Running a fleet of vehicles – lorries, trucks, cars, motorbikes, or anything else – can get expensive. First, the act of buying and replacing both vehicles and their parts require a huge investment. Then there is the time and money needed to operate and maintain them.
When we talk about vehicle fleets, we are talking primarily about associated industries such as manufacturing, logistics, delivery, and services. All of these have a long history in this country, and, as with many established industries, are reluctant to change. However, change is happening whether we like it or not.
As we saw in the previous article, fleet management technology is capable of collecting and presenting vital trip and vehicle data to you in real or near real-time. After upgrading its fleet tracking technology, a local company brought down vehicle location time from 30 minutes to only 60 seconds.
As companies clamber to stay ahead of the competition, fleet tracking and management solutions are growing in popularity. Even in logistics, an industry in which company size use to determine success and longevity, large, established companies are being threatened by smaller, nimbler, more tech-savvy newcomers.
Companies admit that one of the concerns they have about adopting such technology is that drivers will resent being monitored. Most drivers are used to working with some degree of independence and could misconstrue a new system – meant to protect the company, vehicle, and drivers themselves – as ‘policing’.