Telematics and the light-duty fleet

SpeedGauge offers its services not only to the heavy-duty transportation industry, but also light and medium-duty fleets. From construction fleets to local delivery services and even business fleets, telematics is working its way into all facets of the transportation industry. While the telematics needs of heavy-duty trucking fleets often revolve around cargo locating, safety monitoring, HOS recording and related tasks, the needs of a light and medium-duty fleet are much different.

Telematics in these light-duty fleets used to be technology developed for their bigger siblings and modified for their use. Today, with the growing application of telematics in consumer vehicles and vehicles often used in light and medium-duty fleets, telematics solutions are being developed specifically for this segment. Adaptation of these consumer solutions will be one of the biggest drivers in telematics use among light-duty fleets.

Take for example Chrysler's UConnect system. The system allows for navigation, WiFi, voice text messaging, emergency assistance, remote vehicle operation (i.e., engine starting and locking/unlocking doors) and more. Systems like this may appeal to trades workers such as contractors, electricians and plumbers. With a system utilizing navigation and WiFi, a contractor's pickup cab can become a mobile office - allowing them to develop and email quotes and work orders to customers and the main office all from the client's driveway; and improving customer service and efficiency. Meanwhile, navigation programs will allow locating job sites more easily and the use of companion apps that maximize routing. Mobile application integration with these systems will continue to expand their benefit to fleets, and will allow for custom app development that serves specific company needs.

Safety and monitoring devices are also making their way into light-duty fleets. Consumer-developed solutions such as blind spot monitoring, driver fatigue monitors, fuel efficiency monitors, tire pressure monitors and rear view cameras are all being leveraged in light-duty fleets to increase driver safety and performance. Often safety devices like these first make their way into the consumer market, before slowly trickling into the heavy-duty fleet industry. With many light and medium-duty fleets using versions of these consumer vehicles, technology adoption is faster than in their larger counterparts.

What technologies are used in your light and medium-duty fleet? What technologies would you like to see?

This entry was posted on January 14th, 2013 by jhubbard and is filed under Recent News & Updates.