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In business, as in life, change is normal. Your company’s name or location can change. Employees move around: Perhaps your top sales executive Bill has moved on to a new position within the company. Maybe June—a primary gatekeeper of critical information—has decided after 30 years to retire. Or perhaps Ann, a key contact person within the organization, is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

The recent Equifax data breach has potentially compromised the personal data of some 143 million Americans–or half the U.S. adult population. In what is thought to be the largest-recorded cyber breach ever, the names, birth dates, addresses, and Social Security and driver’s license numbers of consumers were compromised by unauthorized individuals. Some credit card information may also have been breached.

I’ve written before about how gratifying it is to me personally to know that iiX, and particularly our committed team, consistently provides excellent service and value to our customers. Each year we conduct a survey and our customers consistently tell us so. In fact, we’ve been surveying customers for 16 years straight – and we’ve achieved an average rating of 96 percent in overall customer satisfaction

In 2014, in the United States, 3,903 people were killed and an estimated 111,000 were injured in police-reported traffic crashes involving large trucks. Seven percent of the fatal crashes involved a truck hitting the rear of another vehicle. In an effort to reduce crashes, a number of trucks are currently equipped with crash avoidance systems (CAS) which alert drivers to impending conflicts with objects and may initiate automatic emergency braking (AEB).

They’re called self-driving, driverless, autonomous, and highly automated vehicles. According to CB Insights, as of August 2016, nearly 33 companies—both start-ups and household names—are devoting resources to developing self-driving vehicles. Thousands of engineers are working on this new technology. Before long, self-driving cars and trucks will become an integral part of package deliveries and trucking.

As anticipated, it appears that the Texas Driver Monitoring Service (DRMS) is on track to launch by early 2017, according to what we are being told by the state. The program will enable both employers and insurers to monitor driving records of Texas-licensed employees and insured drivers for adverse activity, such as a driver’s license status change or a new moving violation.

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