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Today in Fleet – Wednesday 9 August

All the key news in fleet…

Connected cars

Chevin says fleets and software providers should be addressing data analysis and security as smart vehicles start to flood the market.

Fleet software must provide increased data security for autonomous cars, says Chevin

Next-generation fleet software must be ready to support autonomous and connected cars, including through increased levels of data security, according to Chevin.

MD Ashley Sowerby said that following new government guidelines on anti-hacking measures for connected cars, fleet software providers will also need to step up a gear to ensure it’s possible to keep secure management of all data that is produced. He also urged fleets to look at data analysis and security.

Sowerby commented: “As technology evolves even further, it’s vital that software providers develop a preventative means of deterring hackers – whether searching for vital competitive vehicle data, attempting car theft or overriding technology to inflict harm – instead of finding a later cure for any direct attacks.”

Liveried Toyota C-HR on Maplin fleet

Maplin has deployed 10 Toyota C-HRs to support the roll-out of its free Smart Home Survey service.

Maplin opts for Toyota C-HR to support roll-out of new service

Electronic goods retailer Maplin has added 10 Toyota C-HR petrol-electric hybrids to its fleet to support the roll-out of its new Smart Home Survey service.

Run by the Home Surveyor team, the service provide free home surveys to assess customer needs and the options and benefits of installing smart technology.

Alexander Allen, director of business strategy at Maplin, said: “We chose the Toyota C-HR because it is an eco-friendly and stylish car which clearly resonates with our new vision. We share a lot of brand values with Toyota in terms of innovation, forward thinking and sustainability. The C-HR will help build awareness of our exciting new proposition as it is a real head turner on the road.”

Diagram of Rolex's EV UltraSMART smart technology platform

Rolex’s EV UltraSMART smart technology platform can be integrated across its entire EV charging range.

Rolec deploys smart technology platform

Rolec EV’s entire EV charging range can now be supplied with a smart technology platform to provide an integrated solution.

Although the UK charge point manufacturer already manufactures and supplies a number of independent smart charging solutions, including EV Charge Online, EV GroupManager and EV SmartCharge, the products have now been merged within the UltraSMART technology platform.

The move brings a variety of comprehensive integrated EV charging solutions and services, including real-time and accurate charge point data and the option for drivers pay in a variety of ways, managed via a single UltraSMART platform.

Facelifted Renault Clio

Renault is offering a special deal on its faceted Clio for driving instructors

Driving instructors offered special deal on updated Renault Clio

Renault is running a time-limited offer on its facelifted Clio for driving instructors.

The offer means instructors can get behind the wheel of the Clio from £46 per week with a £1,200 initial payment until 30 September. The offer includes free metallic paint and dual controls.

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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.