The world of managing vehicles is changing faster than ever before, nowhere is this rate of growth more obvious than in data and information. Which is why Shell’s 2016 Make the Future event in London last summer saw industry experts discuss where data can take the fleet industry and what it can help achieve.
The four-day festival of ideas and innovation included discussion around how the spectacular progress in capture and transmission of data, speed of access, and the way in which suppliers and partners are using the latest information available to them have led to a revolution in vehicle management. That’s illustrated by TomTom Telematics’ Alliance Manager George de Boer claiming his firm receives a billion measurements every hour. “This is big data,” he declares.
And the revolution is still very much in its infancy, with a myriad of possibilities still being explored, the key message from the industry is the empowerment this gives fleet managers in terms of the real-time access to a wealth of valuable data.
It’s now possible to see how and where vehicles are being driven, when repair or maintenance work could be required and how to improve driving styles and efficiency, just for starters. It’s opening up a new world for time-constrained fleet managers, giving access to sophisticated levels of information that can provide long-term cost benefits, and allowing them to make faster and smarter decisions, backed up by real-world data on their own vehicles.
Telematics companies, app developers and service suppliers are all developing methods of increasing interaction, integration and information flow, and the experts speaking at the Shell Make the Future event predict that the next five years will see acceleration of the advances.
Plus, suppliers are also deploying this data, and De Boer uses the example of Mercedes-Benz Trucks taking TomTom’s information on road gradients to allow its vehicles’ cruise control systems to manage power according to where the crest of hills or downhill sections are located. “Even experienced drivers that know the scenery still saves 3%-5% on their fuel usage,” he says.
The world is changing, and data is at the heart of it across society, but that’s even more true of the way fleet and vehicle management is progressing. This short film shows what that could mean for your business and as that rate of progress accelerates.