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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Gear Up for Safety with Airbags Save

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As the weather warms up, motorcycles become increasingly popular modes of transportation. Recently, President at Cycle Gear, Stevan Popovich, conducted a satellite media tour to talk about “Airbags Save", a national safety campaign aimed at raising awareness about innovative solutions in motorcycle safety and to share tips for safer riding experiences. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/FmNlhqh1jh4 While wearable airbag devices have been around for years, they are finally becoming attainable for the average rider. Like the airbag in cars, a wearable motorcycle airbag inflates in a fraction of a second to protect the rider in the event of a crash or impact. These airbags provide essential protection for the vital organs, including the spine, ribcage and even the neck/collarbone area, reducing up to 93% of impact force and the risk of injury. According to recent research by Darvin Research & Consulting, 42% of the U.S. adult population has a loved one that regularly rides a motorcycle. And 85% say they worry about the safety of their loved ones because they ride a motorcycle. Upon learning about wearable airbags, an overwhelming 96% expressed a desire for their loved ones to utilize this life-saving technology. Airbags Save is a multi-year effort to educate communities across the country about the evolution of motorcycle safety technology. Specifically, wearable airbags. Most people don’t know that wearable airbag technology has been around for years and protects riders every day. Here's what's essential to understand about motorcycle wearable airbags: Comfort and Wearability: They are designed as a vest, worn over clothing but under your typical riding jacket. They are engineered for comfort, ensuring that you barely notice them as you ride. Impact Absorption: In the event of deployment, the airbag envelops the torso, providing comprehensive protection. For instance, the Alpinestars Tech-Air 5 model is capable of absorbing up to 93% of the impact force, often allowing riders to escape potentially hospital-bound crashes. The often-televised motorcycle race crashes, where riders walk away without major injuries, are a testament to the airbag's protective capabilities. Types of Airbags: Two main varieties exist: Tethered: These are physically connected to the motorcycle, and if the rider is ejected from the bike, the tether initiates the inflation of the airbag. AI Algorithm-Driven: These incorporate a sophisticated internal computer system, complete with gyroscopes and accelerometers, to monitor the rider's motion 1,000 times per second. This technology is so advanced it can predict and respond to a crash faster than the rider's own reflexes. For a deeper dive into this life-preserving gear, visit CycleGear.com/airbags. Here, you can explore the various options and learn more about the advancements that are keeping riders safe on the roads. About Stevan Popovich Stevan Popovich is the President of Cycle Gear and oversees the operations of the country's largest power sports aftermarket omnichannel retailer, consisting of 165+ brick & mortar locations across over 40 states. With over 20 years of experience in the specialty outdoor sporting goods industry, Stevan began his journey as a General Manager of a small New England outdoor retail chain and has steadily advanced in the industry by mastering successful business processes and cultivating strong, trusting relationships with customers. Outside of his professional role, Stevan is an active member of the MIC Aftermarket Parts Committee and serves as a Board Member for the Right Rider Access Fund. His leadership philosophy revolves around empowering his team and ensuring accountability through managing performance outcomes. By aligning strategy with a deep understanding of the customer base, he facilitates growth and financial success. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

May 01, 2024 10:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Air|Water wraps up the largest Porsche gathering to hit Southern California

