Technology changing fleet management


Technology is changing the face of fleet management industry with new tools saving companies money on fuel and maintenance.


A pilot project has been underway in Washington DC on government vehicles. The system used can tell when drivers are showing bad driving behaviours – breaking hard, speeding and accelerating quickly.

A report on the project said: “Drivers went 5 miles per hour over the posted speed limit 5 000 times each month and went 10 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit 2 000 times per month”.

“By applying these numbers to the state’s entire set of vehicles and drivers it is apparent that the state has a significant amount of potential liability in the driver’s behavior as well as a real opportunity to save on fuel,” the report said.

“With an active program of transparency, coaching and formal development of telematics data into a vehicle use policy we often see these drop by 90 percent or more for our customers.”

In Canada, a panel discussion was recently held where new technologies in fleet management were discussed.

“In this industry it’s not all about the shiny new piece of tin, it’s about what technology can really drive to your business metrics,” Mike Ham, the vice-president of Canadian sales with Fleet Complete, said at the discussion.

“Technology is an enabler. Technology provides information, data, details, metrics and it provides you information on how you actually run your company.”

New technologies are available which tell the driver about their bad habits as they happen rather than later.

In addition to saving on fuel and maintenance costs, these technologies make driving safer for drivers and others on the road, lowering the risk of accident liabilities.

The added bonus of improved technology in your fleet’s vehicles is less paperwork and improved time management.

“The technology validates when drivers stop and when drivers start,” explained Ham. “We all know that without technology we’re filling out pieces of paper, we’re doing time clocks…and we’re finding that there was anywhere between 30, and an hour to an hour-and-a-half per day, per driver that could be turned into powerful utilization and productivity.”

With all of these innovations being added the to fleet management sector, the only question is when your business will join the technological revolution.