Israeli venture Autofleet has built a custom platform that enables asset-heavy fleet operators to reduce costs, eliminate downtime, and maximise utilization through automation of operations and the launch of new dynamic business models. Here, Adam Simkin, VP of Business Development, expands on how the company can help aid decarbonisation in the mobility sector.
Can you tell us a bit about the company and its founders?
Autofleet was founded by veterans of the ride-hailing industry: Kobi Eisenberg (CEO), formerly Head of Product at Gett, and Dor Shay (CTO), formerly Software Engineer at Gett. The aim is to create sustainable transportation and mobility solutions while enabling asset-heavy fleets to maximise utilisation and transition to new business models.
Autofleet’s solution is at the intersection between fleets and new transportation business models: optimising and leveraging the assets from fleets like rental/leasing companies, taxi fleets, logistics companies, etc. in order to create efficient supply to serve any transportation need.
The platform includes three main solutions:
- Ride & Vehicle Simulator: Enabling fleets to plan and optimise operations by simulating and predicting over 20 different KPIs with an almost absolute level of accuracy.
- Vehicle as a Service: Optimisation of existing operations including demand prediction, optimised fleet rebalancing, automated servicing (cleaning, charging/fueling, maintenance, etc.) in order to improve vehicle uptime and utilisation, maximise operational efficiency, and eliminate dependency on manual operations.
- Ride Services: Enabling fleets to optimise routing and dispatching for logistics and passenger transportation services
How does your solution contribute to the Digitalisation and Decarbonisation of the energy sector?
Autofleet enables fleets to execute their operations while reducing resources required: fewer vehicles, less distance travelled, and therefore lower emissions overall to serve the same demand. Additionally, Autofleet offers a complete fleet electrification solution from the planning and design phase, implementation, and optimisation of the fleet, including charging management.
What is your company’s proudest achievement to date?
In just a few years since our founding, Autofleet has become the market leader in the fleet optimisation space, with tens of thousands of vehicles under management in over 12 countries. We are also partnered with the leading fleet operators in the world, such as Avis Budget Group, Zipcar, Keolis, and Bluebird.
What specifically attracts you about the prospect of expanding to the Japanese market?
Large fleet companies are very strong in the Japanese market, yet still operate through very manual processes. Additionally, the market is looking actively for decarbonisation/ electrification solutions. Autofleet seeks to partner with these leading fleet companies to accelerate the transition to efficient and clean transportation operations to serve logistics and travel needs in Japan.
How will your solution/product help advance the Japanese energy sector?
As the transportation industry begins to electrify, fleets are confronted with one of the biggest challenges they’ve seen in decades, one that significantly changes their business operations. The energy sector also is facing an opportunity to support these new energy requirements and needs. In order to navigate this transition effectively for both sides, Autofleet’s platform can ensure accurate planning and design of fleet services and the supporting infrastructure such as charging networks, to drive sustainable operations.