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The second annual – and first standalone – Air|Water Porsche enthusiast show, produced by the Luftgekühlt events team, celebrated a tremendous success this weekend, with artistically curated cars attracting more than 11000 enthusiasts, who immersed themselves in the celebration of 75 years of everything Porsche. The team welcomed more than 1000 registered display cars spread throughout the 130 acre site at the Orange County Fair & Event Center. There was no shortage of discoverable experiences and aching feet. From the galleries created in the six main exhibition halls, to the off-road and rallye machines in the Action Sports Arena, the Broad Arrow Live Auction in The Hangar, and a sold-out exhibit hall featuring companies catering to the Porsche enthusiast, there was something for everybody at Air|Water. Also featured were 33 white Porsches in the Pacific Amphitheatre, custom restored builders in Park Plaza, and a barn full of vintage finds. The display cars even stretched across several expansive lots as Air|Water provided an unforgettable day for Porsche fans. In addition to spectacles such as a Porsche-powered Formula 1 car, Le Mans winners, and Pikes Peak entrants, visitors were able to meet VIPs including the show organizers and decorated racers Patrick Long and Jeff Zwart, plus Porsche Factory racers Jörg Bergmeister and Alwin Springer. While there were long lines at times for the clothing capsule and event merchandise, visitors and fans are now able to purchase any of the Air|Water items from the comfort of their sofa via luftgekuhlt.com/collections The entire Air|Water team would like to thank everybody who attended the show, the owners who displayed their cars, the brands that participated, the collectors who provided the extremely significant featured cars, and the event partners who contributed to the overall experience. It takes a village and we’re delighted to be part of yours! LUFTGEKÜHLT The next project for the team is the annual Luftgekühlt show. Dedicated purely to air-cooled Porsches and held at a unique location each year, the show has become a staple of the Porsche lifestyle calendar. Returning to Southern California in October this year, more details will be available via the Luftgekühlt social media channels and newsletter, which can be joined here: luftgekuhlt.com EDITOR’S NOTE Images from Air|Water 2024 are available here: dropbox.com/sh/zz14duvaes4t6br/AACT_4M-bs9v8lUbSqGSh6vja?dl=0 ABOUT AIR|WATER From the creators of Luftgekühlt comes the largest single-brand automotive experience to hit Southern California. Embarking on a fresh format that traces Porsche's journey from its inaugural moments to the contemporary masterpieces and most cutting-edge examples of today. For more information, visit air-water.com ABOUT LUFTGEKÜHLT In the Porsche vernacular, Luftgekühlt represents all the air-cooled cars in the manufacturer’s history, from the Pre-A 356 through the 993 model line, which ended in 1998. A true Porsche happening, Luftgekühlt is an experiential car culture event centered around a tightly curated list of historically significant or interesting cars, both street and race. There is no set formula for our events, but we're excited by cool venues, fun people, and creative expression, so you can bet those elements will always be included. The team strives to develop wild ideas that celebrate the passion we have for all things air-cooled, including exciting collaborations with likeminded people and brands. For more information, visit luftgekuhlt.com Contact Details Media Contact media@luftgekuhlt.com Company Website https://air-water.com/

May 01, 2024 05:55 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Middle East’s $9 Billion EV Opportunity Reaffirms Potential In These Stocks

