If you’ve been in fleet management for a while, you’ve likely noticed the technological advances of the last several years. The fleet management role has changed and become, well, smarter. With all this technology at our fingertips, we can now automate many tasks to free up time and accomplish much more. Smart fleet management refers to the software, devices, and analytics that work together to make fleet management easier. What are these technologies, and how do they help you with your everyday operations?
Telematics is used in commercial and non-commercial settings to transmit data over long distances. You may recognize some industries that take advantage of the efficient retrieval of electronic data to comply with strict safety and security regulations, streamline their operations, and ensure their vehicles’ utmost efficiency. These industries include field service, home delivery, long-distance trucking, the public sector, OEMs, and construction businesses. As mentioned previously, telematics’ uses cover the whole range of fleet management needs, from:
- Asset management
- Route planning and optimization
- Customer experience
- Electronic proof of delivery
- Reducing costs
- Improving driver productivity
- Improving driver safety
To learn more about telematics, check out our blog article: “How Does Telematics Work?” This technology is the backbone of smart fleet management and serves as the primary function behind all of the other technologies we will discuss in this article.
One way that fleet managers take advantage of telematics is by using it to evaluate driver safety. Telematics can detect unsafe driving behaviors like hard braking, harsh cornering, speeding, and more. Combined with other fleet technology like an AI Dashcam, you can also pin down distracted driving.
Your fleet management software takes all the data gathered from telematics and your dashcam and can generate a safety score that quantifies how safely your drivers operate their vehicles. You can use these safety scores in a wide variety of ways. You can use them to commend your best drivers through a monthly newsletter or a bulletin board notice. On the other hand, you can also find those with the lowest scores and determine where they need coaching.
Azuga Rewards automatically incorporates these safety scores into a rewards system that rewards the best drivers for their efforts with a gift card. Check out our blog article, “How to Implement a Rewards System for Fleet Drivers.”
Route optimization helps fleets reach each destination throughout the day in the most efficient way possible. This software harnesses algorithms, GPS, traffic data, and historical information to find routes with the fewest hindrances and that use the least amount of fuel. Azuga’s route optimization software updates in real-time, so you can always be assured you are getting accurate and up-to-date information. You can use route optimization software to achieve many valuable fleet goals:
- Cut delivery and service times
- Streamline dispatch
- Improve customer service
- Save on costs
Our blog article, “5 Tips for Managing Delivery Route Optimization Software Better,” provides more details on achieving these fleet goals using your route optimization software. The important thing is that you have a full-featured tool like Azuga Routes, which integrates with Azuga’s fleet management software to create a comprehensive solution that is easy to use and optimized to maximize efficiency.
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When it comes to Azuga’s fleet technology, we haven’t even scraped the top of the barrel. You can check out our wide range of products online and browse the many pieces that make up our smart fleet management solution. If you’re unsure, speak with one of our experts and try a demo! We’ll help you achieve your goals with the smart fleet technology of the 21st century.