The transportation sector is expanding at unprecedented rates. Although small and mid-sized fleets don’t span a vast area, the sheer demand for them, even in a small area, is phenomenal. This makes it very hard to keep tabs on anything without hassle.
The trucking industry employs thousands of people every year. In 2018 alone, the trucking industry had a workforce of 7.8 million people according to the American Trucking Association (ATA), and with over 15 million operational trucks in the United States of America (USA), it is not an easy endeavor to meet all the demands of the customers, drivers as well as the business model.
Table of Contents
- What is Vehicle Telematics?
- How Does Fleet Telematics Work?
- What Does Vehicle Telematics Offer?
- A World of Trucking Without Fleet Telematics
What is Vehicle Telematics?
Transmitting information is vital. The trucking business is massive, and information should be communicated without any errors from one end to the other. Generally, the communication is between:
- The fleet managers and the truckers.
- The fleet managers and the customers.
- The truckers and the customers.
Fast, concise, and error-free communication and help in route optimization, save time, save money, and also prevent unwelcome incidents.
Telematics is what combines the best of information technology with the best of telecommunications for long-distance communication of digitized information.
To solve all of those problems and more, the rapid advancements and innovations in technology helped to take the trucking industry into a new-age using telematics software.
Vehicle telematics, synonymous with fleet telematics, by itself, is not a device, but it is the crux of the effective fleet management processes of the modern world which oversees all fleet performance and maintenance to favor the acceleration of productivity.
How Does Fleet Telematics Work?
Using Samsara’s industry-leading IoT services and cloud-based technology and high-quality devices, data from the vehicle is relayed to a server via a wireless network.
The relayed and stored information is then made accessible to a fleet manager with the help of the internet.
What Does Vehicle Telematics Offer?
Vehicle telematics has come a long way from the time it was introduced, and since then, it has revolutionized the trucking industry and is expected to do so for a long time.
The benefits that fleet telematics offers are monumental. Here is a small list that top them:
1. Safety and Security
Since telematics actively monitor vehicle data and diagnostics by plugging directly into the vehicles’ onboard diagnostic (OBD) port, they can be used to improve the safety of carriers.
The telematics data will also help fleet managers create training programs for drivers to improve safety on the road.
Insurance companies have started to use information from fleet telematics software to assess risk factors.
2. Compliance with HOS and ELD Mandate
Compliance with Hours of Serve (HOS) and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate is not negotiable for a carrier company. Samsara’s vehicle telematics software is a part of Samsara’s complete package to improve efficiency, performance, and compliance.
Reports on route performances, driving habits, temperature monitoring, and more are quickly generated. Advanced analytics help to provide insights to increase revenue and avoid unplanned losses.
4. Fleet Maintenance
By monitoring vehicle performance over time, fleet managers are availed with engine data like fuel consumption, coolant temperature, or engine load and tracing vehicle mileage. This will help managers keep tabs on vehicle conditions and set up vehicle maintenance schedules to avoid breakdowns that can cause delays or increase fuel consumption that will burn more money from the company.
5. Increase the Productivity of the Fleet Managers
Some of the features of telematics software that help fleet managers increase productivity are:
- Ease of use.
- Dynamic updates.
- Advanced analytics and insights.
- Fast and error-free communication.
- Assistance in route planning.
6. Analyze Driver Behavior
By analyzing driver behavior like speeding, sudden braking, harsh cornering, improper lane changes, sharp turning, or rapid acceleration, and by providing large visibility into driving patterns, telematics software help fleet managers to create better driver training programs or individual coaching sessions.
Analyzing driver behavior in terms of route performance and missed or skipped stops helps managers take appropriate actions to improve business safety and performance.
7. Reduce Operational Costs
Telematics solutions greatly help companies to reduce their overall operational costs.
By analyzing trends in driving and route performance, companies can optimize their planning to help save fuel costs.
Real-time communication helps to quickly re-route or cancel any trips when plans change. This saves a lot of time, fuel, and money.
A World of Trucking Without Fleet Telematics
A large number of industries are largely dependent on logistics and trucking companies for their goods and services. The trucking companies are greatly reliant on vehicle telematics for their amazing performance.
The disappearance of vehicle telematics would mean that the operational costs of the carrier will skyrocket while safety and security will plunge into the ground. To overcome this, the companies would have to charge exorbitantly high amounts for their services, thus increasing the cost of the goods, which eventually makes it unaffordable for a regular civilian to buy.
As time progresses, it will be increasingly difficult to uphold the reputation and keep the customers satisfied because you no more have the ability to diagnose your fleet and evaluate vehicle performance to effectively schedule maintenance activities and repairs.
With all said and done, it should be clear by now that the dawn of the new age logistics industry could not have been where it is today without a fleet telematics software to improve performance and managerial processes. The existence and amalgamation of technology with the operations within the trucking industry help everyone involved in the supply chain.
The innovations in this field are only bound to improve as we ride the wave of technological advancements with improvements in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning for fleet efficiency and safety.
The shift from 3G to 4G or LTE was by itself a big jump in the performance for telecommunications, and consequently for telematics. The onset of 5G technology is only bound to take that to another level on the whole.
Samsara, with its open architecture, is a fleet telematics provider. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for a free trial.