By the start of 2017, one bridge in Leicestershire was hit by lorry trucks 11 times in 12 months, according to Network Rail.
This is far from an isolated incident, as the group documented 1,606 underline bridge strikes and 136 overline bridge strikes by the end of 2015/16 financial year.
Given these numbers, the Local Government Association called for a ban on lorry drivers from using car Sat Navs, and instead use GPS systems suitable for HGVs.
While it is now a challenge to imagine, a few decades ago, Sat Nav units were of science fiction territory. In-car navigation systems were not considered a necessary addition to vehicles in the same way as airbags or radios were.
However, the growing need for a more accurate navigation system, especially for truck and HGV fleets, paved the way for further development of Sat Navs. Read more
Vehicle theft is a huge industry. It can cost fleets across the globe billions of pounds a year in lost revenue, stock and property. Unfortunately, due to their cargo and the often expensive equipment stashed inside, fleet vehicles can be highly attractive targets. But how can you stop criminals from targeting your fleet?
The short answer is that you can’t. Fleets, particularly those that are utilised by well-known manufacturers and large enterprises, will always be subject to crime because of the opportunities they represent. What you can do, however, is mitigate the level of risk to your fleet. Read more
Date posted: 24 August 2017
The automotive fleet industry has expanded rapidly over the last decade. With the advancements made in telematics technology, the rise of the connected car and the subsequent increased vigilance over driver and road user safety, the marketplace has and is altering irrevocably, continually surpassing its own standards of innovation, safety and efficacy. With increasingly integrated driverless technology, the industry is on the precipice of a huge paradigm shift.
Date posted: 25 July 2017
Most known for being at the forefront of navigation and mapping innovation, TomTom is also one of the world’s leading GPS navigation and telematics equipment manufacturers, offering state of the art fleet solutions to companies around the globe. Since opening operations in 1991, TomTom has expanded into over 35 countries worldwide, developing products that push forward the industry standards for fleet management into new paradigms.
WEBFLEET from TomTom is a unique Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that allows fleet management to obtain instant and detailed insights into the operations of the fleet, from any web browser. And now available on applications like WEBFLEET mobile, you can manage your fleet from multiple devices, allowing you easier access than ever before. Read more
The connected car is here and it’s certainly here to stay. With rapid advancements in telematics technology and mobile internet speeds, the stage is set for internet-connected vehicles to begin merging and integrating with telematics tech on an elemental level. It’s clear that the market landscape is already altering significantly for both private drivers and commercial fleet-based businesses, but experts agree that many of the biggest changes may be yet to come.
With the evolution of telematics technology and the connected car converging rapidly, a new groundwork is being laid for an exciting new world of automated travel and fleet management. Read more
In this blog post, I want to look at some of the current and future trends in fleet management and telematics. From the advent of big data and truly integrated business wide systems to the brave new world of autonomous fleets and driverless cars, I will explore some of the pivotal developments in the industry and how it will affect fleet managers, as well as the ordinary driver. Read more
Date posted: 5 May 2017
Telematics has been a big name in the fleet management and insurance industries for the past couple of years, and their influence shows no sign of slowing down. Seemingly offering innumerable benefits in terms of fleet safety, logistics and overall performance, since they entered the industry, telematics has provided a platform for enormous advancement and improvement in the procedures and techniques of fleet management and revolutionised the way fleets can be monitored and utilised. Read more
By continually aggregating and correlating massive amounts of individualised data, telematics offer up the promise of a new frontier of fleet management, providing opportunities for deep operational visibility and insight, developing new standards of industry best practice and higher standards.
However, although the wealth of data now on offer, and the potential for logistical reform, is by all counts a huge advantage to the industry, the sheer amount of data produced can often obscure its own clarity, leading to missed opportunities and even less oversight than before.
Newly developed technologies have, and are, progressively streamlining the way businesses work. From accounting software to computer networking and mobile technology, over the last decade, the ease and efficiency with which we run our businesses have been extraordinarily improved.
For fleet management, alongside automotive telematics and vehicle tracking systems, one of the most significant pieces of technology to have been introduced and adopted by the industry, are vehicle cameras.
For any business providing company vehicles, maximising safety for staff is a key consideration. Health and safety in the workplace extends to company vehicles, so the employer has a legal obligation to make sure employees are as safe as possible while out on the road. There are a number of steps fleet managers can take to ensure the safety of their drivers, such as offering them advanced driving courses, carrying out risk assessments or checking licence details. However, there is one more tactic businesses are increasingly turning to – a step that has been revolutionising fleet driver safety for the past decade: telematics. Read more