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The Middle East, a region long known for its oil and gas riches, is transitioning to a new, more sustainable future, potentially dominated by electric vehicles. The UAE, for instance, has launched several initiatives over the past years to encourage the adoption of EVs among its residents. Strategies like the Dubai Green Mobility Strategy 2030 aim to have around 42,000 electric cars on Dubai’s streets by the end of this decade. Currently, the UAE is ranked 7th globally and is the top country in the MENA region on the Global Electric Mobility Readiness Index (Gemrix), demonstrating the nation’s dedication to sustainable transportation and its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Like the UAE, the Saudi government has also taken significant steps to drive EV adoption, including funding infrastructure. Since 2021, the Saudi Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Development Initiative (SEVCIDI) has been working towards a goal of installing 50,000 domestic charging stations by 2025. According to analysts, EV adoption will gain major momentum in the Middle East thanks to growing tech-savvy urban hubs in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in addition to a significant drop in the cost of EVs over the past years. With EV sales looking set to continue ramping up, here are four stocks that seem well positioned to capitalize on the region’s growth. VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ:VVPR), a sustainable energy solutions (SES) company, is on a mission to make the cost of owning an EV much more affordable without compromising on any of the features. The company’s flagship subsidiary, Tembo e-LV, supplies conversion kits containing all the parts needed to convert a vehicle from an internal combustion engine to electric. These parts include the batteries, an e-motor, a reduction box, a charger, software, and many other components that make the converted vehicle work safely and seamlessly. In essence, the Tembo electric utility vehicle (EUV) conversion kits will transform new and second-hand diesel-powered 4x4 LandCruiser and Hilux vehicles into ruggedized EUVs that can operate in the harshest of terrains, like in mining and other industrial applications. Tembo’s conversion kits have seen significant interest from not only the Middle East but also the African market, as illustrated by its recent securing of a commitment of 5000+ kits and an order pipeline of 10,000+ kits. Those included an MOU in Jordan for 1,000 kits, opening a path to the Middle East, which is the largest Landcruiser market, and a definitive agreement in Kenya for 4,000 kits, providing entry into second-hand vehicle segments, which expands the company’s addressable market. To put the opportunity in context, the Middle East and Africa EV markets were worth about $3.33 billion in 2024 and are expected to reach $9.42 billion by 2029, representing a CAGR of 23.20%, according to research from Mordor Intelligence. VVPR is well positioned to capitalize on this growth and has what could possibly be one of the best backers to help advance in the region. That is because earlier this month, Vivo received a direct investment of $10 million into Tembo at a pre-money valuation of $120 million, from a private investment office of a member of the ruling Al Maktoum family of Dubai. At the moment, VVPR has a market cap of about $12.5 million, which implies that its valuation has significant upside potential even without taking into account its other subsidiaries, which it is divesting from. Just this week, VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ:VVPR) announced that it entered into a definitive asset sale agreement for the sale of one of its non-core business units, Kenshaw Electrical, to ARA Group Limited, a leading diversified industrial services group based in Australia, for a total of A$5 million. This follows another announcement that it would spin off the majority of its Caret business unit’s portfolio, representing up to ten solar projects totaling 586 MW-DC at varying stages of development. This is in line with VivoPower’s previously announced strategy to focus on reinvesting in its strong growth businesses, including Tembo. It is also important to note that Tembo will be going public via a merger with Nasdaq-listed SPAC Cactus Acquisition Corp. (CCTS). CCTS will issue 83.8 million shares in exchange for Tembo shares at $10 per CCTS share, which corresponds to a pre-money indicative equity valuation of Tembo of $838 million. VivoPower shareholders will get 5 Tembo shares worth $10 each for every share held, in addition to a special dividend at $1 per share, translating to another $5 per VivoPower share held. This deal has the potential to unlock significant shareholder value since even if the Tembo share price upon IPO is only $1, this implies a per share valuation for VVPR of $28, including the value of dividend shares. VinFast Auto Ltd. (NASDAQ:VFS) marked a significant milestone in its global expansion strategy by entering into a dealer sales agreement with Bahwan Automobiles Trading LLC (BAT) for the distribution of electric vehicles (EVs) in Oman. This collaboration not only introduces VinFast's presence in the Middle East but also underscores the company's commitment to promoting green mobility solutions worldwide. The deal follows an Initial Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation signed at the COP 28 conference in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2023. It makes BAT the official dealer of VinFast in Oman. Under the agreement, BAT is to establish 13 VinFast stores and service locations over the next three years. The first store is expected to launch in mid-2024, with vehicle sales commencing shortly after. VinFast will also collaborate with BAT to introduce four e-SUV models in the Omani market: VF 6, VF 7, VF 8, and VF 9. Mr. Ta Xuan Hien, CEO of VinFast Middle East, said: "Oman presents a promising market for electric vehicles, as consumers in the nation demonstrate a growing interest in sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation solutions. We are confident that this dealer sales agreement with BAT, a leading and highly reputable dealer in Oman, will empower VinFast to swiftly establish a presence in the market and provide customers in the country with the most diverse and high-quality selection of electric vehicles available." NWTN (NASDAQ:NWTN) is a Dubai-based pioneering green energy company dedicated to providing passenger-focused, premium electric vehicle products and green energy solutions to customers worldwide. The company has a full vehicle assembly facility in Abu Dhabi. In January this year, NWTN’s strategic partner, W Motors, a leading manufacturer of high-performance luxury cars in the Middle East, signed a partnership agreement with Manaseer Group. Through this agreement, Manaseer Group will be the exclusive distributor for W Motors and NWTN vehicles in Jordan and the Middle East and Africa region. It will use its facilities as a factory for assembly and thereafter manufacturing operations for these new car brands, which is made possible by Manaseer’s strong presence and expertise of the Jordan market, and its commitment to providing environment-friendly solutions that combine innovation and luxury. The agreement was reached following Manaseer Group's recent participation in the Higher and Executive Committees for Integrated Industrial Partnership meeting that took place in Bahrain. Manaseer Group’s Vice Chairman Eng Abdel Rhman Obaid said: "We are proud to have represented Jordan in the Higher and Executive Committees for Integrated Industrial Partnership meeting and to contribute to the industry's development in Jordan and the region, as we believe in our role in the industrial sector empowerment.” Lucid Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:LCID) officially opened the first-ever car manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia last year, making it its second Advanced Manufacturing Plant (AMP-2) and first international plant. The facility will produce Lucid's groundbreaking electric vehicles for Saudi Arabia and export them to other markets. The AMP-2 facility received significant support from the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA), the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF), and the Economic City at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) and is expected to play a pivotal role in accelerating Saudi Arabia's strategic goal to diversify its economy. The AMP-2 facility has begun semi knocked-down (SKD) assembly and is expected to have an annual capacity of 5,000 cars. The initial operation re-assembles Lucid Air vehicle 'kits' that are pre-manufactured at the company's U.S. AMP-1 Manufacturing Facility in Casa Grande, Arizona. Lucid aims to transition AMP-2 to complete build unit (CBU) production after the middle of the decade, with an additional annual capacity of 150,000 cars. Disclaimers: The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides investors a safe harbor in regard to forward-looking statements. 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May 01, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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ToolsGroup Recognized in the 2024 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Supply Chain Planning Solutions

