Letter from the Editor: NAFA Programs and Intelligent Transportation

In this week’s videos, you’ll get a look at what’s hap­pen­ing at 2014 NAFA events, and more per­spec­tives from the recent NAFA Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my. Kather­ine Vigneau of KMVS Fleet + Con­sult­ing talks about train­ing and devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties for expe­ri­enced fleet man­agers at the upcom­ing and first-ever NAFA Master’s Sem­i­nar. NAFA’s Direc­tor of Meet­ings and Edu­ca­tion, Math­ew Mar­cial, explains the fleet man­age­ment issues to be explored at next year’s NAFA I&E. As for this year’s Inter­na­tion­al Fleet Acad­e­my, Audi of America’s Michael Stafford talks about what con­fer­ence atten­dees learned about doing busi­ness in Europe and oth­er key fleet man­age­ment regions.

This week, there’s also cov­er­age of where “intel­li­gent trans­porta­tion” is head­ed. Safe­ty and trans­porta­tion offi­cials have been work­ing for years on reduc­ing traf­fic con­ges­tions and increas­ing safe­ty and sol­id road con­di­tions. Installing sen­sors in high­ways has been one of the meth­ods deployed in sev­er­al states. In Cal­i­for­nia, about 27,000 sen­sors have been installed to trou­bleshoot traf­fic prob­lems and car­ry out long-term main­te­nance needs – about 9,000 of them no longer work. There’s a lot of free­way con­struc­tion going on in the state and reli­able traf­fic report­ing and route map­ping are need­ed – anoth­er oppor­tu­ni­ty for GPS track­ing and telem­at­ics ser­vice providers.

Jon LeSage



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