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Today in Fleet – Friday 9 June

All the key news in fleet…

Honda demo of automated driving

Honda recently demonstrated automated driving capabilities on a multi-lane freeway on a closed test course.

Honda plans for Level-4 automated cars by 2025 

Honda is aiming to have Level-4 autonomous cars – one step below fully self-driving tech – available by 2025.

Speaking at a media briefing in Japan, Honda president & CEO Takahiro Hachigo announced the plans, which build on its existing target for Honda and Acura vehicles to have highly automated freeway driving capability (SAE Level 3) by 2020.

“We will strive to achieve the technological establishment of Level 4 automated driving for personal car use by around 2025,” said Hachigo. “We are striving to provide our customers with a sense of confidence and trust by offering automated driving that will keep vehicles away from any dangerous situation and that will not make people around the vehicle feel unsafe.”

Europcar

The University Purchasing Consortium framework has appointed Europcar for vehicle hire and car club services.

Europcar joins University Purchasing Consortium framework

The University Purchasing Consortium framework established by North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) has appointed Europcar UK vehicle hire and car club services.

The move will enable organisations across the UK to benefit from the vehicle hire and car club services delivered by Europcar and its car club brand, E-Car, which is already used by universities, local authorities and housing associations across the UK.

“Being chosen to be part of the framework underlines the value Europcar brings to the Higher Education sector,” said Andrew Franklin – director, public sector for Europcar UK. “In particular this appointment demonstrates how Europcar’s approach to an integrated mobility solution, encompassing a range of services from vehicle hire to car clubs, and incorporating electric and hybrid vehicles, can deliver a sustainable, affordable and efficient transport package for university institutions.”

Husnain Khan - Project Delivery Manager - ChargePoint Services Ltd

The appointment of Husnain Khan will enable ChargePoint Services to offer complete project management.

ChargePoint Services to develop EV project management services 

ChargePoint Services, which operates the GeniePoint rapid charger network, is enhancing its specialised EV project and contract management division with the appointment of Husnain Khan.

His new role as project delivery manager will enable the company to offer a full suite of project management services.

Khan was previously at SSE Enterprise Contracting and worked on London’s EV infrastructure project, overseeing all aspects of major works and utilities through to commissioning and hand over.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.