Telematics is the integration of telecommunications and informatics, a part of wider Information and Communications Technology (ICT). In other words, it’s the gathering, and networking sharing of information, often using GPS (Global Positioning Satellites).
Saving time and money while improving quality
Business owners and managers have embraced telematics with gusto because it can increase efficiency across their fleet, saving time and money in a number of ways while improving quality of service to customers.
Ultimately, vehicle telematics transfers control; giving to the manager and taking from the driver. The drivers can no longer use vehicles privately without their managers knowing, or deviate from their assigned routes. Both cost simultaneously in terms of fuel and time.
Businesses have reported dramatic drops in speeding fines and accidents (costly in terms of repair and insurance) after the introduction of vehicle tracking, as the drivers stick to schedule and maintain a steady speed as they go about their duties.
The drivers are coming round to telematics
As you can imagine, telematics has been less popular among drivers in recent years. But this is understandable, and actually its popularity is gradually increasing. Drivers can see the value it adds to the business.
A recent survey by ALD Automotive has revealed that over one third (37%) of UK businesses with 500+ employees use telematics systems to track their fleet. The same survey interviewed drivers, and found 60% would have no argument with the technology.
Keith Allan, ALD’s Managing Director, released the following statement with his findings:
“As telematics technology has evolved, our customers and companies in general have increasingly begun to recognise the benefits delivered by telematics in helping them better manage the costs and risk associated with their fleet…
What is also very encouraging is the positive reaction from UK business drivers regarding their use of telematics in recognising the benefits it can deliver both themselves and their employers.”