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ToolsGroup, a global leader in retail and supply chain planning and optimization software, is proud to announce that it has been recognized in the 2024 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning Solutions. Gartner Magic Quadrant research methodology provides a graphical competitive positioning of four types of technology providers in fast-growing markets: Leaders, Visionaries, Niche Players and Challengers. In the 2024 report, Gartner recognized ToolsGroup for its “ability to execute and completeness of vision.” ToolsGroup’s software solutions offer retailers, distributors and manufacturers a comprehensive set of capabilities that enhance the resilience and performance of their operations. Through a unique probabilistic planning approach that leverages AI and real-time enterprise data, ToolsGroup enables decision-making at the pace of modern business. These capabilities include proactive risk monitoring for anticipating and managing uncertainties, as well as advanced probabilistic techniques for precise demand and supply planning. Timely detection of supply chain events is also ensured through adept data latency handling, facilitating swift re-optimization. “We are honored to be once again recognized in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning Solutions,” said ToolsGroup CEO, Inna Kuznetsova. “We believe this recognition reflects our continuous efforts to drive supply chain efficiencies for our customers around the globe, making supply chain a force for good. Proud of the powerful results we deliver to our customers, we are committed to continued innovation as we expand the use of AI and decision-centric planning across the platform.” Get a complimentary copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning Solutions here. This recognition in the Gartner Magic Quadrant follows ToolsGroup’s other recent recognitions in the Gartner® Peer Insights™ Voice of the Customer: Supply Chain Planning Solutions and as a Notable Vendor in the 2023 Mid-Market Context Magic Quadrant™ for Supply Chain Planning Solutions. Read more about these reports and download a copy. Join ToolsGroup at the Gartner conference in Orlando ToolsGroup is exhibiting at the Gartner Supply Chain Symposium in Orlando, FL May 6-8. Attendees looking to experience the latest AI-based solutions should visit Booth #817 in the Planning Village. Book a meeting with our experts today! Chris Gonzales, Vice President, Operations & Supply Chain Shelter Solutions at Cornerstone Building Brands, one of ToolsGroup’s leading customers, will present on May 6 at 4:35 pm in the Supply Chain Expo, Stage 3 - Pacific Hall, discussing how a fast growing U.S. exterior building products company is leveraging digital supply chain technology from ToolsGroup and partner River Logic to unlock value as it embarks on a fast-paced growth journey with an aggressive acquisition strategy. Gartner Disclaimer: GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner and Magic Quadrant and Peer Insights are a registered trademark, of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and are used herein with permission. All rights reserved. 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April 30, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NAFA Names the 2024 100 Best Fleets in the Americas at its Annual Institute & Expo

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NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, today announced the 100 Best Fleets in the Americas for 2024. NAFA’s 100 Best Fleets in the Americas program recognizes peak-performing public and commercial fleet operations, as well as the Fleet Professional and Fleet Technician of the Year. The winners were announced this morning during NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo (I&E) in San Antonio. This contest aims to cultivate industry pride, enhance visibility within the fleet community, improve productivity and operational efficiency, and inspire individuals to pursue careers in fleet operations. Originally conceived by the late fleet industry advocate Tom Johnson, this contest is now in its 25th year running. “The 100 Best Fleets contest plays such an integral role in the NAFA community,” says Mike Camnetar, CAFM, NAFA Board President. “These awards showcase the outstanding achievements and leadership within our industry. We commend these fleets and individuals for their dedication to excellence and innovation, and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish in 2024.” The 2024 winners for each of the following categories: Best Public Fleet: Dakota County Fleet Management, MN Best Commercial Fleet: Essential Utilities Fleet Professional of the Year Award: Kenny Stimson, Carvana Fleet Technician of the Year Award: Curtis Mullins, City of Round Rock, TX The full list of the 2024 100 Best Fleets in the Americas can be found here https://www.nafa.org/100-best-fleets-2024/. The 100 Best Fleets Program Sponsors include Agile Fleet Management Solutions, AssetWorks, Fleet Worthy Solutions/Bestpass, Fuel Force, Geotab, Pure Forge Brakes, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, RTA, Samsara and Toyota Fleet. NAFA is excited to host a 100 Best Webinar Series and Regional Roundtable events throughout 2024. Webinar attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the 100 Best fleet winners and leaders, discover the top five success trends for 2024 and understand what actions these top fleets have taken to become a 100 Best fleet. Attendees will walk away with initiatives and action steps they can immediately implement within their fleet. To register for this webinar series, visit: https://www.nafa.org/events/100-best-fleets-webinars/ To learn more about NAFA, visit: https://www.nafa.org/ NAFA Fleet Management Association is the membership organization for professionals who manage the mobility requirements of vehicle fleets that include commercial, public safety, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for corporations, governments, universities, utility fleets, and law enforcement in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.8 million vehicles that drive an estimated 84 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well above $122 billion each year. For more information, please visit www.nafa.org, and communicate with NAFA on LinkedIn, Facebook, and X. Contact Details Keaveny Hewitt +1 919-622-5276 khewitt@onwrdupwrd.com Company Website https://www.nafa.org/

