Fleets in the frontline of technology battle

October 14, 2016

Businesses need to understand the benefits and risks of new technology and ensure they adapt their company car policies to cope with the future demands of connectivity and autonomy. Firms are being urged to take action by leasing firm Venson Automotive Solutions as a growing number of internet-enabled cars go on sale and autonomous driving capabilities become more common. Companies need to consider how to protect confidential data stored on vehicle hard drives and in the ‘cloud’. They also need to manage safety issues related to technology that could distract drivers and the potential for problems with vehicle hacking and security. Leasing company Activa Contracts has warned that new de-fleet processes need to include wiping sensitive data from vehicles before they are sent into the used car market. Data stored by vehicles can include music and lists of names and addresses for satellite navigation or sensitive personal information stored by car-based apps. Companies also need to develop policies for the safe use of autonomous technology and the growing array of technological distractions in connected cars that will face the driver, such as links to smartphones and even their homes. A pan-European survey carried out by LeasePlan showed that 81% of employees multitask while driving, mainly by taking telephone calls, but one in five said they emailed or texted while driving and nearly 10% used social media. The UK’s Institute of Car Fleet Management will focus on the issue at its annual industry conference in November 2016.

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