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Connected car specialist to drive Tantalum’s Air.Car initiative

Tantalum Corporation has appointed connected car specialist Alexandra Willard to lead its Air.Car technology that provides real-time NOx emissions calculations.

Alexandra Willard, head of Air.Car at Tantalum

Alexandra Willard, head of Air.Car at Tantalum

The appointment sees Willard, a trainer engineer and former CEO and founder of tracking firm Lysanda, renew her involvement with the company, which was created four years ago after Lysanda acquired Tracker, and will drive commercialisation of the technology.

Developed by Tantalum Corporation with the help of funding by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Air.Car is said to accurately estimate real-time NOx emissions and help fleet managers drive down these emissions, saving fuel and operational costs.

Starting from February, a six-month trial of the technology will be run on 1,000 fleet vehicles, giving participants access to real-time CO2 and NOx data.

As well as founding Lysanda, Willard previously worked at Ford, Jaguar Land Rover and has also held advisory roles with the likes of Google, Admiral and Allianz.

She commented: “It is so exciting to lead Tantalum’s commercialisation of the Air.Car proposition. Air.Car revolutionises how we drive around our cities. I look forward to working with the highly skilled Tantalum team and developing this technology to save lives and win new business.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.