Fleet Management trends

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Fleet Management trends

The fleet sector is expected to experience a couple of noticeable trends in 2017, according to fleet management company experts.

Here are 5 of these trends that are expected to have a major impact:

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1. Autonomous vehicles

Self-driving (autonomous) vehicles seem to represent a major future trend in the way that we drive, and several major auto-maker and technology firms much as Tesla, Google, Apple, Nissan, GM and Mercedes Benz have already invested millions into this space.  This year will see extensive development and research into autonomous driving and surround the need to implement an appropriate infrastructure for this industry.

A great example of the requirements in this regard is the escalation of current existing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) data, which serves as a supplement to traditional two-dimensional roadmaps by providing extra information on factors such as the curve, slope, terrain and height of the route. The information related to ADAS is critical to the functioning of autonomous driving, including technologies such as collision avoidance, route efficiency, lane departure warnings, predictive cruise control and speed adaptation.

The latest developments will ensure that ADAS data extend far beyond the physical terrain, as data that is recorded and collected will be able to assist drivers in the future with variables such as traffic, real-time surround vision, weather patterns and street-sign recognition.

Autonomous vehicles could completely change the game for fleet owners, with the option of using these vehicles on a consistent basis a tantalising prospect.


2. Increased OEM telematics options

While Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) telematics isn’t a new trend, 2017 will see a shift towards manufacturers offering telematics as a hardware built-in service for a wider variety of vehicles and not simply for traditional commercial models.

This change will result in more comprehensive vehicle data for fleet owners as well as zero downtime, as new vehicles will be instantaneously ready for real-time monitoring once the system is activated online. These vehicle manufacturers are also tackling the demand for telematics hardware by enabling an increase between the office and mobile workers.

Further ensuring an improvement in telematics technology will be the implementation of 4G LTE connectivity in several OEM telematics units, as a way of improving data connection speeds and assisting the productivity of mobile workers on the road.


3. Predictive Maintenance

Advances in OEM built-in telematics will also allow fleet managers can take a far more proactive stance with regards to the maintenance and servicing of their vehicles. These developments will provide fleet managers with a more detailed and increased overview of the mechanical condition of the vehicle and the need for maintenance. Maintenance managers can be alerted to early warning signs of vehicle problems such as low fluids, engine overheating or the amount of oil left. Thus, the efficiency of the maintenance cycle will be considerably improved, while there will be cost savings in diagnosing problems as well as minimised downtime.

4. A greater investment in alternative fuels

In 2017, there is expected to be a greater investment in alternative fuels, mostly in natural gas and electrified vehicles. This change may occur due to the fact that infrastructure is improving at the same time that vehicle costs are decreasing, thereby removing the barrier to using these types of vehicles.


5. Better connectivity between vehicles

As internet technology becomes more advanced and sophisticated, a considerable amount of research is being undertaken in how vehicles interact with each other and their environment. As such, 2017 should see a greater emphasis on developing the connectivity between vehicles and vehicle infrastructure.

As vehicles become “smarter”, the trend will be for manual or labour-intensive processes to become automated and for there to be better efficiency in asset use. Connected vehicles will result in numerous benefits, including vehicle maintenance, route planning, product delivery and better management of traffic and weather disruptions, resulting in minimised wasted kilometres and a cut in costs.

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