April 24, 2024 12:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Shareholder to Return to Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting One Year After Arrest in Omaha

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As the annual meeting for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. on May 4 in Omaha approaches, National Legal and Policy Center Chairman Peter Flaherty plans a return to the same stage where last year, while presenting NLPC’s shareholder proposal, Warren Buffett cut off his speech and Flaherty was arrested. Trumped-up charges against Flaherty were later dropped. NLPC has another proposal on Berkshire’s 2024 proxy statement and Flaherty is scheduled to speak on the measure for his allotted five minutes. The nonprofit corporate watchdog released a short video that briefly recounts last year’s incident and points out Mr. Buffett’s contradictory positions on how he manages shareholder meetings. The video may be found on NLPC’s website: https://nlpc.org/corporate-integrity-project/video-nlpc-returns-to-berkshire-hathaway-annual-meeting-one-year-after-chairmans-arrest/ The video highlights a past statement Mr. Buffett made to CNBC. Responding to an interviewer’s question about Berkshire allowing investors who attend the popular annual meeting to ask any question they want, Mr. Buffett responded, “We’ve got a partnership feeling toward the people who have given us their money, and we don’t screen ‘em, and they can ask whatever’s on their mind.” However, last year Mr. Buffett made an exception to that principle when Peter Flaherty – during his official remarks presenting NLPC’s shareholder proposal, which was on the meeting agenda – brought up Mr. Buffett’s relationship with billionaire Bill Gates, their shared philanthropic efforts, and Mr. Gates’s troubling relationship with deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. At that point, Flaherty’s microphone was silenced, and security and Omaha law enforcement forcibly walked him out of the arena and to a local police precinct, where he was arrested, booked, fingerprinted and held for about three hours. As NLPC argued last year in a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Berkshire’s identity is inextricably linked with Mr. Buffett’s. As such, his philanthropic activities and personal associations are fair targets for criticism, unlike those of nearly any other corporate Chairman/CEO. NLPC also filed a complaint with the SEC late last year over Berkshire’s inappropriate treatment of Flaherty at the meeting. “Warren Buffett boasts that shareholders can ask questions on any topic they desire, but I guess that doesn’t include questions about Bill Gates or Jeffrey Epstein,” Flaherty said. This year’s shareholder proposal addresses concerns about Berkshire’s risk vulnerabilities over the amount its sales and supply chain depend on China. Subsidiaries such as Duracell and Fruit of the Loom, and significant investments such as Apple and Coca-Cola, substantially depend on access to the communist nation. NLPC also filed a proxy memo with the SEC in support of this year’s proposal. The video released by NLPC concludes by wondering if Mr. Buffett will keep his word, and let all Berkshire investors say “whatever is on their mind.” For more information or to schedule an interview with Paul Chesser, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or drene@nlpc.org. Please visit http://www.nlpc.org. Founded in 1991, the National Legal and Policy Center promotes ethics in public life through research, investigation, education and legal action. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 drene@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

April 24, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NAFA's 2024 Institute & Expo General Session Delivers Insights and Strategies for Fleet Management's Future

