Before we know it, we’ll be asking ourselves how we live without telematics before we know it. This problem is particularly the case for not only those of us in the fleet management business, but also for those of us who rely on fleet management to operate our business.
What is Telematics?
Telematics, very broadly speaking, is the integration of telecommunications and information, and the process of sending and receiving information across mobile and remote devices. A perfect example many people recognize is the mobile GPS unit in vehicles.
In fact, telematics and cars have gone hand-in-hand for years, as seen not just by GPS, but also by telematics’ increased use of vehicle tracking. That partnership is so tight that the terms “Telematics” and “vehicle tracking” are often used these days interchangeably.
What Telematics does for fleets
Those in the business that already use Telematics have seen increases in fuel efficiency and decreases in poor drivers who make rash decisions or waste work time.
A recent survey conducted by Bobit Business Media has found another benefit for using Telematics: increased driver productivity. That’s right, the implementation of Telematics in a vehicle fleet can help decrease travel time, better manage vehicle maintenance, and even reduce the likelihood of accidents.
Yes, with Telematics, drivers can find the fastest route to their destination in real-time because the vehicle’s location information is partnered with current traffic reports. That means drivers can avoid those time-wasting traffic jams and, for those who want to make sure drivers aren’t taking unnecessary detours, Telematics can monitor which routes the driver did take.
And thanks to the data captured by Telematics from the vehicles themselves, a more efficient maintenance schedule can be implemented, putting cars back on the road faster and cutting down on unproductive repair time.
Finally, Telematics has been shown to help decrease vehicle accidents, not only by providing real-time traffic information but also through the monitoring of driver behavior. Reckless driving can be captured, and addressed, before an accident happens, thanks to Telematics. Additionally, if an accident has already occurred, Telematics can help answer questions about it, such as fault and timeline.
So while every fleet is unique, Telematics is a universal tool that can help all fleets increase their productivity and efficiency, if implemented appropriately. That leaves only one question: when is your fleet going to start?
This information assembled by DFM, fleet management experts and the company behind Fleet Wellness®.
Who is Doering Fleet Management?
Doering Fleet Management is a national fleet management company, working with non-profit and for profit organizations alike. Adding value to clients with expertise, experience, and energy is the mission of the firm. A team of industry experts makes for an incredibly diverse and efficient firm. Doering is a streamlined organization that prides itself on superior service for fleets of any size while also focusing on the most important part of any business, the relationship with the customer.