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Motorola splashes $445m on AI license plate tracking specialist

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Motorola Solutions has paid $445 million for VaaS International Holdings (VaaS), which provides global data image analytics for vehicle location.

The deal includes a combination of cash and equity. VaaS’s image capture and analysis platform, which includes fixed and mobile license plate reader cameras driven by machine learning and artificial intelligence, provides vehicle location data to public safety and commercial customers.

Its subsidiaries include Vigilant Solutions for law enforcement users and Digital Recognition Network (DRN) for commercial customers. The company’s 2019 revenues are expected to be approximately $100 million.

Greg Brown, chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions, said: “Automated license plate recognition is an increasingly powerful tool for law enforcement.

“VaaS will expand our command centre software portfolio with the largest shareable database of vehicle location information that can help shorten response times and improve the speed and accuracy of investigations.”

VaaS’s platform also enables controllable, audited data-sharing across multiple law enforcement agencies. Vehicle location information can help accelerate time to resolution and improve outcomes for public safety agencies, particularly when combined with police records. For example, law enforcement has used VaaS’ solutions to quickly apprehend dangerous suspects and find missing persons.

“We are very excited to be joining Motorola Solutions,” said Shawn Smith, co-founder of VaaS and president of Vigilant Solutions.

“This acquisition enables us to continue to serve our existing customers and expand our footprint globally, while at the same time supporting a company with a commitment to innovation and growth, guided by a common purpose that aligns with our mission and culture: ‘To help people be their best in the moments that matter.’ It doesn’t get any better than that.”

New self-driving vehicle trials to begin in UK

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Three new trials of self driving vehicles, expected to reach roads by 2021, have been given the green light by the Government.

‘Project Apollo’ will be led by upmarket taxi firm, Addison Lee, introducing an app-based on demand ride-share service within London.

The consortium includes Oxbotica, the self-driving vehicle software company with which Addison Lee is already working with to create a 3D map of Canary Wharf, in preparation for autonomous vehicles.

A second consortium, ServCity, will be led by Jaguar Land Rover (with Addision Lee also participating). Six autonomous Land Rover Discoverys will offer a ‘premium mobility service’ across four London boroughs.

‘Project CAV Forth’ will be the third trial, taking place in Edinburgh. Five autonomous full-size double decker buses will offer a service from Ferrytoll Park and Ride in Fife across the Forth Bridge to the Scottish capital’s Train and Tram Interchange.

The bus will include a driver on board at all times, with the project running busses every 20 mins, totalling 20,000 weekly journeys and offering a test case for similar autonomous bus services in the future.

Network your way to success at the Total Supply Chain Summit

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The Total Supply Chain Summit is a bespoke and highly-targeted two-day event created specifically for senior supply chain, logistics and distribution professionals.

It is entirely FREE for you to attend. Simply register your place here.

When: 20 & 21 May 2019

Where: Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire

Format: Corporate ‘speed-dating’. As a VIP guest, you will be provided with a bespoke itinerary of pre-arranged, 1-2-1 meetings with suppliers relevant to your requirements. A series of seminars will also be hosted throughout the event, and you can network with peers who share your challenges.

Overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our gala dinner with entertainment, is included with your ticket.

Who Attends:
Heads Of
Vice Presidents
Directors
Managers

Register now to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively, contact Jamie Higgs on 01992 374058 / j.higgs@forumevents.co.uk to find out more.

Or, if you’re a supplier to the sector and would like to use the event to showcase your solutions, contact Nick Stannard on 01992 374092 / n.stannard@forumevents.co.uk.

Registration open for the Fleet Services Management Summit 2019

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This unique two-day event is tailor-made for senior fleet managers and takes place on November 11th & 12th 2019 at the Whittlebury Hall Hotel in Northamptonshire – and is FREE for you to attend!

Simply register your place here.

  • Meet with innovative and budget-saving suppliers based on your own requirements
  • Attend a series of insightful seminars
  • Network with like-minded fleet managers
  • Enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our gala dinner, with entertainment.
  • Give your business the edge in 2019 and beyond

Don’t miss out! There are only a limited number of VIP places available.

Or for more information call Katie Bullot on 01992 374049 or email k.bullot@forumevents.co.uk.

To attend as a supplier, call Chris Cannon on 01992 374096 or email c.cannon@forumevents.co.uk.

