Des Plaines, Ill., May, 2018 – Wheels, Inc., a leader in the automotive fleet management industry, was selected by International Data Group’s CIO as a recipient of the 2018 CIO 100 award for the second consecutive year. This prestigious award recognizes 100 organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).
Wheels was honored for its Mobile Assistant app that enables drivers of company-provided fleet vehicles to view important fleet-related records and activities, record business mileage, contact roadside assistance, and much more on their mobile devices. By applying advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) applications to existing smartphone technology, Wheels Product Innovation team created a productivity-enhancing tool that streamlines recordkeeping and reduces the time needed to perform routine tasks.
“We are very proud that for the second year in a row IDG recognized Wheels for the strength of our technology team and solutions,” said Tim O’Hara, Chief Information Officer at Wheels. “We consistently explore new options and incorporate client feedback in order to enhance our products and services, while positively impacting our clients’ business. The Wheels Mobile Assistant is a great example.”
The app also uses machine learning and AI algorithms to alert drivers to tasks that need their attention, or data that needs verification. Augmented reality data capture using the smartphone’s camera, combined with optical character recognition routine, converts odometer photos into numbers that are displayed on their screen to assist with data entry.
The Wheels Mobile Assistant was built by the company’s internal “skunkworks” division, a multi-discipline team focused on creating game-changing innovations to advance the fleet industry. Based on field usability research with fleet drivers, the team’s data scientists built special algorithms that optimized the app, maximizing driver productivity and enhancing their experience. For example, users are able to accurately enter monthly mileage certifications in 60 seconds or less.
The 2018 CIO 100 Award recipients were selected by a team of external judges (many of them former CIOs) based on use of leading-edge IT practices and measurable results. Executives from the winning companies and organizations will be recognized at The CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony on August 15th at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.
About Wheels, Inc.
Wheels, Inc. was established in 1939 as the world’s first automotive fleet leasing and management company. Seventy-nine years later, Wheels is one of the largest privately-held companies in North America, featuring a portfolio of more than 325,000 vehicles under management across the continent, capabilities in 54 countries worldwide, and a client base that consists of some of the best-known businesses in the world. In addition to vehicle acquisition and leasing, Wheels provides numerous specialized services that help all sorts of organizations manage their fleets. These include driver/vehicle support functions like maintenance management, fuel cards, and registration processing, as well as strategic account-level consultation to drive optimal fleet efficiency and measure results. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.