Our Director Simon Court yesterday attended the Fleet Live event at the NEC and has shared his thoughts on this event below:
I had a great day out at Fleet Live at the NEC on Tuesday. Obviously, there is now a lot more emphasis on electric vehicles, with a lot of stands promoting EVs and EV charging. It was interesting to see the new Royal Mail electric delivery vehicle (produced by Oxfordshire-based carmaker Arrival) in the flesh. It’s a lot bigger than I thought and a great bit of technology. I was hoping for a few larger electric delivery vehicles but the exhibition was more focused around company cars such Range Rover Sport, Toyota CHR etc.
I had some great conversations with telematics providers who had an interest in our national road speed limit dataset. Hopefully, our cheaper pricing and excellent data accuracy will shift some across from their usual data supplier!
I enjoyed the seminars too. One, delivered by Robert Garbett (CEO of Drone Major Group), was of particular interest. He talked a lot about the future of drones. He thinks that the Amazon home delivery drones could be as much as 50 years off due to strict regulations and the fact that these drone can’t actually get into small places. It seems more likely that the drones will help to top up delivery vehicles instead in certain areas. He also believes that improved road safety, as a result of these new perfectly driven driverless vehicles could have huge fuel cost savings and impact the insurance industry as accidents become few and far between – he called this the “death of the Meerkat!”.
On the whole a very well run event and worth another visit next year, maybe with Basemap on a stand this time!