BVRLA publishes fleet technology white paper
18th July, 2016

The automotive industry will experience more change in the next decade than it did in the previous 50 years, according to the BVRLA.

In a 32-page white paper on Fleet Technology, the trade association for the vehicle rental and leasing industry sets out the changes affecting the fleet industry, and highlights how there are three revolutions currently taking place. Commenting on the white paper, BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said "We are seeing radical changes in the way vehicles are powered, operated and used. These three revolutions will benefit society but create new challenges for fleet operators."

The BVRLA's Fleet Technology White Paper was written by Toby Poston and Jorn Madslien. It was published at the third annual Fleet Technology Congress, which took place on 6 July 2016 at the Williams F1 Conference Centre in Grove, Oxfordshire.

At the event, more than 160 delegates heard from Mr Keaney about how the association has identified the priorities it needs to address on behalf of members.

"As the fleet sector's largest and most influential trade body, we've already identified the priorities we need to address on behalf of our members. We'll be working with policymakers and vehicle manufacturers to establish some standardised, industry-wide contractual terms and operational procedures surrounding the area of connected car services and vehicle data. We’ll work with the Information Commissioner’s Office and other authorities in keeping members up-to-date regarding the key cyber security and data protection issues for our sector.”

Mr Keaney also presented the findings from the association's latest Fleet Technology Survey at the Congress. He highlighted how:
• Nearly two thirds (63%) of respondents strongly agree that more standards and regulation are required to control access to and use of vehicle and driver data.
• More than half (54%) said that in-built telematics would become the most common source for driver and vehicle data within the next five years
• One in four (26%) of those questioned believed that their organisation was an early adopter of new vehicle technology.

Road safety remained a key theme in this year’s survey. Looking forward to 2020, respondents said that Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and in-car cameras would be the most important safety technologies for fleets. Those questioned also said that fuel efficiency will be a bigger factor when it comes to choosing a vehicle than it is currently, and that a car's infotainment system (which is currently the seventh most important factor) will be the third most important factor in 2021.

Responses to this year’s survey suggest that there been no significant growth in the uptake of telematics, with around two-thirds saying that less than a quarter of their fleets were fitted with the technology. Cost is becoming less of a factor, however, with just 20% of people saying that it was a barrier to uptake, compared to 34% in 2015.

This may have something to do with the fact that fleet technology budgets are increasing. 54% of respondents said that their budget would rise this year, with just 1% expecting a decrease.

Nearly half (49%) of respondents consider their organisation as an early adopter of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, and 29% believed their company would be one of the last to invest in an advanced fleet management platform.

The BVRLA will continue to provide support to its members and their customers who are using a new generation of mobility and connected vehicle services, and regularly updates its advice page on Connected Vehicles and Intelligent Mobility.

Article courtesy of Fleet News