Smartphone telematics is an increasingly important tool for corporate fleets. By connecting fleet vehicles through simple smartphones, this technology allows for achieving the same, if not better, results than traditional onboard devices, all without incurring significant deployment costs.
Smartphone telematics, therefore, enhances productivity, reduces operational expenses, and optimizes the customer experience. Additionally, it can contribute to safer, more cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly driving.
Furthermore, it enables fleet eligibility verification for electric transition and facilitates preventive maintenance.
Here are 10 good reasons to connect the car fleet with smartphones:
1.Productivity Gain: Thanks to the connectivity between smartphones and fleet vehicles, it is possible to collect the location, speed, and performance data of the vehicles. Such technology, when properly integrated into daily operations, can bring about significant productivity gains. In fact, the ability to automatically calculate route optimizations retrospectively allows for more efficient task planning and minimizes unnecessary travel.
2.Works seamlessly in the case of shared vehicles: By implementing a wireless Bluetooth device called a beacon in the vehicle, it becomes possible to identify only the driving data performed in a specific vehicle and avoid recording trips made in personal vehicles. Furthermore, in the case of a shared vehicle within a fleet, thanks to the combination of the beacon and smartphone, any driver can enter the vehicle and start driving, and the identification of both the vehicle and the driver is made possible.
3.Fuel consumption optimization: By monitoring driving habits and providing drivers with information on fuel-saving best practices, connectivity can help reduce operating costs. Moreover, these optimizations can be accompanied by engaging drivers further through games, contests, gift shops, and gamified dashboards that reward improvements in driving behavior.
4.Safety enhancement: Applications can provide real-time vocal or audio alerts, proactively notifying drivers of risky situations or mechanical issues, thereby improving driver and passenger safety. Telematics uses smartphone sensors to monitor driving habits and encourage safe driving.
5.Electrification of the vehicle fleet: Telematics using smartphones can assess the feasibility of electrifying a vehicle fleet using various data tracking methods. Firstly, by recording drivers’ driving habits, such as distance traveled and driving patterns, it is possible to determine the proportion of miles that can be covered by an electric vehicle. Additionally, by using GPS data to track driving routes, it is possible to identify areas where an electric vehicle would be more practical and efficient. Finally, by recording fuel and electricity consumption data, it is possible to determine potential savings achieved by using an electric vehicle. With these data, companies can evaluate the eligibility of electrifying their fleet in terms of costs, efficiency, and feasibility. This allows them to make informed decisions regarding the necessary investments for fleet electrification, as well as the operational modifications needed to fully leverage the benefits of electrification.
6.Preventive maintenance: Vehicle performance information can help detect potential issues before they escalate into costly repairs.
7.Extending vehicle lifespan: By analyzing driver behavior, we can measure the wear and tear on vehicle components. By motivating drivers to brake more gently, for example, we can increase the lifespan of brake pads, or by accelerating more smoothly, we can reduce engine wear.
8.Mileage tracking: Connectivity can facilitate the tracking of vehicle mileage, which can help determine expenses related to vehicle use for business activities.
9.Improved communication: Connectivity can enhance communication between drivers, passengers, and the fleet, making operations smoother and more efficient. Telematics opens up numerous possibilities, such as real-time driver contact or notifying customers of an approaching delivery.
10.Insurance cost reduction: Connectivity systems can help reduce insurance costs by providing information on driving habits that can be used to assess insurance risks. By reducing fleet incidents, insurance premiums can be significantly lowered.
In conclusion, the connectivity between smartphones and fleet vehicles can help businesses enhance their productivity, reduce operating costs, and improve the customer experience. It can also contribute to safer and more efficient driving, as well as better preventive maintenance. Companies looking to leverage these benefits may consider implementing a connectivity solution for their vehicle fleet.
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