Ecological car fleet solutions

Ecological car fleet solutions

Ecological car fleet solutions

0 comments 📅03 December 2014, 00:32

Can ecological car fleet solutions help socially responsible companies? What are the available products and what is their potential?

Ecological solutions and environmental protection are becoming important part of corporate activities and communication for many companies. Car transport is no exception here, especially when the company car is used by the employee to carry out everyday tasks. The idea of an eco-fleet is slowly becoming a standard in the business of car fleet management. Does it necessitate a complete replacement of all cars for hybrid solutions or even more expensive all-electric cars? Not necessarily. Very often fuel consumption and emissions can be reduced by collecting specific data on the use of the car, analysing it and implementing the conclusions drawn from this analysis. The next step is to send particular drivers to additional training courses or implement telemetric solutions (placing sensors in the cars which collect and send data to a centralised system). Long-term effects can be further achieved by updating the system and monitoring compliance with corporate car use policy.

Telemetric solutions (also called car fleet monitoring or GPS monitoring) offered by leading integrators have long stopped being mere indicators of the vehicle’s position and fuel level. Modern solutions offer car fleet managers a selection of tools to evaluate the driving style of the driver.

 

Driver’s profiles 

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What parameters can be monitored and what conclusions can be drawn from the analysis? Data such as speed, revolutions per minute, forces acting on the car and reports from the systems assisting the driver can present a full picture of the skills and the driving style of the driver. If the data is further correlated with the map, type of road and benchmarked with the results of other drivers driving under similar conditions, we have an even better picture of the driver, including good and bad driving habits. Of course this is also the moment where some may ask if we are dealing with innovation or invigilation…

In case of traditional internal combustion cars eco-driving translates into savings and increased safety. That is why eco-driving is becoming more popular. Eco-driving does not only mean lower petrol costs but also lower costs of maintenance (pads, discs, suspension, tyres). Good technical condition of the car also lowers the chance of an accident. It appears that an advanced car fleet management system becomes a very useful electronic assistance tool to the car fleet manager.

The analysis of the driving style allows for easy identification of those drivers who fail to comply with optimal driving standards – those who drive too fast and also those who use the gas and brake pedals too dynamically and too often. When we also connect it with car damage history and the police tickets, we can easily create a shortlist of candidates for a special driving course. Professional driving simulators prove an effective solution for such drivers. The instructors can adapt the training program in order to eliminate particularly bad driving habits.

A well prepared training program resulting in lower value of car insurance claims will surely be appreciated by the insurer, who might award it with lower premiums. Furthermore, a well-documented mileage and transparent car history helps to generate a higher price when the car fleet is sold. We shouldn’t also forget about the benefits of the passive safety aspect of modern telemetry (ISR). In case of a collision the system can automatically notify the rescue services (via e-Call) sending as well the exact location of the incident. New solutions also greatly improve the safety of the driver (Mobileye) and the passengers.

 

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