World’s big fleets make commitment to speed EV adoption

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BT Group, E.ON, Schenker AG, Ontario Power Generation and Genesis Energy have committed to large-scale electrification of their fleets by 2030 as part of the EV100 initiative led by The Climate Group.

Electromobility was a focus of the COP24 climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland, where last week more than 40 countries signed an EV declaration championing EV100 and calling for increased business and government collaboration in accelerating the roll-out of electric transport.

Companies from Europe, North America and New Zealand have signed up to The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative.

The signatory businesses say they are delivering certainty and direction for global electric vehicle markets by stepping up through their purchasing decisions and influence over millions of staff and customers.

And with Brexit presenting uncertainty in the UK, the US Administration questioning subsidies for electric vehicles (EVs), and Germany two years behind its target of one million EVs on the road by 2020, business action is accelerating the pace in driving down transport emissions.

The new commitments follow an announcement by Volkswagen AG last week that it is moving to producing only electric vehicles by 2026. 14 countries have also made such commitments to date, but with target dates ranging from 2021 to 2050.

Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group, said: “Forward-thinking companies are forging ahead on electric vehicles to demonstrate leadership, reduce their emissions, and ready their business operations for a low-carbon economy. Despite uncertain times internationally the economic opportunities are vast, and business is simply getting on with it.

“These ambitious commitments will help to tackle air pollution in our towns and cities and channel investment into smarter energy infrastructure. Every major company – and government – should be switching to electric transport.”

Commercial fleets represent an increasing number of vehicles on the road. According to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the first 10 months of 2018 saw a 3.9% increase in the European Union, bringing more than two million new vehicles onto the road.

BT Group has a fleet of approximately 34,000 vehicles, ranging from cars to heavy goods vehicles, including 25,000 in its Openreach network engineering business. BT aims to convert its vehicles to EVs where this is the best technical and economic solution and pursue other ultra-low emission solutions where electric vehicles are not viable.

Working towards the EV100 goal will help BT to achieve its science-based targets, specifically to reduce its direct emissions intensity by 87% by 2030 compared to 2016/17, and to become net-zero by 2045. The company is already committed to source 100% renewable electricity through its membership of RE100.

Andy Wales, Chief Digital Impact and Sustainability Officer, BT Group said: “At BT, we have committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2045. Joining EV100 is an important step to help achieve that goal. We recognize that we are dependent on the right vehicles and charging infrastructure becoming available at scale and being part of the EV100 movement helps drive that change.”

E.ON’s EV100 commitment will see the company switch its entire fleet to electric and install charging stations across 100 office sites for staff, guest and customer to use, building on the 400 charge points already introduced. Through its electric mobility brand E.ON Drive, E.ON provides smart charging infrastructure for its customers in more than 10 European countries and builds a Ultra-Fast charging network across Europe from Trondheim to Rome.

Andreas Pfeiffer, Global Domain Head E-Mobility, E.ON, said: “We are convinced, that electric corporate mobility will accelerate the general breakthrough of E-Mobility. We heavily invest to support our business customer to make this conversion possible in a way that electric vehicles will even become part of the future energy system.”

Total Supply Chain Summit – Everything you need to know

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The Total Supply Chain Summit is a bespoke and highly-targeted two-day event created specifically for senior supply chain, logistics and distribution professionals.

It is entirely FREE for you to attend. Simply register your place here.

When: 20 & 21 May 2019

Where: Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire

Format: Corporate ‘speed-dating’. As a VIP guest, you will be provided with a bespoke itinerary of pre-arranged, 1-2-1 meetings with suppliers relevant to your requirements. A series of seminars will also be hosted throughout the event, and you can network with peers who share your challenges.

Overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our gala dinner with entertainment, is included with your ticket.

Who Attends:
Heads Of
Vice Presidents
Directors
Managers

Register now to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively, contact Jamie Higgs on 01992 374058 / j.higgs@forumevents.co.uk to find out more.

Or, if you’re a supplier to the sector and would like to use the event to showcase your solutions, contact Nick Stannard on 01992 374092 / n.stannard@forumevents.co.uk.

Severn Crossing now toll free

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Tolls on the Severn Crossings have been abolished, just in time for the busy festive period.

The move will mean those travelling between South Wales and the South West of England will save on journeys home and cross-border deliveries throughout the holiday period and beyond.

