The fleet industry has realized the importance of telematics as it obtains key insights into automobiles and drivers. Combined with GPS tracking, telematics systems render complete information about the whereabouts of the vehicles and the way of their operation. The GPS tracking system of the vehicle is used to send, receive, and store telemetry data and monitor the vehicles effortlessly.
Critical insights on vehicle fleets
The automobile-specific data is transmitted via multiple techniques, including cellular networks, 4G and 5G mobile data, satellite communication, packet radio services, and so on. The server is responsible for data analysis and allows the end users to view the outcomes via a secure mobile application or a website. The telematics system obtains data about vehicles to get insights about the following:
- Fuel consumption
- Idling time
- Speed acceleration
- Issues with maintenance
- Harsh driving incidents
Fleet managers can easily analyze the data for specific events and patterns, thereby creating reporting on the same. Having access to such data helps to find out the problems, and also come up with relevant solutions.
Enhanced driver safety
Road accidents are not only bad for the driver’s health, but are detrimental to the business as well. The utilization of telematics systems can enhance overall road safety by studying the behavior of drivers and improving them. The fleet management software used by businesses can obtain telematics data on the driving behavior of drivers, and coach them on safe driving habits if required. This helps to improve the overall safety levels of the fleet.
Optimal fuel management
A business can utilize telematics to program smarter routes for vehicles, thereby restricting fuel use and other related expenses. For instance, using telematics systems, vehicles can be tracked easily, which can also help in reducing vehicle idling. Vehicle idling is a major challenge in optimal fleet management. The data acquired by the software helps to compare the idling time of the different vehicles and drivers. Hence, there is a scope for improvement that can be practiced by the business. Limiting the idle time of vehicles aids in fuel cost reduction.
Facilitates vehicle maintenance
One of the highlighting features of telematics is that it allows businesses to recognize and give attention to maintenance issues of vehicles remotely. One can utilize hours-of-service information/data and organize maintenance. Thanks to real-time notifications that can alert the fault-code detection of automobiles. This enables the technicians concerned to address the problems before things escalate. Hence, vehicles function longer, save unnecessary repair costs, safeguard CSA (Compliance, Safety, and Accountability) scores, and also protect against critical car safety violations.
Telematics renders a wide array of benefits to businesses that run a fleet of automobiles. Modern businesses integrate telematics systems with top-notch fleet management software to support multiple applications. GPS tracking is the key component of telematics systems, helping organizations to keep track of their vehicle fleets and drivers. Real-time data on the engine, the location of the vehicle, vehicle activities, the behavior of the driver, etc., can be collected and analyzed. Telematics has become a vital tool in the transportation industry.