GPS and Fleet Management

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/05/2011 2:02:55 PM

Since the American military released its first satellites in the “Block 1” launches back in 1979 the world of navigation has been forever altered. Long ago drivers relied on maps, intuition and local knowledge to get to customers and deliveries. Today when we peer into a police car or taxi we will see an entire dashboard of navigation and communication devices. Global positioning systems have changed the way we navigate, plan and forecast our own personal and business lives, but h...

Does green really equal clean?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 10/03/2011 2:47:29 PM

Over the last few years we’ve seen the introduction of the ‘green’ car by the majority of large car manufacturers. The new way to show that you are doing your bit for the environment has been to get yourself one of these machines. Not only are you cutting your CO2 emissions, but you’re also getting more km’s out of your tank. Now really, who doesn’t like that? When you need to get somewhere (particularly a fair distance away) do you think “how muc...

The rise of in-car technology

Cliona Kenneally - Marketing & Brand Manager | 11/02/2011 3:34:19 PM

In 1929, American Paul Galvin, the head of Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, invented the first car radio. Customers were required to purchase the radio separately with the car as the first car radios were not available from car makers. Imagine how many people would cause a riot if they were told today that their car radios have to be purchased independently! Its hard to believe just how far we've come since then. Here at the Fleet Beat Blog we love hearing about all the gadgetry in n...

Driverless Cars - the future of automobiles?

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 3/02/2011 3:37:23 PM

Old movies like Back to the Future or TV series Knight Rider presented futuristic scenarios featuring flying or even talking cars. While outside of the movies we may not be quite there yet,  we are however taking a huge leap in the automobile industry with our latest breakthrough sensation – the robo-car. Yes, the robo-car. They are the vehicles built with their very own ‘brain’. However, unlike our organically compounded human brain, their artificial intelligence i...

Misfuelling - The cost to fleets

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 8/10/2010 11:01:13 AM

With an ever increasing choice at the petrol pump and an array of coloured nozzles, some only slightly different, it can be easy to confuse Unleaded 91 for Unleaded 95 or even 98 (I know I always have to triple check what I’m putting in). Sure, it’s ok if you get the unleadeds mixed up every now and again, but what if you drive a diesel car? For fleet drivers who change from petrol cars to diesel cars regularly, it’s pretty easy to get mixed up. And if you’re quietly t...

Speed Cameras: Life savers or money makers?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 17/09/2010 11:13:17 AM

Recently in some UK counties, fixed speed cameras have been switched off due to cost cutting. In some states in Australia they have been introduced (WA being the newest recipient). If they save lives, why switch them off? If they don’t save lives, why have them?   Do speed cameras really save lives? Research in the UK has shown that there has been a 70% reduction in speeding at fixed speed camera sites (caradvice.com.au). However, what is to say that people don’t ju...

Mobile Apps Changing the Way We Drive

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 13/08/2010 11:37:20 AM

Ever seen Kitt from KnightRider in action and wished you had a car like that?  It might have seemed like a fantasy 20 years ago, but with technology these days it seems a car like this might not be too far off! The capability of the mobile phone is ever increasing, and now they can impact the way you use your car. With their downloadable applications you can now drive safer, reduce your carbon footprint and even find where you parked your car (when you could have sworn you parked in bay ...

Holden Caltex and the Victorian Government Create Alternative Fuel Consortium to Introduce E85 Fuel Network

Bowan Spanbroek | 25/03/2010 3:23:15 PM

The bio-fuel cars of tomorrow could be closer than we think with the Victorian government recently announcing the formation of a consortium including, Caltex, Holden, & Coskata. The group will investigate the viability of creating an ethanol production plant in Victoria. This plant could produce up to 200 million litres of ethanol annually for cars powered on the ethanol based bio-fuel E85. This alternative fuel consists of 85% ethanol and 15% regular petrol and has various positive effec...

The Australian Camry Hybrid Distraction or Innovation?

Bowan Spanbroek | 11/03/2010 3:47:43 PM

The new hybrid Camry is a welcome distraction for Toyota Australia amidst the Prius media storm. With the recall extending to Australia the local confidence in their hybrid range has undoubtedly wavered. With a total of 2378 Prius vehicles being recalled early this year consumer and fleet buyers alike may be hesitant about the new hybrid Camry. However Toyota issued in its press release that ‘the locally made Hybrid Camry launched this week in Australia is not affected (by the prius...

Mercedes Benz Sprinter NGT 2010: Workhorse on a green diet

Bowan Spanbroek | 3/03/2010 3:51:59 PM

The new Mercedes sprinter has been put on a greener leaner diet for 2010. Mercedes is revamping their efforts to introduce a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) version of their Sprinter to fleet customers, nine years after their previous attempt at CNG failed. The new Sprinter range comes in the traditional diesel and petrol version but now with the added option of a petrol CNG hybrid. Unlike Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) CNG is not dependant on oil, making it a viable fuel alternative for the fut...

10 reasons why your fleet needs GPS tracking

Bowan Spanbroek | 11/12/2009 8:34:29 AM

GPS Fleet Tracking 101 GPS tracking uses a satellite linked device to update vehicle information at regular intervals (usually around 20sec). Information includes, date, time, location (latitude & longitude) heading direction, altitude and travelling speed. This information is then delivered to the fleet manager, keeping managers updated on their fleet’s status 24 hours a day 7 days a week, from anywhere with an internet connection. GPS software packages come equipped with a...

Fleet Safety: Are you steering your company towards a productivity iceberg?

Bowan Spanbroek | 17/11/2009 8:48:32 AM

We all know the tragic price families and friends pay because of mobile phone usage on the road. But now there is another cost being identified, the loss in productivity for big business. You could be sailing along fine at the moment but all fleet managers should stop and peer into the distance to avoid a productivity disaster. What does the iceberg look like? Heinrich’s Accident Pyramid proposes that for every 300 unsafe acts, 29 minor injuries and one major injury occur. A recent ...

Holden’s Incredible Hulk

Bowan Spanbroek | 21/10/2009 8:54:10 AM

This year Edward Norton and Lou Farigno aren’t the only one showing off some green muscle. Holden’s new ‘MY10’ Commodore takes a progressive step away from previous gas guzzling models with a greener, more powerful 210kw engine. Who says that the environmentally friendly driver has to sip chai latte and drive a Hybrid? Holden’s new SIDI technology (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) reduces previous carbon emission rates by a whopping 12%. This allows those of ...

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