News Roundup - February
Here at Interactive Communications, we aim to give our visitors a website that offers a wealth of useful information on the Telematics industry – we want to provide our readers with timely and relevant information as we believe this is the best way to give you some added value on a regular basis. As part of our offerings, we’ve decided to publish a monthly News Roundup for the Telematics industry so our readers can keep up to speed with what’s going on in this sector in one convenient place. Let us know what you think about this News Roundup by email and if there is anything you’d like us to cover, then please let us know and we will do our best.
First up is the news that a specialist electrical services company in the UK has seen a 10% reduction in fuel costs since installing a telematics solution in its fleet of more than 50 vehicles. Analysing driver behaviour so that individual feedback can be given is a powerful means of reducing costs and increasing production. Personal and business mileage was logged which led to totally accurate expense claims, an added bonus for any business owner.
Hot on the heels of our report on the driverless car last week comes news that Apple is jumping on the bandwagon here. We all know that Apple and Google are constantly slugging it out in a race to bring us new technology and this seems to apply to cars as well as to computers and software. It’s recently been revealed that Apple has several hundred employees in a secret lab who are racing to develop a smart, self-driving electric car to take on both Google and Tesla.
BBC News reported recently on the UK government’s launch of a driverless car review. Our government wants the UK to become a “world leader in driverless technology” and is backing the testing of driverless vehicles in several parts of the country, planning to publish a “Code of Practice” in the spring to facilitate the testing of autonomous cars. The government has also pledged to carry out a full review of current legislation by the summer of 2017 which will involve a rewrite of the Highway Code and adjustments to MOT test guidelines.
Still on the subject of “connected cars”, Business Insider recently reported that these vehicles are creative massive new business opportunities in several sectors, namely the automotive industry, the tech industry and the telecoms industry.
There’s news just in for Lone Workers – the Lone Worker Safety 2015 Conference and Exhibition has been announced. The event will take place at London’s Olympic Conference Centre on 24the November, 2015. Okay, it’s a long way away yet, but we can’t stress just how important it is to attend these types of industry events, you can read all about that here. This is an annual event that has been set up to help reduce the risks faced by lone workers all over the UK. With lone workers on the increase, if you’re a lone worker or an employer of lone workers, this is an event not to be missed. We’ll publish more information on this event nearer the time.