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Today in Fleet – Friday 2 June

All the key news in fleet…

The latest version of VUEcloud

The latest version of VUEcloud brings a number of updates.

VUE enhances fleet risk management tool

CCTV and telematics company VUE has updated its VUEcloud multimedia hosting platform to further help operators to reduce the costs of running their fleet.

The cloud-based solution enables users to upload, store and view vehicle CCTV video files and is said to have brought customers over 50% time savings in claims handling.

The latest updates will further maximise the benefits and include mobile access, the ability to create notifications, extended search functionality, the option to share information to insurers and enhanced security architecture in anticipation of the new GDPR regulations.

“We are confident that the recent enhancements to VUEcloud will further enable fleet operators to substantially reduce the costs of running their fleet,” said Chris Rodowicz, VUEcloud managing director. “VUEcloud is a unique tool that compliments existing fleet management processes providing savings not just in terms of man hours saved, but also by helping to dramatically reduce the costs of insurance claims at a time when the UK insurance market is being hit hard by recent Ogden legislation.”

AllFleet Services new Client Services director Jon Burdekin (left) with MD Dave Scobie.

AllFleet Services new Client Services director Jon Burdekin (left) with MD Dave Scobie.

New All Fleet Services role to drive strategic partnerships

Jon Burdekin has joined All Fleet Services as director of customer relationships.

The company provides outsourced contact centre and administration solutions provider to fleets, the role will see Burdekin become responsible for developing the firm’s strategic partnerships with clients further.

He brings with him over 20 years’ experience in the industry, 15 years of which was in senior management with Alphabet.

Managing director Dave Scobie said: “As we transition the business from being a people-based business supported by technology to a technology-based business supported by people, we are in a great position to add even more value to our clients. With Jon leading this side of the business, we will have a phenomenally strong combination of technology, people, industry expertise and passion for customer service.”

2017 Project EDWARD logo

This year’s Project EDWARD again takes place on 21 September.

Firms asked to pledge support for next Project EDWARD

Organisations with a road transport connection are being asked to help support this year’s Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death), which takes place on Thursday 21 September.

Run by TISPOL, the European police transport network, the first Project EDWARD took place on the same date in 2016. A total of 19 European countries recorded a zero fatality day, though sadly there were still 43 deaths on Europe’s roads.

Organisations participating in this year’s Project EDWARD can sign the pledge at www.projectedward.eu and can also record a video message to show their support – as already shown by officers from Dyfed-Powys Police.

hotel charge

The Derby Conference Centre has deployed 14 electric vehicle charging points.

Midlands hotel one of first to install EV points

The Derby Conference Centre has deployed 14 charging points in line with its plans to become a ‘green’ hotel and conferencing venue.

The centre now has 14 charging points installed, which it says makes them not only one of the first hotels in the Midlands to offer charging points but also provides the most EV charging points for an East Midlands hotel.

The centre added that the move has already prompted several staff members to invest in new electric and hybrid vehicles and also led to Tesla selecting it as a roadshow venue, making use of the facilities to charge its cars.

Audi e-tron Sportback concept

Audi e-tron Sportback concept

Next Audi A3 could include an electric version

Audi has hinted that the next-generation A3 could be offered with a fully electric drivetrain in 2020, as it aims for one in three customers to buy electrified models by the middle of the next decade.

Speaking at the company’s Annual General Meeting, Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG confirmed three electric models by the end of the decade. The ‘e-tron’ will be an SUV with a 310-mile range, arriving in 2018, and it will be followed by the e-tron Sportback a year later.

Stadler also said the Audi would launch a ‘premium electric car in the compact segment’ in 2020, based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular EV technology platform. This would coincide with the likely launch of the next A3 line-up, following a seven-year model replacement cycle.

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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.