The future role of technology in company cars and the challenges it will present to fleet managers is the focus of an industry debate to be held at this year’s Company Car in Action.
The issue will be covered in detail during presentations by several industry experts on June 14, the second day of the show at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire.
The debate comes as modern technology promises to transform business travel, with connected cars offering a range of benefits to both drivers and fleet managers.
This includes a wealth of additional data about vehicle performance and use along with the ability to proactively respond to vehicle issues using data shared by the car.
There is also the promise of fewer accidents, as in-vehicle systems recognise approaching dangers and react before the driver may have even spotted an issue.
However, there are concerns that connected cars may present new risks, including the increasing likelihood of employees becoming distracted from driving because of smartphone and internet-enabled services.
During the debate, Adam Jefferson, specialist – cross car, SBD Automotive, will look at how connected and autonomous car technology could transform fleet management services.
He will be joined by Matthew Pencharz, from connected car platform Tantalum, who will show some of the key benefits of connected cars including the ability to monitor live fleet emissions.
Lesley Upham, commercial director at IAM RoadSmart, will be reviewing the risks that connected cars and increasing use of technology could bring and how fleets might need to adapt their policies and strategies.
The debates are an added-value element to the day at CCIA, which is attended each year by hundreds of decision-makers representing fleets ranging in size from the smallest to the largest in the country.
The Great Debate at CCIA takes place at 10.30 each day of the two-day show and is held in the main exhibition area at the event.
Company Car in Action runs from June 13-14.
Visitors can reserve a place at the debates by visiting www.companycarinaction.co.uk and leaving their details.