The connected car and
the generation of so-called ‘big data’ is set to change the long-established fleet
management model, which is why ACFO is turning the spotlight on the issue at
its spring seminar.
‘Big Data - Big
Seminar’ takes place on 18th May at Whittlebury Hall,
Northamptonshire, with the event sponsored by Audi and Lex Autolease, the UK’s
largest vehicle leasing and fleet management company.
John Pryor, chairman
of ACFO, the UK’s premier fleet decision-makers’ organisation, said: “We are
currently at the tip of an iceberg. The arrival of ‘big data’ will have a major
impact on fleet operations and company car drivers.
“Today’s connectivity is the
start of the journey towards the autonomous car and while the secure exchange
of data builds the foundations for new business activities and applications,
there are significant risks and challenges regarding safety, security and
privacy, that need to be addressed.”
The seminar will hear from
Nick Mitchell, service and technical manager, Audi UK, on a manufacturer’s view
of ‘big data’ and how it plans to use information from in-vehicle devices.
Additionally, Lex Autolease will deliver a leasing company’s perspective.
Supporters of ‘big
data’ point to benefits that include reduced fleet vehicle downtime, safety and
duty of care improvements and the early detection of faults and wear and tear
before components ‘break’ thus reducing fleet service, maintenance and repair
costs so aiding improved budgeting
However, concerns have been
expressed by fleet decision-makers surrounding potential ‘cyber attacks’ and
data protection, notably with the 25th May, 2018 introduction of the
General Data Protection Regulation, which builds on existing data protection
legislation with a particular focus on digitalisation and technology. It also
introduces new “principles” of transparency and accountability with the ability
to “prove consent” a significant pillar of the new regulations.
Tackling legal issues at the
ACFO seminar will be Alex Ktorides, partner at legal and professional services
firm Gordon Dadds.
ACFO is also anticipating
that a representative of a major fleet insurance company will address the
seminar, while an ACFO member will examine the opportunities that ‘big data’
can bring to fleet operations, but also highlight their fears.
The seminar will conclude
with a question and answer panel session that is expected to include a
representative of a vehicle rental company.
Mr Pryor said: “The
relationship between motor manufacturers, the vehicle leasing and fleet
management industry, fleet decision-makers and company car drivers is set to
change with the advent of ‘big data’ and connected vehicles.
“Fleet managers want clarity
on what the issues are; they want to understand how suppliers such as vehicle
manufacturers and contract hire and leasing companies will access and use ‘big
data’; and, critically, they want to know what the law is in respect of
managing and using ‘big data’ sourced directly from ‘intelligent’ vehicles.
“Every fleet is unique and
how user-chooser and job-need fleets use and interpret ‘big data’ will
potentially be different. But the seminar will see experts deliver independent
views on the impact of ‘big data’ on fleet operations. It is then up to
managers to analyse how ‘big data’ will then impact on their own vehicle
operations and employees.”
The event starts at
9am with an opportunity to view a display of Audi cars and continue to 3pm. To
attend the seminar email Fiona Spencer at [email protected] or go to www.acfo.org.