MiX Telematics fleet customers rely heavily on our solutions in competitive markets where even the smallest amounts of time and money become critical issues in determining the success of their business.
You can’t measure what you don’t know, and you can’t know if you aren’t tracking and aggregating information on your fleet. Vehicle tracking software can give you the information you need to improve fleet efficiency.
Telematics data tracks vehicles and drivers, collecting data points such as trip duration, location, fuel usage, speed, and more. It then transmits this data back to a data collection point where it is roughly grouped into predetermined categories such as average speed of a vehicle, daily vehicle movements, fuel usage, utilization, and more.
The question is, what do you do with all this data? In order to improve fleet efficiency, the information you collect must be analyzed and put to use for fleet management.
The traditional way of reporting lays the responsibility of data analysis at the feet of the fleet manager or supervisor. However, recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have revolutionized and improved the way reporting has been done up until now.
AI is not just a thing of the future; it is the now. You can already see it at work in everyday life with spam and email filters, smart personal assistants, automated responders, chatbots, predictive searches in Google, and much more.
The words “artificial intelligence” and “machine learning” may seem complex. And while the research and development behind these technologies are complex, using them is not. And now these technologies are making their way into telematics.
With the help of AI and machine learning, you get a better look at your data, define your key performance indicators (KPIs), and improve fleet efficiency. The AI will do much of the work, and you will only see the information that is most valuable to you as you need it. Machine learning makes it easier to find the data you need and customize it for you.
By tapping into aggregate data with MiX Telematics, you can reduce your costs and increase efficiency by helping you maximize overall fleet efficiency and utilization. This can also improve customer experience and satisfaction.
Metrics you can use to improve fleet efficiency include:
MiX Telematics solutions can help you determine the most efficient routes so that only the closest vehicle to a job location gets sent, avoiding long travel times and unnecessary trips. It also looks at travel times and determines at what times of the year traffic is heavier on frequently used routes due to events in a particular area or other circumstances. This can help you adjust routes seasonally to keep fleet efficiency and productivity steady throughout the year.
Or, alternatively, an analysis of driver hours can be used to notify you when a driver is approaching their maximum number of hours or have hours left. This lets you schedule drivers accordingly, ensuring that the fleet is compliant with regulations and drivers get rest when they need it. There is no staffing shortfall when jobs need to be completed.
Using the driving hours data you’re collecting with a telematics solution, you can improve your fleet’s vehicle utilization and, subsequently, your overall fleet efficiency. Using the metrics above, for example, and the driving hours of each of your vehicles, you can easily find issues that need to be addressed and proactively manage them. And use this knowledge to plan for future issues. You’ll know whether jobs are being completed within an adequate amount of time, what causes delays, whether drivers take unnecessary detours, and which vehicles are being underused.
When your drivers are on the road, it’s challenging to keep track of what’s going on every minute. And you don’t have to. With a telematics solution that tracks and analyses their driving hours, you can easily understand their actions and take the appropriate action at the exact moment it’s needed. Using the information about driving hours and your KPIs will ultimately help you improve your fleet efficiency.