How Technology Is Changing Fleet Management

Posted: Jan 10 2020, 1:02am CST | by , in Cars & Vehicles

 

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How Technology Is Changing Fleet Management

Being safe on the roads is a priority for everyone. It is no different for those who drive in a fleet, or those who manage the fleet.

Fleet management used to be challenging in the past. While there were tools available for tracking and monitoring drivers, they usually relied on driver honesty. Technology has helped drivers and managers have a better understanding of what is happening every day.

Whether you have a small fleet that requires minimal management, or a large fleet that requires stored and logged tracking, technology offers a solution for you. From GPS tracking to limiters and diagnostic reports, here are some of the ways technology is changing fleet management:

GPS tracking

Almost every vehicle is equipped with a GPS-tracker these days. Private vehicles use them in case of robbery, to be able to recover the vehicle.

However, fleet managers have equipped GPS-trackers to their vehicles for an additional reason. Knowing where your drivers are at all times can help improve efficiency and save money.

Knowing which drivers stay on the assigned routes and which ones deviate for various reasons can help you in saving on fuel costs. Managers can also see if there is a problem with the vehicle based on where the vehicle is and how long it takes to complete a route.

Comprehensive software

While GPS-tracking can offer a simple solution for small fleets, those with bigger fleets might be looking for something more complete.

You can go for the best fleet management software to suit your fleet management requirements. Being able to analyze all aspects of a vehicle’s trips, including where the vehicle went, how efficient it was, and whether the driver was safe are all very important.

Finding an all-in-one software provider can make management more efficient as well, resulting in the smooth running of the business and saving you time and money. Not only are you receiving the best software, but using the right provider means you are offered training and support for each possible usage of the tools.

Compliance and road safety

Most people would like to believe they follow the rules of safety at all times. As a fleet manager, you would like to be able to trust that your drivers are behaving on the roads.

However, if you want to be certain, you can install software that monitors the vehicle’s driving patterns. This software can tell you about fuel consumption and efficiency, compliance with speed limits, and overall safety of the driver.

Having these statistics can help you offer the right training and support for drivers, ensuring that the vehicles, drivers, and other road users are as safe as possible when your fleet is out. It can also help you understand which vehicles are fuel-efficient, and which may need servicing or replacing.

Clutter-free maps systems

GPS is useful in aspects other than tracking. In the past, drivers would need a set of maps, depending on where they go. This could result in some chaos in the vehicle, as most people still don’t know how to fold a map, and they would need to switch maps frequently for long-distance travel.

These days, we have GPS systems, which take up less space but offer more information. GPS software can be on a standalone GPS device or loaded to the driver’s phone. GPS is advantageous in that it offers constant route monitoring to ensure the most efficient route is taken.

It takes up less space and can be safer than using a paper map. This is because the GPS devices backed with apps like Waze and Google Maps offer voice navigation, which is much simpler than taking out and looking at the map each time. The driver simply needs to listen to the voice instructions to know where to go.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Manfred "Luigi" Lugmayr () is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 25 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets, tech and online shopping. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology news and tech and toy shopping hub.
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