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Today NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) held the highly anticipated General Session at its 2024 Institute & Expo (I&E) in San Antonio, featuring a dynamic panel with esteemed OEM leaders and a compelling industry update with Ted Cannis, CEO of Ford Pro. "Today’s General Session at I&E provided attendees with unparalleled insights and strategies to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of fleet management," said Bill Schankel, CAE, CEO of NAFA. "From Ted Cannis’ enlightening industry update to the engaging discussions during the OEM Panel, our attendees gained invaluable perspectives to drive innovation and success in their respective fields." In his keynote address titled "Ford Pro – Our Learnings: Grow Productivity, Reduce Risk," Ted Cannis provided attendees with critical insights into the future of fleet management. As the CEO of Ford Pro, Cannis leads a global team dedicated to delivering comprehensive solutions to government and commercial customers, focusing on accelerating productivity, improving uptime and lowering operating costs through connected services and work-ready gas and electric vehicles. Following Cannis’ address, NAFA hosted a dynamic OEM Panel Discussion. Distinguished leaders from Toyota, Stellantis, GM Envolve and Ford Pro engaged in a robust discussion about the automotive industry's next phase of evolution and its profound implications for every driver, fleet and road. Panelists included Tom DeLuise from Toyota, Eric Swanson from Stellantis, Robert Wheeler from GM Envolve, and Greg Wood from Ford Pro. Attendees left today’s General Session feeling empowered, inspired and ready to take on the fleet industry. This session, and the entire I&E schedule, highlight NAFA’s commitment to delivering exceptional educational content and networking opportunities for fleet professionals worldwide. For more information about NAFA and its upcoming events, please visit www.nafa.org NAFA Fleet Management Association is the membership organization for professionals who manage the mobility requirements of vehicle fleets that include commercial, public safety, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for corporations, governments, universities, utility fleets, and law enforcement in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.8 million vehicles that drive an estimated 84 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well above $122 billion each year. For more information, please visit www.nafa.org, and communicate with NAFA on LinkedIn, Facebook, and X. Contact Details Keaveny Hewitt +1 919-622-5276 khewitt@onwrdupwrd.com Company Website https://www.nafa.org/

April 23, 2024 11:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Wolfram and Classiq Integrate Advanced Quantum Software Tools into Mathematica

Classiq Technologies

In a landmark collaboration, Classiq, a leader in quantum computing software, and Wolfram Research, the leading computational software provider, announce a software partnership. This collaboration integrates Classiq’s cutting-edge engine within Wolfram Mathematica, offering a unified solution for the development of quantum and classical algorithms. This integration is targeted at enabling users to leverage the robust capabilities of Wolfram Mathematica for algorithm development and utilize Classiq’s Quantum Model (QMOD) language for quantum algorithm development—all within a single, cohesive environment. This blend of technologies empowers users to define, visualize and optimize quantum algorithms with unprecedented ease and efficiency. Key features of this collaboration are the facilitation of Classiq’s quantum algorithm compilation tailored to specific quantum hardware and ability to intricately develop quantum circuits from a high-level overview down to detailed gate operations. The integration further allows for the execution of these quantum circuits across a diverse array of backends and simulators, directly within the Mathematica notebook. This integration supports researchers by enhancing analytical capabilities, enabling continuous exploration and data assessment. As an example of the potential of this collaboration, the Quantum Differential Equations solver exemplifies how users will be able to tackle complex challenges by defining and executing quantum algorithms like the Harrow–Hassidim–Lloyd (HHL) algorithm and Quantum Singular Value Transformation (QSVT) for matrix inversion, directly from the Mathematica interface. This application highlights the power of combining classical computational methods with quantum processing to solve complex computational problems more efficiently. “The partnership between Classiq Technologies and Wolfram Research reflects a shared commitment to advancing computational excellence,” said Nir Minerbi, CEO of Classiq. “This collaboration not only enhances the toolset available for researchers and developers, we hope to see it pave the way for groundbreaking applications across various scientific and engineering disciplines.” "In the pursuit of applying quantum technologies to address real-world challenges, robust collaboration among industry leaders is paramount. We are delighted to unveil our strategic partnership with Classiq," remarked Mads Bahrami, quantum projects manager at Wolfram. "This partnership underscores the dedication of both entities towards crafting toolsets that empower governments, industries, and academia to tackle complex problems through quantum-classical algorithms." The companies invite those seeking to combine the best of quantum and classical computation to reach out and explore the possibilities this computation integration brings. About Wolfram Founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987, Wolfram Research is one of the world's most respected computer, web and cloud software companies - as well as a powerhouse of scientific and technical innovation. As a pioneer in computation and computational knowledge, Wolfram has pursued a long-term vision to develop the science, technology and tools to make computation an ever-more-potent force in today's and tomorrow's world. As the creators of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, the Wolfram Language, and Wolfram Quantum Framework, Wolfram is the leader in developing technology and tools that inject sophisticated computation and knowledge into everything. Wolfram's strategy as an organization is to maintain a portfolio of development, from continually strengthening core algorithms and the Wolfram Knowledgebase, to supporting the latest computing and deployment architectures, to developing major new concepts and capabilities - and consistently delivering the results in the form of products, services and experimental initiatives that make breakthrough technology accessible to the broadest possible spectrum of people and organizations. Learn more at: https://wolfr.am/QuantumConsulting https://www.wolfram.com/quantum-computation-framework/ Follow Wolfram on LinkedIn, X, and YouTube. Contact Wolfram quantum team: quantum@wolfram.com Contact Wolfram PR team: outreach@wolfram.com About Classiq Classiq Technologies, the leading quantum software company, provides an all-encompassing platform (IDE, compiler and OS) with a single point of entry into quantum computing, taking you from algorithm design to execution. The high-level descriptive quantum software development environment, tailored to all levels of developer proficiency, automates quantum programming. This ensures that a broad range of talents, including those with backgrounds in AI, ML and linear algebra, can harness quantum computing without requiring deep, specialized knowledge of quantum physics. Classiq democratizes access to quantum computing and equips its users to take full advantage of the quantum computing revolution, including access to a broad range of quantum hardware. Classiq's core technology - algorithmic quantum circuit compilation - is engineered to power the quantum ecosystem of today and the future. Classiq works closely with quantum cloud providers and advanced computation hardware developers providing software for use with quantum computers, HPC and quantum simulators. Backed by investors such as HPE, HSBC, Samsung, Intesa Sanpaolo and NTT, Classiq's world-class team of scientists and engineers has distilled decades of quantum expertise into its groundbreaking quantum engine. Follow Classiq on LinkedIn, X (formerly Twitter) or YouTube, and visit the Slack community and website, www.classiq.io to learn more. Contact Details Rainier Communications Michelle McMahon +1 781-718-3248 classiqPR@rainierco.com Company Website http://www.classiq.io/

