Top Telematics Trends in 2018
Top Telematics Trends in 2018
Telematics is rapidly gaining traction amongst both fleets and businesses, as companies realise the immense intrinsic and material value that this technology can add to businesses. As a result, the technology within this sphere has exponentially expanded, and numerous exciting horizons are around the corner.
Here’s a brief look at some of the top telematics trends in 2018:
Focusing more on the driver
One of the most noticeable trends in telematics has been a shift in focus from vehicle location and routing to solutions that are focused on the drivers. There has been a conscientious emphasis to rather focus more on driver behaviour within the telematics realm, in addition to maintenance intervals and vehicle health. Through monitoring driver behaviour and reducing collisions and actions such as speeding and downtime, the intention is to ensure drivers are more efficient and can get home safely.
One of the most noticeable telematics trends is the drive to ensure that fleet management systems can communicate with one another, which is a process called data integration. By ensuring that various elements within the fleet chain such as telematics, delivery, accounting and product tracking systems are integrated, business and fleet owners are able to generate a far more accurate reflection of fleet performance, with analysis and automatic reports key in this regard.
Superior safety training
Business owners have swiftly realised that much of their operational loss derives from drivers who maintain unsafe driving practices. As such, there has been a renewed effort to use telematics to identify how and why these practices are occurring and target specific remedial training methods. The most important safety issues include speeding, harsh braking and turning, distracted driving and sudden bursts of acceleration. All of these actions can lead to accidents and collisions, and telematics is an invaluable ally in formulating training programmes that will minimise bad habits and encourage safer driving on the road.
The data that telematics can extract is an important tool in performing a wide range of risk assessments. These predictive analytics can subsequently prove to be of significant help to fleet managers in staying head of driver safety and mechanical breakdowns. As such, the data is so much more than a means to measure past performance; it also allows fleet managers to pre-emptively manage operations.
There are numerous factors in a fleet that are hard to gauge, such as the exact size of it, maintenance and repair issues, and future additions to the fleet. Utilisation analysis help fleets managers to make sense of these components by providing a comprehensive overview of the entire fleet, thereby ensuring that they can make better decisions and maximise their resources. Four categories are provided for every vehicle, including redistribute, replace, reduce and monitor, with these elements ranked according to established thresholds for the utilisation or replacement of vehicles. In-depth information regarding the performance of each vehicle subsequently enables each fleet manager to better maintain a fleet and keep it running at optimal performance.
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