An introduction to fleet telematics and what it can do for you
Author – Graziano Mangiarotti, Head of Product Management & Quality, Vodafone Automotive
Running your own business means you’re probably used to spinning lots of plates at once. But maybe lockdown and COVID-19 regulations have seen that workload ramp up.
Perhaps you’re a restaurant that’s started offering a delivery service, or a courier company who’s experiencing high demand and has hired some new drivers. You’ve managed to react and adapt in the short term, but now it’s time to invest in the tools and solutions that will help you build on this momentum long term.
After all, you’re spinning wheels now too which means keeping your vehicles moving is a key concern for you and your business, alongside employee safety on the road.
Digital tools can help you keep on top of it all and fleet telematics is one such example.
Installing your vehicles with connected telematics devices like a black box, the web portal and mobile app give you always on access to near real-time data and insights on your fleet, such as vehicle location, driver behaviour and vehicle status. All of which, help you improve fleet management and enhance the safety and security of your goods and drivers.
Five reasons to use fleet telematics
– whether your fleet is combustion, hybrid or electric, an on-board device can be installed into the vehicle’s standard port. All relevant vehicle information will then be automatically detected.
Increased productivity with extensive reporting – you can create and deliver fleet reports the way you want, when you want, based on your business model.
Enhanced safety thanks to driving behaviour and tips – you can improve driver safety with in-vehicle driving feedback. This can also lead to lower insurance premiums.
Improved efficiency with near real-time information and preventive maintenance – you can receive accurate vehicle status updates from engine lights to emissions. This will help you detect any issues early so you can be proactive with maintenance, improving safety and preventing further, more severe and costly problems down the line. You can set maintenance reminders too.
Increased customer experience using near real-time rerouting – GPS location updates can support productivity and improve the interactions with customers and employees. For example, if a driver is delayed, you can notify the customer in advance. You can also send the driver a new route to avoid traffic, roadworks or accidents. This, in turn, can help reduce vehicle mileage and fuel consumption. The personal mode means driver privacy is always protected.