Goal of fleet management switches from tracking to efficiency


Goal of fleet management switches from tracking to efficiency

Source: FleetAnswers What is the main focus of your fleet management efforts? Since the inception of telematics, one of the primary goals of fleet tracking has been to map and efficiently route drivers. However, this is no longer the only focus. With the increase in on-board diagnostics and the ability to plug fleet management programming into that diagnostic equipment, fleet managers are now focusing even more strongly on using that diagnostic data to improve efficiency and maximize the use of vehicles. This is a shift in focus that is being seen across fleets in various industries as the full impact of modern telematics is realized and embraced.

Telematics Technology Providing More Data Than Ever Before

At its inception, telematics focused on GPS fleet tracking to provide up-to-date information about vehicle location, speed and destination arrival times. However, these systems have evolved, and so have the tasks performed by fleet managers as a result.

Today's telematics systems can connect to the Engine Control Module on modern fleets to better monitor the vehicle's performance and efficiency. This is providing fleet managers with even more data about the vehicles in their care. Because the majority of a vehicle's operating costs are tied directly to the vehicle and how it runs, this data is invaluable as fleet managers try to focus on efficiency.

This leads to a potential problem, however. Fleet managers who have vast amounts of data may not know how to use that data to improve efficiency for their fleets. The key is to transform the data into data and analysis that can be used properly. Telematics systems that can provide actionable reports from that data are invaluable to the modern fleet manager.

Data Increases Efficiency Across Fleets

With the data and analytics provided by modern telematics systems, companies can increase the efficiency of their fleets. Many areas can be improved with the right data to increase efficiency, including:

  • Driver behavior
  • Idling time
  • Engine performance
  • Maintenance schedules

Fleet managers who are mot making the most of the data available to them to optimize these areas could be paying as much as 10 to 15 percent too much in operating costs per truck. In an era when efficiency is the utmost importance, this increased cost is unacceptable.

The Fleet Manager's Role is Changing

In light of this, the fleet manager's role has changed in recent years. Instead of simply being a professional in charge of routing drivers and dispatching trucks, the fleet manager is in charge of multiple factors, including monitoring efficiency and performance of vehicles as well as working within budgetary constraints. Add to this a growing demand for efficiency in all areas of business, including fleets, and today's fleet managers have several roles to fill to make their fleets as effective and efficient as possible. Fleet telematics systems with built-in analytics are the key to managing all of these hats effectively while protecting and improving the efficiency of the fleet as a whole.

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