How tech can help manage your fleet

David Wilson, chief operating officer for TRACKER, makes a case for the role of evolving technology in fleet management.

Vehicles have long been part of the information age, with satnav and Bluetooth connecting drivers with fleet managers for some time. But connectivity is being taken to a new level, thanks to investment by the automotive industry and government. Fleet managers need to keep pace with this evolution and embrace the next generation of technological solutions that bring together the likes of telematics and smartphones, enabling them to talk to their drivers (and the vehicles they drive) in a far more comprehensive way.

The accuracy of data intelligence gathered from telematics today is phenomenal. Whether it’s vehicle and fuel efficiency information, early fault diagnostics, service and repair reminders or driver behaviour, the value of information is limitless. For example, driving style data helps businesses reduce the risk of driver accidents and vehicle repair costs, as well as enhancing duty of care by encouraging safer driving.

Crash detection technology, such as that employed by TRACKER Connect, helps fleet managers save time and insurance costs with instant accident notification. The technology’s intelligence can distinguish between bumps and kerbs and actual impacts, with reports provided on impacts via email and screen alerts. These alerts enable fleet managers to quickly ascertain the safety of the driver and condition of the vehicle.

The beauty of this evolving technology is that its implementation doesn’t have to be a full systems or platform investment. Sophisticated telematics data can be employed through simple self-install plug-and-play devices through to bespoke solutions tailored to meet the specific requirements of a business’s fleet strategy.