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This year’s Fleet Summit, held at Silverstone, focused on the future of transport, giving the audience of more than 200 transport professionals an insight into the latest emerging technologies.

Issues surrounding the management of technological change and uncertainty over the roll-out of low-carbon technologies were flagged as the two of the biggest challenges facing fleet operators and manufacturers.

Speakers at the event included, Philip Fjeld, CEO of CNG Fuels on ‘Biomethane as a sustainable fuel for HGVs’, Guy Barbor, Business Development Director of Predina on the ‘use of AI to select safe routes’, Tony Stapleton, Head of Fleet at Continental on the ’Intelligent tyre’, John Stuart, CEO of Fuell, on the ‘use of wearables to improve driver health and well-being’ and Glenn Saint, Chief of Commercial Vehicles at Arrival and Chairman of the SMMT on ‘next generation electric vans’.

“The biggest challenge operators and manufacturers face is ‘choice’ and not knowing the direction the market will take in the future. Will vehicles be hydrogen-powered, all-electric or will the fuel of choice for cars, vans and trucks be biomethane?”

Glenn Saint, Chief of Commercial Vehicles at Arrival and Chairman of the SMMT.

Speaking as part of a panel discussion at the event, Andrew Overton, CEO of Connexas, commented:

“Society is changing, and the industry is changing with it. Some of our haulier customers are demonstrating their agility by introducing e-commerce fleets to service growing demand for faster, more reliable home deliveries. They are keeping a close eye on technological advances in areas such as predictive telematics and job management systems to give them a competitive edge.”

Commenting on the success of the fourth annual event, Jim Sumner, Group Chairman added, “I’d like to thank all the attendees, exhibitors, speakers and Connexas’ staff for making this such a successful Summit once again.”

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