A newly added seminar to the Fleet Expo agenda will explore current trends in telematics technology and their applications in fleet operations. Presented by Fritz Beiermeister, executive director of OnStar, the seminar will be held Wednesday, Oct. 8, 3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Among the future fleet applications for telematics are predictive failure analysis, route management support, and smart dispatching. Fleet Expo® 2003, now in its fourth year, is the industry’s pivotal fleet-management event. It will take place on Oct. 7-9 at the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus, N.J. This year’s show will feature several other new and exciting events, as well as annual favorites, such as the “World’s Largest Fleet Ride and Drive.” The conference focuses on the challenges and issues facing our industry today and provides how-to solutions for your company. In addition, a variety of companies will exhibit new fleet-related products and services, as well as display the latest fleet vehicles. “Plus, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and establish business relationships with your peers, the chance to win prizes in our giveaways, and receive more than $500 in discounts on merchandise and service by attending Fleet Expo®,” said Mark Naylor, show manager. Keynote speakers include Richard Beattie, executive vice president, marketing and sales for Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover, North America. He will share his insights into “The Future of Automotive Marketing and How It Will Impact Fleets” on Oct. 8. The following day keynoter will be Maryann Keller, president of Maryann Keller Associates, one of the automotive industry’s top analysts, who will present a “Forecast of the Automotive Industry in 2004 and How It Will Affect Your Business. Keller’s analysis will provide critical insight into the issues affecting your business in the coming year. Finally, Fleet Expo culminates with the show’s favorite event, “The World’s Largest Fleet Ride and Drive,” sponsored by First Driver Training. The Fleet Ride and Drive is open to all attendees who wish to test-drive as many new-model vehicles as possible between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Manufacturers providing 2004-models for the Ride and Drive include GM, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Toyota, and Volvo. For a more detailed seminar agenda and for registration information, visit www.bobitexpos.com.