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Daimler Fleet Management rebrands to Athlon

Daimler Fleet Management UK has rebranded to Athlon UK from 12 October 2020, with the new brand described as the “fleet and mobility management expert in the Daimler group”.

“As Athlon, we will continue to provide the most sustainable and tailor made mobility solutions for our customers. Our multi-marque fleet provision delivers unrivalled vehicle access and a wide range of funding options, ranging from short-term rental through to full contract hire with repair and maintenance packages to suit all needs,” said Patricia Wolfe, Athlon UK managing director. “With a fleet of more than 14,000 units, we have the expertise to support businesses to navigate through changing regulations, for example by introducing electric vehicles into fleets.”

Alphabet updates its AlphaGuide app

Alphabet App 2020Alphabet has redesigned its AlphaGuide app, offering more “self-service solutions” such as damage reporting, tyre replacements and tracking mileage tracking. The app was first introduced in 2010 and now also includes fuel and EV charging station locator, and the ability to pay for EV charging.
“Our new AlphaGuide app is all about providing drivers with an improved digital experience that matches the quality of our service,” says Markus Deusing, Global Chief Commercial Officer at Alphabet. “The easy accessibility of important functions is not just for convenience. We think about the moments when our drivers need our services the most in stressful situations like minor accidents, a flat tyre or for paying a fine.”

NCAP launches assistance tech grading

Euro NCAP has announced the results of its latest Highway Assist assessment and grading, testing 10 cars fitted with technology to keep the car in its lane and a safe distance from the car ahead on motorways.

Focusing on the technical competence of the system versus level of driver engagement and the level of safety back-up in critical situations, the grading system awarded the level of Very Good to the Audi Q8, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz GLE, Good to Ford’s Kuga, Moderate to the Nissan Juke, Tesla Model 3, VW Passat and Volvo V60, and an Entry grading to the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Clio.

Assisted driving technologies offer enormous benefits by reducing fatigue and encouraging safe driving. However, manufacturers must ensure that assisted driving technology does not increase the amount of harm incurred by drivers or other road users compared to conventional driving,” said Euro NCAP secretary general Michael van Ratingen. “The best systems offer a balance between the amount of assistance they provide and the level of driver engagement – and should be supported by an effective safety backup. The results of this round of tests demonstrate that driving assistance is fast becoming better and more readily available, but until driver monitoring is significantly improved, the driver needs to remain responsible at all times.”