics to your team

In this flash interview, we hear from Frank Zhang, a technology enthusiast right here at LeasePlan. As a product manager, Frank gets questions all the time around exactly how to explain the value of connected vehicles to the people who care most. So, we asked him about it! Here’s how it went.

Hi Frank! So, let’s say I want to show the value of telematics to my boss. What things should I keep in mind for our discussion?

Well, who’s your boss?

Fair question. Does their role in the company truly matter when chatting about connected vehicles?

Absolutely. There’s multiple audiences you have to consider when talking telematics. The main two I come into contact with are usually those in either Human Resources or Procurement – and they care about totally different things when it comes to the business.

Makes sense. HR is usually concerned with employee safety and compliance, while procurement professionals tend to be more focused on the financial bottom line and cost savings for the business.

For sure. The biggest thing about telematics is that you don’t know what you don’t know. Without a way to see what’s happening, you don’t know if your drivers are doing good or bad things.

So for example, if you talked to your neighbor three times and they asked to borrow your car, would you let them? Let’s say you hire someone for your company and they start and you hand them a set of keys. Sure, you’ve done your MVR (Motor Vehicle Reporting) on them, so you know they haven’t done anything egregious. But while they have your vehicle, you’re incurring the costs of maintenance, repair, fuel and more.

And without connected vehicles, you may not know how driver behaviors could be impacting those things.

Right, you don’t know what you don’t know.

Can you give me some examples of the types of insights I could tap into with the use of telematics?

Let’s take idling for instance: 15 minutes of idling burns about a quarter gallon of gas. Every hour you idle – boom – there goes a gallon of gas. If you have 500 drivers and all of them idle one hour a day, that’s 500 gallons thrown away. That’s like 1,700 bucks – even if you cut it in half, you could save $800 a day. That’s just one thing – idling. And that’s a simple thing to look at using telematics.

Gotcha, that’s a big cost savings and that’s just for one area! What about safety?

Right, how do you know drivers are driving with their seatbelts on? Abiding by speed limits? The higher your harsh brake count is, for example, the higher the correlation is to a rear-ending accident. That’s money and productivity gone. On the other side of it, fast acceleration can also be an issue and is probably the worst thing for your MPG variance.

This decreases efficiency, correct?

Right, and you can see these things with connected vehicles. You may have a max threshold rule for speed and other guidelines in your policy, but how do you enforce that without governing the vehicle? With visibility, you can coach and explore real-time remedies enforced by telematics devices in the vehicle.

Absolutely! Are there any best practices we should consider before we get started?

Prioritize the areas you want to tackle first and go step by step. You won’t be able to change everything at once, but with insight you can pick what’s most important and go from there. Also, consider all parties in the process: your driver, your company and your telematics provider. Each one will have an important role to play in how you’re able to implement your learnings and move forward.

Want to learn more? Get the e-book on telematics at LeasePlan today.


Personal mileage reporting is even easier on the MyLeasePlan app

Drivers can now see the previous month’s odometer reading on the current month’s mileage entry page, making it easier to compare mileage month over month. Driver mileage entries will also be checked for accuracy now, because we know everyone has had a bad day with numbers. We can’t enter the miles for your drivers, but we can make it easier so they can get back to focusing on their day jobs.

We hear even more enhancements are on the way – check out this sneak peak from LeasePlan’s VP of Product Management, Kris Bush.

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Last week we were thrilled to support our partners' safety culture at the 2019 Hanover Safety Fair. Our booth was able to bring safe driving best practices and risks behind the wheel into focus by engaging drivers through our interactive driving simulator, and challenging employees with a game show style safety quiz.










Thanks to Hanover for the opportunity to reinforce safe attitudes and behaviors behind the wheel at the 2019 Hanover Safety Fair.

If you want to learn how to improve the safety of your fleet, and how to shield your organization from liabilities visit safety.leaseplan.com for more information on our safety solutions.

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A new partnership between ChargePoint and Electrify America will allow users of each electric-vehicle charging network to use the other network with no additional charges, the operators have announced.
The “roaming” agreement, which may help users think about the agreement in a similar way as cellular networks, is expected to help accelerate adoption of plug-in vehicles, because it overcomes a proprietary-network hurdle.
“This roaming agreement further accelerates the seamless integration of individual EV fueling networks and brings us even closer to the day when the movement of all goods and people will be powered by electricity,” said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint’s president and CEO. “Partnerships like this make transitioning to electric drive easier than continuing to use fossil fuels.”

There will be more than 30,000 individual charge points connected by the two networks, including Level 2 AC and DC fast charging (CCS or CHAdeMo). ChargePoint claims to be the largest charging network in the world with 66,000 locations. Electrify America has pledged to have 2,000 charging points at 484 locations in the U.S. by July 1.

ChargePoint has also made an agreement with WEX Inc. to provide seamless charging payments for commercial and government fleets.


Source: Automotive Fleet


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Aurora, the self-driving startup that already has relationships with a number of automakers, has just announced its newest collaboration, working with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on self-driving commercial vehicle platforms.

Aurora's partnership with FCA will "further expand the scope" of its Aurora Driver system "to offer a variety of solutions to strategic customers in logistics, transit, and other use cases," the company said in a blog post.

This is far from the first partnership for Aurora, as the startup announced collaborations with both Volkswagen and Hyundai in January 2018. Aurora also has a partnership with electric car startup BYTON.

In February, Aurora secured a $530 million investment from the likes of Amazon and Sequoia. The startup now claims it has integrated Aurora Driver into six different vehicle platforms, "from sedans, SUVs, and minivans, to a large commercial vehicle and a class 8 truck."

As for FCA, the carmaker has already sold tens of thousands of its Chrysler Pacificas to Waymo for self-driving tests. On this new deal, FCA CEO Mike Manley said,

"As part of FCA's autonomous vehicle strategy we will continue to work with strategic partners in this space to address the needs of consumers in a rapidly changing industry. Aurora brings a unique skillset combined with advanced and purposeful technology that complements and enhances our philosophy on self-driving."

Focusing on commercial vehicles with Aurora would add another dimension to the company's overarching autonomous strategy.

It's been a busy month or so for FCA, which pitched a 50-50 merger offer to France's Renault, only to withdraw it last week. The company also gave Tesla $2 billion for emission credits in Europe.

Renault's existing partnership with Nissan seemed to play a large role in the withdrawal of FCA's merger. The deal is not completely dead yet, but Nissan will have its say on whether it can be resuscitated, according to a new Reuters report.


Source: electrek

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Kris Bush talks to Fleet Management Weekly about the exciting challenges posed by his new role as vice president, product management, and the development of cutting-edge fleet products.


Kristofer Bush serves as vice president, product management for LeasePlan USA and has been with the organization for more than 19 years. He recently took on this new assignment with a focus on product management. His team is responsible for the development of products such as Safety, Connected Vehicles and client portal tools like the MyLeasePlan driver app. While he believes that he is an excellent driver, many of the tools that LeasePlan provides their clients' drivers have proven to him that he still has a lot of room for improvement.

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