April 23, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NAFA's 2024 I&E Media Day Unveils Cutting-Edge Fleet Innovations & Insights

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NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, today held a Media Day event at its annual Institute & Expo (I&E) in San Antonio, TX. At Media Day, over a dozen leading companies shared breaking news, innovations and other important announcements with industry reporters and publications in back-to-back press conferences. Media Day provided a unique opportunity for companies to showcase the latest developments in the fleet industry. Participants showcased a range of industry advancements in data analytics, safety technologies, electrification and more. "We were thrilled to bring Media Day back again at I&E this year,” said Bill Schankel, CAE, CEO of NAFA. “The product launches and exciting announcements made during Media Day are a testament to the fleet industry’s dedication to progress. These cutting-edge technologies, solutions and insights set the course for a more connected and efficient future.” Below is a look at the breaking news presented during NAFA’s I&E Media Day 2024: Draiver (Booth #1323) Presented by Federico Ranero, CEO Draiver presented new advanced-AI products. The company unveiled an all-in-one Command Center for total vehicle inventory management, as well as the new Draiver Driver app with cutting-edge tech features like Vehicle Inspection and Self Assign designed to increase valuable uptime. Ranero positions the innovations as the future of vehicle delivery. National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) (Booth #1322) Presented by Donna Wagner, Vice President of Media and Industry Relations ASE presented preliminary results of its engine repair survey; commissioned to identify repair tasks technicians perform most frequently. 72% of respondents are currently A1 certified or were in the past and 76% hold one or more ASE A2-A8 automotive certifications while a majority of respondents hold each of those respective certifications. MoveEV (Booth #1523) Presented by Dave Lewis, Founder & CEO MoveEV unveiled its first marketplace add-in for the MyGeotab® Product, designed for Geotab-enabled fleets with EVs enrolled in MoveEV’s home charging reimbursement program, ReimburseEV™. The add-in connects Geotab and ReimburseEV™, allowing users to view any car’s home charging and reimbursement history without leaving the Geotab environment. GreenPower Motor Company (Booth #440) Presented by Brendan Riley, President GreenPower announced a new all-electric commercial vehicle product, the EV Star Utility Truck, purpose-built and customizable for vocational applications and workloads. The EV Star Utility Truck joins GreenPower’s EV Star Cab & Chassis commercial vehicle family as the 10th truck body upfit solution manufactured by GP Truck Body. RoadFlex (Booth #2033) Presented by Rush Akin, Chief Revenue Officer RoadFlex presented the launch of its Proactive Fuel Risk Management Platform™: an AI-powered fleet expense management solution that saves fleets an average of 11% in fuel costs. RoadFlex is redefining fuel cards and fuel management. It leverages advanced spending controls, telematics integrations and eliminates card misuse and fuel fraud. Feal Ramp (Booth #1145) Presented by Marat Shterenberg, US Sales Director Feal Ramp announced a cutting edge aluminum loading ramp, crafted from military grade aluminum. The ramp includes a no-drill universal installation and a patented double hinge transition plate to streamline the loading and unloading of goods, increase efficiency, ensure stability and prevent accidents. GPS Trackit (Booth #2123) Presented by Jeff Alsop, Sr. Director of Indirect Sales GPS Trackit announced VidFleet WiFi Hotspot, a groundbreaking enhancement that transforms its VidFleet dash cams into high-speed Wi-Fi hubs, extending connectivity beyond the dashboard. In tandem, they introduced Driver Safety Assistance for all dash cams, providing drivers with instant audible coaching for improved safety and driving habits. Fleetio (Booth #1149) Presented by Shay Misra, Sr. Product Marketing Manager Fleetio announced an expansion to its payment options for third-party maintenance with Fleetio Pay Debit, an innovative payment solution. Customers will be able to efficiently and securely manage transactions using physical and