Today in Fleet – Friday 21 July
Lightfoot secures connected car grant of nearly £1m
Driver behaviour monitoring specialist Lightfoot will increase the size of its workforce by more than 60% over the next six months, following an investment of just under £1 million from Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV).
This is part of a £1.8 million Government funded project to help cut harmful air pollution through ‘Connected Car’ technology.
Many of the new positions will be linked to Lightfoot’s fulfillment of the Government-backed project, which aims to develop connected vehicle solutions in the near term and systems to manage communications between autonomous and traditionally driven vehicles in the longer-term.
It will also allow the delivery of Lightfoot’s ‘Driver Ecosystem’, which will reward smoother, safer and more efficient drivers with discounts ranging from breakdown cover, car servicing and maintenance, to car insurance, car finance, and car rental.
Dash cam footage used to settle early liability disputes
Intelligent Telematics has teamed up with Plexus Law to launch a claims management service for large self-insured corporate fleets. The solution takes advantage of First Notification of Loss to provide early legal settlements.
Plexus Law’s team of claims handlers will review video footage and supporting data captured by Intelligent Telematics’ IT1000 3G dash cam to determine liability within minutes of an incident occurring. This will enable an early decision on whether to settle or defend a claim, immediately organising repairs and hire arrangements where required, so the claims lifecycle costs can be kept to a minimum.
“For large, self-insured fleet operations, spiralling claims costs can have a significant impact on the profitability and reputation of their business,” commented Laurence Ives, head of business development at Plexus Law.
“Our proactive claims management solution works seamlessly with Intelligent Telematics and its partners, using shared systems and processes, to deliver a high-quality service that achieves measurable value and return on investment. As a result, we are already seeing early adopters experience savings of over 40% of claims spend.”
£2.5 million investment in Scottish de-fleeting technical centre
Vehicle refurbishment specialist Smart Fleet Solutions is making a £2.5 million investment in its technical centre in Livingston, West Lothian, which will double the site’s capacity and play an important part in the company’s continued expansion.
The work will include redevelopment of the existing vehicle inspection building and workshop and development of a new smart repair facility, along with construction of new office accommodation and staff facilities.
Scheduled for completion by the end of March 2018, redevelopment of the 15-acre site will enable up to 400 vehicles to be refurbished there every week and will create 40 new jobs.
National Windscreens opens new fitting and calibration centre
A new National Windscreens fitting and calibration centre has opened its doors in Bangor as the windscreen repair and replacement company continues expansion of its business in North Wales.
Bangor is part of a £2 million investment to meet the rising demand for calibration of windscreen mounted cameras that form part of the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) increasingly fitted in vehicles.
Pete Marsden, managing director at National Windscreens, commented: “I am delighted that we now have a local presence in North Wales. With predictions that 40% of all vehicles will have ADAS fitted as standard by 2020 and with the majority of manufacturers stating calibration work is best carried out in workshop conditions, this opening further confirms our commitment to retaining a UK-wide network of 108 fitting and calibration centres supported by 800 mobile technicians.”