Get ahead of the big data issue
The percentage of new cars able to connect to the internet is set to mushroom from 20% to 75% in just three years’ time – so now is the time for fleet managers to find out what this means for their operations.
To give businesses guidance on this explosion in technology, fleet operators’ association ACFO will be using the Fleet Show to highlight its forthcoming seminar on May 18 looking into the issue.
Taking place at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire, the ‘Big data, big seminar’ will look into the connected car and the generation of so-called ‘big data’ and examine how it will impact on the established fleet management model.
John Pryor, chairman of ACFO, said: “We are currently at the tip of an iceberg. The arrival of ‘big data’ will have a major impact on fleet operations and company car drivers.
“Today’s connectivity is the start of the journey towards the autonomous car and while the secure exchange of data builds the foundations for new business activities and applications, there are significant risks and challenges regarding safety, security and privacy that need to be addressed.
“The relationship between motor manufacturers, the vehicle leasing and fleet management industry, fleet decision-makers and company car drivers is set to change with the advent of ‘big data’ and connected vehicles.
“Fleet managers want clarity on what the issues are; they want to understand how suppliers such as vehicle manufacturers and contract hire and leasing companies will access and use ‘big data’; and, critically, they want to know what the law is in respect of managing and using ‘big data’ sourced directly from ‘intelligent’ vehicles.
Supporters of ‘big data’ point to benefits that include reduced fleet vehicle downtime, safety and duty of care improvements and the early detection of faults and wear and tear before components ‘break’ thus reducing fleet service, maintenance and repair costs so aiding improved budgeting. However, concerns have been expressed surrounding potential ‘cyber attacks’ and data protection.
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