virtual Visa debit cards, ensuring complete control over financial activities. Merchants Fleet (#Booth 641) Presented by Lisa Drake, Assistant Director of Fleet Electrification Merchants Fleet announced they’ve secured $1.4 million in grants and incentives for clients’ electrification initiatives, a strategic move designed to accelerate fleet electrification throughout North America. Leveraging deep expertise in navigating the complex funding process, Merchants is empowering clients with specialized guidance and support to help to identify and apply for crucial funding. Fleet Complete (Booth #1732) Presented by Frank Friesacher, Chief Product Officer Fleet Complete presented an exciting step forward in fleet electrification for mixed fleets by making the transition to OEM EVs even simpler. With its advanced support for OEM connected electric vehicles (EV), the global IoT leader continues to demonstrate its commitment to offering mixed fleets with more efficient fleet management solutions. FreightMiner (Booth #1632) Presented by Al Houry, Founder & CEO In partnership with Insight Autonomy, FreightMiner revealed technology for fleets that eliminates endless costs and time spent on driver training and collision repairs. This technology makes trucks safer to drive… anywhere, all year long. It installs on existing fleets, alerts drivers about surrounding obstacles, keeps fleet vehicles in their lane and prevents collisions. Shell Fleet Solutions (Booth 1256) Presented by Jim Perkins, Director, Shell Fleet Solutions US Shell Fleet Solutions, with WEX, shared the news that its Shell Fleet Navigator® Card will soon offer integrated payments for both fuel and EV on-the-go charging, giving flexibility to internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicle (EV) hybrid fleets. The new feature will allow ICE vehicles to fuel up at 95% of U.S. gas stations, while EVs can utilize charging stations on the WEX network nationwide. Teletrac Navman (Booth #1833) Presented by Carlos Caponera, Chief Marketing Officer Teletrac Navman announced enhanced AI-powered safety features for its IQ Camera, targeting driver distraction, cell phone usage, and drowsy driving, ensuring fleet protection and efficiency. Bluedot (Booth #1844) Presented by Martin Hamedani, VP of Partnerships Bluedot announced the public launch of Bluedot for Fleets, an all-in-one platform for public charging accessibility, automated payment and billing management, home charging reimbursement and vehicle analytics. It's designed to streamline the operations of electric vehicle fleets. NovaCHARGE (Booth #2044) Presented by Paul Boes, VP of Engineering, and Mark Gross, VP of Product Development NovaCHARGE announced the expansion of their innovative total solutions package available for fleets with FLEXX mobile EV charging systems. This new solution will ensure efficiency, productivity, and ease of transition to EVs for fleet managers of municipalities, enterprises, and utilities. Spring Free EV (Booth #2160) Presented by Sunil Paul, Co-Founder & CEO of Spring Free EV Spring Free EV announced the external launch of their fleet financing and tax credit solution, Residual Capital. For fleet operators, Residual Capital significantly eases the economic burden and residual value risks involved with EV acquisition. The product offers investors the ability to monetize available tax credits and benefits. NAFA Fleet Management Association is the membership organization for professionals who manage the mobility requirements of vehicle fleets that include commercial, public safety, trucks, and buses of all types and sizes, and a wide range of military and off-road equipment for corporations, governments, universities, utility fleets, and law enforcement in North America and across the globe. NAFA’s members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, repair, fueling, risk management, and remarketing of more than 4.8 million vehicles that drive an estimated 84 billion miles each year. NAFA’s members control assets and services well above $122 billion each year. For more information, please visit www.nafa.org, and communicate with NAFA on LinkedIn, Facebook, and X. Contact Details Keaveny Hewitt +1 919-622-5276 khewitt@onwrdupwrd.com Company Website https://www.nafa.org/

April 22, 2024 07:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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