The government says the move will generate annual savings for regular motorists of more than £1,000 per year and have an economic boost to the Welsh economy of an estimated £100m each year

Businesses will also benefit from the strengthened links between cities stretching from Swansea to Swindon, no longer burdened by the financial barrier between the communities.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said at the time of the announcement: “It has long been my ambition to see the tolls abolished, doing away with a barrier that has hindered Wales’ economic prosperity for more than half a century.

“Today marks an important leap forward in Wales’ economic potential, increasing our appeal to external investors but also ensuring businesses, commuters and tourists on both sides of the border are no longer hampered by a fee restricting them from carrying out their everyday lives.”

The Government says removal of the tolls will cement the already strong ties between the economies and communities of South Wales and the South West of England, creating a growth corridor for prosperity to flourish from Cardiff, through Newport to Bristol and beyond.

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said: “Removing the tolls from the Severn bridges will help transform the economy in South Wales and the South West, putting over £1,000 a year back in the pockets of hard-working families.

“Abolishing these tolls will also cut costs for businesses on both sides of the river, giving them a huge boost to help create new opportunities and new potential for growth.”

The decision comes after the move in January to reduce tolls on the two bridges that cross the Severn, meaning that commuters, drivers and businesses from both sides of the river started making savings earlier this year.

Highways England to lift 200 miles of roadworks for Christmas

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More than 97 per cent of motorways and strategic A-roads will be roadworks-free in time for Christmas, meaning motorists and hauliers alike can get on with last-minute shopping and delivery journeys with as little disruption as possible.

Where it is safe to do so, roadworks will be lifted or suspended on England’s motorways and major A-roads by 6am on Friday 21 December until 12.01am on Wednesday 2 January.

Highways England’s customer service director Melanie Clarke said: “We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible for this Christmas getaway and that’s why we’re keeping more than 97 per cent of our road network free from roadworks.

“We know that the Christmas period is one of the busiest times on our roads and we’d also like to remind people about the importance of checking their vehicle before setting off on their journeys. Simple things like checking your fuel and oil levels, tyre pressures and that all lights are working properly, can keep you moving and the network flowing.”

Highways England says its traffic officers will be working around the clock, patrolling the network to help those who do get into difficulty.

And the company responsible for managing England’s major road network is also reminding people to leave plenty of distance between themselves and the vehicle in front to avoid tailgating.

Statistics released earlier this year show that one in eight of all road casualties are caused by people who drive too close to the vehicle in front, with more than 100 people killed or seriously injured each year.

To celebrate the importance of the major A-road and motorway network over the festive break, a special animation has been produced:

More companies looking to offer employees vehicle benefits

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Research has revealed higher levels of interest from different businesses looking to provide vehicle solutions to their employee base.

“Many businesses are looking for ways to improve their benefits offering to employees but at zero or little cost,” said Richard Cox, Fleet Consultant at Arval. “Extending vehicle provision is an excellent solution to this need, especially as a wider range of product offerings are becoming available right across the market. It is now possible to provide a car solution for just about any corporate setting.”

Cox added that offering modern vehicles also created benefits, such as improved environmental performance and reduction in the managerial difficulties surrounding grey fleet usage.

“In offering new, or nearly new, vehicles alongside maintenance and insurance packages, employers can mitigate some of the duty of care issues that are inherent in grey fleet,” added Cox.

“Of course, putting employees into newer cars will almost always also create environmental benefits, with lower polluting cars and potentially wider adoption of hybrids and EVs. This is a definite win from a CSR point of view.”

Cox continued: “Certainly, we are seeing much higher levels of interest from many different kinds of businesses and it could well develop into a key fleet trend in 2019.”

Fleet Services Management Summit 2019 – Register your place!

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Make sure you register for the Fleet Services Management Summit – a unique two-day event tailor-made for senior fleet managers.

It takes place on November 11th & 12th 2019 at the Whittlebury Hall Hotel in Northamptonshire –  and is FREE for you to attend!

Simply register your place here.

  • Meet with innovative and budget-saving suppliers based on your own requirements
  • Attend a series of insightful seminars
  • Network with like-minded fleet managers
  • Enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our gala dinner, with entertainment.
  • Give your business the edge in 2019 and beyond

Don’t miss out! There are only a limited number of VIP places available.

Or for more information call Katie Bullot on 01992 374049 or email k.bullot@forumevents.co.uk.

To attend as a supplier, call Chris Cannon on 01992 374096 or email c.cannon@forumevents.co.uk.