Despite the havoc the Covid-19 pandemic created in 2020, the global fleet and transportation industry remains strong. While the public remained in their homes to avoid infection, all essential shopping was done online and delivered by vehicles. One bedrock for the industry’s strength is telematics solutions and advancements in 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) for vehicles.
Fleet companies have relied on telematics solutions to track and monitor vehicles, improve safety and enhance productivity in the last couple of years. According to a survey by Bobit Business Media, fleet businesses that have deployed telematics technology witnessed a decrease in accident costs and fuel consumption by 21% and 10%, respectively. Further, the telematics industry is projected to grow by more than $62 billion by 2025.
Here’s how to use fleet telematics systems to boost productivity.
Job Schedule And Dispatch
Fleet managers typically spend 80% of their work time on phone calls matching drivers to jobs. It can be exhausting to understand which drivers are available, which are closest to the job destination, and where they are currently.
Companies that bring in a telematics solution should use it to tap into information on historic journeys, real-time traffic status, and other crucial highlights that can be used to find the closest vehicle available. By effectively planning and dispatching jobs, fleet businesses can also offer accurate ETA (estimated time of arrival) to customers and team members, ensuring smooth operations.
Optimized routing works in conjunction with job dispatching to complete more jobs in a day. Using GPS tracking, drivers can get information on road congestion, unexpected traffic, roadblocks, and much more. The telematics system can then recommend the best alternative route, circumvent delays, and ensure timely delivery to consumers.
There’s an analytical function, too. The telematics system can also help fleet managers review all jobs and schedule them more effectively by evaluating the shortest and fastest route, improving drivers’ productivity, and utilizing their on-field time.
Eliminate Idling Time
Many transportation companies worry about fuel and maintenance cost concerns due to fleet vehicle idling. Traffic, breakdowns and unexpected repairs are common reasons for this issue. Not only does idling cause fuel waste and pollute the air, but it also increases the wear and tear of the fleets. Phillips and Temro state that if 100 vehicles idled for approximately two hours per day, fleet owners could incur around $165,000 in wasted fuel.
Telematics systems can be used to deliver vehicle location, performance, and engine status information. As a result, fleet managers can also check when a vehicle is on but not running, which can help them take necessary steps to reduce idle time. That can save a significant amount in repairs, while minimizing CO2 emissions and improving overall fleet productivity.
Vehicle Maintenance Reminders
If you’re in the fleet business, you already know the importance of periodic maintenance. Vehicle parts such as wheels, brake lines, steering columns, etc., go through daily wear and tear, and ignoring these issues will increase the risk of a breakdown or an accident.
Telematics technology can help fleet managers with preventive maintenance by tracking fuel consumption, mileage, and engine use. With automatic reminders, users can schedule maintenance and detect failure trends before a problem occurs. This is a good way to prevent accidents and keep repairs to a minimum. Users can also track vehicle equipment and notify fleet managers about replacements, thereby optimizing equipment life cycles.
The ability to manage all tasks with a comprehensive view of all operations is essential for fleet managers. Via a user-friendly platform, telematics can maximize operations and ensure all tasks are aligned and managed effectively in real-time.
Investments in efficiency-driven solutions like telematics systems have one final and very important benefit: They can ultimately help to improve the customer experience, increasing business revenue and profitability, as happy customers are perhaps the most important element of all.